Marketing West, the Dorset events, promotions and marketing company, has announced the launch of the Sherborne Business Awards.
The awards are the brainchild of Marketing West director Nigel Reeve, who runs a series of Sherborne area networking breakfasts and online events.
The businessman, who has enjoyed a high-flying career in marketing and the media, has had many years of experience of organising business conferences and awards.
He said: “I first had the idea about a year ago, but it had to be put on hold. However, it didn’t go away.
“Sherborne is fiercely proud of its range of independent businesses and rightly so.
“Two business contacts in the area suggested I look again.
“The idea is to use the awards to promote the range of local businesses.
“The award ceremony will be a celebration of local business, not an excuse for a party.
“We have consulted with a number of businesses to ensure the categories cover the full range of local services.
“The awards will be free to enter and simple to enter.
“The entry form will be available online and will take no more than ten minutes to complete.
“We are planning a launch event in October and the awards lunchtime ceremony at the end of February.
“Both events will be held at Leweston School on the edge of Sherborne, while the awards event will also have live streaming.
“Entry forms will be available from early November.
“I believe we now need to be positive to get business moving again and hope that these awards will contribute in a small way.”
Marketing West is also planning a breakfast seminar (plus live streaming) on Thursday, November 5.
Called ‘Relight the Flame – get business moving again’, it will be held at Minterne House between Dorchester and Sherborne.
The speakers will be business journalist Declan Curry, entrepreneur Sir Rob McCabe, and Brendan Rendall, talking about the art of positive thinking. All three will be at the venue face to face.
By: Andrew Diprose Dorset Biz News