Please contact awardsteam@markallengroup.com if you have any further questions.



Are there sponsorship opportunities?

There is the opportunity to sponsor the awards. For more information please contact either:

George Hogg
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7501 6699
Email: george.hogg@markallengroup.com

Martin Watchorn
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3915 9457
Email: martin.watchorn@markallengroup.com

For more information please visit our sponsorship page here: Click here

How to Enter


When are entries open for Nursery World Awards 2023?

We are still open for entries. Click here to submit your entry

What is the deadline to submit an entry for the Nursery World Awards 2023?

Our entry deadline has been extended to 11:55pm on Friday 26th May 2023.


Who can enter the awards?

Any organisations or individuals who meet our category criteria can enter the awards.

We do allow for International entrants to submit for our awards, however please do bear in mind that the following categories are not suitable for International applicants to apply for:

- Nursery of the Year
- Nursery Food

These options are not suitable as we often organise site visits for those who enter these categories. We will not be able to co-ordinate International site visits.

Also, for all those looking to apply from abroad, please do bear in mind that the ceremony will take place in London.


How much does it cost to enter?

All of our categories are free to enter except for the Professional Book of the Year category. This category costs £99 to enter.

Can I submit the same entry for a person/team/organisation that I have entered in previous years for the Nursery World Awards?

Projects previously entered into the Nursery World Awards may be submitted for this year's awards, provided it can be evidenced that further improvements to performance have been achieved since the last submission.


Can I submit an entry after the deadline has passed, and is there a fee for submitting a late entry?

Once the entry deadline has passed, in most cases we will not be able to accept late entries, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Extenuating circumstances
These circumstances may occur if:

- You are very close to submitting your entry and you need a bit of extra time.
We will be able to judge if this applies if we can see that almost all of your entry has been filled out on our system. If this is the case, we will agree on the revised individual submission date, but in every case it will not be too long after the original submission date. If the revised submission date passes and we do not receive your entry, we will not be able to provide further support.

If you are only just starting your entry when the deadline passes, we will not be able to accept your late submission.

- You have a completed entry, but you have forgotten to complete the remaining steps to submit your application.
If your entry is completed but it is still in your basket or saved items on our system, these entries will not be officially submitted. You will not be able to submit an entry yourself on our system once the official deadline has passed. We will be able to support you if you alert us soon after the deadline has passed that your application has not been officially submitted. This must be sorted as soon as possible after the deadline has passed.

In both of these extenuating circumstances cases, please reach out to us on awardsteam@markallengroup.com and we will assist each entry on a case by case basis.

Fees will not incur for any entries received after the deadline has passed.


Can I cancel my entry after it has been submitted?

Once submitted, you are not able to go into our system to cancel your entry for our awards. If you wish to no longer be put forward for one of our categories, or if your circumstances have changed (e.g., change of jobs) that would make it inappropriate to continue with your application, please email awardsteam@markallengroup.com and we will be able to un-submit your entry for you.


May I enter more than one category?

You may submit multiple entries in all our categories. However, please only submit one entry to represent one individual/team/organisation in a single category. Multiple entries to represent one individual/team/organisation will not affect the outcome of the results.


Can I submit supporting material?

Supporting material should be uploaded along with your entry. The material provided should support what is already outlined within your entry. It should not speak on any new information related to your entry.

It is essential for at least one photo to be uploaded that represents your entry, whether that is an individual, a team, a project or a company. Uploading a company logo is acceptable if you are happy for this file to represent your entry in the awards presentation and on our publications if you are shortlisted.

In the file upload fields on our entry page, each field can upload a single file that is worth up to 40MB.

Please do not:
        - Exceed this limit as it is not possible to upload a larger file size in these fields.
        - Attach ZIP files in the upload file fields.


Do I need to send any physical supporting evidence for my submission?

For all our categories, besides the Professional Book of the Year category, you do not need to supply any physical evidence to support your submission. All your evidence can be uploaded to your entry on our online portal.

How do I send copies of my books to support my Professional Book of the Year entry, and do I need to pay an entry fee per book I enter for the awards?


After submitting your entry on our online platform, our team will email you to inform you of the details as to how you can send your book copies to us. We will require two copies of each book that you are entering for the awards.

We do require that each book is entered in it's own submission and payment of £99 + VAT is made per book.

I'm trying to paste my answers from a Word document into the online entry portal, but I'm struggling to fit my answers into the word limit text boxes, what can I do?

If you are writing your entry on a separate Word document to paste them into our online entry portal, please do note the following:

MS Word and similar programs count words differently to the way that the World Wide Web counts them. For example, Word ignores bullet points but as far as the WWW is concerned, they are words (one or more characters with a space either side). Therefore the MS Word word count cannot be relied on to accurately tell how many words you have written when it has been copied into our online entry portal. If you are experiencing issues with copying your text over, please delete any Word formatting, (e.g. bullet points) to see if that will resolve the issue. Otherwise, please feel free to contact our team for support.

I'm having issues with using the online entry portal, what should I do?

If you are having any issues with using our online entry portal, please contact awardsteam@markallengroup.com and we will be happy to assist.



Who judges the Nursery World Awards?

A panel of experts and professionals from across the Nursery sector will judge the entries. This panel will represent the diversity of agencies and disciplines that make up the sector. The judges will have the knowledge and experience to assess each individual/team/nursery organisation. Judges who have a connection with any entry will not be allowed to vote on that entry or influence the other judges' decision process.

What will our judges look for?

The aim of the Nursery World Awards is to recognise excellence, innovation and impact. The judges will be looking for examples of excellent projects, services, teams, and individuals. For the best chance of submitting a successful entry, it is best to be concise, clear and to the point in each answer to the entry questions.

The judges are mainly looking at your written answers to formulate their decisions. It is crucial to write all the relevant necessary information for them to be aware of within your submission. This is so that our judges have a full picture of the individual/team/organisation that is being put forward for one of our awards.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in late June and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.



How will I know whether my organisation has been shortlisted?

The full shortlist will be published on this website in July. You will also receive confirmation by email at this time.

The Ceremony


When is the awards presentation?

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 30th September 2023 at The Brewery, London.


How can I buy tickets to the ceremony?

You may purchase individual seats and tables for the awards ceremony on our website after the shortlist has been announced.


Are complimentary seats available for finalists?

Complimentary seats are not offered to our finalists. All tickets will need to be purchased via our website.

How are the tables at the ceremony organised?

The room will be filled from the front with VIP's and sponsors. These guests will take the front rows, followed by the premium tables and then the standard tables.

Please note that any guests who purchase fewer than 10 seats will be placed with other groups to make up tables of 10 guests.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please click here to read our terms and conditions.