THE Daily Echo-backed South Coast Business Awards are back with a new main sponsor – law firm Dutton Gregory.

Dutton Gregory has developed a reputation as one of the south’s leading commercially orientated law firms. Delivering first-class advice and ensuring a successful outcome are their primary goals.

Andrew Tilley, managing partner, said: “Dutton Gregory is delighted to be sponsoring the new-look South Coast Business Awards for the first time this year. For over 75 years we have advised and worked alongside many businesses, in a variety of sectors both nationally and locally. We know just how competitive the market place is and we’re looking forward to viewing the applications from local businesses who are competing for one of the many categories on offer.

“The South Coast Business Awards is an excellent way for businesses to promote their great products and services and to recognise their hardworking staff at the same time. Good luck to everyone who enters!”

Echo sales director Laura Bielinski said: “We are delighted to welcome Dutton Gregory to join us in launching the new format awards that have been developed to be accessible to all.”

The awards celebrate business excellence across a broad spectrum of sectors, which make such a huge contribution to our economy. The awards bring together the best of businesses in the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, recognising and showcasing their achievements.

There are innovative industries, both big and small, operating in fields from food to fashion, tourism to technology, employing thousands of people, exporting around the world or helping to attract visitors to our county and we aim to celebrate their achievements with these prestigious awards. Any company whose head office is based within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are eligible to enter or to be nominated.

The awards will be launched on March 21 in at The Markus Liebherr Lounge at St Mary’s Stadium from 8.30am to 10.30am

Join us to learn about this year’s competition and meet the sponsors. The launch is free to attend. However, prior registration is required.

Email to attend by March 14 at 5pm. Full details on how to enter the new-format awards will be published following the launch event.

Any business interested in sponsoring a category should contact Jason Tuck on 023 8042 4977