THE Team of the Year Award, sponsored by TeamJobs, will recognise the hard work of a Dorset based team at this year’s Dorset Business Awards, organised by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

This award offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the professionalism, dedication and overall hard work of a team who have made a real contribution to the success of a local business.

Winner of the 2016 Team of the Year Award, Seventa Events, proved to the judges that small teams can pack a big punch.

The team organise some of the most innovative events in Dorset. Simon Brooks, managing director of Seventa Events, said: ‘‘This was an incredible award for Seventa Events to win.

“A great team is the backbone of any business. You can have the best product or service, but it can fail without a successful, strong, and determined team.

‘‘The Dorset Business Awards are attended by hundreds of businesses and followed by thousands more.

“It is the highest achievement that a business can win in Dorset and the exposure and connections you make are invaluable. It’s also an incredible motivator for the businesses and individuals that enter.

“Being shortlisted is a brilliant feeling, let alone winning. We really do make our clients’ ideas into reality and it’s a fantastic feeling for that to be recognised.’’

Jason Gault, managing director of TeamJobs, added: ‘‘We are a firm believer that building a feel-good factor into a business is crucial for confidence and success within the company. Dorset is a remarkable hub of business and entrepreneurial talent. Recognising this is very important.

“As a sponsor we have a responsibility to help bring momentum to this process and showing consistency in our approach to this category demonstrates our commitment to Dorset’s business community.

‘‘We feel that as a progressive business and past winner of the Company of the Year Award, we have a responsibility to share our experience and help other businesses get involved. This is a small way for TeamJobs to give something back, and after all it is business looking out for business and belief in our great county that is putting Dorset up there as a great place to do business.’’

Entrants should include details of the following:

n The team and its function within the business

n How the team proactively support one another in order to reach objectives

n The team’s greatest challenge during the last 12 months and how this was overcome

n Impact on the business and perhaps on the wider community

n How the company promotes teamwork and develops staff to work effectively in teams

n The team’s greatest achievements to date

n How the team is viewed by the rest of the business

The company should nominate and enter the award on behalf of the team.

In association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, the Awards are backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and are free to enter. Entries can be submitted via prior until Sunday September 3. Entry is open to all companies with a BH or DT postcode and membership of DCCI is not required to enter.

For further information about the Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve tickets for the Gala Dinner, which will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday November 23, please contact Stuart Dixon on 01202 714810.