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Awards created and organised by MW Events - Championing local business.


Entries open on Monday, 30th May 2022 and close at 14.00 on Monday, 12th September. The awards ceremony will be at lunchtime on Friday, 28th October 2022. The venue is the Lighthouse in Poole. The enter just click on the relevant box below. Also please read the guidelines and T and C's before entering.

Sponsors and supporters are already signing up for the 2022 awards. Thanks to the below for joining us. More will be announced next week.

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These are grassroots business awards focusing on the 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 live-streamed 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. Local sponsors are welcomed. The cost of sponsorship is realistic and not exorbitant.

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


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

“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, Humphreys Kirk

"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


Arts, Crafts and Manufacturers

Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign

Best Place to Work 

Best Staff Training and Development

Café, Pub, Leisure 

Employee of the Year 

Excellence in Customer Service 

Family Business of the Year

Green Business of the Year

Health, Beauty, Fitness

Independent Business of the Year

New Business of the Year

Outstanding Community Support

Professional Services Provider

Sales Team of the Year

Overall Business of the Year

2021 Winners

Lytchett Bay Soaps

Protect Line

Lewis Manning

Matthew Barker/Barker Group

Poole Seafood Festival

Fitness Formula

JK House



Rebecca East/Dutton Gregory

Jessica Wicks

Dutton Gregory

Waste Not


Podcast Labs

2021 Business of the Year

The Barker Group

2022 Winners

The 2022 winners will be announced at the lunchtime awards ceremony on Friday,

28th October 2022. 



Here's some of the photos from the awards. Just click on the picture to enlarge it. If you would like the picture emailed to you please let us know via the below email link.

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