THIRTY-three hopeful finalists for this year’s Dorset Business Awards will gather at an exclusive drinks reception, sponsored by Inspire Professional Services on Monday (November 14).

Taking place at the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole, guests to the reception will be able to find out further information regarding the glittering awards gala dinner where the winners will be announced.

The finalists will be able to meet their award sponsors and mingle with other contenders who have also made the shortlist for Dorset’s brightest businesses.

The awards are organised by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), held in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo and backed by radio station Wave 105.

Stuart Dixon, head of events and marketing at DCCI, said: "We are looking forward to meeting our shortlisted finalists at this celebratory drinks evening and to wish them luck ahead of the glitz and glamour of the Gala Dinner.

"It is a triumphant night to honour the businesses who have worked hard to reach the penultimate stage of our Awards programme.” 

The 2016 finalists include:
Business Engagement with the Community Award, sponsored by J.P. Morgan
•    Rachel Scott Singing Lessons and Recording Studio, Weymouth
•    Redweb, Bournemouth
•    The Short and Sweet Company, Wimborne
Creative and Digital Impact Award, sponsored by Liz Lean PR and Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) 
•    Amuzo, Bournemouth
•    Greenwood Campbell / LV=, Bournemouth
•    Salad Creative, Poole 
Emerging Business Award, sponsored by The Training Room 
•    Aish Technologies, Poole
•    Avius, Bournemouth
•    Koh Group, Poole
Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Bournemouth University
•    Karina Grassy of Slumbersac Trading Co Ltd, Wimborne
•    Lloyd Greenfield of Glow Green Ltd, Bournemouth
•    Simon Brooks of Seventa Events Ltd, Bournemouth
Francis Clark Family Business Award
•    Hoburne, Highcliffe
•    The Drewitt Group, Bournemouth
•    Trimetals, Blandford Forum 
UK Health Insurance Investing in Dorset Award 
•    Chococo, Wareham
•    Dike & Son, Stalbridge
•    Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot
Lester Aldridge and Santander Company of the Year Award
•    JC & RH Palmer Ltd, Bridport
•    Parkeon Transit Ltd, Poole
•    Structural Metal Decks (SMD), Poole
Nuffield Health Excellence in Customer Service Award
•    Beales Gourmet, Poole
•    Harts of Stur, Sturminster Newton
•    Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot 
Retail Experience Award, sponsored by the Dolphin Shopping Centre 
•    Dike & Son, Stalbridge
•    Forum Jewellery, Broadstone
•    The Perfume Shop, Poole
Team of the Year Award, sponsored by TeamJobs
•    Beales Gourmet, Poole
•    Candlelight Care, Sherborne
•    Seventa Events, Poole
VoIP Unlimited Business Engagement with Education Award
•    Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
•    The Honest Agency, Sturminster Newton
•    Ultra Electronics, Wimborne

The awards gala dinner ceremony takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth on Thursday, November 24. 

To purchase tickets call 01202 714800 and for more information visit