ENTRIES for the first Lyme Regis Business Awards are now in and organisers are delighted with the response.
Lyme’s vibrant trading community is to be celebrated following a hugely challenging 12 months at an awards ceremony in July.
LymeOnline has joined forces with Marketing West, the West Dorset marketing and events company, to help organise the awards.
Marketing West has great experience in organising business awards, having hosted similar successful events in Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne.
Managing director Nigel Reeve, said: “We are committed to helping business to start to thrive again.
“The Lyme Regis Business Awards will focus on promoting the range and quality of local businesses operating within a three-mile radius of the town which will include Uplyme and Charmouth.”
Having been officially launched with the backing of the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, in February, the awards have since been expanded to 17 categories (listed below).
The winner of each category will receive a trophy and framed certificate and an overall winner will also be chosen as Lyme’s Business of The Year.
A panel of independent judges will be selected to choose the winners of each category and the overall Business of The Year which, as well as a trophy and certificate, will receive a free full-page advertisement (value £125) in LymeOnline for their own business or preferred charity.
The awards ceremony will now take place on July 1 at the Woodmead Halls – not in June as previously advertised – to meet COVID-19 restrictions with the winners and sponsors in attendance.
The ceremony will also be broadcast online and on the LymeOnline website.
LYME REGIS BUSINESS AWARDS CATEGORIES: Best Community Support; Best Customer/Client Service; Arts, Crafts & Artisans; Mental Wellbeing & Awareness; Best Use of Digital; Green Business of The Year; New Business of The Year; Health, Beauty & Fitness; Independent Business; Retail Business; Service Provider; Cafe/Pub and Hospitality; Tourism Business of the Year; Restaurant of The Year; Accommodation Provider; Rising Star of 2021; Local Business Leader 2021; Overall Lyme Regis Business of The Year.