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Entry to the 2024 INSPIRE Business Awards is now closed

THE INSPIRE Business Awards 2024 finale will take place at Oakley Hall in on Thursday, July 11. Business people and businesses from Basingstoke and Deane can compete for the prizes in 12 categories.

Please see below for details of the categories and sponsors.

Anticipation is rising until the winners will be revealed!!

Make sure you book your tickets for this fantastic event.


INSPIRE Business Awards Final Evening – Thursday, July 11: 6pm-10pm

Small Business of the Year Award

The Small Business of the Year Award category is open to dynamic businesses with an annual turnover of under £500,000.

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Medium Business of the Year Award

The Medium Business of the Year Award category is open to dynamic businesses who have an annual turnover of between £501,000 and £1million.

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Centerprise International Ltd, founded in 1983 in Basingstoke, is a family-owned IT company. It thrives in an industry dominated by global giants, with its adaptability, customer-centric approach, and commitment to community well-being.    Originally a PC manufacturer, Centerprise has become a top IT solutions provider, focusing on the UK public sector and local businesses. As a Tier 1 reseller and managed service provider, the company tailors solutions to meet customer needs. Strong supplier relationships and expertise enable Centerprise to offer a wide range of edge-to-cloud solutions within their own public cloud while safeguarding customers from cloud-related risks. Sustainability is a top priority for Centerprise International, focusing on IT asset retirement and environmental, social, and corporate governance objectives. Centerprise is not only an IT company but a socially responsible force for good, prioritising customers and the community.

Large Business of the Year Award

The Large Business of the Year Award category is open to dynamic businesses with an annual turnover of over £1million. This award will be presented to the business most able to demonstrate all-round achievement.

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We are a top 50 accountancy practice providing expert solutions for entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses, and private individuals. We are proud to have opened a Basingstoke office in 2023 and are fully embracing the opportunity and connectedness that Basingstoke & Deane offers. The Basingstoke office offers a full range of services, offering corporate and private client tax compliance and advisory support, as well as audit, accounting, outsourcing and transaction advice and support. The team in Belvedere House works closely with the Shaw Gibbs teams over seven offices in Central and Southern England. We are a dynamic and vibrant organisation with a passion for business and finance. Our teams of highly talented individuals provide tailored advice and solutions looking to exceed client’s expectations.

New Business of the Year Award

This award is open to any business that commenced trading on or after January 1, 2021. The award will be presented to a dynamic company that can demonstrate excellence in developing their business.

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Service Excellence Award

The Service Excellence Award will recognise and reward a top performing business based on the quality of service offered.

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Professional Workwear Limited stands out as an embroidery and print workwear specialist, catering to diverse needs with a range of clothing, footwear, and PPE. Renowned for crafting original corporate images, we tailor solutions for all work-related requirements. Our commitment to quality and creativity ensures clients project the right image, enhancing professionalism and brand identity. Supporting the INSPIRE Business Awards underscores our dedication to service excellence. By recognising and celebrating businesses that excel in service provision, Professional Workwear Limited aligns with the ethos of continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, reinforcing our own commitment to delivering outstanding service in every interaction.

Sustainable Champion Award

This award is open to any business that is reducing their environmental impact, and making a green difference, regardless of size or sector. 

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Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

The award recognises the contribution of an apprentice or trainee to the business.

Applicants should be over 16 and in a 6 month or longer apprenticeship or trainee programme, that includes work experience and a formal training programme either in-house or at a tertiary education establishment. Applicants are also eligible to enter if he/she/they have finished their trainee/apprenticeship within the last 12 months.

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Established as Basingstoke Technical Institute in 1947, Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) is a leading further education college that offers full-time and part-time advanced technical and vocational qualifications together with apprenticeships, higher education, professional and leisure courses. We enable our students to progress to university, employment or an apprenticeship

Business and the Community Award

The Business and the Community Award is open to businesses that, in addition to their commercial activities go over and above to create a positive, sustainable and societal impact as part of their corporate and social responsibility role.

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The INSPIRE Business Awards shine a light on our amazing local businesses and all the great things they do to help make the borough a place where communities are proud of where they live. We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the awards again, and to be sponsor of the Business and the Community Champion Award, and look forward to celebrating all the great achievements of our business community.

Young Business Person of the Year Award

The Young Business Person of the Year Award is open to dynamic individuals under the age of 30 (as at April 1, 2024), running a business who can demonstrate great success and drive in growing their business.

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Best Place to Work Award

This award will be given to the business that can best prove a genuine dedication to their workforce, over and above any statutory duty.

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Rural Business of the Year Award

This award will recognise an outstanding business that has made its mark on, or in, the rural economy – locally and perhaps further afield in Hampshire.

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Worting House is extremely proud to be sponsoring the “Rural Business of the Year” category. The rural community has faced considerable challenges over the years. However, it’s been fantastic to hear about the hard work and determination of the applicants and their contribution to the local economy in Basingstoke and further afield in Hampshire. The decision to find one winner will not be easy with such talent and commitment evident.

Worting House is set in peaceful parkland just outside Basingstoke, and for over 30 years we’ve given businesses of all sizes the serviced office solutions they need to thrive. The listed manor house also offers meeting rooms and virtual office services in stunning scenery. Clients can enjoy the best of both worlds – a peaceful and elegant country setting where you can focus on your work free from distractions with all the technology and convenience of a modern office. What more could you want than beautiful surroundings, a great location, free parking, and a welcoming and professional team? Why don’t you come and see for yourself – we’d love to welcome you and show you around.

Wellbeing Champion Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that can demonstrate a dedicated commitment to delivering outstanding employee wellbeing.

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At Sovereign Network Group (SNG), we provide over 84,000 homes and invest in communities across the South of England and London, as well as aiming to create thousands of new affordable places for people to live every year. Our purpose is to provide quality affordable homes and places, that people love for generations. Everything we earn, we invest so that our customers – now and in the future – have a sustainable home that they love, in a thriving community. With over 6,000 homes in Basingstoke and home to one of our largest offices, we are passionate about supporting and championing Basingstoke-based businesses and supporting it to be a thriving place for people to live and work.

Winner of Winners

The Award is selected by the judges from all category winners

Absolutely Offices Basingstoke

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Absolutely Offices provides serviced offices in Grove House and The Manor House in Basingstoke as well as virtual offices for a wide variety of clients. Our clients appreciate the personal touches and customer service that we can deliver.

We have been associated with the INSPIRE business awards for many years and are excited to sponsor this award which highlights business excellence across all categories 

Sponsor of the Awards Night Welcome Drinks

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce are proud to be a sponsor of this prestigious event, which showcases business excellence within Basingstoke and Deane.       It’s also an event that has inspired, and will continue to inspire, many businesses who have established excellent working relationships. 

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce enables all businesses to thrive and prosper at every stage of their enterprise journey. Membership can help you stand out in a competitive market place, with leading industry experts and connections.

Sponsor of the Awards Night Entertainment


Allica is a new kind of can-do business bank for established businesses that are the engine of the British economy. We offer old school relationship banking supercharged with modern technology.    Our customers know the name of their local Allica manager and have their contact details. They also benefit from all the convenience of 21st century banking and can access their accounts online and through our app.   We offer regular finance products such as asset finance and commercial mortgages but can also help with more bespoke finance that doesn’t easily fit into a neat category.

Because we’re committed to supporting established businesses to succeed, we are extremely proud to sponsor the 2024 INSPIRE Business Awards.

Destination Basingstoke

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Basingstoke Gazette
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