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The Dorset Business Awards 2019 is looking for the county’s business leaders, and best companies, to honour at its prestigious ceremony in November.

Company of the Year, sponsored by Lester Aldridge, acknowledges all-round business excellence, across all sectors and industries. The 2018 winner, BV Dairy, was commended for its involvement with the community and concern for the environment, as well as investing to procure growth. Judges are looking for local companies, or subsidiaries of national or international businesses with a UK head office in a BH or DT postcode that can demonstrate an excellent financial track record, staff growth, impressive sales results and a commitment to all-round excellence.

Grant Esterhuizen, Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at Lester Aldridge, commented: “As proud sponsors, once again, of the Company of the Year Award, which recognises the premier company in Dorset, we are looking forward to receiving entries from across the county. We can’t wait to find out who is at the top of their game through the Awards’ judging process.”

Stuart Dixon, Head of Marketing and Communications at Dorset Chamber, added: “Entering this category offers you the opportunity to showcase your business as a key player in the county and to demonstrate that you are a leader within your sector, as well as inspiring your staff and customers. It can also serve as a great recruitment drive, who wouldn’t want to work for one of the best businesses?”

The Awards, supported by the Daily Echo and Wave 105, are now open and are free for everyone to enter. Entrants will need to complete and submit an entry via by Friday, August 2. Finalists will be invited to the Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 28 when the winners will be announced.

For further information about the Awards or to purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner, please visit or contact the Dorset Chamber on 01202 714810. Tickets cost £90 + VAT per person, or £850 + VAT for a table of 10 (Dorset Chamber members), or cost £100 + VAT per person, or £950 + VAT for a table of 10 (non-Dorset Chamber members).

Photo: Managing Partner Matthew Barrow presenting BV Dairy with the Company of the Year Award 2018.