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Inspire Business Awards to celebrate pandemic success stories

A new competition will celebrate businesses that made an impact during the pandemic.

Wiltshire business support service Inspire this week launched its Business Awards, with specific categories for businesses that survived and thrived during the crisis.

The competition includes categories for:

  • Most innovative hospitality business in recovering from the effects of the pandemic
  • Best new product or service brought to market during the pandemic
  • Business with the most positive impact on their community since March 2020

Alongside this are a range of other categories:

  • Business of the year 25 employees
  • Business of the year 10-24 employees
  • Business who has excelled in delivering customer excellence
  • Business who has led the way in export and international trade
  • Business with the most impressive progress towards net-zero
  • Manufacturer of the year
  • Best advisory firm in terms of client impact
  • Food business of the year

As well as the accolade, winners will receive one year’s access to one of Inspire’s experienced Non-Executive Directors, fully funded.

“I am pleased and excited to be announcing these unique awards today. Unique because of the transforming power of the prizes and the support available to every entrant,” said Rob Perks (pictured), executive chairman at Inspire.

“The Inspire Business awards are somewhat different from pre-pandemic awards, in that some of the categories will focus specifically on the achievements of businesses in responding to the particular challenges faced by us all over the last year and a half.

“The awards will enable great businesses to shout about their achievements during the last incredibly difficult 18 months, but will also enter them into a process which will take their businesses on to even greater success.”

Entries close on January 14, 2022, and the finalists will be announced on March 1 ahead of an awards ceremony on April 7.

For more information, or to enter, visit