SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards

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

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards

Following 10 years as Gloucestershire’s leading lifestyle media, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the very first SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards for 2018.

These definitive awards will recognise and celebrate the very best lifestyle businesses and individuals in and around our amazing county, powered-by an exciting nomination stage and ‘people’s choice’ voting process, and host of support for the lucky winners revealed at a prestigious industry event.

The shortlist for the first ever SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards has been decided, and voting is now open until Monday 30 April 2018 - click on the button below to have your say. The winners will be revealed at an exciting industry event held on Wednesday 16 May 2018, at Blackfriars Priory |

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About the sponsor: 16i is an established Cheltenham-based digital agency providing clients with innovative responsive web design, ecommerce platforms and mobile app development. They work on projects of all sizes with clients locally and internationally, from start-ups to established brands, and are passionate about finding the best digital strategy to fit your business needs. | (01242) 654000

Category shortlist:
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park |
Berkeley Castle |
Gloucester Cathedral |
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway |
Nature in Art |
Painswick Rococo Garden |
Sudeley Castle |
The Garden at Miserden |
The International Centre for Birds of Prey |
WWT Slimbridge |

Simpsons Fish and Chips

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

Category shortlist:
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park |
Beechenhurst |
Berkeley Castle |
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway |
Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf |
Sudeley Castle |
WWT Slimbridge |
Xjump Trampoline Park |

Live Entertainment Venue

Sponsorship is still available for the Live Entertainment Venue of the Year category. See below for contact details.

Category shortlist:
Cheltenham Racecourse |
Cheltenham Town Hall | cheltenhamtownhall
Gloucester Guildhall |
Longborough Festival Opera |
The Everyman Theatre |

Cafe Rene

About the sponsor: Cafe Rene Situated in the heart of the city and dubbed ‘Gloucester’s best known secret’, Café Rene is a long established pub, restaurant and live music venue – and one of the most popular watering holes around. The historic pub, with walls and ceilings dedicated to rows of wine bottles and beer mats, offers an extensive wine list as well as real ales on tap. The venue is also a vibrant live music venue – playing host to gigs by local and visiting bands every Wednesday and Friday night. | (01452) 309340

Category shortlist:
Brickhampton Court Golf Complex |
Cheltenham Racecourse |
Cheltenham Town Football Club |
East Glos Club |
Flyupdownhill/417 Bike Park |
Gloucester Rugby |
Gloucestershire Rally School |
Ian Coley Sporting |
Land Rover Experience Eastnor |

Live Music Venue

Sponsorship is still available for the Live Music Venue of the Year category. See below for contact details.

Category shortlist:
Café René |
Frog & Fiddle | frog-and-fiddle
Gloucester Guildhall |
The Prince Albert |


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

Category shortlist:
288 Bar & Wok |
Barnsley House |
Ellenborough Park |
Gloucester Studio |
Le Champignon Sauvage |
Lumiere Restaurant |
Made By Bob | foodmadebybob
Montpellier Lodge |
Prithvi |
Purslane Restaurant |
The Barn at Severn & Wye |
The Coconut Tree |
The Fire Station |
The Greenway Hotel & Spa |
The Old Stocks Inn |
The Slaughters Manor House |
The Wharf House |
The White Spoon |

About the sponsor Gaudio creates bespoke awards and plaques with unmatched standards for design, service and quality. As leading experts in the design and manufacture of awarded products, Gaudio provides a unique, customer-focused process, including a free, no-obligation design service. The Tewkesbury-based company boasts cutting-edge, in-house manufacturing facilities. And has served prestigious clients including the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, MasterChef, and Investors in People, maintaining exceptional care and quality control every step of the way. From design to delivery, Gaudio strives to create premium bespoke awards and plaques that are on brief, on brand and on budget. | (01242) 232383

Category shortlist:
288 Bar & Wok |
Fat Toni’s Pizzeria |
Malt & Anchor |
On Toast |
Simpsons Fish & Chips |


About the sponsor: NFU Mutual 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’s Moreton-in-Marsh branch 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.

NFU Mutual | (01608) 433683

Category shortlist:
Baker & Graze |
Cavern |
Coach House Coffee |
Havanas Coffee |
Hobbs House Bakery |
Kindness and Co |
Lavender Bakehouse |
Number 85 Coffee Kitchen |
School House Café |
Star Anise Arts Café |
The Coffee Dispensary |
The Find |
The Garden Café at Miserden |
The Hive |
The Willow Tree |
Thistledown Café |
Vinnie’s Eatery |
Well Walk Tearooms |

Pyromaniac Chef

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

Category shortlist:
Bam Life |
British Polo Gin |
Hillside Brewery |
Hobbs House Bakery |
Jesse Smith Farm Shop |
Severn and Wye Smokery |
Stroud Brewery |
Stroud Micro Dairy |
The Cotswolds Distillery |
The Gloucester Biltong Company |
The Tewkesbury Mustard Company |
Tubby Tom’s |

Pyromaniac Chef

About the sponsor: British Polo Gin is a quadruple distilled, hand crafted, small batch spirit which is steeped in history – using only the best organic ingredients to create one of the most flavoursome yet smoothest of gins on the market. Founded by Gloucestershire-based polo player, Richard Hine, in 2015, British Polo Gin is smooth enough to be drunk on the rocks, but still retains the classic flavour to cut through tonic. Choose from the classic No.3 Botanical or No.2 Sloe varieties, either of which make for a stylish addition to any drinks cabinet, and taste simply stunning. | (01452) 730770

Category shortlist:
Café René |
Frog & Fiddle | frog-and-fiddleh
The Bottle of Sauce Pub |
The Carpenters Arms |
The Craven Arms |
The Ebrington Arms |
The Fire Station |
The Golden Cross Inn |
The Green Dragon Inn |
The Gumstool Inn |
The Hollow Bottom |
The Maytime Inn |
The Prince Albert |
The Royal Oak Tetbury |
The Slaughters Country Inn |
The Village Pub |
The Lamb Inn |

Move Sales & Lettings

About the sponsor: Move Sales & Lettings, formed in Cheltenham, has a new and fresh approach to estate agency, and strives to improve the way in which the industry operates. With a reputation for outstanding customer service and a modern approach, Move’s team aims to make selling your property stress and hassle-free, and is a true expert in its field. | (01242) 257333

Category shortlist:
Babel |
John Gordons |
MooMoo Clubrooms |
No 23 Bar & Bistro |
Revolution |
Sixways Wine Bar |
Soho Bar |
Stroud Brewery |
The Cosy Club |
The Fire Station |
The Grape Escape |

Cotswold Home Cinema

About the sponsor: Cotswold Home Cinema is a family affair. A husband and wife team which can expertly transform an average room into a cinematic experience. Offering stunning home cinemas in buildings of all ages, Cotswold Home Cinema has worked to create memorable viewing spaces in offices, boutique hotels and even restaurants. Promising to prove how captivating films can be when played through the world’s best audio systems, Cotswold Home Cinema says its team are ‘blessed’ to call this their job. | (01789) 721175

Category shortlist:
Cowley Manor |
DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham |
Ellenborough Park |
Hallmark Hotel Gloucester |
Hotel du Vin Cheltenham |
Malmaison Cheltenham |
Stonehouse Court Hotel |
The Greenway Hotel & Spa |
The Painswick |
The Slaughters Manor House |
The Broadway Hotel |
The Close Hotel |
The Swan Hotel |

One Grove

About the sponsor: One Grove, based in central Cheltenham near Waitrose, is a specialist Pilates and health collective with three well-equipped studios. It offers Pilates equipment, mat and barre classes, cardio workout classes, yoga classes and private rehab sessions. There are no termly commitments, over 50 classes a week to choose from, knowledgeable and experienced instructors, and all ages and abilities are catered for. | (01242) 255111

Category shortlist:
Barnsley House |
Calcot |
Chapel Spa |
C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor |
Ellenborough Park |
The Greenway Hotel & Spa |

Hair Salon

Sponsorship is still available for the Hair Salon of the Year category. See below for contact details.

Category shortlist:
Ben Ryan Hair |
Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty |
Mccaffreys |
Peter Hickman Hairdressing |
Tabitha James Kraan |

Royal Oak Tetbury

About the sponsor: The Royal Oak, situated in the heart of the town of Tetbury, is a traditional inn that has been sympathetically restored to offer a relaxed and friendly drinking and dining experience in the Cotswolds. Specialising in organic food, the restaurant changes its menus on a monthly basis to serve diners the best seasonal produce across its interesting selection of starters, mains and desserts. | (01666) 500021

Category shortlist:
Anna lizzio |
Artique |
Barnbury |
Bay Gallery Home |
Court Farm Shop |
Domestic Science |
Jesse Smith Farm Shop |
Keith Scarrott Shoes |
Lisa von Hallwyl Millinery |
Malt House Emporium |
Meggie’s |
Number 85 Coffee Kitchen |
Pink Vintage
The Barn at Severn & Wye |
The Willow Tree |

Montpellier Lodge

About the sponsor: Montpellier Lodge is the ultimate destination for relaxed dining in Cheltenham. A perfect fusion between elegant modern dining and heritage decor; located in the heart of regency Cheltenham. Montpellier Lodge is passionate about sourcing and serving big flavours from around the south west. From its aged, local beef through to premium artisan spirits, let the team at Montpellier Lodge take you on a taste journey that will delight the senses. | (01242) 262666

Category shortlist:
Kitebrook Preparatory School |
Cheltenham Ladies’ College |
Dean Close School |
Hopelands Independent School |
Malvern St James Girls’ School |
Rendcomb College |
The King’s School |

Homes & Interiors Business

Sponsorship is still available for the Homes & Interiors Business of the Year category. See below for contact details.

Category shortlist:
Barnbury |
Barrington Decorators |
Bay Gallery Home |
Cotswold Home Cinema |
Deca Design Flooring |
L’una Design |
Lauren Gilberthorpe Interiors |
Malt House Emporium |
My Interior Design School |
Pavilion Broadway |
Pittville |

Shopping Destination

About the sponsor: Aztec Hotel and Spa offers modern rooms, conferencing facilities and even an on-site spa. Located close to the M5 Motorway in Bristol’s Aztec West business park, the hotel caters to those travelling on business, families and even those seeking a relaxing spa weekend. Offering indulgent treatments, delicious meals in the Aztec Hotel’s stylish restaurant and a comfortable room in which to rest your head; a stay at Aztec Hotel and Spa ticks all the boxes for a short city break in Bristol. | (01454) 201090

Category shortlist:
Cirencester Market Place |
King’s Walk Shopping Centre |
Regent Arcade Shopping Centre |
Tetbury Edit |
The Suffolks |

The Isbourne

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

Category shortlist:
2000trees Festival |
Cheltenham Jazz Festival |
Cheltenham Literature Festival |
Cheltenham Music Festival |
Cheltenham Science Festival |
Giffords Circus |
Lechlade Festival |
Longborough Festival Opera |
RHS Malvern Spring Festival |
Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpicks |
Strike A Light |
The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse |
Witcombe Cider Festival |
Wychwood Festival |
The Cotswold Show |

Social Media Influencer
Blackfriars priory is an architectural gem, nestled in the heart of Gloucester. Steeped in heritage, this lovingly restored 13th century venue offers an atmospheric backdrop for events spanning weddings, exhibitions and corporate parties. In addition to its sensational North Range function room, the site also offers a private cloister garden and a scriptorium; the oldest, most well preserved medieval library in Britain. Providing a magnificently rustic blank canvas, Blackfriars Priory is an impressive venue for those wanting to inject some personality into their party. | (01452) 396384

Category shortlist:
The Cotswolds Gentleman |
Cara Sutherland |
Cheltenham Foodie |
CheltenhamMaman |
Honeybourne Line |
LewisLoves |
Sharpfox Social |
The Ink Closet |

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Sponsorship opportunities

We are delighted to offer businesses the opportunity to sponsor the exciting new #SGGLA awards, benefiting from a unique promotional opportunity.

Prestigious headline sponsorship and individual award category sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please contact:

James Fyrne Group Publisher (01242) 210330

Sophie Lucas Advertising Hub Team Leader (01242) 210330

Terri Chapman Senior Advertising Consultant (01242) 210330

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.

How do I nominate my business?

Visit between Thursday 1 February and Monday 5 March 2018 and complete a brief entry form.

Nominations should be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process.

Can I nominate my favourite business for an award?

No, but you can recomend your favourite business enters for themselves. They can do so via this page once nominations open on Thursday 1 February 2018.

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 on Monday 19 March 2018, 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 2018 list of award categories has now been finalised, but we may consider adding new categories next year. Please email with any requests or feedback.

Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

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

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 (110,000 monthly readers), its email newsletter (35,000 subscribers) and social media channels (50,000 followers).

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?


Will this be an annual awards?

Yes, and not only that, with your support our aim is for the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards to become the Gloucestershire awards.

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