SUCCESSFUL businesses were singled out at the Open 4 Business awards last night.
The evening, at Weymouth College, saw Beaminster-based Marketing West scoop the Business of the Year award after scoring the most points from judges.
It also received the Best Marketing Campaign award for its Furleigh Estates campaign.
Julie Cleaver, managing director of Open 4 Business, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making the awards ceremony and dinner an absolute success. 
“2012 has been a tough year for a lot of businesses with many new challenges and opportunities and last night provided a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the very best of Dorset business.
“Open 4 Business Dorset continues to bring out the best in local business and we should all be very proud of what we have achieved this year.
“2013 will bring a whole new set of challenges and opportunities and Open 4 Business Dorset will be there, once again, to celebrate and recognise the very best.”
The winners are as follows: Small & Medium Business Award sponsored by Lloyds TSB - Dorwest Herbs, Shipton Gorge; Best Large Business Award sponsored by Old Mill Financial - New Look, Weymouth; Best Community Engagement Project Award sponsored by Battens Solicitors - Blondz, Weymouth; Best New Business sponsored by Dorset LEP - Food Lynx Ltd, Shaftesbury; The Best New Innovation or Service Award sponsored by SALT - Odeoflare, Weymouth; Best Employer Award sponsored by Wessex FM - Createful, Bournemouth; Best Customer Focus Award sponsored by Puragen - Chalbury Food & Wines, Weymouth; Best of Dorset Food and Drink Award sponsored by DJ Property - The Dining Room, Weymouth; Inspirational Young Person sponsored by Equation Accounting - Elysia Munday, Outstanding Contribution to Business Award sponsored by Porter Dodson - Anna Maria Geare, president of Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce & business manager at Lloyds TSB Commercial in Weymouth.
The awards dinner was sponsored by Albert Goodman, accountants and supported by media partners Dorset Echo.