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Investing in Dorset Award

What are the Dorset Business Awards (DBAs)?

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 introduced as a brand new awards category in 2016 and we are delighted to be sponsoring this category ever since, 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

 Find out more about the Dorset Business Awards 

BV Dairy - 2018 Winner

BV Dairy, based in Shaftesbury, is a sustainable producer of high-quality dairy products for the manufacturing and food service industries. They are committed to ensure that their milk is sourced locally from dairy farms within a 25-mile radius of the production facility.
With over 60 years’ experience in the dairy industry, BV Dairy has grown to be one of the most successful family owned dairies in the South West of England currently run by the third generation of the Highman family. Originally coming from a farming background, they understand the importance of keeping a strong relationship with the community and the local suppliers.

The judges were particularly impressed that whilst valuing tradition and heritage, BV Dairy continues to employ the latest manufacturing technology and to operate an on-going development program for their products.

Huge congratulations to everyone at BV Dairy and very well done to our other two finalists too, Network Enterprise Complex and SONTRONICS. Each of the finalists showed a really passionate determination to build relationships locally and purchase goods and services from within a few miles of their business wherever possible.

 See the 2018 winners and finalists 




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.