Each year Gloucestershire’s very best cultural venues, restaurants, pubs, independent schools, sporting venues, independent shops, events and more put themselves forward for a SGGLA, before SoGlos readers vote for one or more of their favourites across the categories.
The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards culminate with a relaxed celebration evening at a unique venue each year, with finalists, sponsors and special guests coming together for the exciting live reveal of winners.
Kicking off in January and building up to the anticipated awards evening at DEYA Brewing Company at the end of June, SGGLA 2022 promises to be the biggest and best yet.
Monday 31 January 2022: Nominations open
Thursday 31 March 2022: Nominations close
Friday 1 April to Friday 8 April 2022: Shortlisting phase
Monday 11 April 2022 Shortlist of finalists revealed, voting opens to members of the public
Tuesday 31 May 2022 Voting closes
Wednesday 1 June 2022 Finalists revealed and invited to awards evening
Wednesday 29 June 2022: Awards evening at DEYA Brewing Company
Visit Gloucestershire is the county’s Strategic Management Organisation (SMO) established in 2020 to forge a comprehensive vision for the development of the visitor economy and leisure and tourism business sector in Gloucestershire. It comprises eight divisions and represents stakeholders including consumers, trade, attractions, accommodation providers, tour guides, retailers, restaurateurs, venues and more. Together we can revive our county. visit-gloucestershire.uk
Open to nominations from visitor attractions, gardens and museums.
Dean Forest Railway
Museum of Gloucester
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: 16i
Digital agency 16i is a market leader in website design and development as well as software development. A significant proportion of its work is bespoke software applications, with its target market being the more technically challenging projects. Clients range from international law firms and professional services businesses UK-wide to the University of Gloucestershire, Everyman Theatre and SoGlos. 16i also provides versatile meeting rooms to suit a variety of business and training needs, all with the latest interactive touch screens, video conference setups and secure high-speed internet.
Open to nominations from day out destinations, wildlife centres and children’s activity centres.
Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
Mr Mulligans Cheltenham
National Waterways Museum Gloucester
Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester
Westonbirt - Forestry England
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The King’s School
The King’s School Gloucester is an independent day school for girls and boys aged three to 18. The impressive campus of historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and a brand new sixth form centre are adjacent to Gloucester Cathedral, which is the inspirational setting for daily assemblies. The school prides itself on offering academic excellence together with a wide range of co-curricular activities and outstanding pastoral care.
Open to nominations from prep, senior and sixth-form independent schools.
Hatherop Castle School
Hopelands Preparatory School
Kitebrook Preparatory School
The King's School
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Brave Human Capital Group
Brave Human Capital Group Limited is based in Cheltenham and serves the county and beyond, building bespoke HR and resourcing solutions for businesses, focusing on a business’s strengths, people and vision. Brave believes passionately that people are at the heart of your business and make it a priority to help them perform to their full potential to make your business a success. bravehcg.co.uk
Open to nominations from music, theatre and comedy venues.
The Barn Theatre
The Everyman Theatre
The Roses Theatre
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Nuffield Health
Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital is home to state-of-the-art medical and surgical facilities, with both the technology and expertise to treat a wide range of health conditions. Patients receive individual care throughout their stay with access to the very best treatment, rapid assessments and diagnoses without long waiting lists.
Open to nominations from dedicated music venues, as well as pubs and sporting venues which host live music.
The Carpenter's Arms
The Frog & Fiddle
The Outdoor Inn, Cheltenham
The Prince Albert
The Somerset Arms
The Subscription Rooms
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Guano Crazy Printing
Guano Crazy Printing is a screen printing and embroidery business based in Gloucester, with clients across the county and beyond. Offering a vast variety of blank garments for printing, embroidery and full colour printing, Guano Crazy provides a personal service to all of its customers, whether they’re making a one-off item or a print run for a large-scale event.
Open to nominations from businesses across all types of sports.
CLC Health and Fitness Centre
East Glos Club
Ian Coley Sporting
Sandford Parks Lido
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Pro Global
Founded as a run-off services provider in 1993, Pro Global has grown to become a world-leading insurance specialist, with unrivalled expertise in a range of specialised policy areas and a global presence, as well as an office in Gloucester. Its team of experts can deliver multi-territory insurance solutions for diverse businesses of all sizes with a proactive and professional approach; advising, consulting, improving, outsourcing and auditing insurance operations to build effective solutions for its clients.
Open to nominations from restaurants of all cuisines and styles, from informal to fine dining.
BAO + BBQ
Sam & Jak
Teatro Bar & Restaurant
The Barn at Severn & Wye
The Coconut Tree
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie
The Scenic Supper
Tierra & Mar
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Cleevely Electric Vehicles
Passionate about customer service, not to mention the environment, the two families behind Cleevely Electric Vehicles in Cheltenham help businesses and individuals make the switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles. As well as offering new and used vehicles for sale and electric vehicle servicing, the team are electric vehicle owners themselves - so definitely know their stuff. cleevelyev.co.uk
Open to nominations from businesses producing all types of food and drink, including condiments, dairy produce, baked goods, health foods, oils, beers, wines and spirits.
Bensons the Juicers
Hobbs House Bakery
Poulton Hill Vineyard
The Artisan Baker
The Vanilla Pod Bakery
Woodchester Valley Vineyard
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Grass Outlet
The Grass Outlet in Gloucester specialises in artificial grass so realistic that most people can’t tell the difference. Not only is it easy to maintain, but the artificial option is also ideal for hay fever sufferers, feels great underfoot and can transform your outdoor living space year-round. grass-outlet.co.uk
Open to nominations from countryside inns to town centre pubs and bars.
Gin & Juice
The Frog & Fiddle
The Lyon Inn
The Old Lodge
The Outdoor Inn, Cheltenham
The Plough Prestbury
The Red Hart Inn
The Royal Oak Tetbury
The Somerset Arms
The Suffolk Arms
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucester Carpet Outlet
Gloucestershire’s number one independent carpet and flooring company has something for everyone, with a wide range of colours, designs and materials to choose from – vinyl tiles and laminate included. The team of industry accredited team of tradesmen have even been known to offer commercial and domestic customers same day fittings. gloucestercarpetoutlet.co.uk
Open to nominations from cafés and coffee shops.
Cafe on the Hill
Coach House Coffee
Jacks Tearoom & Kitchen
Number 85 Coffee & Kitchen
Rough Hands Coffee
The Curious Cafe & Bistro
The Whistle Stop Café Tetbury
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Perry Bishop
With branches across the South West - including Cirencester, Cheltenham and the Stroud Valleys - Perry Bishop is listed in the Best Estate Agent Guide, the property industry’s most prestigious mark of excellence, compiled by Rightmove and the Property Academy.
As well as helping those looking to buy or sell properties across the region’s most sought-after towns and villages, Perry Bishop also offers a comprehensive lettings and management service and their specialist land department markets building plots and buildings for conversion.
Open to nominations from small to large hotels.
Kings Head Hotel
Queens Hotel Cheltenham
The Greenway Hotel & Spa
The Old Stocks Inn
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Six Property Consulting
Six Property Consulting Ltd was formed out of a desire to provide a client and community focused service of exceptional quality in the specialist areas of building surveying, project consultancy, quantity surveying and drone surveys. The Cheltenham-headquartered firm has strong ethical, community, environmental and professional values and prides itself on delivering a service that adds real value to your business.
Open to nominations from businesses across all sectors, including food, drink, homewares, fashion, children, gifts and art.
Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor
Be More Bob
Dixon & Grey Kitchens
James of Montpellier
Made in Stroud
Martin & Co
The Barn at Severn & Wye
The Cotswold Larder
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Severn Wye Energy Agency
Severn Wye Energy Agency is a sustainability charity based in Gloucestershire and promotes energy efficiency, low carbon development and the shift to renewable energy. Severn Wye’s Target 2030 programme helps Gloucestershire businesses to reduce their carbon footprint with free expertise and grant funding towards carbon-saving improvements.
Open to nominations from shopping centres and town collectives.
John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham
The Brewery Quarter
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire County Council
GGCC 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. gloucestershire.gov.uk
Open to nominations from all types of art galleries.
Castle Fine Art
Cotswold Contemporary Gallery
Cotswold Sculpture Park
Museum of Gloucester
New Brewery Arts
The Gardens Gallery
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Severnside Security
Severnside Security provides fire and security solutions demonstrating expertise in design, implementation and support of integrated systems and intuitive technologies. The company is well known across Gloucestershire and beyond for its approach to delivering sophisticated projects, working with large commercial clients and ultra-high net worth individuals – with teams located throughout the South West, Midlands and London. severnsidesecurityltd.co.uk
Open to nominations from all kinds of wedding venues, from hotels, stately homes and barns to castles, historic venues and gardens.
Cheltenham Ladies' College Venues
Kings Head Hotel
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Barrington Decorators
Established in the small Cotswold village of Little Barrington, near Burford, family-run Barrington Decorators specialises in traditional interior and exterior decoration, period restoration, gilding and bespoke finishes – providing services for residential and luxury commercial projects including country estates and private residencies, as well as historical conservation work. Based in Cheltenham with a restoration workshop in Winchcombe, Barrington is perfectly situated to cover the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.
Open to nominations from longstanding annual events and festivals, as well as new events.
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Elephants at Sudeley Castle & Garden
Fantasy Forest Festival
Fresh Art Fair
Longborough Festival Opera
Pride in Gloucestershire
The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
The Pantomime at Everyman Theatre
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools
Inspiring ‘creative courage for life’, Stagecoach Performing Arts is a professional theatre and arts school, offering training in singing, dancing and acting for children aged four to 18. With schools in Gloucester, Cirencester and Cheltenham, Stagecoach gives Gloucestershire’s budding stars the chance to shine, building confidence, exploring their creativity and learning valuable life skills through its weekly classes and regular productions. stagecoach.co.uk
Open to nominations from any charity based in the county which has a significant focus on supporting Gloucestershire in some way.
Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
Cheltenham Animal Shelter
Cheltenham Open Door
Cirencester Housing for Young People
Cotswold Canals Trust
Crimestoppers - Gloucestershire
Lilian Faithfull Care
Maggie’s Cancer Care
Pied Piper Appeal
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
The Big Yellow Bus Project
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hooray Recruitment
Hooray is an independent recruitment agency based in the heart of Cheltenham. Its recruitment consultants partner with candidates and businesses across Gloucestershire and the South West to bring the very best talent to the right job. Hooray is passionate about delivering effective recruitment solutions, while maintaining its commitment to ethical principles and promoting diversity and fairness. As a business, it is determined to make a positive impact on both the local economy and the wider community.
This individual award will be given to a person from Gloucestershire’s lifestyle sector who has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation, team or community over the past two years. Nominations for 'Outstanding Contribution Award' are welcomed from business representatives or members of the public. The winner of this special award will be chosen by the category sponsor.
Sara Reader - Cheltenham Open Door
Bob & Sheila Berryman - Friends of Bathurst Outdoor Pool
Charlie Sharples - Gloucester Rugby
Alicia Carey - Hawkwood
Jon Howe - Lumiere Restaurant
Peter Hickman MBE - Pied Piper Appeal
Nikki Kontarines - The Brewery Quarter
Oliver Roylance - The Frog & Fiddle
Hugh Phillimore - The Subscription Rooms
Sue Belej - WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
Cheltenham-based Harrison Clark Rickerbys has been providing legal advice to clients across Gloucestershire since 1796. From cybersecurity to charities, education to employment, its expert advice helps businesses across many sectors to thrive. Now with 11 offices across the UK and more than 800 staff, its expertise is also nationally recognised.
The winner of this special award will be chosen by the headline sponsor, from the list of winners across all categories.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Visit Gloucestershire
Visit Gloucestershire is the headline sponsor of the 2022 SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards, and has the honour of choosing the overall SGGLA winner from all category winners. See above to find out more about Visit Gloucestershire. visit-gloucestershire.uk
We are delighted to welcome back Steve Knibbs, the well-known BBC regional news reporter and presenter, as compère of the fifth annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards. Steve, who has been a face of BBC Points West for more than 15 years, joined us for SGGLA's real-life return in 2021, and will have the honour of unveiling the winners on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at the official venue, DEYA Brewing Company.
With a reputation for producing exceptional-quality, sustainable beers from its home in Cheltenham, DEYA Brewing Company is an independent brewery on a mission to create the world’s most delicious beer. Founded in 2015 with a homebrew recipe for its signature Steady Rolling Man Pale Ale, DEYA now produces everything from traditional British brews to hoppy, American-inspired craft beers and everything in between. Drinkers can order DEYA beers from its online shop to enjoy at home, or head to its destination on-site taproom.
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 a festival field to a found venue or traditional performance space, Gloucestershire-based PR Production Services specialises in bringing its clients’ vision to life through affordable and high-quality sound, staging, lighting and AV solutions. Its team of experienced and friendly technicians can assist with the design and installation of equipment, as well as operation, helping your special event run as smoothly as possible.
Inspired by their rich heritage and love of Hungary, The Hungry Hun serves up authentic Hungarian street food to Gloucestershire and beyond. Its signature dish is lángos, a fried flatbread traditionally topped with a range of fresh ingredients such as cheese, garlic and sour cream. A delicious taste of Europe and perfect alongside a crisp DEYA beer.
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The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards returned to its real life form with a bang in 2021, as finalists, sponsors and special guests gathered at the breath taking Cheltenham Ladies' College to find out who would be crowned SoGlos readers’ favourites.
Following a very challenging 20 months for the lifestyle sector, SGGLA 2021 was all the more important as an opportunity to reflect on the hard work, determination and adaptability it took to survive the pandemic. It was also a chance to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the outstanding individuals, teams and organisations who made it through to the final stage of the awards – and to raise a glass to us all continuing to make Gloucestershire a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
While the coronavirus pandemic meant many awards across the UK were cancelled in 2020, the third annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards forged ahead with an innovative virtual awards ceremony in October 2020, held via Facebook Live. The anticipated online event was the culmination of nomination and voting phases held earlier in the year, and saw more than 2,400 people tune in to see which businesses has scooped a coveted award.
Thanks once again to our sponsors, finalists and to SoGlos readers for helping making SGGLA 2020 such a storming virtual success, in a year when is was more important than ever to support Gloucestershire’s amazing lifestyle sector.
SGGLA went from strength to strength in 2019, cementing its position as Gloucestershire’s definitive lifestyle awards. Hugely popular nomination and voting phases were followed by the anticipated awards evening at the world-famous Gloucester Cathedral – this time attended by 400 Gloucestershire business representatives, sponsors, partners and special guests. SGGLA has taken the Gloucestershire businesses community and social media by storm.
SoGlos’s new awards and flagship event launched with a bang in 2018, with exciting nomination and public voting phases followed by a thrilling awards evening at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester – attended by 300 Gloucestershire business representatives, sponsors, partners and special guests. The SGGLA reputation for a new kind of awards quickly spread across the county.
Sensational businesses and organisations 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.
See the top of this page for link to enter, which will be live throughout the nomination period. 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.
Nominations for this special new individual award can be made by anyone, and there is a specific field on the entry form to provide details about why you think the individual should be considered. This category will not go to public vote, as the winner will be chosen by the category sponsor.
The SoGlos team will decide on the shortlist from all entries received. 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, with another tight shortlist expected for SGGLA 2022. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.
The shortlist will be revealed and voting will open in April 2022, when members of the public will have their chance to make one top choice from any or all of the categories via soglos.com/awards-lifestyle. The most popular (up to five) entrants from each category will then be recognised as finalists, and invited to the exclusive awards evening.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests or feedback for 2022/23.
Yes, please feel free to enter any category which fits your business - just remember to include relevant supporting information.
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 increases every year, so we'll be looking for businesses which represent the best of the best in each specific category.
Expect a relaxed party atmosphere complete with a chance to meet other businesses and network, supper and a welcome drink on arrival, before the live reveal kicks off at 8pm.
The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors four tickets, and finalists will each receive two tickets.
To make SGGLA 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.