We are celebrating the superb section of industry in our area with the 2018 Dorset Echo Industry Awards to highlight the many companies, across myriad sectors, which make such a huge contribution to our economy - we want to you to tell us the businesses that make living in Dorset even better.

Dorset Echo:

The awards bring together the best of businesses in the DT postcode sector, recognising and showcasing their achievements.

There are innovative industries, both big and small, operating in fields from food to fashion, tourism to technology, employing thousands of people, exporting around the world or helping to attract visitors to our county and we aim to celebrate their achievements with these prestigious awards.

Businesses are welcome to nominate themselves. Or, anyone outside a business interested in its impact on the wider community and local economy can enter a nomination in any of the categories.

Once received the nominations will be considered by our judging panel.  The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category in the Dorset Echo.  All three category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at Weymouth College on June 15, where the winners will be announced.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Dorset Echo or on dorsetecho.co.uk and will also be featured in the category winners' coverage in the Dorset Echo and online at dorsetecho.co.uk


  • Best overall retailer
  • Best customer service provider (Sponsored by the Dorset Echo)
  • Best social media marketing (Sponsored by Sherrens)
  • Best business development or innovative idea
  • Best new business (opened in the last two years) (Sponsored by Dream Doors)
  • Best contribution to local tourism
  • Best product or service
  • Best community engagement business
  • Best apprenticeship employer (sponsored by Weymouth College)
  • Best dining provider (sponsored by Dorset Training Academy)
  • Best woman in business (Sponsored by Successful Women In Business)
  • Best long standing business (sponsored by WPCC)

Entries for applications are now closed.