Dorset Business Awards – Don’t forget to get your entry in

COUNTDOWN: British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) president Shevaun Haviland was the guest speaker at the Dorset Chamber’s President’s Lunch when the Dorset Business Festival was launched in April. The festival includes the first Dorset Business Awards in four years. Entries close on June 23. Pictured from left at the lunch at the Italian Villa in Poole are Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber president Caron Khan and BCC director general Shevaun Haviland.

The deadline is fast approaching for entries for the first Dorset Business Awards in four years.

Organisers from Dorset Chamber are urging businesses and individuals to lodge submissions before the closing date of Friday June 23.

The awards, the first since 2019, are among the highlights of a Dorset Business Festival being held on October 10-12.

Dorset Chamber – the county’s leading business support organisation – is also holding an exhibition and conference during the three-day extravaganza.

Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber, said “It’s been a challenging economic climate, but out of that we have seen amazing innovation, resilience and strength across the business community.

“The awards are a golden opportunity for businesses in the county to showcase their achievements, recognise their workforces and celebrate successes.

“We’re all excited to bring the prestigious competition back for the first time since the Covid pandemic and we can’t wait to read some of the inspirational entries.

“Don’t forget to get your entry in by June 23 for the chance of taking a starring role in one of the highlights of the business calendar.”

There are 10 categories, which are free to enter and open to all businesses and charities in the county whether members of the chamber or not. They are:

Best new business award

Best place to work award

Community award

Customer Experience award

Environmental impact award

Future leader’s award

Global business award

Inclusivity and diversity in the workplace award

Scale-up award

Technology award

The chamber has also invited businesses to nominate a fellow firm for any category they know it performs well in. The chamber will then contact the business and let them know they have been nominated and invite them to apply and send them the information.

The awards will be judged by an impartial panel of respected Dorset Business leaders.  Entries are via the chamber’s website and close at mid-day on June 23.

The Dorset Business Festival – the first of its kind in the county – is being held in Bournemouth.

It includes The Future of Business Conference on October 10 and a Festival Expo on October 11 before the awards on October 12.  Bookings for stands, places and tickets are now open.

Lester Aldridge Solicitors is Premier Festival Partner. The Festival Partners are Blue Sky Financial Planning, Bournemouth and Poole College, the Dolphin in Poole, Dorset Council and YMCA Bournemouth.

Dorset Chamber is the county’s voice of business and the only chamber in Dorset accredited with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Visit here to enter and for more details. Email to nominate a business for the awards.