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Finalist! Dorset Business Awards 2023

Aug 17, 2023

Amazing news! We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Dorset Business Awards 2023 in the Best New Business category. In some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago that Paul and Louise were able to realise their dream of working together and opened the doors to Bridge Health and Wellbeing. It has certainly been a rollercoaster journey since then, with all the challenges of covid.

Covid also impacted these awards, which are finally being held this year for the first time since 2019. Organised by Dorset Chamber, entries were open to businesses across the county and were judged against the criteria for the category by an independent panel of experts. The judges were extremely impressed by the calibre and quality of the entries that showcased the wonderful businesses operating in the county.

“Each entry for the Dorset Business Awards tells a unique story of the commitment, dedication and focus of businesses from all sectors across the county. We’ve seen innovative startups, SMEs demonstrating impressive scaling, and companies delivering thought-leading operational excellence. Entrants have shown true dedication to the customer experience and are creating great places for people to work.


We’ve seen how businesses are embracing sustainability, inclusivity and their communities and are collaborating to create a better world. Collectively, the entries have again shown how businesses in Dorset are committed to creating a vibrant and positive business culture.


Congratulations to our 30 finalists who represent the talent and innovation of Dorset business.”


Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber

The winners will be announced at the Dorset Business Festival Awards Gala Dinner on 12 October at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth.

Paul & Louise O'Connell, founders of Bridge Health & Wellbeing

“We are incredibly proud to be shortlisted alongside some brilliant businesses from Christchurch and beyond, including Studio Arkell, REID Steel, West Peak and Mar-Key, who recently moved into Christchurch. We wish all the finalists good luck and are looking forward to celebrating the best of Dorset business at the Awards night.”


Paul & Louise O’Connell


Keep your fingers crossed for us 🤞

It’s already been an award-winning year after we won Outstanding Business of the Year at the Christchurch Business Awards. Achieving county-wide recognition from these awards would be amazing. Thank you to our clients for your support over the past four years. we couldn’t have done it without you!

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