SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2022

Launched in 2018 to celebrate our thriving lifestyle sector with a fresh awards approach, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards have grown to become the county’s biggest awards – with 2022 marking the exciting fifth year of SGGLA - sponsored by Visit Gloucestershire.

Each year Gloucestershire’s very best cultural venues, restaurants, pubs, independent schools, sporting venues, independent shops, events and more put themselves forward for a SGGLA, before SoGlos readers vote for one or more of their favourites across the categories.

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards culminate with a relaxed celebration evening at a unique venue each year, with finalists, sponsors and special guests coming together for the exciting live reveal of winners.

Kicking off in January and building up to the anticipated awards evening at DEYA Brewing Company at the end of June, SGGLA 2022 was the biggest and best yet.

SGGLA 2022 key dates

Monday 31 January 2022: Nominations open

Thursday 31 March 2022: Nominations close

Friday 1 April to Friday 8 April 2022: Shortlisting phase

Monday 11 April 2022 Shortlist of finalists revealed, voting opens to members of the public

Tuesday 31 May 2022 Voting closes

Wednesday 1 June 2022 Finalists revealed and invited to awards evening

Wednesday 29 June 2022: Awards evening at DEYA Brewing Company

SGGLA 2022 headline sponsor

Visit Gloucestershire

Visit Gloucestershire is the county’s Strategic Management Organisation (SMO) established in 2020 to forge a comprehensive vision for the development of the visitor economy and leisure and tourism business sector in Gloucestershire. It comprises eight divisions and represents stakeholders including consumers, trade, attractions, accommodation providers, tour guides, retailers, restaurateurs, venues and more. Together we can revive our county.

SGGLA 2022 categories & sponsors

Cultural Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from visitor attractions, gardens and museums.

2022 Winner

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

2022 Highly Commended

Gloucester Cathedral

2022 Finalists

Berkeley Castle
Corinium Museum
Dean Forest Railway

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.

Family Day Out Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from day out destinations, wildlife centres and children’s activity centres.

2022 Winner

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

2022 Highly Commended

Westonbirt - Forestry England

2022 Finalists

National Waterways Museum Gloucester
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The King’s School

The King’s School Gloucester is an independent day school for girls and boys aged three to 18. The impressive campus of historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and a brand new sixth form centre are adjacent to Gloucester Cathedral, which is the inspirational setting for daily assemblies. The school prides itself on offering academic excellence together with a wide range of co-curricular activities and outstanding pastoral care.

Independent School of the Year

Open to nominations from prep, senior and sixth-form independent schools.

2022 Winner

Berkhampstead School

2022 Highly Commended

The King's School

2022 Finalists

Cheltenham College
Rendcomb College

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Brave Human Capital Group
Brave Human Capital Group Limited is based in Cheltenham and serves the county and beyond, building bespoke HR and resourcing solutions for businesses, focusing on a business’s strengths, people and vision. Brave believes passionately that people are at the heart of your business and make it a priority to help them perform to their full potential to make your business a success.

Live Entertainment Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from music, theatre and comedy venues.

2022 Winner

The Everyman Theatre

2022 Highly Commended

The Roses Theatre

2022 Finalists

Bacon Theatre
The Barn Theatre

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital is home to state-of-the-art medical and surgical facilities, with both the technology and expertise to treat a wide range of health conditions. Patients receive individual care throughout their stay with access to the very best treatment, rapid assessments and diagnoses without long waiting lists.

Live Music Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from dedicated music venues, as well as pubs and sporting venues which host live music.

2022 Winner

The Frog & Fiddle

2022 Highly Commended

The Subscription Rooms

2022 Finalists

The Outdoor Inn, Cheltenham
The Prince Albert
The Somerset Arms

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Guano Crazy Printing
Guano Crazy Printing is a screen printing and embroidery business based in Gloucester, with clients across the county and beyond. Offering a vast variety of blank garments for printing, embroidery and full colour printing, Guano Crazy provides a personal service to all of its customers, whether they’re making a one-off item or a print run for a large-scale event.

Sporting Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from businesses across all types of sports.

2022 Winner

Gloucester Rugby

2022 Highly Commended

Cheltenham Racecourse

2022 Finalists

East Glos Club
Ian Coley Sporting
Sandford Parks Lido


Founded as a run-off services provider in 1993, Pro Global has grown to become a world-leading insurance specialist, with unrivalled expertise in a range of specialised policy areas and a global presence, as well as an office in Gloucester. Its team of experts can deliver multi-territory insurance solutions for diverse businesses of all sizes with a proactive and professional approach; advising, consulting, improving, outsourcing and auditing insurance operations to build effective solutions for its clients.

Restaurant of the Year

Open to nominations from restaurants of all cuisines and styles, from informal to fine dining.

2022 Winner

The Coconut Tree

2022 Highly Commended

KIBOU Cheltenham

2022 Finalists

Sam's Montpellier
Trattoria Settebello

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Cleevely Electric Vehicles
Passionate about customer service, not to mention the environment, the two families behind Cleevely Electric Vehicles in Cheltenham help businesses and individuals make the switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles. As well as offering new and used vehicles for sale and electric vehicle servicing, the team are electric vehicle owners themselves - so definitely know their stuff.

Food / Drink Producer of the Year

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.

2022 Winner

Hetty's Kitchen

2022 Highly Commended

Wholly Gelato

2022 Finalists

Sibling Distillery
Sisu Pancakes
The Artisan Baker

The Grass Outlet in Gloucester specialises in artificial grass so realistic that most people can’t tell the difference. Not only is it easy to maintain, but the artificial option is also ideal for hay fever sufferers, feels great underfoot and can transform your outdoor living space year-round.

Pub / Bar of the Year

Open to nominations from countryside inns to town centre pubs and bars.

2022 Winner

The Plough Prestbury

2022 Highly Commended

The Red Hart Inn

2022 Finalists

Gin & Juice The Lyon Inn
The Suffolk Arms

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucester Carpet Outlet
Gloucestershire’s number one independent carpet and flooring company has something for everyone, with a wide range of colours, designs and materials to choose from – vinyl tiles and laminate included. The team of industry accredited team of tradesmen have even been known to offer commercial and domestic customers same day fittings.

Cafés of the Year

Open to nominations from cafés and coffee shops.

2022 Winner

The Curious Cafe & Bistro

2022 Highly Commended

Rough Hands Coffee

2022 Finalists

Cafe on the Hill
Cotswold Barn
Jacks Tearoom & Kitchen


With branches across the South West - including Cirencester, Cheltenham and the Stroud Valleys - Perry Bishop is listed in the Best Estate Agent Guide, the property industry’s most prestigious mark of excellence, compiled by Rightmove and the Property Academy.

As well as helping those looking to buy or sell properties across the region’s most sought-after towns and villages, Perry Bishop also offers a comprehensive lettings and management service and their specialist land department markets building plots and buildings for conversion.

Hotel of the Year

Open to nominations from small to large hotels.

2022 Winner

Ellenborough Park

2022 Highly Commended

The Greenway Hotel & Spa

2022 Finalists

Cowley Manor
Kings Head Hotel
Queens Hotel Cheltenham

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Six Property Consulting
Six Property Consulting Ltd was formed out of a desire to provide a client and community focused service of exceptional quality in the specialist areas of building surveying, project consultancy, quantity surveying and drone surveys. The Cheltenham-headquartered firm has strong ethical, community, environmental and professional values and prides itself on delivering a service that adds real value to your business.

Independent Shop of the Year

Open to nominations from businesses across all sectors, including food, drink, homewares, fashion, children, gifts and art.

2022 Winner

Be More Bob

2022 Highly Commended

Made in Stroud

2022 Finalists

Favourite Beers
The Barn at Severn & Wye
The Cotswold Larder

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Severn Wye Energy Agency
Severn Wye Energy Agency is a sustainability charity based in Gloucestershire and promotes energy efficiency, low carbon development and the shift to renewable energy. Severn Wye’s Target 2030 programme helps Gloucestershire businesses to reduce their carbon footprint with free expertise and grant funding towards carbon-saving improvements.

Shopping Destination of the Year

Open to nominations from shopping centres and town collectives.

2022 Winner

Gloucester Quays

2022 Highly Commended

John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham

2022 Finalist

The Brewery Quarter

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Gloucestershire County Council

GGCC 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.

Art Gallery of the Year

Open to nominations from all types of art galleries.

2022 Winner

Cotswold Sculpture Park

2022 Highly Commended

Museum of Gloucester

2022 Finalists

Castle Fine Art
New Brewery Arts
The Gardens Gallery

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Severnside Security
Severnside Security provides fire and security solutions demonstrating expertise in design, implementation and support of integrated systems and intuitive technologies. The company is well known across Gloucestershire and beyond for its approach to delivering sophisticated projects, working with large commercial clients and ultra-high net worth individuals – with teams located throughout the South West, Midlands and London.

Wedding Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from all kinds of wedding venues, from hotels, stately homes and barns to castles, historic venues and gardens.

2022 Winner

Elmore Court

2022 Highly Commended

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

2022 Finalists

Cowley Manor
Ellenborough Park
Glenfall House

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Barrington Decorators
Established in the small Cotswold village of Little Barrington, near Burford, family-run Barrington Decorators specialises in traditional interior and exterior decoration, period restoration, gilding and bespoke finishes – providing services for residential and luxury commercial projects including country estates and private residencies, as well as historical conservation work. Based in Cheltenham with a restoration workshop in Winchcombe, Barrington is perfectly situated to cover the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.

Event of the Year

Open to nominations from longstanding annual events and festivals, as well as new events.

2022 Winner

The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

2022 Highly Commended

Cheltenham Literature Festival

2022 Finalists

Elephants at Sudeley Castle & Garden
Pride in Gloucestershire
The Pantomime at Everyman Theatre

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools
Inspiring ‘creative courage for life’, Stagecoach Performing Arts is a professional theatre and arts school, offering training in singing, dancing and acting for children aged four to 18. With schools in Gloucester, Cirencester and Cheltenham, Stagecoach gives Gloucestershire’s budding stars the chance to shine, building confidence, exploring their creativity and learning valuable life skills through its weekly classes and regular productions.

Charity of the Year

Open to nominations from any charity based in the county which has a significant focus on supporting Gloucestershire in some way.

2022 Winner

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

2022 Highly Commended

Cheltenham Animal Shelter

2022 Finalists

Cotswold Canals Trust
Maggie’s Cancer Care
Winston's Wish

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hooray Recruitment
Hooray is an independent recruitment agency based in the heart of Cheltenham. Its recruitment consultants partner with candidates and businesses across Gloucestershire and the South West to bring the very best talent to the right job. Hooray is passionate about delivering effective recruitment solutions, while maintaining its commitment to ethical principles and promoting diversity and fairness. As a business, it is determined to make a positive impact on both the local economy and the wider community.

Outstanding Contribution Award

This individual award will be given to a person from Gloucestershire’s lifestyle sector who has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation, team or community over the past two years. Nominations for 'Outstanding Contribution Award' are welcomed from business representatives or members of the public. The winner of this special award will be chosen by the category sponsor.

2022 Winner

Sue Belej - WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

2022 Highly Commended

Sara Reader - Cheltenham Open Door

2022 Finalists

Bob & Sheila Berryman - Friends of Bathurst Outdoor Pool
Alicia Carey - Hawkwood
Hugh Phillimore - The Subscription Rooms

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors

Cheltenham-based Harrison Clark Rickerbys has been providing legal advice to clients across Gloucestershire since 1796. From cybersecurity to charities, education to employment, its expert advice helps businesses across many sectors to thrive. Now with 11 offices across the UK and more than 800 staff, its expertise is also nationally recognised.

Business of the Year 

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

2022 Winner

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Visit Gloucestershire
Visit Gloucestershire is the headline sponsor of the 2022 SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards, and has the honour of choosing the overall SGGLA winner from all category winners. See above to find out more about Visit Gloucestershire.

SGGLA 2022 compère and partners

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

Steve Knibbs

Steve Knibbs

We are delighted to welcome back Steve Knibbs, the well-known BBC regional news reporter and presenter, as compère of the fifth annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards. Steve, who has been a face of BBC Points West for more than 15 years, joined us for SGGLA's real-life return in 2021, and will have the honour of unveiling the winners on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at the official venue, DEYA Brewing Company.

DEYA Brewing Company

With a reputation for producing exceptional-quality, sustainable beers from its home in Cheltenham, DEYA Brewing Company is an independent brewery on a mission to create the world’s most delicious beer. Founded in 2015 with a homebrew recipe for its signature Steady Rolling Man Pale Ale, DEYA now produces everything from traditional British brews to hoppy, American-inspired craft beers and everything in between. Drinkers can order DEYA beers from its online shop to enjoy at home, or head to its destination on-site taproom.

Oasis Events

Oasis Events specialises in producing extraordinary bespoke events. Their client-base includes well-known brands and businesses in multiple sectors, and private clients celebrating milestone events. Oasis oversees the design and organisation for every scale of business event: from networking to product launches, AGMs to staff parties, bringing your vision to life on time and on budget: inspiring, unique & perfectly executed.

PR Production Services

From a festival field to a found venue or traditional performance space, Gloucestershire-based PR Production Services specialises in bringing its clients’ vision to life through affordable and high-quality sound, staging, lighting and AV solutions. Its team of experienced and friendly technicians can assist with the design and installation of equipment, as well as operation, helping your special event run as smoothly as possible.

The Hungry Hun

Inspired by their rich heritage and love of Hungary, The Hungry Hun serves up authentic Hungarian street food to Gloucestershire and beyond. Its signature dish is lángos, a fried flatbread traditionally topped with a range of fresh ingredients such as cheese, garlic and sour cream. A delicious taste of Europe and perfect alongside a crisp DEYA beer.

SGGLA 2023 sponsorship

To find out about aligning your business with
Gloucestershire's biggest awards for 2023, please contact:

SoGlos Advertising Hub
(01242) 210330

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards successes

SGGLA 2022

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards returned to its real life form with a bang in 2021, as finalists, sponsors and special guests gathered at the breath taking Cheltenham Ladies' College to find out who would be crowned SoGlos readers’ favourites.
Following a very challenging 20 months for the lifestyle sector, SGGLA 2021 was all the more important as an opportunity to reflect on the hard work, determination and adaptability it took to survive the pandemic. It was also a chance to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the outstanding individuals, teams and organisations who made it through to the final stage of the awards – and to raise a glass to us all continuing to make Gloucestershire a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

SGGLA 2022 winners

SGGLA 2022 awards night photos

SGGLA 2021

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards returned to its real life form with a bang in 2021, as finalists, sponsors and special guests gathered at the breath taking Cheltenham Ladies' College to find out who would be crowned SoGlos readers’ favourites. Following a very challenging 20 months for the lifestyle sector, SGGLA 2021 was all the more important as an opportunity to reflect on the hard work, determination and adaptability it took to survive the pandemic. It was also a chance to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the outstanding individuals, teams and organisations who made it through to the final stage of the awards – and to raise a glass to us all continuing to make Gloucestershire a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

SGGLA 2021 winners

SGGLA 2021 awards night photos

SGGLA 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic meant many awards across the UK were cancelled in 2020, the third annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards forged ahead with an innovative virtual awards ceremony in October 2020, held via Facebook Live. The anticipated online event was the culmination of nomination and voting phases held earlier in the year, and saw more than 2,400 people tune in to see which businesses has scooped a coveted award.

Thanks once again to our sponsors, finalists and to SoGlos readers for helping making SGGLA 2020 such a storming virtual success, in a year when is was more important than ever to support Gloucestershire’s amazing lifestyle sector.

SGGLA 2020 winners

SGGLA 2019

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.

SGGLA 2019 winners

SGGLA 2019 Facebook Photo Gallery

SGGLA 2019 Facebook live stream

SGGLA 2018

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.

SGGLA 2018 winners

SGGLA 2018 Facebook Photo Gallery

SGGLA frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to enter?

Sensational businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes, new or long established, which are based in Gloucestershire or the surrounding area and fit with one of the categories are invited to enter.

How do I nominate my business?

See the top of this page for link to enter, which will be live throughout the nomination period. 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.

What about the Outstanding Contribution Award?

Nominations for this special new individual award can be made by anyone, and there is a specific field on the entry form to provide details about why you think the individual should be considered. This category will not go to public vote, as the winner will be chosen by the category sponsor.

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

The SoGlos team will decide on the shortlist from all entries received. 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 2022. Please note, SoGlos advertisers won’t be given preferential treatment.

How will the voting process take place?

The shortlist will be revealed and voting will open in April 2022, when members of the public will have their chance to make one top choice from any or all of the categories via The most popular (up to five) entrants from each category will then be recognised as finalists, and invited to the exclusive awards evening.

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

Please email with any requests or feedback for 2022/23.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, please feel free to enter any category which fits your business - just remember to include relevant supporting information.

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?

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.

Why didn’t I make the shortlist?

The number and quality of entrants increases every year, so we'll be looking for businesses which represent the best of the best in each specific category.

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


What’s the format of the SGGLA awards evening?

Expect a relaxed party atmosphere complete with a chance to meet other businesses and network, supper and a welcome drink on arrival, before the live reveal kicks off at 8pm.

How do I get tickets for the SGGLA awards evening?

The headline sponsor will receive 10 tickets, category sponsors four tickets, and finalists will each receive two tickets.

Can I get extra tickets for the SGGLA awards evening?

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.

Can I reserve a table at the SGGLA awards evening?

Spacing for seating is limited so we are only able to reserve tables for the headline sponsor.