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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Winners of Gloucestershire’s first Inclusive Employer Awards revealed

The 13 winners of the first Gloucestershire Inclusive Employers Awards, staged by the GEM Project, have been announced.
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There’s still time for business leaders to join the Peer Networks programme

A programme for Gloucestershire business leaders aimed at helping them grow their companies has opened its doors to more cohorts,...
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How can Gloucestershire retain its younger generation?

Gloucestershire is facing a major challenge – retaining its younger generation. Evans Jones thinks our planning system could be...
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The Forest of Dean Growth Hub opens its doors

Businesses in the Forest of Dean now have a new point of focus, with The Growth Hub opening its latest branch in Mitcheldean.
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Turnover passes £53 million for Gloucester retail business

Winner of this year’s SoGlos Gloucestershire business Award for growth, ProCook, has lived up to its title – with annual turnover...
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World’s largest vertical farm underlines Gloucestershire’s position as a hotbed of agri-tech

Gloucestershire’s profile as a UK hotspot for agritech has been further boosted by news of a multi-million pound investment that...
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Turnover and ‘profits’ up at Two Rivers Housing

Turnover has increased to £28 million and ‘profits’ are also up at Gloucestershire-based Two Rivers Housing Group.
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Digital October events for businesses launched by The Growth Hub

To support businesses investing in a digitally-powered recovery from the pandemic, Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub is launching a...
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Major Gloucester employer officially opens new offices

One of Gloucester’s biggest private employers, with more than 500 staff, has officially opened new offices in Brockworth.
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Gloucestershire B&B owner launches new breakfast cereal

When lockdown decimated her bed and breakfast business owner Deborah Lamplugh realised she was sitting on another potential...
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After 10 years GFirst LEP celebrates its biggest project yet

After a decade helping transform Gloucestershire with £100 million-plus of investment, and establishing a can-do reputation in...
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Potential buyers show interest in former Gloucester office, as major development plans are revealed

A major residential development is being proposed for a former office site in the centre of Gloucester, with potential buyers...
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Gloucestershire business appointments round-up: September 2021

From senior appointments at fast-growing Gloucestershire tech firms to new faces on the board of the county’s local enterprise...
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Hartpury women's rugby team reveals new sponsor

Elite women's rugby team Gloucester-Hartpury is celebrating revealing a new signing - its latest sponsor.
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The Cirencester house project: Ford Construction expert insight

Ford Construction continues to build its reputation for bespoke projects, as this extension on a Cirencester couple's home shows.
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New Gloucester Brewery warehouse bar opens at Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Brewery officially launched its new 2,500 square foot Dock-side bar on Friday 24 September 2021, also opening its doors...
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Gloucestershire College’s academy launch reveals a county bristling with confidence

The official opening of Gloucestershire College’s £3 million Advanced Digital Academy and Hub8 co-working space has revealed a...
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Work begins on £2 million Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park

Work has begun to build a £2 million digital innovation centre for Gloucestershire agri-tech firms at Hartpury College and...
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Cheltenham BID appoints new chief executive

Powerful business group Cheltenham BID has named Heath Gunter as its new chief executive.
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Meet the apprentice: Joshua Davis of Attivo Group

An apprenticeship at the University of Gloucestershire is helping Cheltenham business Attivo develop the next generation of talent...
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JD Sports is opening a new Cheltenham store in Regent Arcade

JD Sports will be the latest brand to open in Regent Arcade shopping centre, replacing Cheltenham’s vacant Top Shop unit.
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12 steps to supply chain security that will help grow your Gloucestershire business

Talk of cyber security often puts the onus on you and your business, but an attack on your suppliers can be just as damaging. As...
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Gloucestershire Day launched to celebrate the county

The whole county is being invited to join in with the Gloucestershire Day celebrations on Tuesday 21 September 2021 – with the...
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Superdry back on track for growth

Gloucestershire-based fashion brand Superdry said it was ending the year strongly and was back on track for growth, after the...
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First-time buyers' questions answered

Entering the housing market as a first-time buyer is an exciting and daunting proposition, with good advice key to managing your...
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It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top

Business owners need to feel supported, but when you don’t have the luxury of a big team around you, where do you find that...
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Why businesses are turning to BookCheck to help them grow

Gloucestershire-based BookCheck has transformed bookkeeping and payroll management into an art form – and is seeing more and more...
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Gloucestershire is growing its reputation as a holiday destination

Visit Gloucestershire, set up to champion and support the county’s visitor economy, said a boom in staycations this summer had...
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A new pizza restaurant plans to open on Cheltenham Promenade

Cheltenham foodies wondering what will move into the former Café Rouge could now have their answer – as the Promenade building...
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£500,000 of growth funding for When in Rome wine business

Gloucestershire-based Italian wine importer When in Rome has won £500,000 of funding to expand its environmentally friendly...