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Sherborne Business Awards

Dorset Local Business Awards                  Across the Year ..... Across the County

Who are we?

Recognising Excellence, Rewarding Success

Welcome to the Sherborne Business Awards, the foremost platform recognising and rewarding business success in our community. Our mission is to highlight and reward those entrepreneurial businesses that have made great contributions to the local economy, business innovation and community spirit.



Local businesses are the backbone of the UK economy

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The 2024 awards will launch on Thursday, 18th July with a lunchtime business debate covering local business issues plus the full details of the 2024 awards.

More details below.

       The 2025 awards will open in autumn 2024

The 2024 Sherborne Business Exchange, Video and Awards

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The awards will be launched at our new Business Exchange at lunchtime on Thursday July 18th. This new business event will feature key Dorset guest speakers covering the Awards and Writing a Winning Entry, Funding & Grants from the Dorset Growth Hub, Business Growth from Action Coach, AI & Cyber Security from Bournemouth University, Supporting the local community from Abbey FM, and Workplace Health from Dorset Mind. It will be a chance to hear from our experts, put questions to them, and enjoy some relaxed  networking to meet new contacts.



Then in September we will launch a Sherborne town video, which will promote the range and quality of local businesses. If you would like to be included let us know.

Excitingly, the next awards ceremony will have a festive flavour as it will be on Thursday 5th December '24. Digby Hall and the Awards will have a Christmas Feel this Year with three winners in each category. More news about that very soon.


Entries open Thursday July 18th

Award  Categories


B2B Business of the Year


Family Business Award


Young Entrepreneur Award


Community Support Award


 Green/Eco Business Award


Best Place to Work Award


Customer Service Award


Café/Pub/Casual Dining 


Apprentice of the Year


New Business of the Year Award


Independent Business Award


Retail Business of the Year Award 

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Awards Nomination & Entry

The entries and nominations open on July 18th 2024

Nomination Process for Sherborne Business Awards

Engaging in the Sherborne Business Awards nomination process is a straightforward but fantastic way to recognise business excellence and innovation in Sherborne. Whether you're 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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Sherborne Business Awards Judges


A panel of independent judges assesses the Sherborne Business Awards entries and nominations. The process is done online and the judges cast their votes on a spreadsheet that is then entered onto the master spreadsheet giving us our winners.

Their independence from each other means the votes are a true reflection of their views with no outside influence.

Our first Sponsors and Supporters of the 2024 Sherborne Business Awards. More to be announced shortly.

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We at ActionCOACH are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the 2023/24 Sherborne 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 the Sherborne Business Awards


Purple Accountants

Purple Accountants of Poundbury, Dorchester are thrilled to be one of the Sherborne Business Awards. As a business providing accountancy and taxation services to businesses throughout the South we understand first-hand the challenges and have developed our live management accounting service to assist businesses develop and prosper.

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