Andrew Merrell

Andrew 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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Nearly £5 billion invested with Gloucestershire firm in 2021… so far

If we needed evidence that the ice is melting around the economy, we need only look at St James’s Place, the Cotswold wealth...
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Five Queen’s Awards go to Gloucestershire businesses in 2021

From a truffle-hunting business to a mechanical engineering firm, from an innovative community music-based charity to a purveyor...
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Airline pilot training firm Skyborne invests further in Cheltenham

A serious investment in new Cheltenham accommodation for its trainee airline pilots has put the name Skyborne on the news radar...
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Innovative Gloucestershire construction firm wins almost £40,000

A construction firm from Cheltenham can build stronger foundations for its future after HMRC awards it nearly £40,000 for...
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Gloucester 10k is back for 2021 – in a new hybrid format for all runners

It’s back – the Gloucester 10k run, taking in many of the city’s finer points on a route through the Docks, Quays, canal path and...
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Couple take on world’s toughest cycling race to support Gloucester’s Chamwell Centre

It is a cycling event few finish, but a couple from Gloucestershire will take on the Silk Road Mountain Race to raise vital funds...
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Gloucestershire business appointments round-up: April 2021

SoGlos handpicks some of the biggest Gloucestershire business appointments this month, from an international fashion brand to high...
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Does GFirst LEP filming point to a new chairman of the board?

Filming outside GFirst LEP’s headquarters has prompted speculation about whether the powerful business group has found a new...
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Budweiser chased from Forest Green Rovers' ground by Brew Dog deal

Budweiser thought it was going to bask in the glow of Forest Green Rover’s hard-won environmental credentials when it parked a...
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National Star receives a £67,000 donation from a Gloucestershire business

A generous donation of £67,000 worth of equipment from Cheltenham business, Astor Bannerman, will ‘make a huge difference’ to the...
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Turnover set to triple as Holland Cooper prepares to open its Cheltenham store

Jade Holland Cooper speaks to SoGlos about how her fashion label is on course to near treble turnover and we find out more about...
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Gloucestershire businesses can get funding to go green through Severn Wye Energy Agency

Up to £300,000 of funding for green improvements is available to Gloucestershire businesses through Severn Wye Energy Agency, but...
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Hartpury College is number one at producing international rugby talent in England

More England under 20 international rugby players come from Gloucestershire-based Hartpury College than any other school or...
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Ecotricity turnover exceeds £222 million thanks to ‘deep green’ business customers

More business customers plugging into its ‘deep green’ energy has helped Gloucestershire business Ecotricity increase turnover by...
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The woman building a multi-million pound construction business in Gloucestershire

Unphased by becoming the first female managing director of a construction firm with a 100-year pedigree, Joanne Casey is quietly...
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11 tips to help you choose the best IT support company for your business

You might be the foremost expert in your field, but when that’s not IT and you need your business to run like clockwork, how do...
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Weird Fish lands significant growth online through the pandemic

Gloucestershire clothing brand Weird Fish’s shops may have been closed through much of the pandemic, but it didn’t stop it netting...
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‘D-Day’ for Stroud with Five Valley’s Shopping Centre reopening

It is difficult to sum up how important retail reopening is for Stroud’s Five Valleys shopping centre and its businesses, but...
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Gloucestershire declared ‘strongest area for local business in the UK’

The UK arm of a fast-growing European fintech firm has crunched the numbers and declared Gloucestershire is the UK county most...
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Sixty new jobs as multi-million pound leisure park reaches for 2022 opening

After finally getting the go ahead for his multi-million pound investment the boss of a new climbing-focused leisure centre...
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Hydrogen-electric powered aircraft firm backed by Bill Gates moves to Gloucestershire

Backed by Bill Gates, millions of pounds of government money, and GFirst LEP, a firm developing the world’s first commercial...
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One of the first independent accountancy firms specialising in cryptocurrency launches in Gloucestershire

A pioneering firm of accountants from Gloucestershire has launched a dedicated business specialising in cryptocurrency and...
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Expanding accountancy and law firm takes over Stroud tax business

An ambitious accountancy and law firm has announced the takeover of a Gloucestershire tax specialist just days after opening a...
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Forum Digital development in Gloucester gets the go ahead for phase two

The decision allows a new hotel, offices, business space and car parking to go ahead in the centre of Gloucester as part of the...
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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know: Gloucestershire’s Business Navigators

Navigating unchartered waters in search of advice, funding, expertise, support, a route to overseas markets – whatever you are...
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A new luxury boutique hotel is opening in Cirencester

A stylish 11-bedroom luxury boutique hotel is opening in Cirencester, creating jobs and promising to boost the town’s tourism...
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Fitness app from Cheltenham personal trainer goes from strength to strength

With lockdown closing the face-to-face physical training side of his business, a Gloucestershire fitness instructor launched an...
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Contractor to be named for £400 million Golden Valley Development

It promises to be the most transformational scheme of the modern era for Gloucestershire – and the business which will lead the...
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Major investment will see Stroud Auction Rooms open new headquarters

An Aladdin’s cave of treasures looks set to appear near Stroud, as the town’s famous auction rooms prepares to not just re-open,...
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Gloucestershire business appointments round-up: March 2021

An overwhelming number of female faces have moved or taken on new senior roles in Gloucestershire in March 2021 – spanning GFirst...