The winners of the 2023 South Coast Business Awards have been announced.

The awards bring together the best businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

There are innovative industries, both big and small, operating in fields from food to fashion, tourism to technology, employing people, exporting around the world or helping to attract visitors to our county and we aim to celebrate their achievements with these awards, sponsored by the Daily Echo and Lee Peck Media. 

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Chris Schutrups, who launched Southampton's The Mortgage Hut in 2011, before moving into hospitality with his venues Figurati at Ocean Village, Crib in Bedford Place, The Hunters Inn in Romsey and Hursley's The Dolphin Inn, has scooped the Entrepreneur of the Year accolade. 

Daily Echo: Chris Schutrups, winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the South Coast Business Awards

He told the Daily Echo: "It's amazing, I'm over the moon and super proud to be recognised. 

"With financial services and even more so in hospitality, we strive to always put customers at the heart of what we do. We aim to have customers who are our biggest fans, who will shout about us and come back and support us again. 

"Obviously we run our businesses commercially, but we also try to give as much back to the community as we can. 

"I have great people around me. Our success is down to team members all pushing in the right direction, so this award is as much for them as for me."

Daily Echo: Rebecca Mabbett has launched R Reflections

Rebecca Mabbett, from Dibden, is also thrilled to win a second South Coast Business Award for her virtual clothes fitting room app.

The young tech entrepreneur is the mastermind behind R Reflections, which allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes, be the model and put together outfits they like, before placing an order online.

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The full list of winners are:

Business of the Year Award - Matrix IT

Business and Community Award - Dentaid Ltd

Business Leader Award - Nella Pang

Employer Award - Harrison Clarke

Entrepreneur Award - Chris Schutrups

Innovation Excellence Award - Bowman Power Group Ltd

Mid-Large Business Award - Diametric Technical Ltd

New Business Award - Omega RE

Service Excellence Award - Matrix IT

Small Business Award - Sugoi Campers

Best Use of Technology Award - R Reflections