#BackToBusinessGlos

#BackToBusinessGlos

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.

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Hazlewoods

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.


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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.

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Hot lists

9 unique places to eat when you visit the Cotswolds

From cult dessert clubs to repurposed prisons, discover 9 unique places to eat in the Cotswolds that are sure to impress visitors and make local foodies’ lists of favourites.
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9 reasons Cheltenham is still a great place to visit in 2021

Whether you want to explore the Regency town on foot or bike, discover some of the amazing new venues that have opened or head to the theatre, find your happy place when you visit Cheltenham in 2021.
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9 back-to-business funds your Gloucestershire business can benefit from

Positive signs for the economy are widespread, but concerns remain over cash flow. SoGlos has tracked down nine potential pots of money which might help businesses in Gloucestershire grow.
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9 advantages of using a flexible workspace in Gloucestershire

With adaptable spaces, around the clock access, dog-friendly offices and on-site bars, flexible workspaces could be the way forward – according to Clockwise in Cheltenham.
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10 unique growth businesses in Gloucestershire to watch

County organisations aren’t just surviving during the pandemic, but are thriving – with SoGlos showcasing 10 interesting examples of Gloucestershire businesses which are growing at an impressive rate.
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8 organisations to turn to for business support in Gloucestershire

If you are starting or running a business of any size, Gloucestershire has some incredible organisations ready and willing to support you. SoGlos handpicks eight of these useful resources, as part our #BacktoBusinessGlos campaign.
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10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this May

With brand-new bars, burning coal walks and bank holidays galore, make the most of May 2021 in Gloucestershire with SoGlos’s handpicked selection of unmissable things to do.
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12 lovely family days out in Gloucestershire

From narrowboat cruises to dog sledding, SoGlos reveals 12 of the loveliest family friendly days out in Gloucestershire.
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18 perfect places to meet your friends and family in Gloucestershire

From scenic alfresco dining spots and Cotswold pub gardens to beauty spots and outdoor attractions, discover 18 places in Gloucestershire that are perfect for meeting up with friends and family after the easing of lockdown restrictions.
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12 things you can do in Gloucestershire from Monday 12 April 2021

From a drink in a beer garden and dining alfresco, to sweating it out at the gym, here are all the things you can get back to as lockdown eases in Gloucestershire this April 2021.
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9 charming Cotswold towns and villages to explore safely this spring

With good weather on the way and some lockdown restrictions easing in April 2021, the Cotswolds is beginning to welcome visitors back safely as its high streets start to reopen – with SoGlos rounding up some of the best days out in the region this spring.
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28 of the best beer gardens in Gloucestershire

From riverside views to rural backdrops, SoGlos raises a glass to 28 of the best beer gardens in Gloucestershire as they start to reopen this April 2021.
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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!
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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…
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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.
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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!
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Expert insights

Gloucestershire workplace wellness guide

Help keep employees healthy and happy with SoGlos’s dedicated guide to workplace wellness in Gloucestershire.
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As the economy re-opens, don’t leave the door ajar for the cyber criminals: ReformIT expert insight

We know to beware of cybercrime, but in the chaos of the last few months that has simply not been a priority – Cheltenham IT specialists ReformIT shares its simple, clear advice about how to protect your business.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Business news

Leadership course will help businesses build their own road-maps out of the pandemic

A firm which specialises in helping develop business leadership skills has practised what it preaches – thinking on its feet to deliver a course which could prove a vital in helping companies out of the pandemic.
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Lucozade pours £6 million investment into its Gloucestershire factory

Just over a year after it revealed it was spending £13 million on its Forest of Dean factory, Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I has announced a further £6 million investment.
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£20 million development plans unveiled to boost Forest of Dean economy

Details have been unveiled of an ambitious £20 million investment programme to bring jobs and new sports, education and community facilities to the Forest of Dean.
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Gloucester Rugby will emerge ‘vastly improved’ from the pandemic

Lance Bradley’s leadership of Gloucester Rugby during the pandemic, the focus on local businesses and community, has produced a ‘stronger and vastly improved’ club.
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120 new jobs are being created in the Forest of Dean

A manufacturer from the Forest of Dean, whose buildings have been used at major sports stadiums from Old Trafford to Twickenham, is looking to near double its workforce to 245 staff.
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Cotswold builder of homes for animals predicts US exports will pass £4 million

A Cotswold-based builder of homes for some of our smallest and most treasured animals has seen US sales surge through lockdown by 87 per cent – and predicts this is just the beginning.
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Motorsport specialist clocks record year - and almost races right past 25th anniversary

Steering a business through the pandemic requires all eyes on the road – but when Forge Motorsport boss Pete Miles did look up he was surprised to learn 2021 marked the firm’s 25th birthday.
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A free toolkit to help Gloucestershire businesses on the road to recovery

With a return to work checklist, cyber essentials, risk assessment templates and more, as Gloucestershire emerges from lockdown, Aston Lark's free Covid-19 Business Recovery Toolkit is proving a useful guide.
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Innovative Gloucestershire construction firm wins almost £40,000

A construction firm from Cheltenham can build stronger foundations for its future after HMRC awards it nearly £40,000 for innovation.
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Airline pilot training firm Skyborne invests further in Cheltenham

A serious investment in new Cheltenham accommodation for its trainee airline pilots has put the name Skyborne on the news radar again in Gloucestershire.
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Does GFirst LEP filming point to a new chairman of the board?

Filming outside GFirst LEP’s headquarters has prompted speculation about whether the powerful business group has found a new chairperson to replace the outgoing Diane Savory.
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Deadline looms for businesses to share in £1 million cash for growth

A share of £1 million set aside to help businesses in Gloucestershire grow is still available, but it is going fast and the deadline to apply is now looming.
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Gloucestershire businesses can get funding to go green through Severn Wye Energy Agency

Up to £300,000 of funding for green improvements is available to Gloucestershire businesses through Severn Wye Energy Agency, but the money is expected to go fast.
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Gloucestershire declared ‘strongest area for local business in the UK’

The UK arm of a fast-growing European fintech firm has crunched the numbers and declared Gloucestershire is the UK county most likely to recover strongly from the pandemic.
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Sixty new jobs as multi-million pound leisure park reaches for 2022 opening

After finally getting the go ahead for his multi-million pound investment the boss of a new climbing-focused leisure centre believes 60 new jobs and a 2022 opening are now within reach.
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‘D-Day’ for Stroud with Five Valley’s Shopping Centre reopening

It is difficult to sum up how important retail reopening is for Stroud’s Five Valleys shopping centre and its businesses, but centre manager Dionne Moore captures it well when she describes it as their D-Day.
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The first business to move into Cheltenham’s Quadrangle has been revealed

The Quadrangle has announced which business will be first to take up tenancy in the Cheltenham landmark, once the ambitious development project is completed in April 2021.
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Hydrogen-electric powered aircraft firm backed by Bill Gates moves to Gloucestershire

Backed by Bill Gates, millions of pounds of government money, and GFirst LEP, a firm developing the world’s first commercial zero-carbon passenger plane is moving to the Cotswolds and creating jobs.
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How the staycation boom has shaped one of Gloucestershire's business

Gloucestershire-based company M5 Motorhome Hire saw a huge increase in bookings last year and 2021 is set to be even busier, with more families looking to holiday in the UK as a result of the pandemic – with a bigger fleet and a new Cheltenham headquarters planned.
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One of the first independent accountancy firms specialising in cryptocurrency launches in Gloucestershire

A pioneering firm of accountants from Gloucestershire has launched a dedicated business specialising in cryptocurrency and blockchain.
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Expanding accountancy and law firm takes over Stroud tax business

An ambitious accountancy and law firm has announced the takeover of a Gloucestershire tax specialist just days after opening a Cheltenham office, revealing it is also recruiting.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.
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Lifestyle news

A new nightclub with an outdoor terrace is opening in Cheltenham

Home & Botanic is set to open in July 2021 in the former home of Thirteen Degrees in Cheltenham.
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A new darts club is opening in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s Fire Station is opening a brand-new darts venue, 180 Club, this July 2021.
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Gloucester's indoor entertainment venues need your support

With everything from visiting the museum, taking a trip to one of the cinemas, immerse yourself in virtual reality or escape from zombies — there’s so much to experience in Gloucester.
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The Barn Theatre is hosting the world premiere live stream of A Russian Doll

See the world premiere of the Barn Theatre’s reopening show, A Russian Doll, live streamed from Cirencester this June 2021.
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Slimbridge Wetland Centre launches Wetland Heroes app

A new interactive experience is helping families to discover the secrets of Slimbridge Wetland Centre, as the WWT attraction launches its free Wetland Heroes app.
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New Caribbean takeaway opening in Cheltenham

New authentic Caribbean takeaway, Mamma’s Caribbean Kitchen, is this June 2021 on Cheltenham’s lower High Street.
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A new nightclub with an outdoor terrace is opening in Cheltenham

Home & Botanic is set to open in June 2021 in the former home of Thirteen Degrees in Cheltenham.
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Stratford Park Lido is finally reopening

Families are finally being welcomed back to Stroud’s outdoor pool at Stratford Park.
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The Roses Theatre launches new outdoor performances

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury will be relaunching its live programme with outdoor performances of (Almost) A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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New GCHQ inspired escape room coming to Cheltenham

A new escape room, created by a former GCHQ intelligence officer, is coming to Cheltenham this June 2021.
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New dockside bar to open in Gloucester as Gloucester Brewery expands

A new dockside bar is set to open at Gloucester Docks, as Gloucester Brewery unveils major expansion plans expected to see its beer production reach a million and a half pints a year.
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Raging Bull is opening a new store at Gloucester Quays

The rugby-inspired clothing brand is the latest addition to Gloucester Quays, kitting out its new store with stylish menswear, womenswear and kids’ pieces.
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A new £1 million luxury spa is opening in the Cotswolds

Recharge your batteries at the Cotswolds’ newest luxury spa, which is creating new jobs as well as moments of calm.
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Gloucester Cathedral Quarter is awarded a huge grant for cultural activities

A £100,000 grant from the High Streets Heritage Action Zone will see a programme of community led arts events happening in Gloucester’s Westgate area.
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The Roses Theatre launches new outdoor performances

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury will be relaunching its live programme with outdoor performances of (Almost) A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Everything you can do in Gloucestershire from 17 May 2021

A key date in the easing of England’s Covid restrictions, Monday 17 May 2021 has finally arrived – and, as well as hugging, here’s exactly what you can do in Gloucestershire from today…
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The Cotswolds’ most Instagrammable restaurant is opening in May 2021

With everything from a floral archway and designated flower wall, Bourton-on-the-Water’s Bourtanical is the perfect brunching backdrop – and a strong contender for the Cotswolds’ most Instagrammable restaurant.
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Independent Gloucester cinema announces reopening

A date has been set, and a very apt film named, for the anticipated reopening of Gloucester’s much-loved independent Sherborne Cinema.
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The Bathurst Arms is launching a circus-themed dining experience

With a new circus-themed tipi that can safely seat up to 40 diners, The Bathurst Arms near Cirencester has reopened as an alfresco dining venue with a bang.
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Ellenborough Park is launching new outdoor dining carriages

A new alfresco dining experience is coming to Ellenborough Park as it launches its outdoor dining carriages, this April 2021.
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Cheltenham salon is giving free haircuts to NHS nurses

Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty in Cheltenham is giving NHS nurses free haircuts from now until September 2021, as part of the Hair for Heroes campaign.
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A huge new department store is opening in Stroud

Sandersons Boutique department store is opening its third UK venue in Stroud with a concession from Cheltenham-based designer fashion house Holland Cooper.
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Heritage British fashion brand opens outlet store at Gloucester Quays

A designer clothing brand popular with celebrities and royals, including The Duchess of Cambridge, is opening a new discounted outlet store at Gloucester Quays in April 2021.
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Cotswold District Council is encouraging people to visit its high streets safely

As lockdown restrictions start to ease, visitors are encouraged to return to the Cotswolds – with Cotswold District Council reminding them to stay safe while exploring the area’s historic town centres, quaint villages and famous beauty spots.
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New 'enchanting' boutique bar is opening in Cheltenham

Imperial Haus is Cheltenham's newest venue set in the former home of Boogie Lounge and will open in May 2021.
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A new Cotswolds meal kit delivery service has been launched

A new meal kit delivery service, with all the ingredients sourced from suppliers in the Cotswolds, has been launched by Doorstep Foods in Tetbury.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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