MANY businesses have excelled themselves during the challenges of 2021 – but one will be crowned Business of the Year at the South Coast Business Awards.

The Daily Echo-backed awards celebrate excellence across myriad sectors.

They will recognise business 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.

The category sponsors have invited any company whose head office is based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to enter or to be nominated.

Once received, the nominations will be considered by our judging panel and maybe subject to a “mystery shopper” visit by the category sponsor.

In recent weeks, we have been profiling each category of the awards.

They are:

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

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

The judges will announce three finalists in each category on Thursday, September 30, in the Daily Echo and on

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 11.

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 and on

You can enter online at

But don’t delay – the closing date for nominations is Thursday, September 9.

Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit for full details.

The £250 multi-media advertising prize is valid for use until December 31, 2021.