NOMINATIONS are now open for this year’s celebration of the best of the area’s business.

As of today (Thursday) nominations for the INSPIRE19 Awards are open for entry ahead of a prize-giving ceremony in November.

There will be a total of 13 prizes up for grabs this year, as new awards have been added.

Last year, more than 500 people attended the awards ceremony, with more than 180 businesses represented.

Managing director at event organisers Destination Basingstoke, Felicity Edwards, said: “INSPIRE is an awards programme, not just a good night out, and the most important part of the programme are the businesses themselves and the hard work and passion that makes them award winning.

To view the award categories and to nominate, go to