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The awards organisers believe it's time to get business moving again and start focusing on the positives. Local business leaders were consulted prior to launching the awards and the response has been very positive.


The philosophy behind the awards is that they must be a celebration of local business. They are to focus on promoting local businesses. They must be free to enter and simple to enter.


A draft range of categories was drawn up, which are on this website, but we invite suggestions for additional categories.


Let's get business moving again and let people know the great range of businesses in our area.

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 The categories are:

  • Employer of the Year

  • Most Innovative Business

  • SME Business of the Year

  • Best Community Support (seen to be supporting other businesses or people during the recent issues)

  • Best Customer/Client Service

  • Arts, Crafts, and Artisans

  • Mental Wellbeing and Awareness

  • Best Use of Digital

  • Green Business of the Year

  • New Business of the Year

  • Health, Beauty, and Fitness 

  • Independent Business of the Year

  • Retail Business of the Year

  • Service Provider of the Year

  • Cafe /Pub/Hospitality

  • Local Business Leader

  • Rising Star (16-25 year old starting out in business or working within a business).

  • Overall Winner

To enter any category just click on the below button. Also please read the guidelines for each category to see which ones suit your business.

Entries close at 2.00 pm on Monday,

12th April 2021. 

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The awards were officially launched and broadcast online from Dorchester's Keep Museum on Wednesday, 16th December 2020.

The launch was hosted by Rick Simmonds and speakers included Nigel Reeve from Marketing West, Colin Parr from the Keep Museum, Barry White, Paul Atterbury from the Dorchester Literary Festival and Dee Swinton from Dorset Mind. To hear what was covered and to watch the launch click in the below button. (the launch starts four minutes into the recording).


The date, time, and venue for the awards lunchtime presentation and winners announcement will be announced very soon. The awards will also be broadcast online to reach the maximum audience.


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10th February 2021 - Entries are already coming in. Don't forget the deadline is 14.00 on Monday, 22nd March To enter just click on the button on the categories page on this website. 


16th December 2020 - We held the launch of the awards at the Keep Museum in Dorchester on Wednesday, 16th December 2020. To watch the launch click on the button on The Awards page above.

14th December 2020: Our Charity Partner is Dorset Mind and we are working with Steve Chaldecott, Manager of the Wessex Royale Hotel to raise funds. Steve is cycling for Dorchester to Lands End and back again to raise funds. To donate just use this link:

Dorset Mind

14th December 2020: Delighted to say that our media partner for the awards is the local radio station Keep 106. Listen to Keep 106 to get the latest news about the awards.

4th December 2020: Great article on today's DorsetBizNews about the awards. Just use this link to view it:



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Awards creators and organisers Marketing West SW Ltd.

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