SoGlos's journalists have been committed to celebrating the positive stories to emerge from across Gloucestershire ever since the pandemic hit, and a year on we are delighted to be spearheading a brand-new campaign to continue this positive spirit and support the county’s recovery – let’s get #BackToBusinessGlos.

Visit this dedicated section throughout 2021 for regular updates including hot lists packed with advice, business resources and funding sources; expert insights from Gloucestershire business leaders to inspire and inform; as well as positive news stories from both the county’s business and lifestyle sectors.

#BackToBusinessGlos is proudly supported by BPE Solicitors, Hazlewoods and Aston Lark, which all share in our passion to support Gloucestershire as we bounce back from such a challenging time. Find out more about these leading organisations below.

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BPE Solicitors

BPE Solicitors is headquartered in Cheltenham with access points in London, Cirencester, Bristol and Oxford. It has more than 130 staff including 70 fee-earners.

Many clients have been retained for decades and the firm has supported young businesses in their growth to become multi-million pound, multi-national operations.

BPE Solicitors is an entrepreneurial business working with like-minded businesses and individuals, supporting businesses through their lifecycle, from starting up and structuring to development through growth, joint ventures, buying and selling or floating on the stock market.



Hazlewoods is a UK Top 25 independent Business Advisers and Chartered Accountants, with an established sector expertise hard to find elsewhere. We pride ourselves on a highly personal service, strong values and new ideas.

Our experts provide specialist accountancy, tax, audit and business advice to individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes. Hazlewoods, has more than 380 staff and a wide range of clients locally, nationally and internationally.


Aston Lark

With an office in Cheltenham, plus 45+ more across the UK and Ireland, Aston Lark is one of the top five independent Chartered insurance brokers and employee benefits advisors in the country.

We understand that, to our clients, insurance isn’t just insurance because business isn’t just business.

Aston Lark. The smarter way to insure your business.


Hot lists

10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this April

The countdown to Monday 12 April 2021 is on, with SoGlos rounding up 10 unmissable things to do this month as more lockdown restrictions are eased – from alfresco dining to drive-in drag shows!

21 exciting things to look forward to in Gloucester in 2021

Some incredibly exciting things are happening in Gloucester in 2021 – from £100-million pound development projects and cool, new foodie destinations to some of the most popular events returning to the city. And we can’t wait…

10 essential steps to starting your own business in Gloucestershire

You may be an expert in your field and have an incredible business idea, but everyone can benefit from support when starting a business, and that is exactly what Start and Grow Enterprise is there for – offering free training, courses and support from its headquarters at The Growth Hub in Gloucester.

10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this March

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, SoGlos rounds up 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire in March 2021 – from the Cheltenham Gold Cup to Tweedy’s most daring show yet, and picnics have never seemed so exciting!

Expert insights

Converse Law expert insight: Just what is going on in the commercial property sector?

Few areas have attracted so much speculation since the pandemic began as the important economic driver that is the property sector. Imdaad Sulaiman, of Converse Law, provides the clarity about where we are in Gloucestershire, and tells us why he is confident the county is well-placed to recover.

Build back better: The trio of business consultants determined to make a difference

If you are looking to grow your business, through better marketing, raising your profile, understanding your financial position, exploring overseas trade options, building your network - whatever it might be - this team of experts is there to help you.

Campden BRI expert insight: How Gloucestershire businesses can minimise the impact of Covid-19 when reopening

Campden BRI’s reputation as a master of testing, analysis and the application of science across the food, drink and many other sectors is world-renowned, skills it is now also using to help keep businesses open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Naylor Powell expert insight: Everything you need to know about the Stamp Duty Holiday extension

The Budget 2021 has revealed that the Stamp Duty Holiday is being extended until September 2021. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, SoGlos finds out everything you need to know from Gloucestershire-based property experts, Naylor Powell.

Hooray expert insight: Why using a recruitment agency is more important than ever as the furlough scheme ends

The Budget 2021 has revealed that the Stamp Duty Holiday is being extended until September 2021. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, SoGlos finds out everything you need to know from Gloucestershire-based property experts, Naylor Powell.

Davies and Partners expert insight: How Gloucestershire businesses can deal with redundancies the right way

With the furlough scheme scheduled to end in April 2021, Davies and Partners solicitors shares its advice on the right way to deal with redundancies.

Sherbornes Solicitors Ltd expert insight: Can employers or employees insist on Covid-19 vaccinations?

With employers across Gloucestershire unsure of whether they can insist on employees being vaccinated against Covid-19 – and either not employing or dismissing those who refuse – Cheltenham-based Sherbornes Solicitors Ltd shares some insight and advice.

Business news

Forum Digital development in Gloucester gets the go ahead for phase two

The decision allows a new hotel, offices, business space and car parking to go ahead in the centre of Gloucester as part of the transformative £107 million Forum Digital scheme.

Fitness app from Cheltenham personal trainer goes from strength to strength

With lockdown closing the face-to-face physical training side of his business, a Gloucestershire fitness instructor launched an app which is now jostling for position in a multi-billion pound marketplace.

Major investment will see Stroud Auction Rooms open new headquarters

An Aladdin’s cave of treasures looks set to appear near Stroud, as the town’s famous auction rooms prepares to not just re-open, but invest in a new headquarters to house its wares.

Businesses can get back to work with Covid-19 workplace testing from CHB Medical

Gloucestershire companies can get back to business safely with rapid workplace testing for Covid-19, arranged by Cheltenham-based CHB Medical.

New £4 million digital skills centre set to be a ‘real asset’ for Cirencester

Businesses in the Cotswolds have welcomed news that work has started on a new £4.48 million digital skills centre at Cirencester College.

Key part of Gloucester’s King’s Quarter development given the go ahead

More than 40 new apartments, roof-top gardens, business premises and retail units can be built in the middle of Gloucester, making possible a key part of the multi-million King’s Quarter redevelopment of city.

Major step forward for new £5 million-plus Cheltenham business centre

A land deal and a new Growth Hub service for Cheltenham have been announced, paving the way for a £5.2 million business centre to boost the town’s economy.

New owner of Gloucester’s former Debenhams store revealed

The former Debenhams department store in Gloucester has a new owner, adding to the multi-million pound investment already underway in the city centre.

Here is how to get up to £40,000 to grow your business in Gloucestershire

As goody bags tempting you to business events go, Gloucestershire College’s promise it can help show you how you might access £40,000 for growth is right up there.

An innovative new music venue is coming to Gloucester

Ambitious plans for a new music venue and recording studio for young people in Gloucester, by county charity The Music Works, are well and truly on track.

Bedfolk bedding business enjoys comfortable turnover growth of 500 per cent

Demand has done anything but gone to sleep for a bedding company started by a Gloucestershire husband and wife team, with sales growing by several hundred percent.

Work begins on Gloucester Food Dock

Developers behind the long-awaited Gloucester Food Dock have confirmed work has begun to progress one of the city’s most exciting schemes.

‘This is not the death of the high street, far from it,’ says Perry Bishop's new head of commercial property

‘This is an unprecedented time for entrepreneurs and the brave dreamers’ who want to start businesses, according to Gloucestershire property experts Perry Bishop – which has just launched a new commercial property division in Cheltenham.

Lifestyle news

Stroud’s Kitchen Garden Foods launches a punchy new brand

The Stroud chutney makers, Kitchen Garden Foods, have launched a punchy new range of rubs, pickles and sauces – dubbed ‘NAFF’, short for Not Another Fridge Filler!

A new luxury boutique hotel is opening in Cirencester

A stylish 11-bedroom luxury boutique hotel is opening in Cirencester, creating jobs and promising to boost the town’s tourism industry.

The Coconut Tree is opening a pop-up venue in Cheltenham

The Coconut Tree is opening a ‘pop-up on the lawn’ venue at St Paul’s Church in April 2021, right next to its popular restaurant in Cheltenham.

John Lewis Cheltenham is reopening in April 2021

After John Lewis announced it was closing eight stores, Gloucestershire shoppers will be thrilled that Cheltenham’s John Lewis is here to stay – with the doors reopening in April 2021.

A new coffee roastery is opening in Cheltenham

Ritual Coffee Roasters in Cheltenham is set to open its doors to the public this Easter 2021, with street food favourites The Woozy Pig providing brunch to take away too.

Hetty’s Kitchen is opening a new venue in Stroud

Popular Gloucester bakery, Hetty’s Kitchen, has announced that it is opening a new venue in Stroud in May 2021.

A new café is opening in Gloucester Park

The team behind Cheltenham’s popular The Butterfly Box is opening a new café in Gloucester Park – with frothy barista cappuccinos, Biscoff cookies and more being served from the spring.

Brunsdon Financial launches a new mortgage service

Promising to help take the stress out of buying a new home, Gloucester-based Brunsdon Financial has launched B Mortgage Services.

A brand new boutique farm shop is opening in the Cotswolds

The man behind The Cotswold Guy, who counts David and Victoria Beckham as customers, is opening a boutique farm shop in Guiting Power.

Sudeley Castle is reopening with a new trail of life-sized elephants

Find 30 life-sized elephant sculptures at Sudeley Castle, near Cheltenham, when the attraction reopens this April 2021.

Museum of Gloucester reveals its plan to future-proof the venue

The Museum of Gloucester is setting out plans to future-proof the venue and create ‘the quality museum that a historic city like Gloucester deserves’.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival reveals 2021 line-up

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2021 line-up has been announced – with some big names to tune into during the free, two-day digital musical extravaganza this May bank holiday weekend.

New ‘cocktails and cupcakes’ bar is opening in Cheltenham

Urban Fox, a new bar combining cupcakes and cocktails, is opening in Cheltenham – in the former home of Door 4 in Montpellier.

Cowley Manor is launching private bell tent picnics

Enjoy a private picnic inside a luxury bell tent as Cowley Manor launches new alfresco dining options this April 2021.

Three new dining experiences are coming to Westonbirt Arboretum

Days out at Westonbirt Arboretum are about to get even better, with three brand new dining experiences coming to the Cotswold attraction this spring 2021.

The Woozy Pig is launching a new Cheltenham venue

The Woozy Pig is launching The Woozy Container Kitchen, a new Cheltenham destination for dirty burgers – with Ritual Roasters’ coffee and deliveries from the converted shipping container too.

Gloucestershire cruise company is one of the first in the UK to set sail after lockdown

English Holiday Cruises will be one of the first river cruise companies in the UK to start sailing again in May, following the latest lockdown.

Giffords Circus is getting its show back on the road

After being postponed due to the pandemic last year, The Hooley from Giffords Circus is set to open this May 2021.

The Everyman Theatre is reopening this summer with three big shows

After more than a year of closure, the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham has unveiled that it will be reopening to full capacity audiences with three big feel-good shows, this summer.

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