Monday 18 March 2019

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019

Find out about SoGlos's exciting 2019 Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards, including categories, key dates, information on voting and sponsorship opportunities.

The SGGLA 2019 timeline

Nominations open: Monday 7 January 2019
Nominations close: Thursday 28 February 2019
Shortlist revealed & voting opens: Monday 11 March 2019
Voting closes: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Awards evening & winners revealed: Thursday 16 May 2019

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The SGGLA 2019 headline sponsor

Neptune Rum

About the sponsor: Neptune Rum is the most awarded rum in the world, distributed from its base in Gloucestershire with more than 40 prestigious global awards to its name, to date. This delicious golden rum is created from pure sugar cane molasses in Barbados’s oldest distillery, before being aged in American bourbon oak casks for up to eight years. During 2018 Neptune Rum has won Britain’s best rum brand, Barbados rum of the year, and a Gold award in the New York International Spirits competition – to name just a few of its accolades. The Cheltenham-based drinks company is named after the god of the oceans, so raise a glass of Neptune rum in 2019 and unleash your spirit of adventure.

The SGGLA 2019 event partners

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral - A stunning and iconic landmark, we are thrilled Gloucester Cathedral will be the official SGGLA venue for 2019. An internationally-renowned place of worship and famous film location for the Harry Potter movies amongst others, Gloucester Cathedral is a unique venue for high-profile events.

Oasis Events

Oasis Events - Specialising in bespoke event design, planning and management, as well as transforming venues from ordinary places into extraordinary spaces, Oasis Events has been in the events industry for 20 years. We are delighted that Oasis Events is our events partner for the SGGLA for the second year running.

Dunkertons Cider

Dunkertons Cider - Founded in Herefordshire in 1980, and now at home in a state-of-the-art facility just outside Cheltenham in Dowdeswell, Dunkertons Cider is home to a purpose-built shop, cider tours and tastings. We are thrilled SGGLA guests will be able to enjoy Dunkertons’ organic cider at the awards evening.

The Cotswold Bar Company

Cotswold Bar Company - A mobile bar company based in the Cotswolds, Cotswold Bar Company specialises in serving creative drinks for events around Gloucestershire and beyond, including weddings, festivals and the SGGLA awards evening.

The Woozy Pig

Woozy Pig – Effortlessly cool event caterers based in Cheltenham, Woozy Pig specializes in serving-up porky feasts and street food at weddings, festivals and events across the UK – including some seriously tasty loaded hotdogs for the hungry guests at the SGGLA awards evening.

The SGGLA 2019 category sponsors

See below for details of all 22 SGGLA 2019 categories, the types of businesses that can enter, as well as all the individual category sponsors.

Cultural Venue of the Year

The Cultural Venue of the Year category is open to visitor attractions, art galleries, gardens and museums.

About the sponsor: 16i is an established Cheltenham-based digital agency, providing its clients with innovative software development solutions, bespoke ecommerce platforms, digital marketing web builds and mobile app development. The firm works on projects of all sizes with clients both locally and internationally, including brands such as Everyman Theatre, Jonjo O’Neill and NUK. 16i is passionate about finding the best digital solution to fit its clients business needs. | (01242) 654000

Family Day Out Venue of the Year

The Family Day Out Venue category is open to day out destinations, wildlife centres and children’s activity centres, for example.

About the sponsor: Simpsons Fish and Chips is a true family business, run by husband and wife team Bonny and James with a family fish and chip legacy dating back to 1976. Its flagship Cheltenham outpost won the accolade of ‘UK’s Number 1 Fish & Chip Takeaway 2016’, while 2017 saw the opening of a brand new Stroud shop. Simpsons sources the best quality fish and spuds and cooks them with care, offers a traditional menu with fun seasonal twists, and can even cater for a range of events thanks to ‘Simpsons on Wheels’. Long live fish and chips! | (01242) 521964

Independent School of the Year

The Independent School category is open to prep, senior and sixth-form independent schools.

About the sponsor: FRC Financial Planning offers bespoke solutions for people looking to manage their investments, plan for retirement, manage inheritance or those in need of mortgage or remortgaging services. Promising effective advice regardless of changes in the financial landscape, the firm offers a face-to-face service for its clients. Based in Cheltenham’s Imperial Square, the firm is operated by Fran Coulter and is an Associate Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. | 07855 634665

Live Entertainment Venue of the Year

The Live Entertainment Venue category is open to music, theatre and comedy venues, for example.

About the sponsor: CitrusHR’s consulting team offers a complete range of HR support for small and medium sized businesses. Experts in their field, the firm only employs the very best HR consultants, knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, with a wealth of practical experience across all business sectors. Offering advice on issues surrounding family leave, sickness, mergers, acquisitions, and redundancy; CitrusHR’s consulting team can also provide technical support on employment contracts, recruitment and retention of teams. Providing a true understanding of small business challenges, the team works across Gloucestershire, helping business owners take a fresh approach to managing people. | 0844 854 6704

Sporting Venue of the Year

The Sporting Venue is open to businesses across all types of sports.

About the sponsor: KGR Wealth Management offers financial planning solutions to sporting professionals, those within the entertainment industry and entrepreneurs. Providing a ‘holistic’ approach, the firm provides its clients with expert advice and insight, helping them best understand how today’s decisions can affect their future. Directed by ex-professional rugby player Karl Rudzki, the firm offers investment planning, estate protection, corporate services and retirement planning amongst its services. | 07540 636983

Live Music Venue of the Year

The Live Music Venue category is open to nominations from dedicated music venues, as well as pubs and sporting venues which host live music.

About the sponsor: Pinknoise Systems supplies professional audio equipment for location sound and video recording from its base in Gloucester to locations worldwide. Stocking a range of professional brands including Rode, Shure and Beyer Dynamic, the business also offers competitive financing, custom cable solutions, equipment part exchange, and expert advice from its team – which boasts 20 years of experience. | (01453) 825802

Restaurant of the Year

The Restaurant category is open to restaurants of all cuisines and styles, from informal to fine dining.

About the sponsor: Thomson & Bancks Solicitors provides an uncompromised legal service for the residents and businesses of Gloucestershire and the wider region with bases in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, and Pershore. The firm traces its heritage back to the 1830s and today offers a range of tailored legal services delivered by a team of trusted, local professionals providing a one-stop destination for those requiring high quality legal advice and representation on matters as diverse as: business affairs; dispute resolution; property; injury and medical negligence compensation; family law; powers of attorney; wills and administration of estates. | (01242) 235250


The Takeaway category is open to businesses which offer a strong takeaway service.

About the sponsor: Gaudio Awards is a bespoke award and trophy manufacturer, based in Tewkesbury. You’ll have seen Gaudio’s work in the form of the Masterchef trophy, The Pride of Britain awards and even The Man Booker Prize. Passionate about its work, Gaudio’s team offers a comprehensive design service with in-house manufacturing, using the very finest raw materials. Promising to cater to all industries and budgets with its unrivalled customer care, Gaudio prides itself on friendly service, competitive pricing and a quality pledge. | (01242) 232383

Café of the Year

The Café category is open to standalone cafés and coffee shops and those situated within other businesses.

About the sponsor: NFU Mutual’s Moreton in Marsh & Cheltenham branch offers expert insurance to the farming community, whilst maintaining its place as an integral part of the British countryside. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, NFU Mutual – Moreton in Marsh & Cheltenham promises to exceed the expectations of its clients, champion rural communities and provide a local, personal service. With over a century’s experience protecting the countryside, NFU Mutual says it is proud to operate differently to other insurance providers, being run both by and for its members. | (01608) 651781

Food/Drink Producer of the Year

The Food/Drink Producer category is open to businesses producing all types of food and drink, including condiments, dairy produce, baked goods, health foods, oils, beers, wines and spirits.

About the sponsor: The Pyromaniac Chef is the alter-ego of Gloucestershire based foodie – Kathryn Minchew. Promoting her brand of ‘fine dining over fire’, the Pyromaniac Chef focuses on using local producers and cooking green, even sourcing the charcoal she cooks on, exclusively from a company based in the Forest of Dean. Alongside cooking up delicious dishes during her appearances at Gloucester Studio , the Pyromaniac Chef offers cookery courses, has a series of books about cooking with fire and even works with school groups to highlight the importance of climate change. | (01452) 899889

Pub of the Year

The Pub category is open to all pubs, from town centre to country pubs.

About the sponsor: Guano Crazy Printing is a screen-printing studio based in Gloucester, with clients across the county and beyond. The company specialises in garment printing as well as vinyl printing, embroidery and sublimination, and prides itself on producing retail quality, affordable branded items with a fast turnaround. From promotional T-shirts, hoodies and workwear to branded bags, caps, team kits and much more. Guano Crazy’s specialist team are happy to provide expert advice, and also offer a professional in-house design service. | (01452) 308145

Bar of the Year

The Bar category is open all manner of bars.

About the sponsor: Naylor Powell are an independent estate agents and letting agents operating in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Newent and Stonehouse. They are passionate about the Gloucestershire property market and always aim to exceed clients’ expectations when selling or letting their home. Members of the NAEA and ARLA Property Mark, Naylor Powell’s team offer experienced, professional and most importantly trustworthy advice, and their expert local knowledge and award winning customer service is key to ensuring every sale and let is managed as efficiently as possible. | (01452) 398010

Hotel of the Year

The Hotel category to open small to large hotels.

About the sponsor: Porsche Centre Tewkesbury is home to a team of experts who can guide you through the process of buying your dream car; from the initial test drive, through to financing and even maintenance. Stocking more than 200 approved used vehicles in stock, including the Cayman and 911 GT3, potential owners will not be disappointed with the fabulous range available to test. With a state-of-the-art body shop, highly trained mechanic team and certified parts department all on site, customers can rely on Porsche Centre Tewkesbury to be their lead contact on their journey through Porsche ownership. | (01684) 880112

Beauty Business of the Year

The Beauty Business category is open to hair salons, spas, beauty salons and independent beauty practitioners.

About the sponsor: Gloucestershire College (GC) is an innovative, career-focused college of further and higher education, with three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. GC offers a huge range of successful academic, professional and technical training programmes, including award-winning apprenticeships. Working closely with local businesses has always been at the heart of what GC does and it currently supports hundreds of Gloucestershire employers. GC’s Hairdressing department has a strong reputation for providing students with everything they need to progress, and supporting businesses with skilled apprentices. Former students enjoy careers with some of the best beauty businesses in and around Gloucestershire. | (01452) 563400

Health/Fitness Business of the Year

The Health/Fitness Business category is open to gyms, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness studios, personal trainers and health food producers.

About the sponsor: The Royal Oak, situated in the heart of Tetbury, is a charming, traditional 18th century inn; sympathetically restored to offer a relaxed and friendly drinking and dining experience in the Cotswolds. With six lovely en-suite rooms and three dog-friendly rooms, The Royal Oak is a fun and relaxed getaway; perfect for browsing the chic boutiques of Tetbury, exploring the beautiful Cotswolds or enjoying an active life with great opportunities for golf, hiking and cycling. Specialising in organic food, this classic country inn boasts an ever-changing menu, showcasing organic, free range meat from local farms and dedicated vegetarian events, alongside a standalone vegan offering; making The Royal Oak’s menu as inclusive as it is delicious. | (01666) 500021

Independent Shop of the Year

The Independent Shop category is open to businesses across all sectors, including food, drink, homewares, fashion, children, gifts and art.

About the sponsor Inchcape Volkswagen is Cheltenham’s destination for all things Volkswagen. Providing excellent customer service and expertise, its knowledgeable staff can assist individuals searching for their perfect car, as well as equipping businesses with a fleet of vehicles for its workforce. As one of only 34 official Volkswagen Fleet Business Partners in the UK, Inchcape provides a bespoke service for businesses, meeting their leasing requirements whether they need one vehicle or a fleet of 250. With both brand new and used-approved vehicles available to test drive from its base on Tewkesbury Road, Inchcape Volkswagen also offers new owners access to the best financing deals, official Volkswagen parts, servicing and M.O.Ts. In addition to its fantastic range of vehicles, the dealership offers Motability cars and a range of electric vehicles. | (01242) 851609

Homes & Interiors Business

The Homes & Interiors Business is open to homewares specialists, interior designers and decorators, kitchen and bathroom companies and flooring companies, as well as windows, doors and conservatory companies.

About the sponsor Cotswold Property Solutions is a group of independent property professionals, working together to build, decorate, furnish, secure and sell properties in and around the Cotswolds. The Gloucestershire based team is made up of architects, interior designers, mortgage and protection advisors, joiners, photographers, decorators, audio visual specialists and estate agents, and meets monthly to discuss industry trends and new business. Priding itself on its fantastic communication and integrity, the team says its shared values are at the heart of each of its projects.

Shopping Destination of the Year

The Shopping Destination category is open to shopping centres and town collectives, for example.

About the sponsor: RHS Malvern Spring Festival has been held at the Three Counties Showground since it began in 1985. Each year it opens the door into the summer season, with its unique setting – framed by the picturesque Malvern Hills – providing the perfect backdrop to a plethora of plants and gardens. Next taking place from 9 to 12 May 2019, visitors will be able to enjoy a walk around the show gardens, gather inspiration from exhibitors in the Floral Marquee and get hints and tips from a range of talks and demonstrations at this fantastic show.

Event of the Year

The Event category is open to nominations from annual events and festivals, as well as new events.

About the sponsor: The Isbourne is a hub of wellbeing and spiritual development, running a busy schedule of inspirational courses, workshops and talks through the year from its Cheltenham town centre location. The centre has weekly classes in yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, Pilates, dance and more. There are also meeting rooms and therapy rooms for hire, and a café for visitors too. | (01242) 254321

Wedding Venue of the Year

The Wedding Venue category is open to all kinds of wedding venues, from hotels, stately homes and barns to castles, historic venues, gardens and more.

About the sponsor: High Flyer was created for those people for whom time is their most valuable commodity. Offering leisure experiences to special destinations for both exploration and simply to enjoy luxury surroundings, High Flyer is also perfect for those with business on their minds. The company offers the opportunity to use small airports, making extremely short check-in times possible. The business completely understands how valuable its clients’ time is. Available from the easily accessible Gloucestershire Airport, High Flyer Club is redefining the art of travel.
highflyer | (01285) 600130.

Wedding Supplier

The Wedding Supplier category is open to bridalwear and jewellery businesses, wedding photographers and videographers, florists, cakes and catering companies, wedding transport, wedding entertainment, hair and beauty and honeymoon suppliers.

About the sponsor: GLORIOUS events is a brand new venue and event management partnership powered by the independent registered charity, The Cheltenham Trust, and award-winning venue and event caterer, KUDOS. This dynamic new partnership brings a fresh vision to the four iconic cultural and leisure sites including Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, The Wilson and Skillicorne Gardens. Based in Cheltenham and working across Gloucestershire and beyond, GLORIOUS events has an exceptional reputation for its tailored and comprehensive event planning service too spanning weddings, special dinners and parties as well as conferences, meetings and film location services, not to mention outside catering. | (01242) 387409

Hero of the Year

The Hero category is open to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Gloucestershire through their work in the charity, sport or business arena.

About the sponsor: A family run company with a logo you can’t help but recognise, The Cullimore Group specialises in aggregates, waste removal, transport and distribution, and even runs an MOT test facility for heavy goods vehicles at its site in Netherhills. Supplying customers across Gloucestershire and the west since the 1930s, this successful firm prides itself on its team of enthusiastic and loyal staff; promising clients remarkable local knowledge and professional expertise in its field. | (01452) 740326.

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The SGGLA 2019 sponsorship opportunities

The SGGLA success wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors and partners, which for 2019 include Neptune Rum as headline sponsor; Gloucester Cathedral, Dunkertons Cider, Cotswold Bar Company and Woozy Pig as event partners; in addition to category sponsors detailed below.

All sponsorship opportunities for 2019 are now sold-out, but to be part of the 2020 success, please contact:

James Fyrne Group Publisher (01242) 210330

Terri Chapman Senior Advertising Consultant (01242) 210330

The SGGLA 2018 success

The new SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards were launched as part of SoGlos’s 10-year anniversary celebrations, and quickly cemented their position as the definitive awards of their kind - recognising and celebrating the very best lifestyle businesses and individuals in and around our amazing county.

In 2018, more than 300 leading local businesses nominated themselves across the 20 categories, with a chosen shortlist of the best 200 going to public vote throughout April 2018. The level of interest, support and excitement was phenomenal – you can’t have missed the ‘vote for us’ posts on social media, badges on websites and posters across the county – with 20,966 votes flooding in by the closing date.

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 an exciting awards evening took place at the iconic Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester; the culmination of an integral new part of SoGlos as Gloucestershire’s leading lifestyle media, and an important new addition to the county’s business calendar.

For details of the 2018 winners and highly commended businesses, see SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2018 winners announced.

To see the SGGLA 2018 photo gallery, visit

The SGGLA 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. In addition to amazing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Gloucestershire through their work in the charity, sport or business arena as part of the new ‘Hero of the Year’ category.

How do I nominate my business/hero?

Visit this page during the nomination phase.

Nominations must be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process (unless you are making a nomination for Hero of the Year, which can be done by anyone).

Can I nominate my favourite business for an award?

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

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

The panel of judges will be made up of members of the SoPublishing team. 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 to public vote.

We will be ensuring only the very best quality nominees make it through to the public vote. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.

How will the voting process take place?

The voting process will open for around six weeks in 2019, when members of the public will have their chance to make one top choice from any or all of the categories. Voting will exclusively take place via, and can be done via desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.

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

The 2019 categories have now been finalised. Please email with any requests or feedback for 2020.

Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

The number and quality of entrants is expected to be high again in 2019, so our judges will be looking for businesses which have a strong chance of winning their category.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, please feel free to enter any category which fits your business.

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 support on SoGlos, its email newsletter and social media channels.

Will there just be one winner per category?

Yes, but there will also be a highly commended business per category, which will receive a certificate and official badge to use on their website too.

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


Is this an annual awards?

Yes, and not only that, following 2018’s success the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards quickly cemented their position as the Gloucestershire awards.

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