We are celebrating the superb section of industry in our area with the 2019 Dorset Echo Industry Awards to highlight the many companies, across myriad sectors, which make such a huge contribution to our economy - we want you to tell us the businesses that make living in Dorset even better.

Dorset Echo:

The awards bring together the best of businesses in the DT postcode sector, recognising and showcasing their achievements.

There are innovative industries, both big and small, operating in fields from food to fashion, tourism to technology, employing thousands of people, exporting around the world or helping to attract visitors to our county and we aim to celebrate their achievements with these prestigious awards.

Businesses are welcome to nominate themselves. Or, anyone outside a business interested in its impact on the wider community and local economy can enter a nomination in any of the categories.

Once received the nominations will be considered by our judging panel.  The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category in the Dorset Echo.  All three category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join the overall sponsor Natwest, event sponsor Weymouth College and their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at Weymouth College on Thursday June 13, where the winners will be announced.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Dorset Echo or on dorsetecho.co.uk and will also be featured in the category winners' coverage in the Dorset Echo and online at dorsetecho.co.uk


  • Apprenticeship/training employer – Sponsored by Weymouth College
  • Business development or innovative idea - Sponsored by Shalim's Balti House
  • Contribution to tourism
  • New Business (Started in the past 2 years) – Sponsored by Dream Doors
  • Customer service excellence – Sponsored by BMI
  • Social media engagement – Sponsored by Sherrens
  • Retailer of the year – Sponsored by Brewery Square
  • Product or service – Sponsored by Active Mobility
  • Food / drink experience - Sponsored by NatWest.
  • Business leader – Sponsored by Successful Women In Business

How to enter

Give the reason for your nomination in 100 to 250 words by clicking here or simply email 100-250 words to industryawards@localiq.co.uk The category, name, address, website, contact name and telephone number must be submitted with each nomination.   

All fields must be filled in - For Category Criteria click the link here: Dorset Echo Industry Awards Category Criteria 2019.docx

Closing date for nominations May 6, 2019. 

Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit www.newsquest.co.uk/prize-competition-rules/ for full details. £250 multi-media advertising prize valid for use until 31st December 2019.

Our 2019 sponsors

Dorset Echo:

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital in Dorchester, Dorset is delighted to be part of the Dorset Industry Awards 2019, and proud to be sponsoring the Customer Excellence Award at this year’s event. The awards do a great job of acknowledging the very best performers from all key sectors, so it is exciting to be involved.

As a company and hospital who value customer satisfaction so highly, we also feel this particular award is a great one for us to be able to sponsor.

Here at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital in 2018 99.1% of our patients would recommend us to family and friends.

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital offers treatments and services for those who live in Dorchester, Dorset and further afield.

BMI Healthcare's exclusive online magazine - Health Matters. Here you'll find everything from healthy living news and research, to interviews with fitness experts and celebrities.


Dorset Echo:

NatWest is one of the biggest supporters of business in Dorset helping more than 2,000 local companies. From access to funding and technology right through to our sector specialist relationship managers and business growth enablers, we’re committed to ensuring businesses have the support and help they need to grow and achieve their potential. That’s why in 2018 we increased our lending to Dorset businesses to nearly £300m and why in 2019 we’re working to help even more companies. Visit www.business.natwest.com for more information about how NatWest can help your business.

Dorset Echo:

Successful Women was founded by Gill Donnell MBE, an experienced leader, motivational speaker and business coach, who has spent much of her working life promoting the role of women in the workplace.

Delivering single gender training interventions, one-to-one coaching and the hugely popular Successful Women in Business Network, fast becoming THE business networking meeting for women in the South West.

In 2009, Gill’s work was recognised with the Award of an MBE. In 2015, she won the Dorset Venus Award for Most Influential Woman and in 2018 was appointed as The Institute of Directors South West Ambassador for Diversity. 

Dorset Echo:

Established in 1996 and with over 23 years of experience Active Mobility has combined a desire to deliver the best possible service with the highest quality products, earning a respected reputation and a faithful customer base.

Offering honest advice and expert knowledge to our customers, enabling them to make wise and informed choices when they buy we are the only local installers of stairlifts and do not lead generate to national companies.

Active members of the British Healthcare Trades Association, we also work closely with NHS professionals and assessment centres, offering advice and demonstrations.

Visit our showrooms in Weymouth or Poundbury – there is FREE unlimited parking at both – to see a wide selection of scooters, wheelchairs, stairlifts, rise/recline arm-chairs, profiling beds and daily living aids for sale and also for hire.

Call us at Dorchester on 01305 213141 or Weymouth on 01305 774422 or visit active-mobility.co.uk.

Dorset Echo:

At Dream Doors we supply a whole spectrum of services, from simple door swaps right through to the design and installation of new kitchens and bedrooms. The best place to view our products and designs is your local showroom in Dorchester, where business owner Keith can run you through the options available for your kitchen.

All Dream Doors kitchens are made to measure, so you can choose your favourite design and then leave us to figure out how to make it work in your kitchen. We have a wide selection of styles and finishes to match every taste, whether you like modern monochrome or classic country.

Dream Doors work closely with our customers to ensure your budget goes as far as possible and that your kitchen design is seamless. A total transformation can be achieved in as little as 2-3 days by putting new doors onto old units or replacing old worktops with new ones to revitalise your kitchen.


Dorset Echo:

Sherrens The Printers is your one stop, walk in, print, scan and copy shop. We can offer full design or print from supplied print ready files from a small sticker, business card to a large poster or banner, we cover it all. Open to the public and trade, providing high quality, responsive, cost effective print and sign solution all under one roof. Plenty of free parking based on the Granby, trading in Weymouth since 1837.

www.sherrens.com  Business Phone Number: 01305 785265

Dorset Echo:

There are a wealth of businesses in Dorset operating in a wide variety of areas, all making a great contribution to our local economy.

At Weymouth College we believe passionately in the partnership between local students, local businesses and the wider economy.  We actively work with employers to ensure that the right training options are in place – for both school leavers and those currently in employment – to help grow the skilled local workforce of the future

We hope that in 2019 the Dorset Echo Industry awards will once again recognise the efforts and achievements of those local Dorset companies and enterprises similarly committed to working towards a successful, well-resourced and productive economic future for Dorset.   

Dorset Echo:

Brewery Square is a vibrant and stylish regeneration in the heart of Dorchester which currently boasts a variety of shops, eateries and leisure facilities including; Nando's, Carluccio's, Zizzi, Hobbs, Phase Eight, a Premier Inn Hotel, Anytime Fitness and a 3 screen Odeon Cinema.

As well as the well known brands of shops, eateries and leisure facilities, Brewery Square is also home to various independent businesses, such as The Deli Kitchen, Curiositea, Woods Furniture, Avenue Interiors and more.

Brewery Square is also home to 221 apartments, as well as a 36 jet water feature in the centre of the square.

Dorset Echo:

The family run Shalims Indian restaurant first opened its doors in Weymouth back in 1996 on Commercial Road in Weymouth under the name of The Balti House Indian Restaurant. The father and son business grew from strength to strength in the 1990s and in 2000 Shalim took over the business from his father. Shalims Indian restaurant has won countless local and national awards including the British Curry Awards a total of 5 times. Shalims has been a mainstay of Indian cuisine in Weymouth for the last 30 years. Setting the standard for food, in an exclusive metropolitan ambience.

www.shalimsbaltihouse.co.uk      Book your table or order at 01305 783515