Does your boss go above and beyond for his/her employees? If so, they could be eligible for an Industry Award.

Last week saw the launch of the 2019 Dorset Echo Industry Awards.

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

This year, The Business Leader Award is being sponsored by SWIB (Successful Women in Business).

Gill Donnell of SWIB said: “Successful Women are proud to yet again be sponsoring one of the Dorset Echo Industry Awards. As a Regional Ambassador for the Institute of Directors, I am especially thrilled to be involved in the Business Leader Award and look forward to welcoming finalists to the Ceremony in June”

The award will be presented to a leader who has elevated his or her business and supported the local community. The judges are looking for positive leadership, management and vision, as well as strong commercial performance and results.

Successful Women in Business was founded by Gill Donnell MBE, an experienced leader, motivational speaker and business coach, who has spent much of her working life promoting the role of women in the workplace. Delivering single gender training interventions, one-to-one coaching and the hugely popular Successful Women in Business Network, fast becoming THE business networking meeting for women in the South West. In 2009, Gill’s work was recognised with the Award of an MBE. In 2015, she won the Dorset Venus Award for Most Influential Woman and in 2018 was appointed as The Institute of Directors South West Ambassador for Diversity.

This year, the Dorset Echo is celebrating the superb section of industry in our area. The Industry Awards aim 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.

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 category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at Weymouth College on Thursday June 13, where the winners will be announced.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Dorset Echo or on and will also be featured in the category winners’ coverage in the Dorset Echo and online at

the categories:

n Apprenticeship/Training Employer

n Business Development or Innovative Idea

n Contribution to Tourism

n New Business (started in the past 2 years)

n Customer Service Excellence

n Social Media Engagement

n Retailer of the Year

n Product or Service

n Food / Drink Experience

How to enter;

Online - Enter online at

E-mail – E-mail 100-250 words to with Industry Awards in the subject line. The category, name, address, website, contact name and telephone number must be submitted with each nomination.

Closing date for nominations will be May 6, 2019.

Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit for full details. £250 multi-media advertising prize valid for use until 31st December 2019.