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Is your business backing Dorset? You could scoop a Dorset Business Award


UK HEALTH Insurance is helping to recognise businesses that invest in Dorset by purchasing local goods and services wherever possible, at this year’s Dorset Business Awards organised by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

Businesses wanting to enter this award should be able to demonstrate their active commitment to buying goods and services locally and provide examples of how they regularly embrace the concept of developing business relationships with other Dorset-based organisations.

Chococo, last year’s winner of this award, impressed judges by demonstrating their company’s ethos to use Dorset ingredients in the creation of its chocolates.

Claire Burnet, owner of Chococo, said: “We were honoured to win the first Investing in Dorset Award last year, as supporting the local economy has been at the core of our ethos since we established Chococo back in 2002.

“It was wonderful to have our commitment to our county recognised in this way.

‘‘By entering and winning this award it has raised our profile significantly within the local business community, giving us opportunities to connect with a wider group of Dorset companies.

“I would strongly recommend those who haven’t entered the awards before, to just go for it. If you have a passion for what you do the judges will be able to see this and acknowledge your successes.’’

Alistair Sclare, managing director of UK Health Insurance, said: “We worked closely with the DCCI last year to develop the Investing in Dorset Award as it reflects our own passion for supporting our local business community. Now in its second year, I hope that the award is encouraging even more Dorset-based companies to buy goods and services locally, wherever they can. We are looking forward to receiving more inspirational entrants in 2017.”

Entrants should include details of the following:

  • A description of the company’s philosophy which supports doing business locally.
  • Evidence of the goods and services the company buys locally and details of any key purchases which can’t be purchased locally and why.
  • How the company communicates its vision to buy locally to its employees and externally to suppliers and customers.
  • Initiatives in place or developed over the last 12 months to create relationships with other Dorset companies and spend budgets locally.

In association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, the Awards are backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and are free to enter. Entrants can submit an entry via dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk prior to the closing date for entry on Sunday, September 3. Entry is open to companies based in Dorset with a BH or DT postcode and membership of DCCI is not required.

For further information about the awards, sponsorship opportunities or tickets for the gala dinner at the BIC on Thursday November 23, contact Stuart Dixon on 01202 714810.

* UK Health Insurance is an independent private medical insurance broker in Poole.

With more than a decade’s experience helping businesses protect their most valuable assets - their people - its friendly team gives companies solid and reliable advice on a comprehensive range of company health insurance policies and other benefits. They can also help individuals find suitable policies.

As an independent whole of market broker, it can offer expert advice on leading health insurance providers as well as smaller specialist insurers. UK Health Insurance’s business is built on strong business relationships and their team are happy to meet clients in person to make sure their individual aspirations and requirements are fullyunderstood.

Story courtesy of the Daily Echo Bournemouth.