A BRIDPORT business was among those recognised at the Dorset Echo Industry Awards.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at Weymouth College on Thursday evening.

Bridport business Waste Not Want Not Bridport Ltd took home the prize of Retailer of the Year.

These awards recognise the best in local business.

The event was hosted by Weymouth based singer-songwriter and producer Lauren Bannon and was sponsored by NatWest.

Commenting on the winners, Simon Barrett, Relationship Manager at NatWest, applauded the diversity of the businesses recognised.

He said: “It appears to be a broad range of businesses. It is encouraging to see this range in Dorset.”

Alison Hill, Agriculture Relationship Manager for NatWest, said: “It is good to be supporting some smaller businesses.

“I think it is good we have something that is based in this area, and it good to have the event in Weymouth.

"It is also good to have some recognition in West Dorset."

The event featured entertainment for the guests as well the awards ceremony itself.

Other winners from across Dorset expressed their delight at the recognition.

Tom Amery, founder and owner of Brace of Butchers (which won two awards), said: “We are overwhelmed and excited that locals have taken us to these awards.

“It is a testament to what locals believe, and that is an incredible feeling.”

Malcolm Cumber, Practice Manager of Dave Cumber Vets, said: “I would like to thank all the staff and social media staff. People always love to see pictures of animals.”

Diane Harrington, HR officer for ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd., said: “We are not sure who has nominated us, but we would like to say thank you to them, it is great to be recognised.”

The 2019 winners are:

Apprenticeship/training employer Award 2019 Winner


Business development or innovative idea Award 2019 Winner

Unity Dorset

Business leader Award 2019 Winner

Clayson Scaffolding

Contribution to Tourism Award 2019 Winner

Rendezvous and Royal Oak

Customer Service Excellence Award 2019 Winner

Brace of Butchers

Food / Drink Experience Award 2019 Winner


New Business (opened in the last 2 years) Award 2019 Winner


Product or service Award 2019 Winner

Brace of Butchers

Retailer of The Year Award 2019 Winner

Waste Not Want Not Bridport Ltd

Social Media Engagement Award 2019 Winner

Dave Cumber Vets