Sponsors of the 2013 Dorset Business Awards, in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, are set to begin their annual mission to search for the very best examples of Dorset’s business successes following the launch of this year’s Awards in the historic grounds of 11th century Deans Court in Wimborne on Wednesday June 12.

A 150-strong business audience attended the launch event, sponsored by Tower Park-based motor dealership Breeze Volkswagen, to kick-start the competition which opens for entry on Tuesday June 18.

Organised by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also backed by one of the south’s leading radio stations, Wave 105, the awards have now entered its 19th year with a quest to recognise dynamic Dorset companies, successful entrepreneurs and flourishing employees who have assisted in driving the region’s economy forward.

Ten awards are open for entry this year, including one new category – Hays Employee of the Year Award.  The Dorset Business Awards welcomes back Lester Aldridge LLP to the sponsor line-up as co-sponsor of the Company of the Year Award.

The 2013 categories are:

  • Apprenticeship Training Award sponsored by Superior
  • Business Engagement with the Community Award, sponsored by J.P. Morgan
  • Business Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays
  • Dorset Tourism Award, co-sponsored by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Liz Lean PR
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Bournemouth University
  • Hays Employee of the Year Award – NEW CATEGORY
  • KPMG & Lester Aldridge Company of the Year Award – NEW AWARD CO-SPONSOR
  • Nuffield Health Excellence in Customer Service Award
  • Princecroft Willis Family Business Award
  • Retail Excellence Award, sponsored by the Dolphin Shopping Centre


The awards are free to enter and entrants can submit an entry via www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk, sponsored by RT Media, or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry by Tuesday 10 September.  Businesses of any size and operating in all industry sectors that fulfil the criteria are encouraged to put themselves forward for one or more of the 10 accolades.

Peter Scott, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says: “The Dorset Business Awards represent a celebration of true excellence.  The competition endeavours to encourage organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to celebrate what they do well.  An award can lead to some great profile, the forging of new business relationships and provide a real boost to staff morale.”

He adds: “The theme for this year’s awards is ‘Dynamic Dorset’, showcasing all dynamic aspects of Dorset such as the culture, places, people, tourism, education, music and of course business.  The awards are open to firms with a BH or DT postcode and we hope for as wide a range of entries as possible to reflect the great diversity in the business community.”

The Awards close for entry on Tuesday September 10 and the campaign will culminate in a prestigious gala dinner ceremony on Thursday November 28 at the Lighthouse in Poole.

Companies interested in finding out more about the 2013 Awards should visit www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk or contact Shirley Ewart on 01202 714812.