South Coast Business Awards 2019 – Enter Now!

South Coast Business Awards celebrates business excellence across myriad 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.

The awards are organised by the Daily Echo in conjunction with Business South and Destination Southampton. The awards benefit from the expertise of the overall sponsor Dutton Gregory and category sponsors M12 Solutions, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Smith and Williamson,Southampton FC, Cool, Calm & Confident and Insight6.

Any company whose head office is based within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are eligible to enter or to be nominated. Once received, the nominations will be considered by our judging panel. The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category in the Daily Echo.

All three category finalists, plus one guest each, will be invited to join their category sponsors at the awards ceremony at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday July 11, where the winners will be announced.

On the evening we will be joined by the broadcaster, award-winning author and honeybee farmer, Jez Rose.

Jez’s reputation as a business speaker and broadcaster is built on his ability to explore complicated topics in an accessible way with tremendous honesty, clarity, warmth and humour.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Daily Echo or on and will also be featured in the category winners' coverage in the Daily Echo or on


  • Small Business Award
  • New Business (opened in the last 2years) Award
  • Mid-Large Business Award
  • Business and The Community Award
  • Innovation Excellence Award
  • Service Excellence Award
  • Employer Award
  • Entrepreneur Award
  • Business Leader Award
  • Best Use of Technology Award

The Business of the Year Award will be nominated to the overall winner that will be chosen by the judging panel from all the category winners.

How to enter; 

E-mail 100-250 words to

The category, name, address, website, contact name and telephone number must be submitted with each nomination. All fields must be filled in.

For category criteria click here

Closing date for nominations will be June 3rd, 2019. Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit for full details. £250 multi-media advertising prize valid for use until 31st December 2019.

Daily Echo:

Dutton Gregory is one of the fastest growing law firms in the South, where the highest standards of legal services is combined with an energetic, friendly and client-focused approach.

For over 75 years, we have advised and worked alongside many businesses, in a variety of sectors both nationally and locally. Our aim is to become an integral part of every client’s team, offering advice and support on matters from general corporate and commercial issues to employment, property and dispute resolution.

With offices throughout Hampshire and Dorset, we’re perfectly placed to advise the South’s most successful and innovative businesses looking to enter this year’s South Coast Business Awards.

Daily Echo: M12 Solutions Giganet

M12 Solutions are a local telecoms provider and ISP with 15 years’ experience, who have recently branded their Internet services Giganet. Giganet is revolutionising Internet connectivity for businesses across the South Coast and beyond. Giganet take pride in being a premium, innovative, responsive and caring connectivity brand, in an industry where many will focus on cheapness, poor quality, performance and aftercare.

Based in Hampshire, with a track record of delivering award-winning connectivity and customer satisfaction, Giganet ensure local businesses get the best possible connectivity and support experience. This means they can enjoy the guaranteed speeds and service levels needed to run all applications, communications and devices with confidence.

Daily Echo:

At the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce we provide support for all types of local organisations. We are owned and led by our membership and as a private sector, not for profit Company we are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business.

We hold over 100 different types of events every year which gives all members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or promotional opportunities. We also provide Training services, International Trade services, a host of membership benefits and offers. To find out more please contact us: 01329 242420

Daily Echo:

Jeremy Edwards “taking the drama out of public speaking”

Cool, Calm and Confident helps clients take the drama out of public speaking, using acting and presenting skills and techniques to help those in the corporate world increase their confidence for presentations, public speaking, pitches and every day life.  Jeremy Edwards has spent over 25 years working in all facets of the entertainment industry and is able to offer knowledge and techniques gained through personal experience to provide an all inclusive course that will arm you with all the tools to tackle any presenting or public speaking situation.

Daily Echo:

Smith & Williamson is an independently owned financial and professional services group. The firm is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices, entrepreneurs and mid-to-large corporates. The group’s c1,700 people operate from a network of twelve offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.

Daily Echo:

Paris Smith enables its clients to achieve goals and dreams through a positive experience with legal excellence and its extensive networks. We shall understand your goals and challenges to add best value. We thrive on relationships with people and enterprises which share the values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Trust. We have expertise in all areas of business, serving commercial enterprises both of international reach and those in their formative stages. We are committed to Hampshire, making it an even better place to live and work. Do get in touch to learn how we can help you.

Daily Echo:

Destination Southampton Conference Bureau are delighted to be founding partners of the South Coast Business Awards.  Our team of 4 dedicated event planners are on hand to assist companies and organisations of all sizes from all over the world with their event planning and venue finding.  Established over 20 years ago we are here to save you time and money, by using the conference bureau we will find you the right venue at the right price in and around Southampton for your next event, this service is free.  Get in touch! or call | 0345 226 9944

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