In response to the announcement that Mendip Business Awards will not now be taking place, Shepton Mallet Town Council is launching an online award initiative to recognise outstanding local businesses and entrepreneurs.

At a time when many businesses are in vital need of support, the awards will recognise the dedication and hard work shown by local businesses and entrepreneurs to serve and support their community during the current crisis and throughout the year.

In keeping with the times, the awards will be run entirely online.

Full details will be announced next week in the local press media and online.