Congratulations to all of the finalists in this year’s Dorset Business Awards.

The Dorset Chamber has just revealed the shortlists for each category in this year’s 25th anniversary extravaganza.

We’re proud to be sponsor of the Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Award along with Atlas Elektronik UK.

Well done to the finalists in ‘our’ category: Actisense, Field International Ltd and Precision Acoustics.

The standard once again was exceptional and we’re looking forward to revealing the name of the winner on the awards night, November 28.

As we celebrate our centenary this year, we know just how important manufacturing and engineering excellence has been to the success of our business.

Manufacturing and engineering are bedrocks of the local and national economy, and it is vital that this sector receives the recognition and support it deserves.

The Dorset Business Awards are a perfect way of doing this, and shining a spotlight on some of the many exceptional firms we have in the county.

We’ve sponsored the prestigious awards for three consecutive years.

We’re a previous winner of the Exporter of the Year, and have also won four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade, so we know what a great boost awards success can bring.

A total of 36 firms are finalists in 12 categories at the awards.

The 2019 finalists are:

Business Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership
● Jamie Sergeant of ThisIsCrowd Ltd
● Marianne Storey of Dorset Mind
● Martin Edwards of Julia’s House

Dorset Environmental Award, sponsored by Dorset Wildlife Trust and Kingston Mauward College
● Black Pig Retreats
● English Oak Vineyard
● The Green House Hotel

Excellence in Exporting Award, sponsored by HSBC and PSP Worldwide Logistics
• Aviation & Defence Spares Ltd
• Modulift
• Sontronics

TeamJobs Team of the Year
● Ceuta Group
● Friars Moor Vets
● Mazars

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Superior Seals Ltd
• Emily Birkett of Outpost VFX
• Natasha Hockey of Cobham plc
• Ollie Dukes of Caterpillar Marine Power UK Limited

Creative Impact Award, sponsored by Liz Lean PR and Digital Storm
● Aylesworth Fleming
● Fireworx
● Global Brand Communications

Employee Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Ouch Training Team
• Greendale Construction Limited
• Health-on-Line
• Investec Wealth & Investment

Lester Aldridge Company of the Year
• ThisIsCrowd Ltd
• Mploy Staffing Solutions
• Precision Acoustics Ltd

PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award
● Hoburne Group
● Marsham Court Hotel
● West Dorset Leisure Holidays

Enhanced Business Growth Award
• Avec UK
• Hoburne Group
• Venture Engineering Group

BV Dairy Investing in Dorset Award
● Black Pig Retreats
● Burnbake Forest Lodges & Campsite
● Dorset Cruises

Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Award, sponsored by REID Steel and Atlas Elektronik
● Actisense
● Field International LTD
● Precision Acoustics