HAMPSHIRE’S most innovative businesses are to be recognised in the 2020 South Coast Business Awards.

Backed by the Daily Echo, the awards celebrate excellence across all the sectors that make up the Hampshire and Isle of Wight economy.

The Innovation Excellence category of the awards seeks to highlight organisations which have identified new products or services and brought them to market, or adapted an existing product for a new market.

Judges are looking for research and development of new ideas, innovative products or services.

Businesses should be able to demonstrate evidence of positive change in the past 12 months, or have identified a strategy for change in the next 12 months.

South Coast Business Awards 2019 winners and finalists

Principal sponsor Dutton Gregory invite any company whose head office is based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to enter or to be nominated.

Nominations will be considered by our judging panel and maybe subject to a “mystery shopper” visit by the category sponsor.

The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category in the Daily Echo.

All three category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at the home of the Saints, St Marys Stadium, where the winners will be announced.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 12.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Daily Echo or on dailyecho.co.uk and will also be featured in the category winners’ coverage in the Daily Echo or on dailyecho.co.uk.

The winner of the overall Business of the Year Award will be chosen by the judging panel from all the category winners.

The other awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award
  • Employer Award
  • Entrepreneur Award
  • Business Leader Award
  • Best Mid-Large Business
  • Small Business Award
  • Best New Business (opened in the past two years)
  • Business And The Community
  • Best Use Of Technology Award

You can enter online here.

The closing date for nominations is August 31.