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Inspire Business Awards 2017

Inspire 2016 winners (image courtesy of Inspire Awards)

The awards celebrate the success and achievement of all types of businesses across north Hampshire.

The Inspire Business Awards 2017, north Hampshire’s largest and most prestigious business awards are now open for entries, until Friday 8th September. 

Organised and managed by Destination Basingstoke, the glittering awards dinner was attended by 600 people last year, representing more than 180 businesses from the region.

“Inspire is an awards programme, not just a good night out, and the most important part of the programme are the awards themselves and every business that enters them” said Felicity Edwards, Managing Director at Destination Basingstoke, organisers of INSPIRE.

New this year is the ‘Nominate’ form which allows you to put forward a business that you feel worthy of an award, and one of the Inspire team will follow up with the business.

Entry into the INSPIRE17 Business Awards is free yet the positive effects a win can have are invaluable. There are 12 award categories one suitable for every size and type of business, and promotion gained through being short listed for, or winning an award can really make a big difference to your business.

Now is the time for businesses to put themselves forward to be in with the chance of picking up an award at the November ceremony. To enter your business into this year’s awards visit

The twelve categories are as follows:

  1. Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Herrington Carmichael
  2. Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by The Breeze
  3. New Business of the Year Award Sponsored by The Typeface Group
  4. Business and the Community Award Sponsored by The Basingstoke Gazette
  5. Employer of the Year Award Sponsored by HR Department
  6. Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by University of Winchester
  7. International Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Fluor
  8. Innovation Excellence Award Sponsored by Babyliss
  9. Service Excellence Award Sponsored by Vitacress
  10. Young Business Person of the Year Award Sponsored by Minuteman Press
  11. Entrepreneur of the Year Award Sponsored by Haines Watts Chartered Accountants
  12. Family Business of the Year Award Sponsors by Brackenwood Windows


If you are a business or know a business that suits the above criteria, you can nominate or submit an entry for any of the twelve categories at