Awards Night

Join us on March 26 for our black-tie celebration.

Tickets for this year’s awards will be on sale to the general public on March 1.

Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception in a dedicated red-carpet foyer, with excellent opportunities to network with 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, 2021’s Somerset Business Awards promises to be a magnificent night of celebration!

Please note that this is subject to government guidance. 

We are delighted to have Claire Carter, journalist and broadcaster at the BBC, as our host for the 2021 awards ceremony.

Claire has been a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC for almost fifteen years. Originally from the south-east, she moved to the west for University and found the region too pretty to ever leave it. For the past four and a half years Claire has been waking Somerset up as the voice of its BBC Local Radio Breakfast Show, where a typical day could be an early call to KT Tunstall in LA followed by an interview on Covid policy with Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Claire’s line of work goes further than live broadcasting. In 2016, she won a New York Radio Award for producing and editing an original drama called Visitors. And along with her Somerset colleagues has raised almost £40,000 for Children in Need since moving to the county.

Outside of work, Claire makes music and performs with BBC Points West’s Steve Knibbs. She’s also a keen sportswoman having played netball for over 25 years. She says: “I could have played for England had I been better.”

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.

Our Venue

We are delighted to be returning to 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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