Inspire Business Awards 2024 is Open for Entries

The prestigious INSPIRE Business Awards, one of Hampshire's longest-running business excellence events, is now open for contenders to participate in the 2024 edition.

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January 3, 2024
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Who will be following in the footsteps of the last INSPIRE Awards winners?

The prestigious INSPIRE Business Awards, one of Hampshire's longest-running business excellence events, is now open for contenders to participate in the 2024 edition. The 2024 awards, organized by Destination Basingstoke, will feature an expanded array of 12 category awards and a coveted Winner of Winners prize.

Scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2024, the INSPIRE Business Awards will culminate in an illustrious awards dinner hosted at Oakley Hall. The event has garnered strong support from both previous and new sponsors, reflecting its reputation for celebrating local business excellence.

Among the notable sponsors, Shaw Gibbs, a leading accountancy and business advisory firm based in Basing View, has stepped up to sponsor the Large Business of the Year category. Meanwhile, Centerprise International, a distinguished Basingstoke firm, has joined as the sponsor for the Medium Business of the Year category.

Returning to sponsor various categories are longstanding supporters: Absolutely Offices, SNG (formerly Sovereign Housing), and Minuteman Press. In addition, new sponsors are expected to join in the upcoming weeks. Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has also pledged support for the 2024 INSPIRE Awards and will sponsor the welcome drinks reception and networking event at the awards night.

The 2024 INSPIRE Business Awards categories, along with current sponsors, are as follows:

  • Large Business of the Year – sponsored by Shaw Gibbs
  • Medium Business of the Year – sponsored by Centerprise International
  • Small Business of the Year – available for sponsorship
  • Wellbeing Champion – sponsored by SNG
  • Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Minuteman Press
  • Rural Business of the Year – available for sponsorship
  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Business and Community Champion – available for sponsorship
  • New Business of the Year – available for sponsorship
  • Service Excellence – available for sponsorship
  • Best Place to Work – available for sponsorship
  • Sustainable Champion – available for sponsorship
  • Winner of Winners – sponsored by Absolutely Offices
  • Awards Night Welcome Drinks Event sponsor – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Jonathan Pender, Chair of Destination Basingstoke, expressed his pride and honor in organizing the INSPIRE Business Awards 2024. He emphasized that this annual event has a rich history of showcasing and celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in the local business community.

"We are thrilled to see the return of loyal sponsors and the addition of new supporters," Pender said. "The INSPIRE Business Awards 2024 promises to be a highlight of next year's local business calendar."

Entries for the INSPIRE Business Awards 2024 are now open, and interested parties can access entry forms at www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/inspire/.

The 2024 event places a strong focus on businesses in Basingstoke and Deane, with all entrants required to be based in the borough, conduct over 20 percent of their business in the area, or employ at least 20 percent of their staff who reside in Basingstoke and Deane.

As tradition dictates, the INSPIRE Business Awards will lend its support to a chosen charity, with details set to be revealed in January.

Businesses and organizations interested in becoming category sponsors for the 2024 event are encouraged to contact Mark Jones, Partnerships Manager at Destination Basingstoke, via email at mark.jones@destinationbasingstoke.co.uk.

Published on

January 3, 2024

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Matthew Larcome

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January 3, 2024