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The Wessex FM Business Awards

Our categories for this year are listed below - remember that you can make more than one nomination, even within the same category. 

You can even nominate your own business!

The Wessex FM Local Business Awards are once again proudly  supported by Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors


RivieraLogoThe black tie award ceremony takes place this November at the Rivieria Hotel in Weymouth



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Entries close at the end of Sunday 19th October



The Customer Focus Award
with Chesil Beach Motors


lha chesil beach motorsA quality service can make the difference between a customer returning to your business or going elsewhere.  This Award recognises great service whether for the general public or business to business.

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Employee of the Year
with Brewery Square


lha chesil beach motorsNo matter the size of your business, every employee will play a key role in your success.  But who has stepped up and gone above your expectations to help you deliver results?

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Business Leader / Manager of the Year
with Westerly Dorchester BMW


lha westerly bmw logoThis Award is not just about being a successful manager.  It’s also about leading from the front and making sure a team works effectively together.  It’s also about coaching and developing staff.  Does your leader show these business and personal skills?  This is open for anyone from a CEO to team supervisor.

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Best Large Business
with Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants


120x200 albert goodmanWould you rate your business as one of the best in Dorset?  Have you shown exceptional success or achievement in the past year, either in terms of results, your development, or standing in the community?  This Award is for teams of twenty five or more.

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Best Small Business
with Basepoint Business Centre


120x200 basepointWould you rate your business as one of the best in Dorset?  Have you shown exceptional success or achievement in the past year, either in terms of results, your development, or standing in the community?  This Award is for teams of no more than twenty five people.

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Made In Dorset Award
with FGP Precision Engineering


fgp logo local hero awardsDorset is famous for its produce, and this Award is to highlight these amazing producers and farm shops.  From meat and cheese to confectionary and fruit and vegetables, there’s no shortage of local businesses worthy of taking this title.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year
with Redtale Holdings


redtale holdingsGetting ahead in business can be tough.  This Award is designed to celebrate the next generation of business leaders in Dorset, who have set up their own company and showing signs of success.  Open for entries for young people under the age of 25.

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The Going Green Award
with Danmor Lodge Residential Home


danmor lodge NEWHow big is your carbon footprint?  There are many ways to ‘go green’, from recycling to choosing the right company vehicles.  If your company has taken steps to be more environmentally friendly, enter this Award now.


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The Dining Award
with Roberts Food Service


roberts foodA new award for this year, we want to recognise the diversity of Dorset's restaurants, bistros and cafes.  The county boasts marvellous produce, but who can turn that into an unforgettable dining experience?  Or specialises in bringing us cuisine from around the world?


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Tradesperson of the Year
with Travis Perkins


travis perkinsA new category for this year, we want to give credit to the independent tradesperson.  The carpenter, the plumber, the electrician, the carpet fitter ... if you have good experience of a local tradesperson, nominate them here.


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New Business of the Year
with Synergy Housing


synergy-logoIn these still tough economic times, it's always good to see a start up business thriving and growing.  This category is for any business based in Dorset who have been trading for two years or less.






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Best Independent Retailer
with Wessex FM


logo wessex local hero fillerWith the growing threat of online purchases, our Dorset shops continue to show they are open for business.  This Award is for an independent retailer based in the county, who may operate one or multiple shops of any type.


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