We’re backing Dorset businesses with sponsorship of the county’s prestigious annual awards.

The Dorset Business Awards will be launched in early July before the honours are announced at a glittering ceremony in November.

We’re proud to sponsor one of the new categories for this year’s awards although we can’t say which one until the official launch day.

Organisers from Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) are aiming for one of the biggest and best awards so far.

There are so many exceptional companies deserving recognition for their achievements and there has never been a better time to celebrate their successes as we look to new horizons following Brexit.

We’re delighted to show our support for the Chamber and the county’s brilliant businesses through our sponsorship and involvement with the awards.

We’re looking forward to seeing some outstanding entries. As a four times winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and the Exporter of the Year title at the 2006 Dorset Business Awards, we know the benefits which success can bring.

It drives business enquiries, enhances brand recognition, acts as a valuable recruitment and staff retention tool, generates great publicity, makes staff feel proud of their workplace and is one the best third party endorsements for your business.

We would encourage all businesses to enter. It is free and applications can be lodged online.

Entries officially open on July 6 when we’ll be able to say more about our sponsorship category too.

The closing date is September 3 before the awards night on November 23 at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Read more about the awards at http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/business/news/15377630.Five_new_categories_as_Dorset_Business_Awards_prepare_to_launch/?ref=mac