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Investing in Dorset Award

At UK Health Insurance, we are passionate about supporting local businesses and the local Dorset economy and are keen to encourage other companies to do the same.

What are the Dorset Business Awards?

The DBAs celebrate the achievements of Dorset’s businesses, large or small across the county and across all sectors. The awards reward the county’s high achievers, our inspirational leaders and our unsung heroes.
The UK Health Insurance Investing in Dorset Award was a brand new category for 2016 and we are delighted to be sponsoring this category again in 2017 which so closely reflects our own passion for supporting local businesses.

Why the Investing in Dorset Award?

“Our philosophy is simple. When we need to make a purchase, whether it’s a product or service, the first question we ask ourselves is, can it be bought from a local company? We would like to challenge all Dorset businesses to adopt the same philosophy.
“By creating positive business relationships with other local business, successful entrants will understand and realise the benefits of supporting Dorset’s businesses and purchasing supplies and services locally whenever possible.”
Alistair Sclare, Managing Director, UK Health Insurance
You can find more details about the investing in Dorset Award and the free online entry form on the Dorset Business Awards website.

Why is supporting Dorset businesses so important?

If we all source goods and services more locally we can all win, generating a host of benefits and opportunities for the region’s businesses:

  • More locally successful businesses
  • Higher productivity
  • More personal service
  • Greater customer satisfaction
  • Improved local employment prospects
  • Lower delivery costs
  • Lower carbon footprint
  • Less traffic…

Looking after our local economy is very important to us as a business and this award is one way that we can showcase and reward other Dorset companies that endeavour to source goods and services locally.

Entries are now closed for 2017

What are the benefits of entering?

Past winners at the Dorset Business Awards have reported seeing their businesses grow and thrive due to the publicity afforded by the Awards. Our last year’s winner, Chococo, are happy to share their experience. Find out more 
Entering an Award offers:

  • The chance to pick up one of the prestigious trophies at the Gala Dinner on 23 November 2017 and an opportunity to celebrate and network with over 600 other local business people;
  • Recognition and publicity across Dorset and beyond for finalists and winners;
  • The opportunity to develop an enhanced reputation amongst customers, suppliers and the business community generally;
  • An important opportunity to celebrate the contribution and achievements of your team and boost morale;
  • A chance to become closely associated with the positive key principles of the awards, namely innovation, business success and ethical practice;
  • A chance to attend the Meet the Finalists evening drinks reception on 6 November 2017 – this event showcases all the finalists and offers additional publicity too;
  • A special Awards’ logo to use in all communications and on literature for all winners and finalists; and
  • An extensive profile at the Gala Dinner on 23 November and in various Dorset Business Awards promotional materials for all finalists.

There is no charge to enter and so many potential benefits. Get your business the recognition it deserves - enter today!
Closing date 3 September 2017


Tips on entering the Investing in Dorset Award

We’ve jotted down a few tips and things to remember to help make it easy to enter the Investing in Dorset Award:

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Investing in Dorset Award checklist

Your entry should tell the judges about:

  • Your firm’s vision which supports doing business locally;
  • Details of the goods and services you buy locally;
  • Examples of how you communicate your vision of buying locally internally to your employees and externally to suppliers and customers; and
  • Details of any initiatives developed over the last 12 months to create relationships with other Dorset companies.

­Even if you are at the start of your journey to buying locally, the judges are keen for you to enter – you’ve got nothing to lose! 

Entries are now closed for 2107