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Latest News -3rd August 2023
PRESS RELEASE - 3RD AUGUST 2022
PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023 BRIDPORT BUSINESS AWARDS
Plans have been announced for the fourth year of the Bridport Business Awards. The awards have proved popular amongst local businesses with the 2022 receiving 80+ entries/nominations, while the awards videos including the 2022 streamed awards ceremony, were viewed 578 times. Over 60 local business leaders attended the 2022 awards ceremony.
Entries and nominations for the 2023 awards open on Monday, 22nd August via the awards website, www.bridportbusinessawards.co.uk. Entry is free and businesses can enter as many categories as they wish.
The lunchtime awards ceremony is at Highlands End Holiday Park, Thursday, 9th February '23.
Said Nigel Reeve of the organisers MW Events, “The idea of the awards started just before the first lockdown, and they have grown every year since then. The focus is on promoting the range and quality of local businesses. We describe the awards as grassroots business awards open to all local businesses.
The 2023 categories will be on the awards website early next week, but if anyone would like to suggest a category we may have missed please let us know.”
3rd August 2022
Best Place to Work
Best Use of Digital/Social Media
Cafe, Pub, Casual Dining
Excellence in Customer Service
Family Business of the Year
Green/Eco-Business of the Year
Independent Business of the Year
Local Artisans and Market Vendors
New Business of the Year
Outstanding Community Support
Professional Business Services Provider
Retail Business of the Year
Young Entrepreneur/Rising Star
More being added weekly.
Toddle and Born
The Olive Tree
Gavin Dixon FS
The Hurt Locker
Survivor the Thriver
Business of the Year
Washingpool Farm Shop
Colmers Hill Fashion
Business of the Year
Joint Winners 2020
Colmers Hill Fashion
Go Go Eco
Crown Inn, Uploaders
Off the Boat
Green Yeard Cafe
Watershed PR and Mkt
Cherries Ice Cream
Side by Side
Business of the Year 2021
Here are our sponsors and their categories. Just click on each one to enlarge.
2022 Sponsors and their Categories
Bridport Business Awards LinkedIn Group
We've created a LinkedIn group with regular updates, and the latest information about the awards, for supporters, sponsors and entrants. To apply to join the group just click on the image below.
Below are just some of the comments businesses have made after our various awards throughout Dorset. The full copy of each one is available to view if required.
"The Dorchester Business Awards are a significant marker of our local post-Covid recovery, a really encouraging and optimistic event that I was honoured to be part of."
Lord Fellowes of West Stafford
"It was an absolute pleasure to meet and speak with all the Christchurch winners and know that, although we have all had a tough two years all types of businesses are bouncing back; there certainly was an eclectic mix of companies which was wonderful to see.
As I may have said, Christchurch has my heart and I applaud any initiatives such as your Business Awards Scheme that makes a positive step towards generating business in the Christchurch area.
Thank you again for such a lovely occasion and your hospitality."
Cllr Mrs Avril Coulton, Mayor of Christchurch
“The Business Awards are the best thing to happen in Dorset for many years. It is so rewarding to see how businesses across the County recognise their value and have responded by entering the various categories. Onwards and upwards!”
Barry White, Retired Solicitor, Poundbury
"I am really honoured and hugely proud to have won this Overall Business Award. I'm so pleased for the Barker staff members, who have worked so hard, pulling together brilliantly as a team, particularly over the last two years to come through such difficult times."
Matthew Barker, The Barker Group, Poole
"You could tell the businesses were genuinely moved to receive awards, and that it meant more to them because as the Wimborne Business Awards, it was ours as a town.
We were really happy with the way we were kept in the loop and kept in touch throughout the whole process. Communication and clarity were terrific with a constant supply of updates and information."
Tammy Sleet, Manager, Wimborne BID
“Being recognised as the best by guests who dine in our restaurant week in, week out is what Weymouth and Portland are all about! Keep it local. A great boost for business.”
Chef Eric, Les Enfants Terrible, Weymouth
“It was wonderful to win last year – Overall winner and Best Customer Service too - which I was particularly pleased about for the team who really do look after our customers. Such a thrill for us all and our customers were pleased too!”
Caroline Parkin, Leakers Bakery, Bridport
“We entered the Dorchester and Poundbury Awards thinking nothing ventured nothing gained. It was so nice to see businesses networking together during the awards. Not only did we win our category, but the overall best business as well! We could not believe it, We would like to say to all the businesses out there enter as you have a lot to gain!”
Neil Strudwick, Goldcrest Jewellers, Dorchester
“I wanted to write and thank you for our wonderful award. It was a real boost for morale to be recognised as a new business after what has been such a challenging year to open and operate in. It was lovely to meet fellow local businesses and also for the awards to be so fair. Please pass on my thanks to all those who organised such a wonderful event. It was hugely appreciated.”
Doune Mackenzie Edwards, The Queen’s Arms, Corton Denham, Sherborne
2022 Awards Photos
Photos supplied by Bridport Nub News.