First Shaftesbury Business Awards winners are celebrating gongs

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Winners of the inaugural Shaftesbury Business Awards held at the Grovesnor Arms. Picture: Paul Collins/PC Visuals.

A great success’ was the verdict on the first Shaftesbury Business Awards after 15 of the town’s finest businesses and individuals, were singled out for recognition.
The Grosvenor Arms hosted the event with more than 60 business leaders celebrating the range and quality of businesses in the town.
Cllr Piers Brown, mayor of Shaftesbury joined the sponsors to present the awards which were spread over 15 categories.
Shirley Allum Boutique Fashions & Lingerie was named as the overall Business of the Year.
Nigel Reeve, of Marketing West, organisers of the awards, said: ‘We knew there was great interest in the awards from local businesses when we received over 150 entries and nominations.
‘Supporting local businesses has never been more important.
‘They drive the local economy, they innovate and they create jobs. We hope, in a small way, these awards help build their profile and make people realise what a great choice of businesses they have on their doorstep.
‘I’d also like to thank the sponsors, many of which are Shaftesbury businesses, for making these awards possible.’
The awards concluded with the announcement that Gillingham is next in line to have its own business awards, and that the second year of the Shaftesbury Business Awards was also confirmed with the final scheduled for January 2024.

Details of all winners and sponsors, with links, can be seen on our facebook post.

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