BOSSES at an Italian business have said their shops are “thriving in a competitive market” after they scooped a host of awards. 

The Italian Group, comprising The Italian Kitchen and The Italian Bakery, has shops in Wareham and Swanage. 

The Italian Kitchen, on Wareham Quay, was recently awarded the overall best accolade of business of the year, following on from winning restaurant of the year. 

Head chef Shannon Richards won young entrepreneur of the year also at the Purbeck Business Awards at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage. 

Bosses have said the business is “renowned for its commitment to quality and service”, with its food blending British and Italian influences. 

They added the brand “has built its renowned reputation by focusing on the quality of their cuisine and on their customers”. 

Istvan Kohazi, group manager of the Italian Group, said: “We are honoured and thrilled to receive recognition at the Purbeck Business Awards. 

"These achievements are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of our entire team. 

“We remain committed to delivering exceptional value to our customers and contributing positively to the business landscape.” 

The Purbeck Business Awards, held on February 8, showcases and celebrates the best the world of business has to offer in the area.