The Blackmore Vale Awards 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural digital Blackmore Vale Awards, in partnership with Marketing West Events. The BV Awards are here to celebrate the range and quality of local businesses – as well as community heroes – often working entirely unacknowledged among us.

In the face of an astonishing couple of years, local businesses have shown not only amazing resilience and ingenuity but also a community spirit we should all be cheering. We’re immensely proud that the first digital Blackmore Vale Awards will celebrate the people in business in the Covid era – the people who have pivoted, the people who have survived and those who have coped with unprecedented change. And of course those who, like us, thought the pandemic might be an excellent time to start a new adventure…

These free-to-enter awards aim to promote innovation and enterprise in our rural corner of the country; whether you are a single-person start-up or a large business, a great boss or a happy employee there are categories for you to enter and opportunities to celebrate and share. 

As well as the business awards we’re also looking for our Community Hero – chosen by public vote.

Entry is open now – and yes of COURSE there’ll be a totally fabulous gala ‘do’ for awards night! All finalists will be invited – details to be revealed, but save the date for May 9th 2022.

Our Three-Point Promise:

  1. Entry is free.
  2. Judging will be independent.
  3. There will be a category for every business.


The categories:

  • Large Business of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Best Place to Work
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Local Producer-Artisan Business of the Year
  • Young Business of the Year
  • Best Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Green/Eco Business of the Year
  • Community Hero Award

Click here for category details and entry guidelines

Questions about your entry?
Contact Lindsay Jones via e-mail: lindsayjones@marketingwest.co.uk

Please use the form below to select the category you wish to enter. You can enter as many categories as you wish but must make separate entries for each category. We reserve the right to add entrants to additional categories, where suitable.

Please read the entry guidelines before entering. We suggest you read the guidelines, and then draft your nomination before completing the form. Then simply copy/paste when you get to that point.

Entries close at 2.00 pm on Friday, 25th January 2022.

Key Dates

Thursday, 30th September 2021: We’re officially launched! Entries and nominations are open.

Friday, 25th January 2021: Entries close and the judging starts. Judging will be carried out by an independent group of judges. All judging will be independently, via a secure online voting system.

Monday, 9th May 2022: The awards ceremony will be an evening black tie gala event at a local venue with the winners announced.