The first year of the awards, held in 2018, culminated in an exciting new awards event format at the historic Blackfriars prior in Gloucester, while in 2019 it was the spectacular Gloucester Cathedral which played host to the SGGLA event and celebrations.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there was no stopping SGGLA in 2020, with an innovative virtual awards event held via Facebook Live, providing some much needed positivity in what was a particularly challenging year for Gloucestershire businesses.
The date and venue have already been set for SGGLA 2021, on Thursday 21 October 2021 at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, when we hope to see the annual highlight return to its real life-format, providing the perfect chance to celebrate Gloucestershire’s businesses with new optimism and vigour!
Monday 29 March 2021: Nominations open (see below for categories and links to enter)
Friday 11 June 2021: Nominations close
Monday 14 June to Friday 2 July 2021: Shortlisting phase
Monday 5 July 2021: Shortlist of finalists revealed, voting opens to members of the public
Friday 17 September 2021: Voting closes
Thursday 21 October 2021: Awards evening at Cheltenham Ladies' College
A fixture of the Gloucestershire business community since 1947, Willans is proud to get behind the county’s lifestyle businesses as returning sponsor of the SGGLA 2021.
A Legal 500 and Chambers UK-rated law firm, the 80-strong team helps clients with a wide range of legal matters, including corporate & commercial, commercial property, employment law, wills, trusts & probate, residential property, family law, dispute resolution, and agriculture & estates.
The firm is committed to delivering the highest quality legal advice in an approachable, straight-talking way and is proud to be trusted advisors to generations of private and commercial clients. Willans raises funds for a local charity each year and encourages environmentally-friendly practices amongst its staff. willans.co.uk
Open to nominations from visitor attractions, art galleries, gardens and museums.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: 16i
An established Cheltenham-based digital agency, providing clients with innovative software development solutions, bespoke ecommerce platforms, digital marketing web builds and mobile app development. The firm works on projects of all sizes with clients both locally and internationally, including brands such as Everyman Theatre, Jonjo O’Neill and NUK.
Open to nominations from day out destinations, wildlife centres and children’s activity centres.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The King’s School
The King’s School Gloucester is a leading independent cathedral school for girls and boys aged three to 18, offering an excellent education along with a wide range of extra-curricular activities and pastoral care. The historic day school prides itself on offering outstanding pastoral care and a broad academic curriculum, alongside a varied range of co-curricular activities.
Open to nominations from prep, senior and sixth-form independent schools.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hazlewoods
Hazlewoods is one of the UK's top 30 independent business advisers and chartered accountants, with an established sector expertise that is hard to find elsewhere. Hazlewoods provides specialist accountancy, tax, audit and business advice to individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes since the practice was founded by Marcus Hazlewood in 1919. Hazlewoods’ Charities and Education team provides expert advice and services to academies and independent schools both regionally and nationally.
Open to nominations from music, theatre and comedy venues.
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 businesses across all types of sports.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Personal Best
Personal Best is a family business dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals safely and quickly. From its base in Nailsworth in Stroud, the clinic employs a team of first-class chiropractors, sports therapists and personal trainers to provide specialist care, ensuring its clients can fully recover, regaining both their wellbeing and confidence.
Open to nominations from dedicated music venues, as well as pubs and sporting venues which host live music.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Guano Crazy Printing
Guano Crazy Printing is a screen-printing studio based in Gloucester, with clients across the county and beyond. Specialising in garment printing, vinyl printing, embroidery and sublimation, the firm prides itself on producing retail quality, affordable branded items with a fast turnaround. Guano Crazy’s specialist team is happy to provide expert advice, and also offers an in-house design service.
Open to nominations from restaurants of all cuisines and styles, from informal to fine dining.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The Mortgage Brain
With over 30 years’ experience, The Mortgage Brain is made up of an expert team of mortgage advisors, serving the whole of the UK from its headquarters in Gloucester. From first-time buyers to those looking to buy-to-let or even remortgage their home, the team helps mortgage hunters save time and money by sourcing the very best deal on their behalf.
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.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gillman's
Totally independent, Gillman’s is a family-run electrical appliance retailer, covering the distribution, sale and service of domestic and commercial appliances in Gloucestershire and beyond. Born in Gloucester as a service and repair company in 1969, Gillman’s has gone from strength-to-strength with two dedicated local showrooms in Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye and a national reach.
Open to nominations from countryside inns to town centre pubs and bars.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: 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. With sustainability at its heart, Neptune Rum is committed to responsible production and supporting ocean-clean up incentives.
Open to nominations from small to large hotels.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Roberts Limbrick
With a base in Gloucester and a national presence, Roberts Limbrick is an expert architect’s practice with a team of over 100 talented creatives and technicians. Its portfolio boasts an extensive range of projects in both the public, commercial and residential sector, from innovative office spaces and affordable homes to state-of-the-art education facilities.
Open to nominations from businesses across all sectors, including food, drink, homewares, fashion, children, gifts and art.
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.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Visit Gloucestershire
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.
Open to nominations from gyms, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness studios, personal trainers, hair salons, spas, beauty salons and independent beauty practitioners.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucester Carpet Outlet
Offering great value on its wide range of flooring, Gloucester Carpet Outlet covers everything from high-quality carpets to real wood flooring; luxury vinyl tiles to sleek laminate flooring; and even artificial grass. Based on Gloucester’s Bristol Road, the independent carpet and flooring company also provides a complementary measuring service and expert advice on choosing the best flooring for your space.
Open to nominations from all kinds of wedding venues, from hotels, stately homes and barns to castles, historic venues and gardens.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Barrington Decorators
Barrington Decorators is a family-run team specialising in heritage property painting and decoration. Founded in the Cotswolds and now based in Cheltenham, Barrington uses its expertise in period restoration and decoration to give heritage properties a new lease of life – from modernising country estates and beautifying private residences to carrying out historical conservation work across Gloucestershire and beyond.
Open to nominations from longstanding annual events and festivals, as well as new events.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Move Property Sales & Lettings
Move is an award-winning estate and letting agent with a fresh, client-centric approach to property sales and lettings, known for delivering outstanding customer service. Established in Gloucestershire with offices in both Cheltenham and Gloucester, Move aims to take the stress out of property sales and lettings with its dynamic and clean-cut style – providing an expert service to buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants alike.
Open to nominations from any charity based in the county which has a significant focus on supporting Gloucestershire in some way.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hooray Recruitment
An independent recruitment agency based in the centre of Cheltenham, Hooray prides itself on its refreshing attitude to employment. Delivering effective recruitment solutions, whilst maintaining its commitment to ethical principles, Hooray promises to be ‘the good recruitment company’ – setting high standards to ensure the happiness of both clients and candidates.
The winner of this special award will be chosen by the headline sponsor, from the list of winners across all categories.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Willans LLP solicitors
Trusted legal advisers to some of the best-known Gloucestershire businesses, along with national and international household names, Willans is proud to have been part of the county for over 70 years. The 80-strong, Legal 500-rated firm helps businesses with corporate & commercial, commercial property, agricultural, employment law, and dispute resolution issues, along with a broad range of private client expertise to include wills, trusts & probate, property and family law.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been at the forefront of girls’ education for over 160 years, and also offers a number of unique venues available for hire. From modern conference rooms which provide a professional environment for any business meeting, to grand function rooms such as the Princess Hall – the setting for the anticipated SGGLA 2021 awards evening.
Specialising in bespoke event design, planning and management, as well as transforming venues from ordinary places into extraordinary spaces, Oasis Events has been in the events industry for 20 years. We are delighted to welcome back Oasis Events as our SGGLA events partner for the fourth year running.
Gloucestershire’s Hillside Brewery is home to a range of top-quality craft ales, brewed on site in the village of Longhope. Founded in 2014, the brewery prides itself on its Gloucestershire roots, buying local and employing local people. Alongside its drink offering, Hillside Brewery boasts a fantastic events space and bar, and offers team building experiences overlooking the Forest of Dean.
Cotswolds Distillery produces multi award-winning whisky, gin and liqueurs from its distillery in the beautiful North Cotswolds. Priding itself on using the highest quality ingredients, The Cotswolds Distillery is best known for its single malt whisky and its dry gin that makes an unmistakably Cotswolds Cloudy G&T. Available to buy at a great range of stores, The Cotswolds Distillery also offers tours and tastings daily, as well as a range of masterclasses at its stylish visitor centre.
Established in 2012, Gloucestershire pizza duo Baz and Fred use freshly-made dough proved for 72 hours, topped with the best available ingredients sourced from Italy or right here in the county. You can book Baz & Fred’s legendary pizzas to come almost anywhere thanks to their mobile catering rig – which will be fired up and serving guests at SGGLA 2021. You can also sample their pizza and pasta delights at the reinvented Cotswold Inn, The Stump.
bazfred.com | thestump.co.uk
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.
Cotswold Gold is a premium extra virgin rapeseed oil made in the Cotswold village of Broadway. Created using traditional cold pressing methods, the award-winning oil is used in 19 Michelin star restaurants across the country and is grown, harvested, pressed and bottled in the Cotswolds.
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.
To express interest in aligning your business with Gloucestershire's definitive lifestyle awards for 2022, please contact:
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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.
For SGGLA 2021, monitor this page for updates about when the nomination period will open in March. 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 members of the SoGlos team. 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 2021. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.
Voting will open in July 2021, when members of the public will have their chance to make one top choice from any or all of the categories. Voting will exclusively take place via soglos.com/awards-lifestyle.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests or feedback for 2021/2022.
Yes, please feel free to enter any category which fits your business.
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 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 is at the core of the SGGLA success, having caught the attention of the county’s businesses and SoGlos readers.
The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors four tickets, and shortlisted businesses 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.