Published: November 5, 2021 | Updated: November 6, 2021

Biz News update: Sherborne Business Awards, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and

Nigel Reeve, of Marketing West Events, presents the 2021 Business of the Year Award to Kirstie Drew of The Cross Keys. Picture: Courtenay Hitchcock, The Blackmore Vale.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Entries open for the Sherborne Business Awards 2022

Entries open today, November 1, for the Sherborne Business Awards 2022.

Free entry forms and guidelines can be found on the awards website –

The 2022 awards were launched at a special breakfast meeting at Leweston School near Sherborne.

Attendees heard from a range of speakers including:

  • Cllr Anne Hall, Mayor of Sherborne
  • Rebecca Burns, Sherborne Indies
  • Jane Wood, President, Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce
  • Emma Jones, Head of Fundraising, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
  • Taff Martin, Chairman, Abbey 104

The 2022 award categories are:

  • New Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur/Rising Star
  • Professional Services Award
  • Best Place to Work
  • Independent Business
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Retail Business
  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Health, Beauty, Fitness Award
  • Green/Eco-Business
  • Cafe, Pub, Casual Dining Venue of The Year
  • The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Award for businesses that show an ongoing commitment to a safer working environment
  • Overall Business of the Year

The awards ceremony will be held at Leweston School at lunchtime on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

As reported on Dorset Biz News, the inaugural 2021 awards – held in June this year – saw The Cross Keys scoop three awards.

It won Overall Business of the Year, the Café, Pub, Hospitality Award and Sherborne Business Leader of the Year for Mo Gherras.

Other winners included Vineyards of Sherborne, named Retail Business of the Year, and Forces Fit Bootcamp which received the award for New Business of the Year.

The closing date for entries for the 2022 awards is January 10, 2022.

Nigel Reeve, of MW Events, used the launch event to announce key statistics about the range of grassroots businesses awards organised by his company this year.

They’ve covered Sherborne, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis with Poole, Axminster and Taunton/Wellington taking place in the next couple of months.

Plans are also in place to launch business awards in Wimborne.

To date, the awards have received more than 800 entries while 350 local businesses have attended the award ceremonies.

There have been 3,500 combined viewings of the streamed awards, the launch events and the awards sponsors’ videos while the websites for each individual awards have been viewed over 6,000 times.

Sponsors and supporters of the 2022 Sherborne Business Awards:


Katie appointed Director of Finance & Operations at hospice charity

Katie Hewitt has joined Poole-based Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as Director of Finance & Operations.

With a background spanning three decades in the financial services sector, Katie has worked at LV= and Quilter.

She has a wide breadth of experience across finance, IT and management information.

Katie said: “I hope to make a real difference within the charity and think that my skill set is a good match to my new role.

“It’s going to be a very busy job and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

“Already I’m enjoying working with an amazing and supportive team.”

Clare Gallie, CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie on board.

“She will be pivotal in helping us to continue to achieve the hospice’s ongoing ambitious plans.”


Fast-growing OnBuy adds LEGO to its range of global brands, the Dorset-based online marketplace, has added LEGO to its portfolio of globally recognised brands.

The addition of the popular toy and building brick company is just in time for the festive rush.

The LEGO range is one of many major brands to join OnBuy in recent years, adding to the range of 36 million products from over 7,000 retailers currently trading on the website.

Mark Lister, pictured left, OnBuy’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “It’s a very exciting time for OnBuy.

“This year has really seen OnBuy grow its network of retailers and brands to an impressive level, with quality and trust remaining at the heart of the business.

“Working with the team to bring coveted LEGO products to OnBuy will help us serve more consumers than ever before, with the products they want to see.

“As the retail silly season approaches, we expect to see plenty of activity on the platform.

“Stay tuned as we continue onboarding more big names before the year is up.”

The wide range of LEGO products is available to purchase immediately from OnBuy, with competitive pricing available for sets across the website.