The wait is finally over for businesses across the region as the judges reveal the finalists who made the grade for the 2015 Dorset Business Awards, in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo and the South’s leading radio station Wave 105.
More than 30 judges have deliberated over 139 entries to select the top Dorset companies who have made the prestigious shortlist. The region is abuzz with business as this year’s high calibre finalists stretch from Poole to Portland, Sherborne to Bournemouth and Christchurch to Dorchester – highlighting the importance of the Awards to Dorset’s business community.
The winning firms will be announced at the Hollywood glamour-themed Gala Dinner Awards ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday November 26. Hosted by respected broadcaster and journalist, Jonty Bloom, the evening will comprise a drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner and a private after-party at 1812 Bar & Restaurant.
Entertainment for the night will be provided by Neive Jordan, a talented performer with an exceptional voice who will set the scene for a memorable evening. A prestigious Dorset Business Award trophy will be presented to the 11 worthy winners while the other finalists will receive a bottle of award-winning, Dorset based Furleigh Estate sparkling Classic Cuvee.
Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says: “We are delighted with the high standard of entries to this year’s Awards. Our new addition to the award categories ‘The VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award’ has proven businesses in Dorset are supporting the workforce of tomorrow.
“The new Hays Team of the Year award has seen a great volume of entries, demonstrating people’s belief in the importance of an effective team to the success of a business. Entrepreneur of the Year has also seen a similar return in enterprising applications making this year a difficult one for the judges!”
The 2015 finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Business Engagement with the Community Award, sponsored by J.P.Morgan
Thirty Seven Coffee Shops Limited
Business Growth Award, sponsored by Advanced Exchequer
Copyrite Business Solutions
Koh Thai Tapas
Dorset Export Award, sponsored by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK
Active Research Ltd
Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Bournemouth University
Active Research Ltd
Sea- NC Engineering Ltd
Excellence in Innovation Award, sponsored by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Liz Lean PR
Motorwise Online Services Ltd
Hays Team of the Year Award
Beales Gourmet & The Italian Villa
Investec Wealth and Investment
Lester Aldridge and Santander Company of the Year Award
Greendale Construction Ltd
Nuffield Health Excellence in Customer Service Award
Ceuta Healthcare Ltd
Strategic Solutions Chartered Financial Planners
Princecroft Willis Family Business Award
Harts of Stur
Hunt’s Foodservice Limited
Retail Experience Award, sponsored by the Dolphin Shopping Centre
Fab Frocks of Westbourne
Forum Jewellers Ltd
VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award
Teachers Building Society
To celebrate reaching the penultimate stage of the competition, all finalists have been invited to attend an exclusive drinks reception at the Italian Villa at Compton Acres in Poole, sponsored by Beales Gourmet, on Monday November 16 where they get to meet each other and their sponsor.
Tickets purchased for the black tie Awards Gala Dinner cost £85 + VAT (Chamber members), £95 + VAT (non-Chamber members) or £800 + VAT for a table of 10 (Chamber members) or £900 + VAT (non-Chamber members). To purchase tickets for the Awards gala dinner please contact Lorraine Hubbard on 01202 714810 or email [email protected]