Andrew Merrell

Andrew was SoGlos Business Editor from January 2021 to July 2023 and has reported on Gloucestershire for more than two decades, much of that covering the county’s business community. Beginning as a journalist on local newspapers, he has edited regional and Gloucestershire business magazines and websites, has ran his own business and remains enthralled by and dedicated to championing the county.

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Praise from the Queen highlights Gloucestershire firm's importance to chocolate making

A Queen’s Award for Forest of Dean firm DPS Designs reveals how important the Gloucestershire engineering business is to the...
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Gloucestershire bakery Janes Pantry unveils major investment and a brand-new café

Much-loved Gloucestershire bakery, Janes Pantry, has revealed its £300,000 investment plans and is set to open its biggest café...
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Major Cheltenham employer is on course for record revenue and profit

Engineering firm Spirax Sarco, which employs more than 1,000 staff in Cheltenham, has declared itself on course for a record year...
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New rooftop bar and restaurant planned at Regent Arcade in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade plans to open a new rooftop fine dining restaurant, nearly five years after it was first proposed.
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Nearly 100 new affordable homes to be built in Newent

A Gloucestershire-headquartered housing developer has revealed plans to build nearly 100 new affordable homes in Newent in 2022.
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How to take your business accounts digital with confidence

Already recognised as an expert in bookkeeping with management accounts, businesses have also begun turning to Gloucestershire...
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Increasing number of former employees seeking legal action against Complete Utilities

The number of former staff members lining up to take legal action against the collapsed Gloucestershire firm Complete Utilities...
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First business moves into £2 million Hartpury Tech Box Park

Agritech firm Novazera has been confirmed as the first company to take up residence in the new £2 million Tech Box Park at...
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When Gloucester’s former Debenhams building will open to students is revealed

With the added boost of £20 million Levelling Up Fund cash, the University of Gloucestershire has revealed when it hopes students...
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Sports firm confident of recovery after covid slashes turnover by £37 million

Directors of a major UK sports travel firm headquartered in Gloucester are confident they will bounce back, after revealing how...
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12 inspirational people in Gloucestershire farming and agriculture

Nothing has shaped the face of Gloucestershire like its agriculture – and the county continues to produce crop-upon-crop of...
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From dilapidated bungalow to beautiful new Cotswold home

As it continues to grow its reputation for bespoke building projects, Ford Construction lets us inside one of its latest - the...
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16 inspirational business leaders from Gloucestershire

As part of SoGlos’s on-going efforts to champion Gloucestershire’s business community, we have compiled a shortlist of 16 names to...
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Fast-growing Cheltenham retailer to create 40 new jobs by Christmas

A luxury online retailer headquartered in Cheltenham expects to create 40 new jobs by Christmas as it continues to expand after an...
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Invest in Gloucester Brewery and get free beer for a year

With free beer and other rewards up for grabs, investors are already supporting Gloucester Brewery’s exciting £500,000 expansion...
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Peer Networks programme launches to support Gloucestershire’s female business leaders

With data showing women’s wellbeing is more negatively affected than men’s during the pandemic, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise...
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Hundreds of jobs could be lost after Complete Utilities 'ceases trading'

An uncertain future faces 300 staff at Complete Utilities after a major customer for the Gloucestershire firm declared the...
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Gloucestershire business appointments round-up: October 2021

From a new role for the former chairman of GFirst LEP to new senior figures at ProCook, SoGlos highlights some of the key business...
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Renishaw engineers strong recovery with 146 per cent increase in profits

Global engineering success story, and major Gloucestershire employer, Renishaw has revealed a strong recovery from the impact of...
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Building work to start on Cheltenham Minster Exchange

Work is due to start on Cheltenham Minster Exchange, a significant new business centre and also headquarters for Cheltenham...
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Second major sports retailer to open in Regent Arcade

Another huge global sports retailer – a first for the south west – is due to open in Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade, following on from...
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Training is not always a choice, in some cases it’s the law

It is important to make the right choices when it comes to staff training, but as Nimble Elearning points out – make the wrong...
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Protecting your business when key staff move on

With the UK locked into a labour shortage, employees are being offered better terms elsewhere, leaving Gloucestershire employers...
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How to attract, incentivise and retain your employees

As pressures on the labour market mount and stories of staff being tempted to competitors increase, there are levers...
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Specialist solar firm Mypower wins national award

A Gloucestershire firm which installed solar panels on Gloucester Cathedral has been honoured at the National Energy Efficiency...
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Multi-million-pound investment in cyber brings Michael Gove to Cheltenham

A £3 million investment in a new digital training centre and workplace at Gloucestershire College has won high praise from the...
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Gloucestershire kitchenware brand is set to float on the stock market for £300 million

A Gloucestershire businessman who left school aged 15 is about to float his company on the stock market with a valuation of...
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Gloucestershire moves a step closer to building the world’s first fusion energy plant

A plan to build a new fusion energy plant in Gloucestershire, potentially creating thousands of jobs, has made its way onto a...
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Plumbing and heating firm Shackleton, Wintle and Lane enters administration

A total of 69 people have lost their jobs after Gloucestershire-based plumbing, heating and electrical specialist Shackleton,...
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How incredible generosity ‘saved’ Cheltenham Festivals

Just how close Cheltenham Festivals came to financial collapse during the pandemic, and the astonishing generosity that saved it,...