SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2023

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 2023 marking the exciting sixth year of SGGLA.

SGGLA

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

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards then culminate with a relaxed celebration evening at a 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 of Gloucestershire's lifestyle sector.

Welcome to SGGLA 2023...

SGGLA 2023 sponsorship opportunities

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

SoGlos Advertising Hub | advertising@sopublishing.com | (01242) 210330

SGGLA 2023 key dates

Monday 23 January 2023: Nominations open

Friday 31 March 2023: Nominations close

Monday 3 to Thursday 6 April 2023: Shortlisting phase

Tuesday 11 April 2023: Shortlist of finalists revealed, voting opens to members of the public

Friday 26 May 2023: Voting closes

Tuesday 30 May 2023: Finalists revealed and invited to awards evening

Thursday 29 June 2023: Awards evening at Dunkertons Organic Cider

SGGLA 2023 headline co-sponsors

Made in Gloucestershire

Made in Gloucestershire from influential business group GFirst LEP champions the county’s food and drink producers, connecting them with locals, tourists and hospitality businesses to facilitate procurement. The initiative is fully funded until August 2024, so members can sign up and enjoy the benefits free for the first two years.
madeingloucestershire.com

Headline co-sponsor

About the headline co-sponsor - coming soon.
headline sponsor website

SGGLA 2023 categories & sponsors

Cultural Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from visitor attractions, gardens and museums.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: 16i

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.
16i.co.uk

Family Day Out Venue of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Nimble

Nimble’s intuitive elearning creation tool and learning management system have already helped hundreds of organisations, including some well-loved family attractions, build beautiful online courses with ease – and keep track of staff progress at the click of a button. The elearning specialist also offer a range of customisable ready-made courses on a range of subjects from health and safety to data protection. Nimble prides itself on building great relationships with customers, supporting them every step of the way.
nimble-elearning.com

Independent School of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Montrose Group

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.’
montrose-group.co.uk

Entertainment Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from music, theatre and comedy venues.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Cleevely Electric Vehicles

Cheltenham-based Cleevely Electric Vehicles was established by Matt and Claire Cleevely in January 2018. The independent family firm emerged after the couple bought their first electric vehicle from a dealership with such poor customer service, they were convinced they could do a better job. They’ve been proving it ever since with glowing reviews from countless electric vehicle enthusiasts who’ve bought cars and had them serviced too. Now joined by David Smith, the committed team shares a passion for electric vehicles, the environment and making a difference.
cleevelyev.co.uk

Sporting Venue of the Year

Open to nominations from businesses across all types of sports.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Pro Global

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.
pro-global.com/join-our-team

Restaurant of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Prosperity Care and Wellbeing

Prosperity Care and Wellbeing is a Domiciliary Care and Supported Living provider with over 20 years of professional experience. They are focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of people in Gloucestershire by providing holistic therapies, wellbeing events and activities to promote positive physical and mental health. The company is dedicated to supporting people from all walks of life, to reach their true potential.
prosperitycare.co.uk

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.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Hazlewoods

Hazlewoods is a UK Top 30 accountants and business advisers, 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 expert Food and Drink team provides specialist accountancy, tax, audit and business advice to food and drink businesses of all shapes and sizes across Gloucestershire, nationally and internationally.
hazlewoods.co.uk

Pub / Bar of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Cafés of the Year

Open to nominations from cafés and coffee shops.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Chef of the Year

Open to nominations from restaurant and pub chefs.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Hotel of the Year

Open to nominations from small to large hotels.

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.
sixpc.co.uk

Unique Stay of the Year

Open to nominations from unusual places to stay, from treehouses and yurts to historic landmarks and funky hotels.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Shopping and Leisure Destination of the Year

Open to nominations from shopping centres, leisure destinations and town collectives.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Clockwise Cheltenham

Known as Cheltenham’s ‘coolest’ office, Clockwise at Festival House offers flexible workspaces for businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurs and start-ups to established teams - with dog-friendly offices, an onsite café bar and a roof terrace with impressive views over the Regency town and surrounding Cotswold countryside.
work-clockwise.com

Independent Retailer of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Pet Business of the Year

Open to nominations from vets, pet retailers, pet care businesses, pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers and kennels.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Cotswold RAW

Cotswold RAW is an independent, family-run business that produces nutritionally-complete raw food dinners for dogs, delivered straight to your door. Its BARF-approved formula features raw meat, bones, herbs and seasonal vegetables to replicate a dog’s natural diet, and it also offers natural treats and herbal supplements to keep dogs happy and healthy – as well as raw food for cats.
cotswoldraw.com

Property / Interiors Business of the Year

Open to nominations from kitchen & bathroom companies, garden centres, home renovation companies, estate agents, homewares and interiors businesses, as well as windows, doors and conservatory companies.

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.
severnsidesecurityltd.co.uk

Wedding Business of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

Event of the Year

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

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Smart Home Sounds

Smart Home Sounds is an online retailer for popular audio visual brands and one of the leading Sonos retailers in the UK. Dedicated to delivering a unique shopping experience both online and in-store in their Gloucester showroom, they offer expert advice and helpful content to help consumers find the perfect products for their home - from wireless speakers and televisions to ceiling speakers, gaming and more.
smarthomesounds.co.uk

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.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

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.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Category sponsor

Category sponsor details coming soon
category sponsor website

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.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Made in Gloucestershire

Made in Gloucestershire from influential business group GFirst LEP champions the county’s food and drink producers, connecting them with locals, tourists and hospitality businesses to facilitate procurement. The initiative is fully funded until August 2024, so members can sign up and enjoy the benefits free for the first two years.
madeingloucestershire.com


SGGLA 2023 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 sixth annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards. Steve, who has been a face of BBC Points West for more than 15 years, joined the SGGLA team in 2021, and will have the honour of unveiling the latest winners on Thursday 29 June 2022 at the official venue, Dunkertons Organic Cider.

Dunkertons Organic Cider

Dunkertons is an organic cider and perry producer with a state-of-the art cidery and tap room on the outskirts of Cheltenham, which hosts regular events, live music and exclusive street food vendors, alongside cidery tours and masterclasses. Originally founded in Herefordshire in 1980, Dunkertons has been producing organic cider and perry for over 40 years – pressing, fermenting and bottling its award-winning ciders at its home in Charlton Kings, complete with on-site shop and deli.
dunkertonscider.co.uk

The Lucky Onion

Owned by Julian and Jade Dunkerton, The Lucky Onion embraces a design-led hotel in the shape of Cheltenham’s No. 131, as well as restaurants and bars including ‘Best Hotel Gin Bar’ in the world, Gin & Juice. Priding itself on high quality food and drink, alongside exceptional service, The Lucky Onion looks to combine urban sophistication with Cotswolds culture. And with some of life’s best memories created over a table and shared with the people we care about most, fresh and seasonal produce is given centre stage.
theluckyonion.com

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.
pr-productionservices.co.uk


SGGLA 2022 highlights

The fifth instalment of the annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards was arguably the best yet, with finalists, sponsors and special guests coming together to enjoy the electric atmosphere as winners were revealed, all again chosen by SoGlos readers, in the unique setting of DEYA Brewing Company in Cheltenham.

SGGLA 2022 winners

SGGLA 2022 awards night photos


SGGLA 2021 highlights

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 highlights

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 highlights

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 2018 highlights

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 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 2023. 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 2023, when members of the public will have their chance to make one top choice from any or all of the categories. 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 info@sopublishing.com with any requests or feedback.

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?

Yes!

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 five 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. We do, however, run a waiting list each year.

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.