SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023

Gloucestershire’s leading business awards are back for a thrilling third year, once again shaking up the traditional awards format with a fresh approach to celebrating the county’s leading businesses.


Every year the very best of Gloucestershire’s fledgling start-ups through to the top 100 businesses in the county put themselves forward for a prestigious SGGBA, before our experienced panel of judges – made up of 20+ representatives from headline and category sponsors - review and score nominations to decide on the shortlist across the categories. A later judges’ panel meeting then sees an even tighter list of finalists decided upon, and invited to the anticipated awards evening.

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards culminate with a relaxed celebration evening at a different unique venue each year, when finalists, sponsors and special guests come together for the exciting live reveal of winners - crowning the best of the best Gloucestershire businesses, teams and individuals.

Welcome to SGGBA 2023...

SGGBA 2023 key dates

Wednesday 1 March 2023: Nominations open

Friday 19 May 2023: Nominations close

Friday 26 May 2023: Entries sent to judges for review

Wednesday 19 June 2023: Shortlisted businesses announced

Tuesday 18 July 2023: Sponsors & shortlisted businesses drinks reception at Still Moving, Cheltenham

Wednesday 13 September 2023 (TBC): Judges panel meeting at venue TBC - finalists and winners decided

Friday 15 September 2023: Finalists announced

Thursday 19 October 2023: Awards evening at venue TBC - winners revealed

SGGBA 2022 headline co-sponsors


Hazlewoods is a UK Top 30 independent business advisers and chartered accountants, with an established sector expertise that is 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. The firm has more than 420 staff who enjoy working with our wide range of clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Willans LLP solicitors

A leading South West law firm, Willans provides businesses, people, charities and not-for-profit organisations with expert, practical and personal legal advice. The firm is ranked by independent guides Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and in 2022, celebrates its 75th year in business, acting for local, national and overseas clients from its Cheltenham offices.

SGGBA 2022 categories & sponsors

New Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses launched since April 2020 which have set out to exploit a market opportunity, pioneer a new product or service, or simply turn a passion into a viable business. The business will already be enjoying the rewards of its hard work in getting established.

2022 Finalists

Winner: PACE Manufacturing
Fleet Electric Leasing
Montpellier Legal
Topaz Luxe

Cotswold-headquartered building firm, Montrose Group, is a construction company with a passion for innovative design, exceptional craftsmanship and immaculate execution. Aspiring to set the benchmark for outstanding residential and commercial property within the UK, its unrivalled multi-disciplinary team combines creative, corporate and technical expertise to meet the needs of its private and commercial clientele – delivering its signature ‘contemporary elegance and timeless design.’

Most Innovative Business of the Year 

This category is open to bold businesses which have successfully researched, planned and delivered innovative products or services to creatively disrupt their sector.

2022 Finalists

Winner: DPS Designs
Cirencester Fabrication Services
Golden Valley Development
The Protrack Group (Protrack Solutions)

Hartpury University and Hartpury College are among the UK’s leading specialist education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing. Their 360-hectare green campus in Gloucestershire is home to more than 4,000 university and college-level students studying degrees, A-levels and diplomas, as well as undertaking innovative industry led research.

Growth Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses which have achieved outstanding growth in turnover, profit, market share and/or employment opportunities in the past two years – while also ensuring sustainable financial performance.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Core to Cloud
Atlas Camps
Farrar & Tanner
Kalex Films
Stewart Golf


The Growth Hub is a Gloucestershire-wide network of business centres, where you can get free support to help your business.

From solo entrepreneurs to start-ups to multi million-pound firms, The Growth Hub is there for businesses which have potential to grow, create jobs and help the county prosper.

As well as direct consultancy and advice, it also runs a full programme of online events and workshops, delivered by local experts.

Family Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses which are family owned and run by one or more members of the family. Through ongoing growth and development, family values remain demonstrably important.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Cotteswold Dairy
Gloucester Carpet Outlet
Hobbs House Bakery
K W Bell Group
Printwaste Recycling & Shredding

QuoLux supports business owners, directors and managers at all levels to develop their leadership and management skills to be the best that they can be.
It provides business leaders a confidential space to work alongside like-minded peers to learn, share and support one another through in-person programs or online training courses.
They practise and perfect their leadership skills, increase their self-confidence and learn to #InspireBelief.

Green Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses which can demonstrate a commitment to proactively managing and improving sustainability. This could be through a specific project or investment to improve current green working practices, or through the launch of a sustainable product, service or initiative.

2022 Finalists

Winner: for peat's sake!
Freeman Homes
Howard Tenens Logistics
Simply Washrooms
Stroud Brewery

Ecotricity is Britain’s greenest energy company, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Recognised by Which? as one of only three truly green energy suppliers, it invests its profits into new sources of renewable energy, turning customer ‘bills into mills’. Ecotricity offers competitive business pricing, strategic consultancy for sustainability action plans, on-site generation and battery storage solutions.

Best Place to Work of the Year 

This category is open to businesses which recognise the importance of the workplace environment to fuel passion, foster positivity and ensure the wellbeing of their team – all contributing to strong staff retention and excellent customer service.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Gloucester City Homes
FD Works
Lanes Health
Wagada Digital

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Brunsdon Financial
Leading employee benefit and wealth management company, Brunsdon Financial, works with clients across Gloucestershire and beyond, advising on everything from workplace pensions to medical insurance. It also works with private clients to manage their retirement and investment needs, as well as offering expert mortgage advice through B Mortgage Services, which it launched in 2021.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award 

This category is open to businesses which proactively support the community through projects or events with not-for-profit objectives, including those relating to the arts, environment, education and specifically charities.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Tidal Training Direct Ltd and Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
ProCook plc
The Cotswold Cup CIC

Target creates public relations, social media and marketing communications strategies for its ambitious clients, working with big-name brands like Specsavers and Dishmatic, non-profit organisations such as Parish Giving Scheme, HETAS and Woodsure, as well as Cheltenham’s exciting Quadrangle redevelopment. Its diverse experience has also included Gloucestershire-based leadership and strategy specialists, QuoLux; innovative manufacturer ADEY; and support for cancer care charity, Hope for Tomorrow. Drawing on the talents of its expert team, the Cheltenham-based agency works closely with clients to deliver creative PR and marketing communications services that achieve their goals.

Customer Excellence Award 

This category is open to businesses for which ‘putting the customer first’ is at the heart of everything they do, demonstrated through monitoring customer satisfaction and empowering staff to deliver and exceed exceptional standards of service.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Bamboo Technology Group Limited
Bennetts Coaches
Direct Online Services
Smart Home Sounds
Workplace Interiors Co
WSP Solicitors

Nimble's intuitive elearning creation tool and learning management system have already helped hundreds of organisations build beautiful online courses with ease – and keep track of staff progress at the click of a button. The elearning specialists also offer a range of customisable ready-made courses covering everything from health and safety to data protection. Nimble prides itself on providing outstanding customer service every step of the way.

International Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses successfully trading their products or services on an international scale, adapting their strategy and operations to overcome challenges while continuing to grow their global offering.

2022 Finalists

Winner: ALS Mechatronic Ltd
DPS Designs
Stewart Golf
Wildlife World

Barclays is a consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. It moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers worldwide.

Barclays Corporate Banking specifically supports businesses turning over more than £6.5m pa and it offers sector specific knowledge, international expertise and innovative, digital capabilities to connect our clients to a world of possibility.

Entrepreneur of the Year 

This category is open to inspirational individuals who combine passion and vision with innovation and business acumen to achieve commercial success – from first timers to seasoned risk-takers.

2022 Finalists

Winner: AccXel Ltd - Nicola Bird
for peat's sake! - George Davies
J.LUXE.FIT - Jordan Tuck
ORNA Inc. - Martyn Gill
Toddle - Hannah Saunders

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire has a longstanding commitment to supporting businesses. With eight academic schools across campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester, there is expertise to support organisations at every stage of their development.

The university is helping organisations to grow their talent - through apprenticeships and accredited professional programmes. Additionally, it provides employers with access to exceptional students and graduates. Its collaborative and applied approach ensures that work-based development is relevant, contemporary and inspiring.

Employee of the Year 

This category is open to dedicated individuals who have gone above and beyond their job description to achieve outstanding success as an employee and as part of their wider team, setting new standards of excellence.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Cheltenham BID - Belinda Hunt
Bamboo Technology Group - Candice de Klerk
Room 58 - Emma Grazier
St Edward's, Cheltenham - Mrs Pat Hemming
Wagada Digital - Tzara Marriott

Gloucestershire-based GB Solutions is a recruitment agency specialising in HR, Legal, Finance, Marketing, Tech, Sales, Service, and Commerce – putting people at the heart of its business.

Its team of expert consultants partner with companies county wide and beyond, sourcing talent on a permanent, temporary and contract basis, helping those who are new to the area, seeking promotion or looking to exit a role, to find their perfect fit.

Team of the Year 

This category is open to businesses which can demonstrate how exceptional teamwork has led to their success, ongoing growth, the completion of ambitious projects and/or achieving high levels of customer care and service.

2022 Finalists

Winner: SLG Brands
Aquascape Swimming Pools
Dashing Duck Marketing
The Fireplace Gallery Cheltenham
WSP Solicitors

ReformIT is a Cheltenham-headquartered IT support specialist that covers all of the UK. Its skilled technicians provide advice on all IT matters, from computer and internet security, software and cloud solutions to IT support and managed services such as VOIP and website hosting. ReformIT is a Microsoft Silver Partner, Small Business Specialist and Microsoft Office 365 consultant that can customise its services for your business.

Heritage Business of the Year 

This category is open to established businesses which have been part of Gloucestershire’s economy for decades, adapting to their industry’s challenges while driving growth, employment and investment in the county. The business may be a household name or an unsung hero which deserves to be recognised.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Hobbs House Bakery
Cattle Country Farm Park
Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles
Lanes Health
Markey Group

Established over 56 years ago family business Hewer Facilities Management is one of the region’s leading building services providers and a Quality Assured ISO 9001 company.

Employing more than 140 staff it delivers services ranging from private domestic home heating, electrical installations and maintenance plans to expertise in plumbing, heating and renewable energy, design, installation, repair and servicing for offices, schools, factories and hospitals.

Business Leader Award 

This category will recognise established leaders who have inspired their teams through a period of unprecedented challenge, leading by example and embracing the concept ‘with change comes opportunity’ to drive continued success.

2022 Finalists

Winner: ProCook - Daniel O'Neill
Forge Motorsport - Peter Miles
Gloucester Brewery - Jared Brown
Radioactive - Angharad Planells
The Cheltenham Trust - Laurie Bell

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire County Council
GCC 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.

Young Business Leader Award 

This category will celebrate young business leaders aged under 40 (as of 20 October 2022) who have already proven their business acumen, drive and ability to steer an organisation to success. These individuals are set to continue to mature as inspirational business leaders.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Severnside Security Ltd - Kane Lewis
AccXel - Nicola Bird & Natalie King
Hexe Digital - Anya McKenna
Nutrition X - James Markey
Salus Cyber - Jason Kalwa


Green Gourmet is a dynamic Gloucestershire-based food innovation company, trusted to create and deliver products across food service and retail markets. It has customers in sectors as varied as education, travel, leisure and retail, and is celebrating 30 years in business this year. Certified as a Great Place to Work in 2021 and based in stunning new headquarters in Stroud, they have just been ranked in the top 250 UK Best Workplaces for Wellbeing list.

Apprentice of the Year 

This category is open to ambitious, dedicated apprentices which have made a positive contribution to their organisation, going above and beyond their expected duties while remaining committed to their professional development.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Gloucestershire Engineering Training - James Ashly
HR People Support - Hope Ward
Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing UK - Karim Ali
Optimising IT - James Rodgers
Stagecoach - Matt Hyatt

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College is an innovative provider of professional and technical training, offering courses and apprenticeships for school leavers, adults and businesses across its campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Awarded Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020, Gloucestershire College proudly works with more than 1,000 employers to deliver bespoke training programmes, ensuring businesses have the right skills and staff for growth.

Public Sector Excellence Award 

This category is open to all public sector organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to serving Gloucestershire. Including but not limited to specific areas of public health and wellbeing, social care, climate, recycling, housing, education and the emergency services.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cheltenham Borough Council
Forest of Dean District Council, Regeneration Department
Gloucestershire Libraries
Start and Grow Enterprise
Stroud District Council

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Roberts Limbrick
Roberts Limbrick is a practice of over 100 architects, designers, and creatives with a base in Gloucester and a national presence. Its portfolio boasts an extensive range of projects in the public, commercial and residential sectors, from innovative office spaces to affordable homes and state-of-the-art education facilities. Its architects create spaces at the heart of communities, using their knowledge of how people interact with places to make a positive impact in every design.

Micro Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses from any sector with 1 to 10 employees which can demonstrate all-round success.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles
Bolthole Retreats
Fire & Flow Coffee
Kalex Films
Non Solo Pasta
PACE Manufacturing

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Business Furniture Direct
From one workstation to an entire corporate building, Cheltenham-based Business Furniture Direct specialises in creating dynamic environments for clients across Gloucestershire and nationwide – including healthcare, education, hospitality and office sectors.
With over 25 years of trading, its knowledgeable team are experts in planning spaces, sourcing products from a range of manufacturers and budgets, professionally installing furniture and can also remove old equipment for recycling. Visit the dedicated showroom for specialist advice, try out office seating and to see the most popular ranges of office furniture.

Small Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses from any sector with 11 to 49 employees which can demonstrate all-round success.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Hooray
Brace Creative Agency
Core to Cloud
Salus Cyber
Stewart Golf

HR Star provides in-person and remote HR outsourcing services, along with an exclusive online portal for 24/7 assistance, partnering with like-minded, forward-thinking businesses that want to go to the extra mile for their people.

Working to enhance the employee experience by creating people strategies that align with business goals, HR Star creates and maintains engaged workforces by encouraging feedback, growth, honesty, respect and sourcing the best talent.

Medium Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses from any sector with 50 to 249 employees which can demonstrate all-round success.

2022 Finalists

Winner: Bamboo Technology Group Limited
Atlas Camps
Hobbs House Bakery
WSP Solicitors

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.

Large Business of the Year 

This category is open to businesses from any sector with 250+ employees which can demonstrate all-round success.

2022 Finalists

Winner: ProCook plc
Cotteswold Dairy
Direct Online Services
K W Bell Group
Markey Group

Evans Jones is a property and planning consultancy that advises on all aspects of the acquisition, development and management of commercial property across the UK. It has offices in London and Reading but its headquarters remains in the county in which it was founded – Gloucestershire – and its name is synonymous with countless key projects and deals within the county.

Business of the Year 

The winner of this special award will be chosen by the headline co-sponsors, from the list of winners across all categories.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hazlewoods and Willans LLP solicitors
See above to find out more about the SGGBA 2022 headline co-sponsors, Hazlewoods and Willans LLP solicitors

Winner: Cotteswold Dairy

SGGBA 2022 partners

We are delighted to be working with a dream team of amazing partners to once again make the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards evening the celebration of the year.

Steve Knibbs

Steve Knibbs

We are delighted to welcome back Steve Knibbs, well-known BBC regional news reporter and presenter, as compère of the third annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards. Steve, who has been a face of BBC Points West for more than 15 years, has been an important part of SGGBA's success since its inception, and will have the honour of unveiling our 2023 winners.

SGGBA 2022 highlights

The second annual SGGBA cemented its position as Gloucestershire’s leading business awards, co-sponsored by market leading county firms Hazlewoods and Willans LLP solicitors, culminating in a fast-paced awards evening at the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School. A prestigious guestlist of 300 business leaders gathered – including sponsors, finalists and special guests – to enjoy a relaxed evening of networking and the live reveal of winners from across the extended list of categories. A staggering 382 nominations were received from 178 businesses, shortlisted down to 206 entries for judging, with 81 finalists recognised and invited to the SGGBA finale.

SGGBA 2022 winners revealed

SGGBA 2022 awards night photos

SGGBA 2022 Welcome from headline co-sponsors Hazlewoods and Willans LLP solicitors video

SGGBA 2021 highlights

The brand new SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards took the county by storm in 2021, co-sponsored by GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub, culminating with an exciting awards event at Gloucestershire Airport where almost 300 guests gathered to recognise the very best businesses from across the county. The evening marked the end of a process which saw 421 nominations from 192 different businesses whittled down to 17 winners. And, following almost a year of careful planning and work by the SoGlos team, the hugely successful event cemented SGGBA's position as Gloucestershire’s definitive business awards from its very first year.

SGGBA 2021 winners revealed

SGGBA 2021 awards night photos

SGGBA frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to enter?

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.

How do I nominate my business?

SGGBA nominations will open in March 2023. Monitor this page for exact dates. Nominations must be made by an official representative of the business who will be the point of contact through the process.

Can I nominate my favourite business for an award?

No, but you can recommend your favourite business enters for themselves. Send them a link to this page.

Who will decide the shortlist before it goes to the judging panel, and what’s the criteria?

The panel of judges will be made up of representatives from SGGBA's headline and category sponsors. 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 through to the judging panel. We will be ensuring only the very best quality nominees are selected, with a tight shortlist expected again in the third year of the awards. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.

There isn’t a category suitable for my business, would you consider adding one?

Please email with any requests or feedback for 2023.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, you can enter any category which fits your business, but we would recommend choosing one or two which are most relevant. You'll need to create a separate application for each.

What will the winner of each award receive?

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.

Will there just be one winner per category?


Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

The number and quality of entrants is expected to be particularly high again in the third year of the awards, so our judges will be looking for businesses which stand out through their nomination form and have a strong chance of winning their category.

I’m just on the Gloucestershire border, can I still enter?


What’s the format of the SGGBA awards evening?

Expect a relaxed party atmosphere with the chance to meet other businesses and network, enjoy supper and drinks on arrival, before the live reveal kicks off at 8pm. This informal structure is at the core of both our business awards and lifestyle awards.

How do I get tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?

The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors five tickets, and shortlisted businesses will each receive two tickets.

Can I get extra tickets for the SGGBA awards evening?

To make SGGBA 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 additional tickets. We will, however, have a waiting list once tickets to the awards are opened for RSVPs.

Can I reserve a table at the SGGLA awards evening?

Due to the nature of the special venues which play host to SGGBA each year, spacing for seating is limited so we are only able to reserve tables for the headline sponsor.