Sunday 26 May 2019

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2020

Find out about SoGlos's flagship event, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2020, including categories, key dates, information on voting and sponsorship opportunities.

SGGLA 2019 highlights video

SGGLA 2019 Facebook Live stream video

SGGLA 2019 headline sponsor

Neptune Rum

About the sponsor: Neptune Rum is the world’s most awarded rum of 2018, distributed from its base in Cheltenham 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 for up to eight years. Available at some of the coolest bars, pubs, festivals and events across Gloucestershire, raise a glass of Neptune Rum and unleash your spirit of adventure.

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.

SGGLA 2019 shortlist

See below for the 22 SGGLA 2019 categories, the shortlisted businesses in the running and details of 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

Shortlisted businesses

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
Holst Birthplace Museum
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust
Museum of Gloucester
Nature in Art
Painswick Rococo Garden
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
The Classic Motor Hub
The Garden at Miserden

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

Shortlisted businesses

Cotswold Clubhouse
Cotswold Farm Park
Dean Heritage Centre
Eastnor Castle
Go Ape! Forest of Dean
Hollywood Bowl
Lunar City at GL1
Mr Mulligan’s
Sandford Parks Lido
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

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

Shortlisted businesses

Bredon School
Cheltenham College
Dean Close School
Hatherop Castle School
Hopelands Preparatory School
Kitebrook Preparatory School
Rendcomb College

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

Shortlisted businesses

Cheltenham Playhouse
Cheltenham Town Hall
Gloucester Guildhall
The Barn Theatre
The Everyman Theatre
The Roses Theatre

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

Shortlisted businesses

417 Bike Park
Beaufort Polo Club
Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham Town Football Club
East Glos Club
Gloucester Rugby
Longlevens Rugby Club

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

Shortlisted businesses

Cafe Rene
Frog & Fiddle
Gloucester Guildhall
Two pigs
Xposed Club

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

Shortlisted businesses

Gloucester Studio
Lumiere Restaurant
No.131 The Promenade
Purslane Restaurant
The Ivy
The Looking Glass
The Maytime Inn
The Old Passage
The Ox Cheltenham
The Slaughters Manor House Restaurant
Tiger’s Eye
Toni’s Kitchen at Bisley House
Wild Garlic


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

Shortlisted businesses

Fat Toni’s
Holee Cow
Rogan Josh Indian Takeaway
Simpsons Fish and Chips
The Chip Shed

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

Shortlisted businesses

Blockley Cafe
Coach House Coffee
Havanas Coffee
Lucy’s Tearoom
Number 85 Coffee Kitchen
School House Cafe
Smokey Joe’s Cafe Bar & Diner
Star Bistro
The Cavern
The Fairview Gardener & The Tea Room
The Find
The Forest Bakehouse
The Meadow Café
Thistledown Café
WoodKraft Cheltenham

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

Shortlisted businesses

Bam Organic
Cotswolds Distillery
Dunkertons Organic Cider
Hetty’s Kitchen
Hillside Brewery
Hobbs House Bakery
Poulton Hill Vineyard
RAU Cotswold Hills
Ross & Ross Food
Salt Bakehouse
Seitan’s Grill
Stroud Brewery
The Tewkesbury Mustard Company
Woodchester Valley Vineyard

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

Shortlisted businesses

Brewhouse & Kitchen Gloucester Quays
Cafe Rene
The Bell at Sapperton
The Bell at Selsley
The Black Horse Inn
The Boat Inn
The Bottle of Sauce
The Carpenters Arms
The Fountain Inn
The Fox Inn Broadwell
The Lyon Inn
The Maytime Inn
The Old Courthouse
The Plough Inn
The Polo Pub at Foston’s Ash
The Red Hart Inn
The Swan at Southrup
The Wheatsheaf

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

Shortlisted businesses

Door 4
John Gordons
Revolution Bar
Stroud Brewery
The Botanist
The Fire Station
The Grape Escape

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

Shortlisted businesses

Barnsley House
Calcot & Spa
Cowley Manor
Crestow House
De Vere Tortworth Court
Egypt Mill
Ellenborough Park
Fleece at Cirencester
Hatton Court Hotel
Lords of the Manor Hotel
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
No.131 The Promenade
Stonehouse Court Hotel
Tewkesbury Park
The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
The Frogmill
The Greenway Hotel & Spa
The Hare & Hounds Hotel
The Old Stocks Inn
The Painswick
The Slaughters Manor House

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

Shortlisted businesses

Ben Ryan Hair
Calcot Spa
Cedars Health & Beauty Centre
Chapel Spa
C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor
Earl’s & Co
Elan Spa at The Greenway Hotel & Spa
Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty
Panch Hair
Signature Barbers
The Spa at Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

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

Shortlisted businesses

Cheltenham Pilates & Yoga Studios
Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga
Iron Zuu Gloucester
Leisure at Cheltenham
Momentum Pole & Aerial
One Grove
The Isbourne

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

Shortlisted businesses

Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor
Court Farm Shop
Favourite Beers
FOLIA Planting
Harper and Cooper Opticians
Jesse Smith
Keith Scarrott
Made in Stroud
Malone’s Vintage
Pavilion Broadway
Pink Vintage
The Barn at Severn & Wye
The Union Project

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 Collective 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.

Shortlisted businesses

Barrington Decorators
Casa Interiors
Deca Design Flooring
GeorgieRose Interior Design
Highgrove Bespoke Joiners
Just Fabrics
Monica Lenore Designs
Moon Architect and Builder
Obsidian Kitchens & Bathrooms
The Fairview Gardener
The Perfect Home Company
Treacle George

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.

Shortlisted businesses

Gloucester Quays
John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham
Regent Arcade
The Brewery Quarter
The Montpellier Association Cheltenham

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

Shortlisted businesses

Café René Rhythm and Blues Festival
Cheltenham Half Marathon
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Cheltenham Paint Festival
Giffords Circus
Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club
Light Up Cheltenham
Longborough Festival Opera
Moreton in Marsh Show
RHS Malvern Spring Festival
Strike A Light Festival
The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
The Royal International Air Tattoo
Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays

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.

Shortlisted businesses

Cowley Manor
Dumbleton Hall
Eastnor Castle
Egypt Mill
Ellenborough Park
Elmore Court
Gloucester Blackfriars
Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
Hatton Court Hotel
Manor By The Lake
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
Painswick Rococo Garden
Pittville Pump Room
Stonehouse Court Hotel
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Tewkesbury Park
The Barn at Upcote
The Frogmill
The Greenway Hotel & Spa
The Hare & Hounds Hotel
The Slaughters Manor House
The Swan Hotel
Twyning Park

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

Shortlisted businesses

Alpha Hire
Atelier 19
Ellie Lowe Wedding Dresses
Fiorella Florals
Hey Pesto Catering
Retro Press
Richard Parsons – Gloucestershire Magician
The Cotswold Bar Company
The Vanilla Pod Bakery
Wedding Paint

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.

Shortlisted heroes

Andrew Gravells

Councillor Andrew Gravells has championed Gloucester and the wider county for more than 40 years, also serving as Mayor and Sherriff during this time, and strives to always help constituents despite facing some major health problems.

Bob Perkins

For more than 30 years Bob Perkins has taken three weeks unpaid leave off work to sell poppies in Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester. Bob has never been recognised for his contribution to the city and county.

Claire Forigone

Claire Foigone started the Red Box Project Stroud and, with the support of a few local organisations is trying to end poverty in the area – so no girl has to miss school due to a period.

Clare Garratt

Claire Garrat has been working with local charity Allsorts for more than 20 years, as a volunteer and member of staff, and has been instrumental in running the Allsorts Toy Library which is wholly inclusive for families across Gloucestershire.

Jamie McDonald

Gloucester ‘Adventureman’ Jamie McDonald has completed an incredible 6,000 mile solo run across the USA followed by a world-record breaking treadmill run – covering 524.4 miles in one week! Taking on several impressive challenges over the years, Jamie has raised over £270,000 for charity.

Simon Crumpler

Stagecoach bus driver Simon Crumpler, from Gloucester, spent two years with the Princess Diana Trust driving the Stagecoach Be Nice Bus – designed to help reduce bullying in schools; he won ‘Driver of the Year 2017-18’ for his sheer volume of customer commendations; and raised £3,000 for charity last Christmas by donning his Santa suit and giving presents to children across the county as part of the Santa Bus.

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, Oasis Events, 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 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.

In 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 community arena as part of the ‘Hero of the Year’ category.

How do I nominate my business/hero?

Visit this page during the nomination phase, opening in January 2020.

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 recommend 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 March/April 2020, 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?

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 2020, 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. All finalists will also receive an official certificate.

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


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