A holiday company with parks across west Dorset has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Dorset Business Awards.

West Dorset Leisure Holidays, which operates in Eype, Seatown and Burton Bradstock, is one of three businesses up for the PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award.

More than 100 entries were submitted by regional companies into this year’s awards and more than 30 judges have been involved with the decision-making process.

Over the last month, judges have analysed all award entries in detail and have scored them based on specific criteria for each award, before compiling a list of 36 local businesses that stood out from the crowd.

The finalists are:

Business Leader of the Year Award:

Jamie sergeant of ThisIsCrowd Ltd

Marianne Storey of Dorset Mind

Martin Edwards of Julia’s house

Dorset Environmental Award:

Black Pig Retreats

English Oak Vineyard

The Green House Hotel

Excellence in Exporting Award:

Aviation and Defence Spares Ltd



TeamJobs Team of the Year:

Ceuta Group

Friars Moor Vets


Apprentice of the Year:

Emily Birkett of Outpost VFX

Natasha Hockey of Cobham plc

Ollie Dukes of Caterpillar Marine Power UK Limited

Creative Impact Award:

Aylesworthy Flemming


Global Brand Communications

Employee Health and Wellbeing Award:

Greendale Construction Limited


Investec Wealth and Investment

Lester Aldridge Company of the Year:

ThisIsCrowd Ltd

Mploy Staffing Solutions

Precision Acoustics Ltd

PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award:

Hoburne Group

Marsham Court Hotel

West Dorset Leisure Holidays

Enhanced Business Growth Award:

Avec UK Hoburne Group

Venture Engineering Group

BV Dairy Investing in Dorset Award:

Black Pig Retreats

Burnbake Forest Lodges and Campsite

Dorset Cruises

Excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing Award:


Field International Ltd

Precision Acoustics

Stuart Dixon, head of marketing and communications at Dorset Chamber, said: “From all of us at Dorset Chamber, we want to congratulate those who entered and have reached the penultimate stage of this year’s awards.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high, so reaching this stage is a real achievement for all finalists.

“It is fantastic to see a wide range of industry sectors based from all corners of the county represented in this year’s Dorset Business Awards.

“Each year we are astounded with the quality of work that is produced in our county and we are proud to represent the vast number of businesses who deliver it.”

For more information, visit dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk