Award Organisers

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is Somerset’s leading private sector, member-focused, business support organisation. Established in 1995, the Chamber represents more than 500 businesses across Somerset covering all industry sectors, ranging in size from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. This number increases to over 2,000 businesses when combined with our Town Chamber affiliate network.

We are also an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce, which represents over 100,000 businesses in the UK and is the only truly independent UK business support organisation which has local representation, credibility in the eyes of Government and the media, and is consulted at all levels by Government.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is here to connect, support and grow business within Somerset, influence key decisions-makers on policy and, ultimately, work towards growing a vibrant Somerset economy.

For more information visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk.

Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception in a dedicated red-carpet foyer, with excellent opportunities to network with over 380 guests from the Somerset business community. A fully-licensed bar will be available.

Guests will be encouraged to have their group photos taken before being seated in the grand ballroom. This year’s event will feature an exclusive VIP Sponsors Area, with dedicated table service to entertain colleagues and clients in style.

Following a delicious four course meal with plenty of wine, the awards ceremony will commence and, once again, the best of Somerset businesses will be recognised for their achievements.

But fear not, the night doesn’t end there. Following the official awards ceremony, there will be plenty of post-award celebrations. For the first time this year, the ceremony will be followed by a post-event casino, complete with a late party licence, all in a dedicated networking bar area.

So whether you are a sponsor, winner or finalist, 2019’s Somerset Business Awards promises to be a magnificent night of celebration!

We are delighted to welcome back Peter Trego, Somerset Cricket all-rounder to host the Somerset Business Awards 2019.

Pete played his first senior games for Somerset County Cricket Club in 1997 at the age of just 16. He made his debut for Somerset in 2000, and – against the West Indies in 2002 – he scored a career best of 140 in a match. Throughout his career he has made over 575 appearances, scored over 17,000 runs and has taken over 600 wickets.

As a result of his consistent performances with both bat and ball, Pete has played for the England Lions as well as representing his country in the Hong Kong Sixes in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, he took 50 championship wickets for the first time and recorded his best first-class bowling analysis of 5 for 53 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Pete’s outstanding achievements earnt him the 2012 English Cricket’s Most Valuable Player Award.

In March 2016, it was announced that Pete would join the new television channel, Insight TV, as a presenter and narrator. He has had a number of television presenting roles, including a series called, “Beyond the boundary”, an observational documentary about the positive effects of sport in parts of the world with unfortunate social and economic issues.

For the last three years, Pete has been working closely with the Managing Director of DriBuild, Matt Tyler.

Our Venue

We are delighted to announce a NEW venue for the 2019 Somerset Business Awards – the Winter Gardens Pavilion in Weston-super-Mare.

Built in 1927 and having recently undergone a £15m refurbishment, the Winter Gardens Pavilion is an impressive landmark on the Weston-super-Mare seafront, sure to leave a lasting impression with its unique sunken ballroom and neo-Georgian details.

The awards will have exclusive use of the entire venue, which features several versatile rooms; its largest room, the historic ballroom, pictured below, can accommodate nearly 400 guests, cabaret style, with full Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire building. The ballroom is served by the professional kitchen attached to the main restaurant, Lasseter’s.

The pavilion is well-connected across the South West, with excellent transport links and close to the train station. The Winter Gardens is also right next to the town’s main multi-storey car park, with extended opening times available for our event, as well as being situated nearby multiple hotels, just a short walking distance away.

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