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Marketing West Events promoting and supporting local businesses with grassroots business awards in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne, Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, and Lyme Regis/Charmouth.

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These are grassroots business awards focussing on the great quality and range of local businesses. 


The awards are not an excuse for a party. The focus is on the entries and not the event. It's a chance for local businesses to get together, while the awards presentation will also be streamed online to reach the maximum number of people.

Our Six-Point Promise

  1. The role of the awards is to promote the range and quality of local businesses.

  2. Entry will be free.

  3. Judging will be independent and online with no outside influence.

  4. There will be a category for every business.

  5. Businesses can also be involved as category and supporting sponsors at a price that is fair and not exorbitant.

  6. The awards ceremony will be open to all. The cost to attend will just be the cost to us.



Entries open via this website on Monday, 1st August and close at 14.00 on Monday, 28th November 2022.

Just click on the relevant below buttons to enter or nominate in any of the categories listed below (scroll down to see the list)

We recommend you read the guidelines before you put an entry in.

Key Dates

The awards ceremony will be at lunchtime on Thursday, 26th January '23 at The Grosvenor Arms.


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Entries for the inaugural Shaftesbury Business Awards opened on Monday this week via the awards website ( with over 50 entries/nominations arriving in the first 24 hours.


Said Nigel Reeve of the organisers, MW Events, "The response has been incredible. It shows a very high level of interest in these awards. The awards simply focus on promoting the range and quality of local businesses. Entry is free, businesses can enter as many categories as they wish. They can also get their customers to nominate them.


I'd like to thank the Shaftesbury Chamber for their support, plus Alfred, the local radio station. Also, the supporters and sponsors who are backing these awards."


The awards organisers are holding an informal awards update meeting between 17.30 and 18.45 on Wednesday, 15th September. The venue is the Grosvenor Arms, and all are invited. Details will be on the awards website from Monday, 15th August.


Entries close on Monday, 28th November so there's plenty of time to get entries/nominations in. The awards ceremony is at The Grosvenor Arms at lunchtime on Thursday, 28th January. Immediately after the ceremony, the awards will be shown in full via YouTube.

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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

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Draft categories to be confirmed before entries open on 1st August. If you have any additional suggestions please email us via the below link.

Arts, Crafts and Local Manufacturers

B2B Business of the Year

Best Place to Work

Café, Pub, Casual Dining 

Excellence in Customer Service

Family Business of the Year


Heath and Fitness

Beauty and Fashion

Business Lifetime Achievement Award

Independent Business 

New Business of the Year

Retail Business of the Year

Outstanding Use of Social Media

Young Entrepreneur/Rising Star

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If you would like to become a sponsor or supporter like the above email us. 

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Awards creators and organisers

Marketing West SW Ltd.

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T.01935 83146

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