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West Dorset Gold Business Awards

Dorset Local  Business Awards 

       Across the Year ..... Across the County

Who are we?

Recognising Excellence, Rewarding Success

Welcome to the West Dorset Gold Business Awards, the premier platform acknowledging and rewarding business success in the area. These awards are the 'Winners of the Winners'

from the Bridport, Dorchester, and Weymouth

Business Awards. Our judges looked at the winners in each category, in those three awards, and arrived at the overall winners for West Dorset.

This means you cannot enter these awards only the individual ones listed above plus the new Portland awards to have a chance of being a winner in the West Dorset Business Awards in 2024.

Good Luck!

Local businesses are the backbone of the UK economy

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2024 West Dorset Awards
Latest News

After the success of the September ‘23 West Dorset Gold Awards, and based on the winners of our 2024 Bridport, Dorchester, Jurassic, and Weymouth Awards, I’m pleased to announce the judging for the 2024 awards will be completed on Thursday, 18th July with the winner’s announcement at 12.00 noon on Tuesday, 30th July. 


This year, to give as many businesses as possible the chance to watch the announcement, the winners’ announcement will be online via the West Dorset Awards website and the Marketing West website. Based on our experience in other areas viewing figures will be over 200.


Then on Thursday, 19th September we will be holding a face-to-face winners’ presentation and buffet lunch. All winners and sponsors will be invited. The category sponsors will present their award to their regional winners with each category having Gold and Silver winners. 

More news very soon.

Award  Categories

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Excellence in Customer Service Award

          Theatre School

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Health & Fitness Business of the Year Award

          Highbrow Skin &     
             Laser Clinic

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Best Place to Work Award

           Purple Office

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Community Support Award

Lyme Regis Community Supp.

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Independent Business of the Year Award

          Dodgsons DIY

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B2B Business of the Year Award

         Honey Asset Finance


New Business of the Year Award

      West Dorset Magazine


Family Business of the Year Award

         Heavers of Bridport

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Young Entrepreneur/Rising Star Award

           Cameron Small


Green/Eco Business of the Year Award

  West Bay Discovery Centre


Café/Pub Casual Dining Business of the Year Award

         Mercato Italiano


Digital Innovation Award

        Shire Hall Museum


Retail Business of the Year Award

           Smith & Smith

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Restaurant of the Year Award

      Les Enfants Terribles


Arts & Crafts

     Aperture Photographic

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Awards Nomination & Entry

Nomination Process for West Dorset Gold Business Awards

You can't nominate a business in these awards as they are not open for entries or nominations - the judges look at the winners in the Weymouth, Bridport and Dorchester awards and pick the West Dorset winners from them. However you can nominate a business in the Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport Awards when they are open. Just follow the link under Awards on the Marketing West website. The nominations process is a straightforward but fantastic way to recognise business excellence and innovation in those towns. Whether you're a business owner or a local resident, anyone can nominate a business. Here's how:

Step 1

Identify the Category

Step 2



Step 3 

Fill in the


Step 4

Submit Documentation

West Dorset Gold Business Awards Judges

A panel of independent judges assesses the winning entries and nominations in the Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport awards to give us our West Dorset Gold Awards winners.  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.

Sponsors and Supporters of the 2023/24 West Dorset Gold Business Awards

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We at ActionCOACH are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the  West Dorset Gold 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 West Dorset Gold Business Awards


Purple Accountants

Purple Accountants of Poundbury, Dorchester are thrilled to be one of the West Dorset Gold 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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