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Gillingham Business Awards

Dorset Local Business Awards

Across the Year..... Across the County

Announcing the 2024 Awards
The five stages to the awards

Who are we?

Recognising Excellence, Rewarding Success

Welcome to the Gillingham Business Awards, the premier platform celebrating the business excellence in our community. Our mission is to recognise and reward local businesses that have made significant contributions to the local economy, business innovation, and community spirit.

Local businesses are the backbone of the UK economy

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1. The categories will be announced in August '24 through an online promotional video about the awards, its sponsors and its categories. Entries will open at the same time.

2. The awards will be further promoted with a Gillingham focused business seminar at lunchtime on Thursday, 11th October '24. We will have a range of speakers covering areas from cyber security through to growing your business and business funding.

3. Entries close at 14.00 on Monday 9th December '24.

4. The awards ceremony is at lunchtime on Thursday, 16th January '25

5. This will be followed with a souvenir booklet of the awards with photos of all the winners and the sponsors, with copies supplied to all sponsors and winners to distribute..


 Best Place to Work 


 Café/Pub/Casual Dining


 Green/Eco Business


 Digital Innovation


Restaurant of the Year


 Excellence in Customer Service 


 Independent Business 


B2B  Business


Community Support


 Family Business 


New Business 


 Business with Less than Ten Staff 

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Awards Nomination & Entry

The 2023 awards are now closed but look out for details early next year on the 2024 awards when again you will be able to enter the Gillingham Business Awards for Free! Whether you're a business owner or a local resident, you will have the opportunity to nominate outstanding local businesses in multiple award categories via this website.

Nomination Process for Gillingham Business Awards

Participating in the Gillingham Business Awards nomination process is a straightforward yet significant step towards recognising business excellence and innovation in Gillingham. Whether you are a business owner or a local resident, anyone can nominate a business. Here's how

Step 1

Identify the Category

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Step 3 

Fill in the


Step 4

Submit Documentation

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Gillingham Business Awards Judges

The Gillingham Business Awards are judged by a group of independent judges. The process is entirely online and the judges do not know who the other judges are. They receive a brief and a copy of the entries and nominations plus a voting spreadsheet. They vote in each category for their first choice, second and so on. They return the spreadsheet which is fed into the master sheet which tells us who are the winners.

 Sponsors of the 2024 Gillingham Business Awards

To be announced in July '24

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We at ActionCOACH are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the 2023 Gillingham Business Awards. The principle behind the awards are aligned with our own value at ActionCOACH. Two of our "points of culture" are "excellence" and "success", so we are proud to align with this initiative highlighting top-performing businesses across the area

Headline Sponsor for Gillingham Business Awards


Dextra Group

Dextra Group is the largest privately owned lighting manufacturer in the UK. With over 40 years’ experience, our commitment to total service and in continuous investment enables us to be at the cutting edge of luminaire development.  Employee development is one of our core values and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Young Entrepreneur / Rising Star award, thus recognising the vision, achievement and impact on business of these individuals in the local area.

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