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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Home or office working? A roadmap through the legal issues

Working from home or not working from home, and what to do about it, remain key questions for many employers. Darren Sherborne...
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Cheltenham law firm merger will not affect 180 staff

Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys has said its pending merger with Hewitsons’ to create a £65 million turnover 780-staff-strong...
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What re-introducing 95 per cent mortgages means for first-time buyers in Gloucestershire

The Prime Minister chose Gloucestershire as the spot from which to drum up some publicity for the Government's decision to...
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Gloucester’s biggest employer is set to move

One of Gloucester’s biggest employers, energy giant EDF, has revealed plans to downsize its operations in the county with a move...
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Estate agent's continued expansion across Gloucestershire

Well-known award-winning estate agent Perry Bishop has announced further expansion of its business, as it continues to spread its...
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‘Choked’ by Gloucester’s generosity, Hash Norat's next challenge is personal

Somewhere in the soul of the man who founded Gloucester Feed the Hungry is a willingness to reach for the moon to help others –...
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Solve challenges and grow your business by joining a new Gloucestershire Peer Network

Hot on the heels of a successful year-long trial, the Peer Networks business support programme is returning to Gloucestershire for...
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Motorsport specialist clocks record year - and almost races right past 25th anniversary

Steering a business through the pandemic requires all eyes on the road – but when Forge Motorsport boss Pete Miles did look up he...
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Takeover of nearly 30 businesses sees Cheltenham firm’s turnover pass £116 million

Taking over 28 businesses in a year wracked by the pandemic might seem ambitious, but dental health specialist Portman Healthcare...
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Independent Gloucester cinema announces reopening

A date has been set, and a very apt film named, for the anticipated reopening of Gloucester’s much-loved independent Sherborne...
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David Williams: Why I retired from Hazlewoods and what I plan to do now

David Williams, one of the most respected faces on the Gloucestershire business scene, and an architect of one of its best-known...
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A free toolkit to help Gloucestershire businesses on the road to recovery

With a return to work checklist, cyber essentials, risk assessment templates and more, as Gloucestershire emerges from lockdown,...
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8 organisations to turn to for business support in Gloucestershire

If you are starting or running a business of any size, Gloucestershire has some incredible organisations ready and willing to...
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Work takes off to build 166 new homes at former Gloucestershire airfield

Thirty years after planning permission was first won to transform a former aerodrome in Gloucester where aviation history was...
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Lives will be saved in India thanks to heroes from a Gloucestershire engineering firm

We know Covid-19 caused untold harm in the UK and now ravages India on an unimaginable scale – but in Gloucester a quiet army of...
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Your county needs you! A job offer like no other from GFirst LEP

If you love Gloucestershire, have the leadership qualities required, the business prowess and drive, a video released by GFirst...
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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...