A BUSINESS based in Winchester has been recognised as part of a prestigious awards.

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Celebrating Small Business Awards final for the South East region took place on Monday, March 11.

Sonya Dibben of Adore your Outdoors, based in Winchester won the award for Self Employed/Freelance Business of the Year.

The award recognises freelancers and the self-employed and celebrates the tenacity and drive it takes to go it alone. Judges looked for considerable progression, a sound business plan, and a sense of purpose for their future.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Sonya Dibbin from Adore your Outdoors with her awardSonya Dibbin from Adore your Outdoors with her award (Image: FSB)

Nicky Kildunne, development manager at FSB, said: “The FSB Awards is an amazing chance to network, be recognised, and gain exposure. Winning an award is a fantastic chance to put your business in the spotlight. 

"There are 5.5 million small businesses who employ 16.7 million people in the UK. They really are the backbone of our economy and at the heart of our communities.

"They embody the creativity and resilience that fuels the South Coast’s prosperity but many have faced an incredibly tough economic climate over the last few years. It’s therefore important to not just recognise, but celebrate, their achievements and contributions with the FSB Awards”.

From well-being walks to nature connection and forest bathing guide training, Sonya Dibbin's Adore Your Outdoors fosters profound reconnection with Hampshire's natural world.

Guided by her transformative journey, Sonya offers public events, team-building experiences and private bookings, sharing nature's restorative power with individuals and communities alike.  

The awards are free to enter and open to all.