An exciting extension of the SoGlos brand, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards were launched in 2018 as our flagship event – and quickly cemented their position as the definitive awards of their kind.
SGGLA recognises and celebrates the very best lifestyle businesses and individuals in and around our county, with all winners chosen by public vote, culminating in an exciting awards evening taking place in a different iconic Gloucestershire venue each year.
In 2018 this was the historic hidden gem, Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester, while 2019’s venue was the world famous Gloucester Cathedral. SGGLA 2020 was due to take place at prestigious Cheltenham Ladies' College on Thursday 22 October 2020 (postponed from the previously scheduled date due to the coronavirus crisis), but will now take place virtually via "facebook.com/soglos":https://www.facebook.com/soglos when 23 winners will be revealed.
The first phase of voting took place in April 2020, and will reopen for a second phase from Tuesday 1 to Monday 28 September 2020. During this phase you'll be able to click the button below to reveal the shortlist and choose your favourites.
Established in 1947, Willans has been offering professional, and intelligent legal advice to people in Gloucestershire for more than 70 years. The firm can assist with legal matters including commercial property, corporate and commercial law, employment, family law and rural business. As part of the Gloucestershire community, Willans also raises money for a new local charity each year, and endeavors to encourage environmentally-friendly practices amongst its staff.
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 2020 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 third 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 2020! You can also sample their pizza and pasta delights at the reinvented Cotswold Inn, The Stump.
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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.
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. hazlewoods.co.uk/sectors/charities
Open to nominations from music, theatre and comedy venues.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: BPE Solicitors
Gloucestershire based with a national reach, BPE Solicitors LLP is a full-service law firm, assisting private individuals and businesses with all of their legal requirements. With offices in Cheltenham and Stonehouse, BPE works alongside regional, national and international businesses, supporting them through every stage of growth. Known for its straight talking, friendly and above and beyond approach, BPE is a prominent legal provider within Gloucestershire. bpe.co.uk
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: Typecraft
Typecraft offers cutting-edge digital printing, graphic design, litho print and large format production for clients of all sizes, from its base in Cheltenham. With more than 30 years’ experience, the firm prides itself on providing both competitive prices and first-rate service to help Gloucestershire’s businesses stand out. typecraft.co.uk
Open to nominations from restaurants of all cuisines and styles, from informal to fine dining.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Thomson & Bancks Solicitors
Thomson & Bancks offers high quality legal services from its branches in the centre of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Pershore and Stratford-upon-Avon. A trusted name within the legal industry, the firm has an uncompromising commitment to its clients’ needs, and can assist with a vast range of matters, including personal injury claims, residential property, family law and employment law.
Open to nominations from businesses which offer a strong takeaway service.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gaudio
Gaudio is a bespoke award and trophy manufacturer, based in Tewkesbury. Known for creating trophies for Masterchef, The Pride of Britain awards and The Man Booker Prize, Gaudio is passionate about its work. The team offers a comprehensive design service with in house manufacturing, and works with all industries and budgets.
Open to nominations from cafés and coffee shops.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: NFU Mutual
NFU Mutual’s Moreton in Marsh & Cheltenham branch offers expert insurance to the farming community. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, NFU Mutual – Moreton in Marsh & Cheltenham promises to exceed the expectations of its clients, champion rural communities and provide a local, personal service, thanks to over 100 years’ experience protecting the countryside.
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: Royal Three Counties Show
England’s most notable celebration of rural life and the countryside, the Royal Three Counties Show – based at the Three Counties Showground, offers a plethora of family-friendly events, from a grand parade of livestock, and a showcase of great food and drink, through to friendly animal meet-and-greets, and fascinating talks.
Open to nominations from all pubs, from town centre to countryside destinations.
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 all types of bars.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Reinventing the Wheel
Reinventing the Wheel is an alloy wheel repair specialist covering Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds and Worcestershire. From its base in Tewkesbury, the firm uses a revolutionary technique to repair chips, scuffs and scrapes on alloy wheels. It promises excellent value and quality workmanship in a fraction of the time when compared to traditional repair methods. reinventingthewheel.co.uk
Open to nominations from small to large hotels.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Aston Martin Cheltenham
Aston Martin Cheltenham offers striking new vehicles and magnificent pre-approved used Aston Martins from its base in the heart of the Cotswolds. Located just one mile from junction 10 of the M5 but within easy reach of rolling countryside, the Cheltenham dealership offers a variety of interesting test routes, allowing customers to experience a true Aston Martin driving experience. The dealership benefits from a team of factory trained-technicians in its extensive maintenance department, providing outstanding servicing and repairs. hrowen.co.uk/aston-martin
Open to nominations from hair salons, spas, beauty salons and independent beauty practitioners.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College is a modern and well-equipped college, which welcomes students working towards a wide range of qualifications. A career-focused provider of further and higher education, the college offers accredited courses, technical training, apprenticeships and post-16 education across a diverse range of subjects; alongside vocational and recreational evening courses in topics including interior design, arts and crafts, flower arranging, and photography. Gloucestershire college benefits from three campuses in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean. gloscol.ac.uk
Open to nominations from gyms, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness studios, personal trainers and health food producers.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: CitrusHR Consultancy
CitrusHR’s consulting team offers a complete range of HR support for small and medium sized businesses in Gloucestershire. Experts in its field, the firm is knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, with a wealth of practical experience across all business sectors, including family leave, sickness, mergers, acquisitions, and redundancy. citrushr.com/consultancy
Open to nominations from businesses across all sectors, including food, drink, homewares, fashion, children, gifts and art.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Five Valleys
Five Valleys is a shopping centre in the heart of Stroud town centre. Currently undergoing a complete transformation, Five Valleys is set to become a new, stylish shopping and leisure destination. Home to brands including Jojo Maman Bébé, New Look, Fat Toni’s Pizzeria and Curio Lounge, the shopping centre will attract a host of new businesses to the town as well as a brand new indoor ‘Borough Market’ style indoor market. fivevalleysstroud.co.uk
Open to nominations from homewares specialists, interior designers and decorators, kitchen and bathroom companies and flooring companies, as well as windows, doors and conservatory companies.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hatton Court
Hatton Court is a luxury Cotswold country house hotel located on the outskirts of Gloucester. Offering stylish bedrooms furnished with four-poster beds and charming décor, the venue promises a warm and friendly service. The renowned hotel is a popular wedding choice for couples, as well as with guests looking for a luxurious base from which to explore the Cotswolds.
Open to nominations from shopping centres and town collectives, for example.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Stagecoach West
Gloucestershire’s leading bus provider Stagecoach West, is committed to providing sustainable, safe and reliable transport services across Gloucestershire and the South West. Celebrating its 25th year, the bus company has travelled 13.3 million miles carrying customers on its network over the last year, and has invested almost £5 million on a fleet of new double decker Gold buses.
Open to nominations from longstanding annual events and festivals, as well as new events.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The Isbourne
The Isbourne is a hub of wellbeing and spiritual development, running a busy schedule of inspirational courses, workshops and talks through the year from its Cheltenham town centre location. The centre has weekly classes in yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, Pilates, dance and more. There are also meeting rooms and therapy rooms for hire, and a café for visitors too. isbourne.org
Open to nominations from all kinds of wedding venues, from hotels, stately homes and barns to castles, historic venues, gardens and more.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: H. R. Owen Specialist Cars Cheltenham
H. R. Owen Specialist Cars Cheltenham is Gloucestershire’s premier dealer of pre-owned sports and prestige performance cars, with brands including Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and Maserati. From its base in the heart of the Cotswolds, H. R. Owen offers a range of exciting test routes, with both countryside and motorway routes within easy reach. The dealership benefits from a team of factory trained-technicians in its extensive maintenance department, providing outstanding servicing and repairs. hrowen.co.uk
Open to nominations from bridalwear and jewellery businesses, wedding photographers and videographers, florists, cakes and catering companies, wedding transport, wedding entertainment, hair and beauty and honeymoon suppliers.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall is a four-star country house hotel, combining Georgian architecture with contemporary styling. A popular choice for couples tying the knot in Gloucestershire, Bowden Hall is also home to a recently refurbished bar and brasserie boasting exciting and ever-changing menus, with wrap-around views and alfresco dining options also available. mercuregloucester.co.uk
Open to nominations for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Gloucestershire through their work in the charity, sport or community arena.
ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Lilian Faithfull Care
Lilian Faithfull Care is a Gloucestershire based support charity, providing care homes filled with ‘life, fun and laughter’ for its elderly residents. Established in 1946, the charity stands by its ethos to put care before profit, ensure dignity and respect to each resident, and prides itself on providing nutritious, high quality food. The charity cares for people with a range of conditions, and specialises in dementia and end of life care. lilianfaithfull.co.uk
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 consultancy 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. hoorayworks.co.uk
Sponsorship opportunities for SGGLA 2020 have sold out. To register your interest in SGGLA 2021, please contact:
James Fyrne, Group Publisher
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 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. In addition to amazing individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Gloucestershire through their work in the charity, sport or community arena as part of the ‘Hero of the Year’ category.
For SGGLA 2021, monitor this page for updates about when the nomination period will open. Nominations must be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process (unless you are making a nomination for Hero of the Year, which can be done by anyone).
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 from Monday 9 March to Thursday 30 April 2020, and for a second window in September 2020, 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, and can be done via desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
Please email email@example.com with any requests or feedback for 2021.
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 support 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. For 2020, however, we'll be taking SGGLA virtual - with hopes to return to a physcial event in 2021.
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.