SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2021

SGGBA 2021
winners and photos

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SGGBA 2021 winners revealed
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SGGBA judges and SoGlos team raise a glass to Business Awards success

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.

SGGBA 2021 key dates

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

Thursday 9 September 2021: Awards night at Weston Aviation's private hangar, Gloucestershire Airport

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 2021 categories & sponsors

New Business of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Bridge Football Academy
Indeloy IT Solutions
Kalex Films

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.

Most Innovative Business of the Year

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

2021 Finalists

BioStart Security
The Beeswax Wrap Co.
Vericon Systems

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

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.

2021 Finalists

Portman Dental Care
Stewart Golf

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.

Family Business of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

EG Carter & Co
Forge Motorsport
Hobbs House Bakery

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.

Green Business of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Cotswold Energy Group
Leeways Packaging Services
The Beeswax Wrap Co.

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.

Employer Engagement Award

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.

2021 Finalists

Caring for Communities and People
National Star
Stagecoach West

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.

Best Place to Work of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Gloucestershire Constabulary
Green Gourmet
SLG Brands

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

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.

2021 Finalists

Gloucester Rugby Foundation
G-TEKT Europe Manufacturing (G-TEM)
Hobbs House Bakery
The Cotswold Printing Company
The Long Table Stroud CIC

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.

Customer Excellence Award

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.

2021 Finalists

Imperial Hearing Limited
Nimble Elearning
Smart Home Sounds
The Finance Roome

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.

International Business of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

ALS Mechatronic
Dowty Propellers
SLG Brands
Stewart Golf

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.

Pivoting Business of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor
Cheltenham Festivals
The Cheltenham Trust

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Andrew Steward (ALS Mechatronic)
Elliott Staton (Parallel Precision)
Kevin Pope (BioStart Security)
Nick & Jo James (Bedfolk)

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.

Employee of the Year

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.

2021 Finalists

Ash Hunt (Stewart Golf)
Ben Craig (InfoSec People)
Dean Newman (Smart Computers)
Jen Mockridge (BookCheck)
Sam Bradshaw (Gloucestershire Local Pharmaceutical Committee)

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

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.

2021 Finalists

AP Air Europe
National Star
Nimble Elearning
Over Farm

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

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.

2021 Finalists

Cotteswold Dairy
Dowty Propellers
George Bence & Sons
Hobbs House Bakery
Poeton Industries

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

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.

2021 Finalists

Aonghus Gordon (Ruskin Mill Trust)
Chris Dunning-Walton (InfoSec People)
Paul Bence (George Bence & Sons)

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.

Business of the Year
This winner of this category will be chosen by the headline co-sponsors

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. /

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...

Weston Aviation

Weston Aviation is headquartered at Gloucestershire Airport and provides fixed-based operator (FBO), cargo handling and fuel services to airports across the UK and Ireland. The company also specialises in worldwide private jet and helicopter charters, and its private hangar will be transformed into the exciting setting for the first ever SGGBA awards evening.

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.


From West End shows, live music at cricket’s new hit format, The Hundred, to lighting up the pods of the London Eye, SLX is an expert at delivering the audio visual magic for those big occasions. Using its considerable technical and people skills and four decades of experience, the Bristol business can transform any venue to help create the atmosphere, sound quality and sense of theatre that makes for an incredible experience to remember for guests and organisers alike.

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.

Wild Pizza Co

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.

Fluffy Puffin

Fluffy Puffin is an artisan ice cream and sorbet event specialist, catering for corporate events, weddings and parties across the south west and beyond. Run by husband and wife team Chris and Jessica, this award-winning company sources its dairy from local farms, in-season fruits from British producers and the finest chocolate from around the world. Private hire options include a classic tricycle, ice cream bar and showpiece bar, while completely bespoke commissions are also possible.

Richard Parsons, Magician

Gloucestershire magician Richard Parsons is an award-winning professional close-up magician and pickpocket. A regular performer at weddings, parties, trade shows and corporate events, Richard is a member of the Magic Circle, and has worked with brands including Honda, Waitrose, Gloucester Rugby and the NHS.

All SGGBA 2021 sponsorship
opportunities have been secured

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

SoGlos Advertising Hub
(01242) 210330

SGGBA frequently asked questions

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