Inspire business awards

Inspire Business Awards

The Inspire Business Awards 2019 is now open for entries
Inspire business awards
This year there are a number of new and exciting awards to ensure that there is a category suitable for every size and type of business. Also new this year will be an award presented to the 'Overall Winner' selected from the 13 winning businesses by the judging panel and presented at the end of the evening.

Organised and managed by Destination Basingstoke, the awards last year were attended by over 500 people last year, representing more than 180 businesses from the region.

North Hampshire is home to a huge number of successful businesses, led by driven entrepreneurs as our years of inspirational winners have shown. Now is the time for businesses to put themselves forward to be in with the chance of being selected as a finalist with the opportunity then to present to the judging panel as to why the business should win.

Entry into the INSPIRE19 business awards is free and those selected as finalists will each receive a free ticket to attend the prestigious November ceremony.

To enter your business into this year's awards please visit

Awards and sponsors:

Large Business of the Year Open to businesses with a turnover of over £5 million sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Medium Business of the Year Open to businesses with a turnover of £501k to £5 million.

Small Business of the Year Open to businesses with a turnover of £500k and under sponsored by Perpetual Flowers

New Business of the Year sponsored by Hart District Council

Business and Community sponsored by Basingstoke Gazette

Employer of the Year sponsored by HR Dept

Apprentice of the Year sponsored by University of Winchester

Innovation Excellence sponsored by Lilly

Service Excellence sponsored by Festival Place

Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Sovereign Housing

Environmental Responsibility Award sponsored by Vitacress

Hospitality Business of the Year sponsored by Minuteman Press

Digital Technology Award sponsored by Juniper Research

Why Basingstoke?

We're a town built for business. It's what drives and excites us. And we've not forgotten the importance of quality of life either.

We're proud of our unpretentious approach of doing business and living life well. We think you will be too.


Built for business

From our earliest origins, Basingstoke has been driven by commerce; a desire to increase prosperity and develop our town’s industry and infrastructure.

Our plans for the future are ambitious.

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Innovators invited to Venturefest South 2020

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is inviting all local innovators and budding entrepreneurs to help showcase the best of the region at Venturefest South.



Basingstoke is already home to a highly-educated, highly skilled population (41,600 in fact).

You can recruit locally to find the people who'll help drive your business.