THE best of business in Somerset is being honoured once again.

The Somerset Business Awards is returning for a 12th year and officially launched at an event at the Mount Somerset Hotel on Thursday.

Organisers say the awards, backed by your County Gazette, provides an opportunity for Somerset businesses to showcase what they have to offer.

The annual awards ceremony takes place on Friday, October 21.

Jonathan Jones-Pratt, of Crosville Motor Services Ltd – the winner of the Skills for Growth award in 2015 – said: “We recognise it is critical to invest in people and to win a prestigious, local award is something to be proud of.

"Winning has been a company milestone for Crosville Motor Services, bringing the business to life in Somerset and without our staff, we wouldn’t be here.”

Businesses from all sectors, of varying shapes and sizes, can enter the Somerset Business Awards free of charge and enter as many categories as they wish.

This year there are 14 award categories, sponsored by a variety of exceptional local businesses, including Albert Goodman as the main sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.


Richard Bugler, newly appointed managing partner at Albert Goodman, said: “We are once again delighted to be sponsoring the Somerset Business Awards.

"The recognition for Somerset business from the awards gives such great benefit and inspiration to the short-listed and winning companies.

"As main sponsor, we are committed to the development and success of local family businesses and share the common themes shown by winning entrants with a 'can-do' attitude and a passion for business.”

The awards opened for entries on June 1 and will close at noon on Monday, August 22.

For entry details and to apply online, visit

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