ANDOVER based business Be Wiser Insurance has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Be Wiser bested stiff competition from hundreds of other entrants to be shortlisted for the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

The company, which was started in Andover in 2007 and now employs 535 workers, has been shortlisted for the South Central Newcomer Large Employer of the Year (250+ employees) category.

The regional award winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, at The Great Hall, Winchester on 11 September.

Kelly Scanlan, apprenticeships programme manager, said: “We are delighted to have come this far in such a renowned award scheme.”