The Inspire Business Awards are set to take place on Thursday.

The annual event, now in its 14th year, celebrates businesses from across the region of North Hampshire.

The ceremony will take place online on Thursday at 4pm. 

John Biffen, from Menzies Chartered Accountants and Chair of the Inspire Steering Group, said: “Businesses from across north Hampshire and of course beyond, have had to face incredible challenges this year and the number and quality of entries received is testament to their strength.

"Many have had to adapt and innovate in order to survive and some have even grown during the pandemic. The shortlisted finalists are a fantastic showcase of the talent our region has to offer and it will be a very difficult task for the judges to select the winners." 

Also this year an overall Winner of Winners will be selected by the judging panel and awarded to the business or person that is deemed to be a standard bearer of success for the region as a whole.

Event organiser Kathryn Nield, Destination Basingstoke, added: “Although unable to hold the awards event this year, which usually attracts 500 guests, we are glad to continue to recognise and celebrate the fantastic businesses in our region." 

The virtual ceremony will be screened live and available to watch online free at 4pm on Thursday. Viewers can watch at home on here

This year's award finalists are:

Wellbeing at Work Award – Sponsored by Festival Place

The finalists are:

Absolutely Offices

The Typeface Group

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by Minuteman Press

The finalists are:

Alfie Payne – APE Technology

Jordan & Daniel Lance (joint) – DJ Landscapes

Tara Morris – Abstract Print & Design

Innovation Excellence Award Sponsored by Face TV

The finalists are:


CV Library

Mr Digital

Service Excellence Award – Sponsored by Morrisons Solicitors  incorporating Wheelers

The finalists are:


HR Dept

Right at Home

Excellence in Digital Technology – Sponsored by Local IQ

The finalists are:

DCSL Software


Basingstoke College of Technology

Environmental Responsibility Award – Sponsored by Vitacress

The finalists are:

Fleet Scoop

Bee Good

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Business & Community Award Sponsored by Destination Basingstoke

The finalists are:

Auriol Wines

The Community Matters Partnership

The Shots in the Community Foundation

New Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Hart District Council

The finalists are:

The Little Whisky Shop

Basingstoke Wellness Centre

Woof & Me

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by HR Dept

The finalists are:


MRS Digital


Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Typeface Group

The finalists are:

Mr Digital


Hart Swimming Club

Medium Business of the Year – Sponsored by Absolutely Offices

The finalists are:

Phillips Solicitors

Crayside Consulting

Jargon PR

Large Business of the Year – Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

The finalists are:

Lavazza Professional

CV Library