Dorset-based Bridge Health & Wellbeing has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in the South West after being shortlisted in the StartUp Awards 2022. It is the only Dorset business to make the shortlist in the Business-to-Consumer Services category.
The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK, which has accelerated since the pandemic began. Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
Over 2,500 applications were received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.
Paul O’Connell, Founder and lead physiotherapist of Bridge Health & Wellbeing said: “When we opened our doors in July 2019, my wife and I were so excited to realise our dream of bringing our physiotherapy and Pilates skills together to create a welcoming wellbeing community in Christchurch, Dorset with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride since then, dealing with the impact of COVID. But our clients have been amazing and made it all worthwhile. Being recognised for all our hard work in national awards like these is very humbling.”
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, commented: “New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”
The South West final will take place at Propyard in Bristol on 28th June 2022.
Louise O’Connell, co-founder and Pilates teacher, added, “We can’t quite believe that from all the amazing new B2C service companies across the entire South West we made the shortlist of just 4! We will proudly represent Dorset as the only Dorset-based finalists in our category.”
Bridge Health & Wellbeing is a friendly, family-run clinic in the heart of Christchurch in Dorset, with high quality physiotherapy, chiropractic, sports massage, rehabilitation services, expert Pilates and Yoga classes and all under one roof.