Entries open for the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023

It's official! Gloucestershire businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders can now put themselves forward for the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023 – for the chance to see their name in lights at the county's leading business awards.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published

Entries are officially open for the third annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards, proudly headline co-sponsored by Hazlewoods and Willans LLP.

Gloucestershire businesses big and small, whether new or long-established, can put themselves forward for a prestigious SGGBA – with 22 diverse categories to enter via soglos.com/business-awards.

SoGlos has worked closely this this year's headline co-sponsors, category sponsors and partners to keep SGGBA fresh and fair, with equal opportunity for Gloucestershire businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to win. 

First staged in 2021 to support and celebrate local businesses and entrepreneurial talent in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, SGGBA caught the mood of the moment and quickly became Gloucestershire's leading business awards, culminating in one of the most exciting events in the county's calendar.

James Fyrne, managing director of SoGlos, said: ‘Our first year of the awards was at Weston Aviation’s stunning Staverton hangar; last year we were at the incredible University of Gloucestershire Business School, home of The Growth Hub and GFirst LEP; and this year we will be at yet another exciting venue – Gloucester South Community Fire Station.’

Up to 450 guests are expected at the invitation-only event on Thursday 19 October 2023, where BBC journalist and compère for the evening, Steve Knibbs, will unveil the winners – including the overall Business of the Year award, selected by headline co-sponsors Hazlewoods and Willans LLP.

The awards evening is set to be another event to remember, made possible thanks to the support of SGGBA's incredible partners, including PR Production Services, pizza pros Fabioni’s, street food firm Hungry Monkey, ice cream aficionados Wholly Gelato, hydration specialist Water Coolers Direct, genius gin makers Sibling Distillery and cocktail connoisseur The Drunken Mare.

To find out more and enter SGGBA 2023, visit soglos.com/awards-business. There's even a handy video with tips and advice on how to wow the judges with your nomination!

SGGBA 2023 categories and sponsors

This year's line-up of returning and new category sponsors include:

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Montrose Group – montrose-group.co.uk

Most Innovative Business of the Year – Sponsored by Hartpury University and Hartpury College – hartpury.ac.uk

Growth Business of the Year – Sponsored by GFirst LEP – gfirstlep.com

Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by QuoLux – quolux.com

Green Business of the Year – Sponsored by Ecotricity – ecotricity.co.uk

Best Place to Work of the Year – Sponsored by Six Property Consulting – sixpc.co.uk

Customer Excellence Award – Sponsored by MKM – mkm.com

International Business of the Year– Sponsored by Invest in Gloucestershireinvestingloucestershire.com

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by University of Gloucestershire – glos.ac.uk

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by GB Solutions – gbsolutions.co.uk

Team of the Year – Sponsored by ReformIT – reformit.co.uk

Heritage Business of the Year – Sponsored by Hewer FM – hewerfm.co.uk

Business Leader Award – Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council – gloucestershire.gov.uk

Young Business Leader Award – Sponsored by Ontic – ontic.com

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Gloucestershire College – gloscol.ac.uk

Cyber Business of the Year – Sponsored by Cleevely Electric Vechicles – cleevelyev.co.uk

Charity of the Year – Sponsored by Nimble – nimble-elearning.com

Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by 16i – 16i.co.uk

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by HR Star – hr-star.co.uk

Medium Business of the Year – Workplace Interiors Co – workplaceco.co.uk

Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by Vitruvius – vitruviusms.co.uk

Business of the Year – Sponsored by headline co-sponsors Hazlewoods and Willans LLP – hazlewoods.co.uk / willans.co.uk

SGGBA 2023 key dates

Nominations open on Wednesday 1 March 2023 and close on Friday 19 May 2023.

Entries will be sent to SGGBA's experienced panel of judges – made up of 20+ representatives from headline and category sponsors – on Friday 26 May 2023, with shortlisted entries revealed on Wednesday 21 June 2023.

On Tuesday 18 July 2023, SoGlos will stage a sponsors and shortlisted businesses drinks reception at Still Moving in Bishop's Cleeve.

Judges will convene for the final panel meeting at Malmaison in Cheltenham on Wednesday 13 September 2023 to decide on the SGGBA 2023 finalists and winners.

Finalists will be announced on Friday 15 September 2023.

The winners will be revealed at the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023 evening at Gloucester South Community Fire Station in Tuffley on Thursday 19 October 2023.

For more information, visit soglos.com/business-awards.

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