Leading software provider, Advanced Exchequer is encouraging businesses in Dorset, which are contributing to the county’s economic growth, to enter the 2014 Dorset Business Awards. Exchequer is sponsoring the Business Growth Award in a new category of this year’s competition which is in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo.

Open to small to medium enterprises with up to 250 employees, this Award will honour a firm that has demonstrated strong growth, building upon an existing track record of increased sales, profit and/or employment over the last three years. 

Submissions will be reviewed by an independent judging panel and a site visit will be made to shortlisted entrants by representatives of the judging panel in the autumn.

Business Growth Award checklist

To be in with a chance of winning entrants will need to evidence:

  • The firm’s growth strategy and targets to date
  • How the firm has grown due to the strategy
  • How leadership and employee engagement have contributed to the business growth
  • How the business plans to sustain growth in the future
  • Changes witnessed in the firm as a result of the growth strategy

Paul Sparkes, Marketing Director at Advanced Exchequer, says: “It is an honour to sponsor the Business Growth Award. Companies must have an innovation and growth strategy, which separate them from the competition. As an organisation that proactively helps growing businesses to improve the way they operate through the use of our business and accounting software, we want to actively champion Dorset companies that are showing promising growth and which will become inspirational role models for SMEs within the local area.”

The Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and are free to enter.  Entrants can submit an entry via www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry. The closing date for entry is Friday September 12. Entrants do not need to be a member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For further information about the Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve  tickets for the Gala Dinner which will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday November 27 please contact Shirley Ewart on 01202 714812.