Dorset Chamber launches its Dorset Business Awards for 2024

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: April 25, 2024 | Updated: 25th April 2024

Dorset Chamber has announced the launch of the Dorset Business Awards 2024.

The awards were kicked off by Chief Executive Ian Girling at a launch event at the Dorset Museum and Gallery with guests, former winners and Festival Partners in attendance.

This year there are honours up for grabs in 10 categories to celebrate the best of business and recognise success among firms and individuals across Dorset. New categories this year are Social Impact and Digital & Technology.

The free to enter annual awards are back for their second year following a four-year hiatus during Covid19.

Ian said: “The Dorset Business Awards are go. We have so many exceptional businesses in Dorset who deserve to be recognised for their innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to the local economy.

“The prestigious Dorset Business Awards are the perfect way to not only acknowledge their excellence but are also a fantastic celebration of the thriving, diverse and supportive business community we have in the county.

“Our independent panel of judges includes experts and leaders from across all sectors, looking to review the entries and celebrate the leaders in their field.”

This year’s Dorset Business Awards judges at the launch of the 2024 event included, from left: Kelly Levell, WeDoEthical; Emily Fripp, Efeca; Warren Munson, Evolve; Linda Middleton-Jones; International Trade Matters; Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber; Charlie Bailey-Ryall, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK LTD; Seemin Suleri, Prima Assicurazioni; Toni Taylor, Tru Talent; Sue Brade-Waring, Aspirin Business Solutions Ltd and Paul Tansey, Intergage Group

Award categories unveiled at the launch event are:

  • Best New Business Award
  • Best Place to Work Award
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Customer Experience Award
  • Digital and Technology Award
  • Environmental Impact Award
  • Export Business Award
  • Future Leader Award
  • Scaleup Award
  • Social Impact Award

The awards, which are part of the Dorset Business Festival 2024, are open to all businesses in the county.

The festival will be a fortnight packed with networking, thought leadership and celebrations during a packed itinerary based around an Expo, Conference, and the awards.

Last year’s inaugural three-day event saw more than 1,000 businesses taking part.

Lester Aldridge is the Premier Festival Partner for the second year running. Blue Sky Financial Planning, Bournemouth & Poole College, Dorset Council and YMCA Bournemouth have returned as Festival Partners. EV specialists ElectriX has also come on board as a partner for this year’s festival.

Grant Esterhuizen, Partner at Lester Aldridge said: “As the Premier Partner of Dorset Business Festival, Lester Aldridge celebrates the diverse tapestry of businesses in our region.

“We believe in the power of this collective diversity to drive innovation, prosperity, and positive impact. Supporting the festival underscores our commitment to fostering growth and collaboration across all sectors.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 10 October at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth as the grand finale of the festival.

Award entries open on 1 May and close on 13 June. Entries can be submitted online on the chamber website. The awards are free to enter and are open to all organisations across Dorset.

Visit to enter, meet the judges and to find out more Dorset Business Awards.

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