SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2022

Unveiled at the end of 2020 in-line with SoGlos’s expansion to cover business in the county, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards set out to recognise and celebrate innovative start-ups through to the top 100 businesses in the county, boldly shaking up the traditional awards format with a fresh new approach.

Following an almost year-long process of business nominations, shortlisting and voting by the expert panel of judges, SGGBA 2021 culminated with a hugely successful awards evening staged in an aircraft hangar at Gloucestershire Airport – where almost 300 guests gathered to enjoy a special evening of networking, supper, drinks and the thrilling live reveal of winners by compère Steve Knibbs, Gloucestershire reporter for BBC Points West.

Having cemented its position as Gloucestershire’s definitive business awards in year one, and again being supported by a high calibre roster of industry sponsors in year two, SGGBA 2022 is set to be another exciting annual highlight on the county’s business calendar.

SGGBA 2022 key dates

March 2022: Nominations open

June 2022: Nominations close

July 2022: Entries sent to judges for review and scoring

July 2022: Judges panel meeting

July 2022: Finalists announced

July 2022: Sponsors and finalists drinks event

Thursday 20 October 2022: Awards night at the Minster Exchange, Cheltenham

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.

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.

SGGBA 2022 categories & sponsors

New Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses launched since April 2020 which have set out to exploit a market opportunity, pioneer a new product or service, or simply turn a passion into a viable business. The business will already be enjoying the rewards of its hard work in getting established.

Cotswold-headquartered building firm, Montrose Group, is a construction company with a passion for innovative design, exceptional craftsmanship and immaculate execution. Aspiring to set the benchmark for outstanding residential and commercial property within the UK, its unrivalled multi-disciplinary team combines creative, corporate and technical expertise to meet the needs of its private and commercial clientele – delivering its signature ‘contemporary elegance and timeless design.’

Most Innovative Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to bold businesses which have successfully researched, planned and delivered innovative products or services to creatively disrupt their sector.

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.

Growth Business
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which have achieved outstanding growth in turnover, profit, market share and/or employment opportunities in the past two years – while also ensuring sustainable financial performance.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Willans LLP solicitors
Known as the trusted advisor of many locally-headquartered businesses, Willans LLP is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022. Its multi-disciplinary teams of solicitors give pragmatic and commercially-minded legal advice to clients operating across a wide range of sectors. With around 100 people based predominately in Gloucestershire, Willans is large enough to provide first-class specialist advice yet small enough to give genuinely personal service.

Family Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which are family owned and run by one or more members of the family. Through ongoing growth and development, family values remain demonstrably important.

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 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.

Green Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which can demonstrate a commitment to proactively managing and improving sustainability. This could be through a specific project or investment to improve current green working practices, or through the launch of a sustainable product, service or initiative.

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.

Best Place to Work of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which recognise the importance of the workplace environment to fuel passion, foster positivity and ensure the wellbeing of their team – all contributing to strong staff retention and excellent customer service.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Brunsdon Financial
Leading employee benefit and wealth management company, Brunsdon Financial, works with clients across Gloucestershire and beyond, advising on everything from workplace pensions to medical insurance. It also works with private clients to manage their retirement and investment needs, as well as offering expert mortgage advice through B Mortgage Services, which it launched in 2021.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which proactively support the community through projects or events with not-for-profit objectives, including those relating to the arts, environment, education and specifically charities.

Target creates public relations, social media and marketing communications strategies for its ambitious clients, working with big-name brands like Specsavers and Dishmatic, non-profit organisations such as Parish Giving Scheme, HETAS and Woodsure, as well as Cheltenham’s exciting Quadrangle redevelopment. Its diverse experience has also included Gloucestershire-based leadership and strategy specialists, QuoLux; innovative manufacturer ADEY; and support for cancer care charity, Hope for Tomorrow.

Drawing on the talents of its expert team, the Cheltenham-based agency works closely with clients to deliver creative PR and marketing communications services that achieve their goals.

Customer Excellence Award
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses for which ‘putting the customer first’ is at the heart of everything they do, demonstrated through monitoring customer satisfaction and empowering staff to deliver and exceed exceptional standards of service.

Nimble's intuitive elearning creation tool and learning management system have already helped hundreds of organisations build beautiful online courses with ease – and keep track of staff progress at the click of a button. The elearning specialists also offer a range of customisable ready-made courses covering everything from health and safety to data protection. Nimble prides itself on providing outstanding customer service every step of the way.

International Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses successfully trading their products or services on an international scale, adapting their strategy and operations, as well as overcoming challenges such as Brexit, to do so – while also continuing to grow its international offering.

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to inspirational individuals who combine passion and vision with innovation and business acumen to achieve commercial success – from first timers to seasoned risk-takers.

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. Additionally, it provides employers with access to exceptional students and graduates. Its collaborative and applied approach ensures that work-based development is relevant, contemporary and inspiring.

Employee of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to dedicated individuals who have gone above and beyond their job description to achieve outstanding success as an employee and as part of their wider team, setting new standards of excellence.

Gloucestershire-based GB Solutions is a recruitment agency specialising in HR, Legal, Finance, Marketing, Tech, Sales, Service, and Commerce – putting people at the heart of its business.

Its team of expert consultants partner with companies county wide and beyond, sourcing talent on a permanent, temporary and contract basis, helping those who are new to the area, seeking promotion or looking to exit a role, to find their perfect fit.

Team of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to businesses which can demonstrate how exceptional teamwork has led to their success – particularly over the past year – to achieve consistent growth, the completion of ambitious projects and/or achieving high levels of customer care and service.

ReformIT is a Cheltenham-headquartered IT support specialist that covers all of the UK. Its skilled technicians provide advice on all IT matters, from computer and internet security, software and cloud solutions to IT support and managed services such as VOIP and website hosting. ReformIT is a Microsoft Silver Partner, Small Business Specialist and Microsoft Office 365 consultant that can customise its services for your business.

Heritage Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

This category is open to established businesses which have been part of Gloucestershire’s economy for decades, adapting to their industry’s challenges while driving growth, employment and investment in the county. The business may be a household name or an unsung hero which deserves to be recognised.

Established over 56 years ago family business Hewer Facilities Management is one of the region’s leading building services providers and a Quality Assured ISO 9001 company.

Employing more than 140 staff it delivers services ranging from private domestic home heating, electrical installations and maintenance plans to expertise in plumbing, heating and renewable energy, design, installation, repair and servicing for offices, schools, factories and hospitals.

Business Leader Award
Nominations open March 2022

This category will recognise established leaders who have inspired their teams through a period of unprecedented challenge, leading by example and embracing the concept ‘with change comes opportunity’ to drive continued success.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire County Council
GCC is working hard to position the county as a hub of skills, entrepreneurship and business, at the forefront of innovation.

Its four-year strategy for building back better in Gloucestershire involves levelling up communities, investing in the next generation, and attracting greener investments and jobs

Committed to attracting investment and talent to the area at every opportunity, GCC is proud of Gloucestershire today, but ambitious about where the county can go next.

Young Business Leader Award
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Sponsorship available
Category sponsor details
sponsor website

Apprentice of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College is an innovative provider of professional and technical training, offering courses and apprenticeships for school leavers, adults and businesses 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 more than 1,000 employers to deliver bespoke training programmes, ensuring businesses have the right skills and staff for growth.

Cyber Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Sponsorship available
Category sponsor details
sponsor website

Public Sector Excellence Award
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Roberts Limbrick
Roberts Limbrick is a practice of over 100 architects, designers, and creatives with a base in Gloucester and a national presence. Its portfolio boasts an extensive range of projects in the public, commercial and residential sectors, from innovative office spaces to affordable homes and state-of-the-art education facilities. Its architects create spaces at the heart of communities, using their knowledge of how people interact with places to make a positive impact in every design.

Charity of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Sponsorship available
Category sponsor details
sponsor website

Micro Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Business Furniture Direct
From one workstation to an entire corporate building, Cheltenham-based Business Furniture Direct specialises in creating dynamic environments for clients across Gloucestershire and nationwide – including healthcare, education, hospitality and office sectors.
With over 25 years of trading, its knowledgeable team are experts in planning spaces, sourcing products from a range of manufacturers and budgets, professionally installing furniture and can also remove old equipment for recycling. Visit the dedicated showroom for specialist advice, try out office seating and to see the most popular ranges of office furniture.

Small Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

HR Star provides in-person and remote HR outsourcing services, along with an exclusive online portal for 24/7 assistance, partnering with like-minded, forward-thinking businesses that want to go to the extra mile for their people.

Working to enhance the employee experience by creating people strategies that align with business goals, HR Star creates and maintains engaged workforces by encouraging feedback, growth, honesty, respect and sourcing the best talent.

Medium Sized Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

Hazlewoods is a UK Top 30 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 400 staff who enjoy working with our wide range of clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Large Business of the Year
Nominations open March 2022

Category criteria TBC

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.

Business of the Year
Chosen by the headline sponsor

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Sponsor details TBC
Headline sponsor details
sponsor website

SGGBA 2022 compère

Meet our returning SGGBA compère for 2022.

Steve Knibbs

Steve Knibbs

We are delighted to welcome back Steve Knibbs, the well-known BBC regional news reporter and presenter, as compère of the second annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards. Steve, who has been a face of BBC Points West for more than 15 years, was an important part of SGGBA's success in it's exciting first year, and will have the honour of unveiling the winners on Thursday 20 October 2022 at the official venue, the new Hub8 Minster Exchange.

SGGBA 2022 partners

We are delighted to be working in partnership with a dream team of amazing businesses to make the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards evening the celebration of the year.

Hub8 Minster Exchange

The culmination of a £6.8 million project, the innovative modular building that is the Hub8 Minster Exchange comprises state-of-the-art workspace for the cyber tech, digital and creative sectors, a Growth Hub to support business development, an event space and a café. This pioneering joint venture between Hub8 and Cheltenham Borough Council promises positive impacts for the community and to help ensure the town retains its reputation as the centre for cyber innovation for the UK.

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.

Neptune Rum

Launched in Cheltenham in 2017 and found at discerning bars across Gloucestershire and the globe, Neptune Rum is the producer of the world’s most awarded rum of 2018/19 with over 65 global awards for its popular Barbados rum, created using only natural ingredients. SGGBA guests will be invited to raise their Neptune Rum cocktails as we toast the best of the best Gloucestershire businesses on the night.

Food partner

The Wild Pizza Co specialises in catering for special events across the south west, serving Insta-worthy, wood fired pizzas made using dough which is cold fermented for over 72 hours to give it a light airy structure and complex flavour. They promise the best pizzas north of Naples, fired in ovens which reach temperatures of 450°C, perfect for SGGBA guests.

SGGBA 2022 sponsorship

To find out about aligning your business with Gloucestershire's
definitive business awards for 2022, please contact:

SoGlos Advertising Hub
(01242) 210330

SGGBA 2021 success

The brand new SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards took the county by storm in 2021, co-sponsored by GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub, culminating with an exciting awards event at Gloucestershire Airport where almost 300 guests gathered to recognise the very best businesses from across the county.

The evening marked the end of a process which saw 421 nominations from 192 different businesses whittled down to 17 winners. And, following almost a year of careful planning and work by the SoGlos team, the hugely successful event cemented SGGBA's position as Gloucestershire’s definitive business awards from its very first year.

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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?
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Will there just be one winner per category?
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The number and quality of entrants is expected to be particularly high again in the second year of the awards, so our judges will be looking for businesses which stand out through their nomination form and have a strong chance of winning their category.

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