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.
Monday 22 March 2021: Nominations open (see below for categories and links to enter)
Friday 18 June 2021: Nominations close
Wednesday 23 June 2021: Entries sent to judges for review and scoring
Friday 16 July 2021: Judges panel meeting
Monday 26 July 2021: Finalists announced
September/October 2021 date TBC: Awards evening
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 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
This category is open to businesses launched since April 2019 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.
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.
This category is open to bold businesses which have successfully researched, planned and delivered innovative products or services to creatively disrupt their sector.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This category is open to businesses which set their industry standard through the combination of a dynamic management structure, proactive HR policies, staff initiatives, training programmes, health and wellbeing schemes and a commitment to inclusion and diversity.
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.
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
Brunsdon Financial provides expert advice and support on all aspects of employee benefits. Based in Gloucester, but working with clients from across the region and nationally, its team advises on workplace pensions, cash plans, medical insurance and employee assistance schemes. In addition, it helps many private clients with their retirement planning and investment needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This category is open to businesses which have decisively adapted to not just survive but thrive since the pandemic hit in March 2020 – through a combination of sound decision-making, entrepreneurial spirit and a good measure of grit and determination.
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.
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, 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.
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.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: GB Solutions
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. gbsolutions.co.uk
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.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: ReformIT
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.
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.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hewer FM
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. hewerfm.co.uk
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
Since the pandemic hit, the county council has led from the front, ensuring Gloucestershire has all its needs to tackle covid-19, at the same time as delivering essential services for the most vulnerable.
GCC is working hard to ensure Gloucestershire remains a county where people, business and the economy thrive. gloucestershire.gov.uk
The winner of this special award will be chosen by the headline sponsor, from the list of winners 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
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.
To express interest in aligning your business with Gloucestershire's definitive business awards for 2022, please contact:
SoGlos Advertising Hub
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.
SGGBA nominations will open in March 2021. Monitor this page for exact dates. Nominations must be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process.
No, but you can recommend your favourite business enters for themselves. Send them a link to this page.
The panel of judges will be made up of representatives from SGGBA's sponsors. 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 through to the judging panel. We will be ensuring only the very best quality nominees are selected, with a tight shortlist expected for the first year of the awards. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests or feedback for 2021/2.
Yes, please feel free to enter any category which fits your business. You'll need to create a separate application for each.
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 coverage on SoGlos, its email newsletter and social media channels.
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.
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.
Forget stuffy awards events and sit down dinners. Instead, expect a relaxed party atmosphere complete with a chance to meet other businesses and network, supper and drinks on arrival, before the live reveal kicks off at 8pm. This informal structure has been at the core of our lifestyle awards' success, having caught the attention of the county’s businesses and SoGlos readers.
The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors five tickets, and shortlisted businesses will each receive two tickets.
To make SGGBA as inclusive as possible for all the shortlisted businesses, sponsors and partners – and to work within the size limitations of the special venues we’re working with each year – numbers are very limited and we are unlikely to be able to offer addition tickets.
Spacing for seating is limited so we are only able to reserve tables for the headline sponsor.