Organised and managed by Destination Basingstoke, the awards were attended by over 500 people last year, representing more than 180 businesses from the region from innovating start-ups, entrepreneurs to global leading businesses, there is category suitable for every business.

With the growing reputation of north Hampshire as a hotbed of innovation in the newest technologies, the Innovation of the Year category may be of particular interest to Tech Juice readers, although with 13 categories to choose from there should be one relevant for every business and entrepreneur, whatever their product, service or the size of the business. Finalists benefit from high profile exposure, both at the awards evening and in the build-up. The Inspire awards are well established and much respected among the business community and for many winners, they have been an effective springboard to new markets and contacts.

Often when people think of INSPIRE, they think of the awards evening and all its glitz.” says Felicity Edwards, Managing Director at Destination Basingstoke. “But Inspire is an awards programme, not just a good night out, and the most important part of the programme is the businesses themselves, and the hard work and passion that makes them award-winning, we hope the entries in 2018 will reflect the exciting developments in businesses across the region”

 Entry into the INSPIRE18 business awards is free, entry closes on 7 September. All finalists are visited by the judges and will receive two free tickets to the awards evening on 22 November .  To enter your business into this year’s awards visit

The 2018 Award Categories

Female Achiever Award- Sponsored by Willmot Dixon
Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Herrington Carmichael
Small Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by The Breeze FM
New Business of the Year Award – Available to sponsor
Business and the Community Award – Sponsored The Basingstoke Gazette
Employer of the Year Award- Sponsored by HR Department
Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by University of Winchester
International Business of the Year Award –  Sponsored by FLUOR
Innovation Excellence Award – Available to sponsor
Service Excellence Award – Sponsored by Vitacress
Young Business Person of the Year Award – Sponsored by Minuteman Press
Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sponsored by Inchora
Family Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Brackenwood Windows