Thirty-three hopeful finalists for this year’s Dorset Business Awards, in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, will gather at ‘Meet the Finalists’, an exclusive drinks reception sponsored by Inspire Professional Services on Monday November 14.

Taking place at the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole, invited guests to the event will be able to find out further information regarding the glittering Awards gala dinner where the winners will be announced. The finalists will be able to meet their award sponsors and mingle with other contenders who have also made the shortlist for Dorset’s brightest businesses.

The 2016 finalists (in alphabetical order):

Business Engagement with the Community Award, sponsored by J.P. Morgan

  • Rachel Scott Singing Lessons and Recording Studio, Weymouth
  • Redweb, Bournemouth
  • The Short and Sweet Company, Wimborne

Creative and Digital Impact Award, sponsored by Liz Lean PR and Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)

  • Amuzo, Bournemouth
  • Greenwood Campbell / LV=, Bournemouth
  • Salad Creative, Poole

Emerging Business Award, sponsored by The Training Room

  • Aish Technologies, Poole
  • Avius, Bournemouth
  • Koh Group, Poole

 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Bournemouth University

  • Karina Grassy of Slumbersac Trading Co Ltd, Wimborne
  • Lloyd Greenfield of Glow Green Ltd, Bournemouth
  • Simon Brooks of Seventa Events Ltd, Bournemouth

 Francis Clark Family Business Award

  • Hoburne, Highcliffe
  • The Drewitt Group, Bournemouth
  • Trimetals, Blandford Forum

 UK Health Insurance Investing in Dorset Award

  • Chococo, Wareham
  • Dike & Son, Stalbridge
  • Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot

Lester Aldridge and Santander Company of the Year Award

  • JC & RH Palmer Ltd, Bridport
  • Parkeon Transit Ltd, Poole
  • Structural Metal Decks (SMD), Poole

Nuffield Health Excellence in Customer Service Award

  • Beales Gourmet, Poole
  • Harts of Stur, Sturminster Newton
  • Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot

Retail Experience Award, sponsored by the Dolphin Shopping Centre

  • Dike & Son, Stalbridge
  • Forum Jewellery, Broadstone
  • The Perfume Shop, Poole

 Team of the Year Award, sponsored by TeamJobs

  • Beales Gourmet, Poole
  • Candlelight Care, Sherborne
  • Seventa Events, Poole

 VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award

  • Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
  • The Honest Agency, Sturminster Newton
  • Ultra Electronics, Wimborne


Stuart Dixon, head of events and marketing at Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says: “We are looking forward to meeting our shortlisted finalists at this celebratory drinks evening and to wish them luck ahead of the glitz and glamour of the Gala Dinner. It is a triumphant night to honour the businesses who have worked hard to reach the penultimate stage of our Awards programme.”

Organised by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and the Awards website,, is sponsored by RT Media.  The Awards gala dinner ceremony takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth on Thursday November 24.

To purchase tickets for the Awards gala dinner please contact the DBA team on 01202 714800. Tickets cost £85+VAT per person or £800+VAT for a table of 10 for Dorset Chamber members and tickets for non-Dorset Chamber members cost £95+VAT per person or £900+VAT for a table of 10.