THIS year's INSPIRE Business Awards finalists have been announced after almost 100 entries came in for the awards.

Business stars and successful companies in the Basingstoke and Deane area found out who had made the final cut at a special event at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke, on Monday, March 25.

Finalists were announced in 12 categories – and now they will go through to a second round of judging when judges will visit the finalists before deciding the winner of each category.

The finalists heard some great tips from Joe Allnutt, director of Physical Balance which took home a winner’s award at INSPIRE 2023. Joe urged the finalists to make the most of the opportunities that come with getting through to the final stages of the prestigious awards.

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Jonathan Pender, chairman of Destination Basingstoke – the not-for-profit company that organises the awards. said: “Congratulations to the INSPIRE Business Awards 2024 finalists.

“The various categories were keenly contested and it made for some challenging selections as the judges whittled down the finalists. The judges, including a representative from each of the category sponsors, are now looking forward to the judging visits.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner at Oakley Hall on Thursday, July 11.

This year’s INSPIRE Business Awards charity is Sport Parkinson’s, and The Gazette is once again the media partner for the prestigious awards.

The overall headline supporter of the INSPIRE Business Awards is Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and all the finalists are either based, or operate, in the area.

All finalists will receive two free tickets to the awards final, and tickets will soon be going on sale for other guests to come along and be part of this very special event.

The finalists are:

Large Business of the Year – sponsored by Shaw Gibbs

  • Castle Trust Bank
  • LG Motion
  • Caviste

Medium Business of the Year – sponsored by Centerprise International

  • Chennai Express
  • Milk Club
  • Harlequin Clothing

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Small Business of the Year – available for sponsorship

  • Bumble & Bee
  • The Parlour Tearoom
  • The Topiary Salon

Wellbeing Champion – sponsored by SNG

  • Simpila Wellbeing
  • Inclusion Education
  • Eli Lilly and Company

Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Minuteman Press

  • Holly Findlay
  • Jade Kelly
  • Carlee Osundina

Rural Business of the Year – sponsored by Worting House

  • Silchester Farm
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill
  • Wildflower Turf Limited

Apprentice of the Year ­– sponsored by Basingstoke College of Technology

  • Josh Harvey
  • Zara Smith
  • Henry Mason

Business and Community Champion – sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

  • The Champion Group
  • Unum
  • Newbury Building Society

Sustainable Champion – sponsored by PLANT

  • Brevity Marketing
  • Afrizi
  • Milk Club

New Business of the Year – available for sponsorship

  • Fonseca Fitness
  • The Hampshire Vet
  • Milk Club

Service Excellence – available for sponsorship

  • SightCare Services
  • NFU Mutual North Hampshire
  • Restaurant @BCoT

Best Place to Work – available for sponsorship

  • Simpila Wellbeing
  • Mini Tec
  • Edison Smart

Winner of Winners – sponsored by Absolutely Offices

Awards Night Welcome Drinks Event sponsor – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Awards Night Entertainment sponsor – Allica Bank