SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2021

Hot on the heels of SoGlos's expansion into the B2B sector, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the exciting new SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards for 2021 - and our amazing headline co-sponsors, GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub.

SoGlos launched the annual Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards in 2018 as a completely new awards format, which quickly grew from strength-to-strength over the past three years to become the county's leading awards - reaching 7.2 million people in 2020 and gaining unprecedented support from the county's business community and members of the public.

Now, there has never been a better time for the launch of a brand new, modern Gloucestershire Business Awards format to recognise and celebrate innovative start-ups to the top 100 businesses in the county, at a time when our business community emerges from one of the most challenging years in living memory, and we look forward to an exciting future working together in the new normal.

A very warm welcome to SGGBA 2021.

All SGGBA 2021 sponsorship
opportunities have been secured

To express interest in aligning your business with Gloucestershire's exciting new business awards for 2022, please contact:

James Fyrne, Group Publisher
james@sopublishing.com
(01242) 210330

SGGBA 2021 headline co-sponsors

GFirst LEP

GFirst LEP’s vision is make Gloucestershire the best place to do business in England.
It works in partnership with the county’s business community and public and voluntary sectors to drive sustainable economic growth, create jobs and provide real opportunity for businesses in the region.
Over the past 10 years GFirst has been instrumental in developing plans and delivering projects to ensure government funding, and keep Gloucestershire’s economy growing.
gfirstlep.com

The Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a Gloucestershire-wide network of business centres, where you can get free support to help your business.
From solo entrepreneurs to start-ups to multi million-pound firms, The Growth Hub is there for businesses which have potential to grow, create jobs and help the county prosper.
As well as direct consultancy and advice, it also runs a full programme of online events and workshops, delivered by local experts.
thegrowthhub.biz

SGGBA 2021 categories & sponsors

New Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Bamboo
Bamboo Technology Group Ltd exist to positively shape and develop business futures and people’s lives with intelligent IoT, resilient connectivity and cyber secure IT and software solutions.
Ensuring operational resilience and regulatory compliance for its clients, the Bamboo teams offer over 20 years of experience across all products and services bringing long term digital strategies and technology to life.
bamboo.tech

Most Innovative Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hartpury
Hartpury University and Hartpury College are among the UK’s leading specialist education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing. Their 360-hectare green campus in Gloucestershire is home to more than 4,000 university and college-level students studying degrees, A-levels and diplomas, as well as undertaking innovative industry led research.
hartpury.ac.uk

Growth Business
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Willans LLP solicitors
Known as the trusted advisor of many locally-headquartered businesses, Willans LLP’s multi-disciplinary teams of solicitors give pragmatic and commercially-minded legal advice to clients operating across a wide range of sectors.
With around 80 people based predominately in Gloucestershire, Willans is large enough to provide first-class specialist advice yet small enough to give genuinely personal service.
willans.co.uk

Family Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: QuoLux
QuoLux supports business owners, directors and managers at all levels to develop their leadership and management skills to be the best that they can be.
It provides local business leaders a confidential space to work alongside like-minded peers to learn, share and support one another through in-person programs or online training courses.
They practise and perfect their leadership skills, increase their self-confidence and learn to #InspireBelief.
quolux.co.uk

Green Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Ecotricity
Ecotricity is Britain’s greenest energy company, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Recognised by _Which?_ as one of only three truly green energy suppliers, it invests its profits into new sources of renewable energy, turning customer ‘bills into mills’. Ecotricity offers competitive business pricing, strategic consultancy for sustainability action plans, on-site generation and battery storage solutions.
ecotricity.co.uk

Employer Engagement Award
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hazlewoods
Hazlewoods is a UK Top 25 independent business advisers and chartered accountants, with an established sector expertise that is hard to find elsewhere. The firm prides itself on a highly personal service, strong values and new ideas. Its experts provide specialist accountancy, tax, audit and business advice to individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes. The firm has more than 380 staff who enjoy working with our wide range of clients locally, nationally and internationally.
hazlewoods.co.uk

Best Place to Work of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Brunsdon Financial
Sponsor profile and video.
brunsdonfinancial.co.uk

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: RockWealth
RockWealth is an award-winning chartered and certified financial planning firm, with offices in Imperial Square, Cheltenham, serving clients across the UK. Although most of its clients have more than £500,000 of net investable assets, its raison d'etre is to give everyone the information they need to make better financial decisions. The firm also works with the trustees of charities and pension funds and has offices in Norwich, Leamington and Brighton.
rock-wealth.co.uk

Customer Excellence Award
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College is a modern, career-focused college of further and higher education offering apprenticeships, vocational training and more across its campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Awarded Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020, Gloucestershire College proudly works with over 1,000 employers to deliver quality professional training, ensuring businesses have the right skills and staff for growth.
gloscol.ac.uk

International Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Barclays
Barclays is a consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. It moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers worldwide.

Barclays Corporate Banking specifically supports businesses turning over more than £6.5m pa and it offers sector specific knowledge, international expertise and innovative, digital capabilities to connect our clients to a world of possibility.
barclayscorporate.com

Pivoting Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Evans Jones
Evans Jones is a property and planning consultancy that advises on all aspects of the acquisition, development and management of commercial property across the UK. It has offices in London and Reading but its headquarters remains in the county in which it was founded – Gloucestershire – and its name is synonymous with countless key projects and deal within the county.
evansjones.co.uk

Entrepeneur of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire has a longstanding commitment to supporting businesses. With eight academic schools across campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester, there is expertise to support organisations at every stage of their development.

The university is helping organisations to grow their talent - through apprenticeships and accredited professional programmes, and by providing them with access to exceptional students and graduates. It collaborative and applied approach ensures that work-based development is relevant, contemporary and inspiring.
glos.ac.uk

Employee of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: GB Solutions
Sponsor profile and video.
gbsolutions.co.uk

Heritage Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Sponsor name
Sponsor profile and video.
sponsor website

Business Leader Award
Nominations open March 2021

Open to nominations from...

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire County Council
Sponsor profile and video.
gloucestershire.gov.uk

Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2021

The winner of this special award will be chosen by the headline sponsor, from the list of businesses nominated across all categories.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: GFirst / The Growth Hub
GFirst LEP’s vision is make Gloucestershire the best place to do business in England. Over the past 10 years it has been instrumental in developing plans and delivering projects to ensure government funding, and keep Gloucestershire’s economy growing.
One of GFirst’s flagship projects is The Growth Hub, a county-wide network of business centres helping Gloucestershire businesses grow.
gfirstlep.com / thegrowthhub.biz

SGGBA 2021 partners

We are delighted to be working with a number of amazing businesses which will be helping to make the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards evening the celebration of the year...

Oasis Events

Oasis Events specialises in producing extraordinary bespoke events. Their client-base includes well-known brands and businesses in multiple sectors, and private clients celebrating milestone events. Oasis oversees the design and organisation for every scale of business event: from networking to product launches, AGMs to staff parties, bringing your vision to life on time and on budget: inspiring, unique & perfectly executed.
oasisevents.co.uk

Venue partner

Details of our 2021 venue partner will be revealed here once confirmed.

Food partner

Details of our 2021 food partner will be revealed here once confirmed.

Drinks partner

Details of our 2021 drink partner will be revealed here once confirmed.

SGGBA frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to enter?
How do I nominate my business?
Can I nominate my favourite business for an award?
Who will decide the shortlist before it goes to the judging panel, and what’s the criteria?
There isn’t a category suitable for my business, would you consider adding one?
Can I enter more than one category?
What will the winner of each award receive?
Will there just be one winner per category?
Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

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

I’m just on the Gloucestershire border, can I still enter?
What’s the format of the SGGBA awards evening?
How do I get tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?
Can I get extra tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?
Can I reserve a table at the SGGBA awards evening??

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