Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to enter?

Sensational businesses of all shapes and sizes, new or long established, which are based in Gloucestershire or the surrounding area and fit with one of the categories are invited to enter.

How do I nominate my business?

SGGBA nominations will open in March 2022. Monitor this page for exact dates. Nominations must be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process.

Can I nominate my favourite business for an award?

No, but you can recommend your favourite business enters for themselves. Send them a link to this page.

Who will decide the shortlist before it goes to the judging panel, and what’s the criteria?

The panel of judges will be made up of representatives from SGGBA's headline and category sponsors. They’ll be looking at each nominee’s application, as well as their website and social media, and also drawing upon first-hand experiences to create the shortlist which then goes through to the judging panel. We will be ensuring only the very best quality nominees are selected, with a tight shortlist expected again in the second year of the awards. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.

There isn’t a category suitable for my business, would you consider adding one?

Please email with any requests or feedback for 2022/3.

Can i enter more than one category?

Yes, you can enter any category which fits your business, but we would recommend choosing one or two which are most relevant. You'll need to create a separate application for each.

What will the winner of each award receive?

Glory and fame! Plus, a coveted trophy to display at their business, as well as a winner’s certificate, official winner badge to use on their website, and editorial coverage on SoGlos, its email newsletter and social media channels.

Will there just be one winner per category?


Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

The number and quality of entrants is expected to be particularly high again in the second year of the awards, so our judges will be looking for businesses which stand out through their nomination form and have a strong chance of winning their category.

I’m just on the Gloucestershire border, can I still enter?


What’s the format of the SGGBA awards evening?

Expect a relaxed party atmosphere with the chance to meet other businesses and network, enjoy supper and drinks on arrival, before the live reveal kicks off at 8pm. This informal structure is at the core of both our business awards and lifestyle awards.

How do I get tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?

The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors five tickets, and shortlisted businesses will each receive two tickets.

Can I get extra tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?

To make SGGBA as inclusive as possible for all the shortlisted businesses, sponsors and partners – and to work within the size limitations of the special venues we’re working with each year – numbers are very limited and we are unlikely to be able to offer additional tickets. We will, however, have a waiting list once tickets to the awards are opened for RSVPs.

Can I reserve a table at the SGGLA awards evening?

Due to the nature of the special venues which play host to SGGBA each year, spacing for seating is limited so we are only able to reserve tables for the headline sponsor.