The Inspire Business Awards are run by Destination Basingstoke and celebrate the success of local business in north Hampshire. They are open to every and any business from Andover in the west to Farnborough in the east and everywhere in between.

The awards are open to those from across the region, including Basingstoke, Fleet, Aldershot, Odiham and Yateley and will ensure leading local businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors can receive appropriate recognition. The intention is to not only reward the companies themselves, but also all of the staff they employ from across the region.

The awards are run for 6 key reasons:

To Support Success

To promote the area as a key business region, and one that recognises and supports local success.

To Provide a Positive Platform

To encourage businesses in the area to think positively in the current economic climate

To Highlight Business Excellence

To showcase ‘Business Excellence’ in North Hampshire while inspiring others.

To Create an Annual Event

To provide a platform for the ‘Business Awards’ to grow and become an annual event for local businesses.

To Inspire Others in the Area

To inspire and act as a driver for SME’s in North Hampshire to connect and prosper.

To Highlight Outstanding Performance

Recognise outstanding performance of local businesses through the awards.

The awards event usually takes place around a large gala dinner and dance and provide an environment in which not only the winners and nominees are celebrated, but the entire business community in the area can come together to celebrate its collective and individual achievements.

The awards themselves cover the following categories:

Excellence in Digital

Currently sponsored by LocalIQ

This is aimed at companies who have used digital technology to transform an existing product or service, or created an entirely new Digital product that has been commercially successful.

Business & The Community

This is open to business that alongside their commercial activities, take steps to have a ‘positive, sustainable and societal impact’ as part of their CSR.

Employer of the Year

Currently sponsored by The HR Dept.

Open to businesses who can demonstrate a genuine commitment and dedication to their workforce, above and beyond what’s required.

Innovation Excellence

Currently sponsored by FaceTV

Open to any company that pushes the boundaries of innovation in the product or service they offer.

Service Excellence

Currently sponsored by Morrisons Solicitors

For businesses who go above and beyond what’s expected in the service they offer their clients.

Wellbeing at Work

Currently sponsored by Festival Place

New in 2020, this awards employers who have demonstrated initiative to protect their staff’s wellbeing.

New Business

Currently sponsored by Hart District Council

Open to any business that has been going for 3 years or less and can demonstrate excellence in growing their business.

Environmental Responsibility

Currently sponsored by Vitacress

For businesses who are committed to a sustainable way of working, with environmental ‘Best Practices’ and green developmental goals to reduce the environmental impact.

Young Business Person

Currently sponsored by Minutemen Press

Open to business owners aged 30 and under who can demonstrate success and drive in running their business.

Large Business

Currently sponsored by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Open to all businesses with a turnover of £5m+

Medium Business

Currently sponsored by Absolutely Offices

Open to businesses with a turnover of £501k – £5m.

Small Business

Currently sponsored by The Typeface Group

Open to businesses with a turnover of £500k or under.

More information on these awards can be seen on the Inspire website

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