Recognising Exceptional Contributions To Our Local Economy & Communities

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 Shepton Innovator Business Awards recognises 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 are being run entirely online. Nominations are open from Thursday 11th June and close at midnight on Thursday 30th July.

An independent panel of local judges will select shortlisted finalists which will be announced on social media on Thursday 20th August. The winners will be announced via on online award ceremony on Thursday 3rd September. Winners will be given both a physical certificate and digital banner to display online.

There are 8 categories of award

  1. New Business (opened after May 2019)
  2. Hospitality
  3. Food and Drink Producers
  4. Retail
  5. Manufacture and Small Production
  6. Wellbeing and Leisure
  7. Arts, Culture and Heritage
  8. Innovator of the Year (voted on by town councillors)

Nominations can be made directly by a business owner or employee, or by a member of the public on behalf of another business.

Nominations are open to all businesses (small, medium-sized and large), either based in Shepton Mallet or the following parishes: Pylle, Prestleigh, Evercreech, Pilton, Oakhill, Croscombe and Doulting

If you have any questions please email

Nomination Form

*indicates required field

Parish this business is located in *

Which category are you nominating this business for? *

Why do you think this business deserves to win the award in the chosen category? * (Max. 200 words)

How does this business benefit the local community? * (Max. 200 words)

What makes this business special? * (Max. 200 words)

How has this business demonstrated innovation (especially during the current crisis)? * (Max. 200 words)

Are you the owner or an employee of this business? *yesno

Do you agree to be contacted by Shepton Mallet Town Council about future news and events? *yesno

How we use your data:

We will contact businesses inform them when the shortlist / winners will be announced and if they are shortlisted and/or win.

We will publish the names of the businesses, but we won’t publish the name of the person who nominated the business or their contact details.

When the award process is finished, we will delete names and contact details from our records.

We only use contact details for business related matters (unless consent is given to be contacted by news and events above).

Do you consent to the above? *yesno