THERE are only a few days to go to submit your nominations for this year’s South Coast Business Awards.

But don’t let that stop you – the judges will be accepting entries until Monday, August 31.

The South Coast Business Awards celebrate business excellence among all the sectors that make up the Hampshire and Isle of Wight economy.

Companies can submit their own nominations or be nominated by others.

The awards’ principal sponsor, law firm Dutton Gregory, invites any company whose head office is based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to enter or to be nominated.

Nominations for each category will be considered by our judging panel and entrants may be 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 in print and online.

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 Mary’s Stadium, where the winners will be announced.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 12.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Daily Echo or on

They will also be featured in the category winners’ coverage in the Daily Echo and online.

The awards ceremony will culminate in one organisation being named Business of the Year.

The categories in the awards are:

Innovation Excellence Award

Business Leader Award

Employer Award

Entrepreneur Award

Small Business Award

Business in the Community Award

Best Use Of Technology Award

Service Excellence Award

Best New Business

The winner of the Business of the Year title will be chosen from the winners in all the other categories and announced at the end of the evening.

You can submit your award entry online here.

Remember the closing date is Monday, August 31.