A Distinctly Unique ‘Big Day’ for Prominent Local Bridal Boutique


Last week, the inaugural Gillingham Business Awards captivated considerable attention, attracting a substantial number of entries and nominations from a diverse array of local enterprises. A multitude of business figures congregated with the Mayor, Cllr Barry von Clemens, at The Old Brewery Cafe and Kitchen in Gillingham Dorset for the award ceremony held last Thursday, to join in the celebration.

Nigel Reeve of Marketing West Events, the event organiser, commented, “The Gillingham awards are a continuation of the local business awards we currently host across Dorset, from Dorchester in the west to Bournemouth in the east. These awards are fundamentally about endorsing and honouring the businesses that form the cornerstone of our local economies and significantly contribute to job creation and entrepreneurial spirit within the business community.”

The jubilant winners included Abbey Starr from Farnfields, who was acclaimed as the Rising Star of the Year, an accolade sponsored by the prominent local firm, the Dextra Group. Taylor & Co Lettings clinched the Independent Business of the Year, supported by Hub Accountants. The Customer Service award went to Station Road Garage 1912 Ltd with sponsorship from ActionCOACH. Other victors comprised Dorset Tech, Natura Care Solutions, Franks Maintenance Group, Tops Day Nursery, the BV Magazine, and The Old Brewery Café & Kitchen.

A relatively new establishment in Gillingham, Brides of Dorset experienced an extraordinarily special day themselves. Emerging triumphantly, with three awards, including New Business of the Year and Overall Business of the Year 2023.

All the winners of the Gillingham Business awards
Abbey Starr from Farnfields Rising sxtar of the Year 2023
Small Business of the Year Dorset Tech
New Business of the year Brides of Dorset
Independent business of the year Taylor & Co
Independent business of the year runner up – Brides of Dorset
Winner of the Green Eco Awards – Tops Day Nursery
Excellence in Customer Service – Station Road Garage
Family Business of the year – Franks Maintenance Group
Pub and Casual Dining Award – The Old Brewery Cafe and Kitchen
Best Place to work – Natura Care Solutions
Outstanding Digital innovation Award – The BV Magazine
Overall Business of the Year – Brides of Dorset


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