SGGBA 2022 winners revealed

The winners of the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2022 have been revealed at a showcase event celebrating the county’s very best companies, teams and individuals.

By Andrew Merrell Annabel Lammas Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Winners of SGGBA 2022 gather on stage to take the applause at the University of Gloucestershire Business School.
Winners of SGGBA 2022 gather on stage to take the applause at the University of Gloucestershire Business School.

‘It was a night to remember’ was how one guest described the showcase event that unveiled this year's winners of the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2022 and celebrated all those shortlisted too.

More than 300 guests gathered for the invitation-only evening at the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School at its Oxstalls campus in Gloucester for the awards ceremony and networking on Thursday 20 October 2022, made possible by co-headline sponsors Hazlewoods and Willans LLP solicitors.

Just to have made the shortlist from 382 entries was a feat in itself according to the judges, who also had the no less difficult task of choosing the winners (see a full list below), revealed on the night by compere, BBC presenter and reporter Steve Knibbs.

James Fyrne, managing director and co-founder of SoGlos, said: ‘When we launched these awards we wanted them to be special; to capture the dynamic spirit of the Gloucestershire business community; to create a unique platform on which to celebrate their many achievements.

‘We would like to thank our prestigious sponsors, partners and the businesses that have supported us and entered the awards and made that vision possible.’

Michelle Fyrne, group editor and co-founder of SoGlos, said: ‘When you look at what the county - and nation - has been through in recent years, taking this time to step back and reflect of what these businesses, teams and individuals have achieved is so important – you just can’t help but be inspired.’


Chris Wills, corporate partner at Willans LLP solicitors, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2022, said: 'Last night’s awards ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to come together to celebrate the Gloucestershire business community.

'With so many inspiring individuals and companies in our county, we were delighted to be co-headline sponsors and be part of showcasing the stories, challenges and successes of the winners and finalists. On a personal level, I really enjoyed meeting those who attended and raising a glass to our collective achievements over the past year.'

Ryan Hancock, a director in Hazlewoods’ corporate services team, said: 'The SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards has provided a great opportunity for businesses to come together and celebrate their successes.

'We have been a proud co-headline sponsor this year and have been pleased to see the wealth of businesses, and particularly new names, throughout the nomination and judging process.

'In what is looking like further challenging times for us all ahead, it is important to remember that we have a strong and supportive business community in Gloucestershire that is worth celebrating.'

Representatives from the headline sponsors and the sponsors of all the awards came together to not just make the annual event possible, but to form the judging panel which chose the final winners.

And neither would it have all happened without our special partners, Oasis Events, Neptune Rum, Wild Pizza Company.

See a full list of all of the winners and finalists below, and click here to see a full gallery of images from the night.

SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2022 results

New Business of the year

Sponsored by Montrose Group – montrose-group.co.uk

Winner: PACE Manufacturing Ltd

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Emily Tarbox, of Montrose Group, Yanis Lewis and Andrew Knight of PACE Manufacturing, and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Yanis Lewis, a director at Gloucester-based PACE Manufacturing, said: ‘It really is fantastic. We are honoured.’

Andrew Knight,  director at PACE Manufacturing, said: 'It is great for us, for such a young business, to be recognised like this. We really did not expect it.’

Finalists: 

AccXel Ltd

Fleet Electric Leasing Ltd

Montpellier Legal

Topaz Luxe Ltd

Most Innovative Business of the year

Sponsored by Hartpury – hartpury.ac.uk.

Winner: DPS Designs

James Forrester of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, Sebastian Down of DPS Designs, Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Fanzi Down, Stuart Emmerson of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, and James Fyrne of SoGlos, and Simon King, of Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

Sebastian Down, director of Coleford-based DPS Designs, who came to the stage with commercial director Fanzi Down, said: ‘This means a lot. To be recognised in such esteemed company and then to win – a little company from the Forest of Dean like us – it is amazing.’

Finalists: 

Cirencester Fabrication Services

Duku

Golden Valley Development

Loop BI

The Protrack Group (Protrack Solutions Limited)

Growth Business of year

Sponsored by The Growth Hub – thegrowthhub.biz.

Winner: Core to Cloud ltd

Alex Cottrell of The Growth Hub, Annabelle Forrest, Zoe Butt, Kelly Allen, Michelle Fyrne and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Kelly Allen, chief marketing officer at Cirencester-based cybersecurity specialist Core to Cloud, said: 'It is fantastic to win like this. We are a relatively new business – only about six years old – but we have grown massively. This is a huge privilege. This is for our staff who have made this possible.’

Finalists: 

Atlas Camps

Farrar & Tanner

Kalex Films Ltd

Stewart Golf Ltd

Family Business of the year

Sponsored by QuoLux – quolux.co.uk.

Winner: Cotteswold Dairy Ltd

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Louise Woodward and Roger Workman of Cotteswold Dairy,  Jo Draper of QuoLux and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Roger Workman, chairman of Cotteswold Dairy and son of its founder, Harry Workman, said: 'It feels great to win. We are a fourth generation business now. We still have the same ethos we started out with – to do the right thing an do it well. This means a lot.'

Louise Woodward, director of Cotteswold Dairy and granddaughter of the founder, said: 'While it is recognition of us being a family business, our success and the award is about the staff. We have such a great team. It means so much be able to share this with them.'

Finalists: 

Gloucester Carpet Outlet

Hobbs House Bakery

K W Bell Group

Printwaste Recycling & Shredding

Green Business of the year

Sponsored by Ecotricity – ecotricity.co.uk.

Winner: for peat's sake!

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Paul Sands of Ecotricity, George Davies of 'for peat's sake' and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

George Davies, from Tibberton-headquartered peat-free compost firm 'for peat’s sake', said: ‘It is great too win. It is just such a big boost. At the moment, this business is really only me, so it is great to get  encouragement like this and to know other people think what we are doing is as good as we do.’

Finalists: 

Freeman Homes

Howard Tenens Logistics Ltd

Simply Washrooms

Stroud Brewery

Best Place to Work of the year

Sponsored by Brunsdon Financial – brunsdonfinancial.co.uk.

Winner: Gloucester City Homes

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Duncan Edwards of Brunsdon Financial, Charlie Morefield and Carrie Goodwin of Gloucester City Homes and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Charlie Morefield, head of people, culture and communications at independent housing association Gloucester City Homes, said: ‘We are completely blown away. We really did not expect to win. It is tough at the moment and hard work, but we are looking to recruit and grow and having an award like this is massive.’

Finalists: 

FD Works

Lanes Health

Radioactive

Savient Limited

Wagada Digital

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by Target – target-group.co.uk.

Winner: Tidal Training Direct Ltd and Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Sarah Bryars of Target PR, Clare Seed of Tidal Training Direct and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Clare Seed of Tidal Training Direct and Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign, said: 'I am really so proud to be part of this community, and to be able to do something for it. We now have 34 defibrillators and there are going to be more. I am over the moon this has been recognised. ’

Finalists: 

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Hooray

ProCook plc

Savient Limited

The Cotswold Cup CIC

Customer Excellence Award

Sponsored by Nimble – nimble-elearning.com.

Winner: Bamboo Technology Group Limited

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Neil Hyde of Nimble, Kevin Harris and  Candice de Klerk of Bamboo Technology Group Limited, and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Kevin Harris, managing director of Cheltenham-headquartered ICT solutions firm Bamboo Technology Group Limited, said: ‘To win this is the pinnacle for us. We talk about customer service all the time; every day. It is what we do. So this is for our staff. It is recognising what they do.’

Finalists: 

Bennetts Coaches Ltd

Direct Online Services

Smart Home Sounds

Workplace Interiors Co

WSP Solicitor

International Business of the year

Sponsored by Barclays – barclays.co.uk.

Winner: ALS Mechatronic Ltd

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Emma Fells, of Barclays, Andrew and Laura Steward of ALS Mechatronic, and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Laura Steward, chief operating officer of Cheltenham engineering firm ALS Mechatronic, which specialises in bespoke factory automation and control systems, robotics, and vision inspection equipment, said: ‘I think we can’t quite believe this. It is a real vote of confidence for us. We have a really, really good team who make all this happen, so this is for them.’

Finalists: 

CloudTamers Ltd

DPS Designs

Stewart Golf Ltd

Wildlife World

Entrepreneur of the year

Sponsored by University of Gloucestershire – glos.ac.uk.

Winner: AccXel Ltd - Nicola Bird

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Dr Polly Pick of the University of Gloucestershire, Nicola Bird, of AccXel, and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Nicola Bird, founder and managing director of Forest of Dean-based construction school AccXel, said: ‘To come from where we have come from and to be here tonight and to win… I am elated. It is so good to work with my sister (Natalie Bell), with the family business, with such a good team. All of them have made this possible.’

Finalists: 

for peat's sake! - George Davies

J.LUXE.FIT - Jordan Tuck

ORNA Inc. - Martyn Gill

Toddle - Hannah Saunders

Employee of the year

Sponsored by GB Solutions – gbsolutions.co.uk.

Winner: Cheltenham BID - Belinda Hunt

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Mike Goode of GB Solutions Belinda Hunt of Cheltenham BID and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Belinda Hunt, from Cheltenham BID, the town's business improvement district group, said: 'It is fantastic to be recognised. It is great to be in a job that you really love and where you can be really passionate about all of the organisations you work to represent.'

Finalists: 

Bamboo Technology Group Limited - Candice de Klerk

Room 58 Ltd - Emma Grazier

St Edward's, Cheltenham - Mrs Pat Hemming

Wagada Digital - Tzara Marriott

Team of the year

Sponsored by ReformIT – reformit.co.uk.

Winner: SLG Brands

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Neil Smith of ReformIT, Lucy Beresford and Jon Dee  of SLG Brands and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Jon Dee, marketing director for Cheltenham-headquartered SLG Brands, said: ‘This has been a year of change. Staff have been working hard to not just change but transform what they do so the focus is on TikTok. They have all got it and it is delivering and bringing results. They are exceptional. This is for them.’

Finalists: 

Aquascape swimming pools ltd

Dashing Duck Marketing

The Fireplace Gallery Cheltenham Ltd

WSP Solicitors

Heritage Business of the year

Sponsored by Hewer FM – hewerfm.co.uk.

Winner: Hobbs House Bakery

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Ian Haughton of Hewer FM, Sam and Tory Wells of Hobbs House Bakery and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Sam Wells, purchasing director at Hobbs House Bakery, said: ‘As a business we have been around for a long time, since the 1920s. So you could say this has been a work in progress for some time. We are thrilled to be recognised. But really, this is for our staff. We have a brilliant team that makes us what we are.’

Finalists: 

Cattle Country Farm Park

Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles

Lanes Health

Markey Group

Business Leader of the year

Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council – gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Winner: ProCook - Daniel O'Neill

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Mark Hawthorne of Gloucestershire County Council, Daniel O’Neill of ProCook and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Daniel O’Neill, founder and chief executive officer of Gloucester-based ProCook, said: ‘We have had a great year, but this is amazing – because this comes from the people who put us where we are today. That means a lot.’

Finalists: 

Forge Motorsport - Peter Miles

Gloucester Brewery ltd - Jared Brown

Radioactive - Angharad Planells

The Cheltenham Trust - Laurie Bell

Young Business Leader of the year

Sponsored by Green Gourmet – greengourmet.co.uk.

Winner: Severnside Security Ltd - Kane Lewis

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Caroline Barnes of Green Gourmet, Kane Lewis of  Severnside Security and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Kane Lewis, managing director of Gloucester-based Severnside Security, said: ‘It is just incredible the support Gloucestershire gives its businesses! To win, to get recognised, is really important for me, but I would not be here without our team. They got us to where we are.’

Finalists: 

AccXel Ltd - Nicola Bird & Natalie Bell

Hexe Digital Ltd - Anya McKenna

Nutrition X - James Markey

Salus Cyber - Jason Kalwa

Apprentice of the year

Sponsored by Gloucestershire College – gloscol.ac.uk.

Winner: Gloucestershire Engineering Training - James Ashly

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Julie Tegg of Gloucestershire College, James Ashly of GET and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

James Ashly, an apprentice with Gloucestershire-based Gloucestershire Engineering Training, said: ‘I feel great. It feels really good and I feel really proud. From where I have come from I am so grateful to be here. For my company to recognise something in me and encourage me is fantastic.’

Finalists: 

HR People Support - Hope Ward

Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing UK Ltd - Karim Ali

Optimising IT - James Rodgers

Stagecoach - Matt Hyatt

Public Sector Excellence Award of the year

Sponsored by Roberts Limbrick – robertslimbrick.com.

Winner: Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Bastin Bloomfield of Roberts Limbrick, John Trevains of the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

John Trevains, a director of nursing therapies and quality at the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘It is really great to be recognised. This is for the 5,500 staff who worked so tirelessly and continue to do so, to deliver so much care for our community and those we love.’

Finalists: 

Cheltenham Borough Council

Forest of Dean District Council, Regeneration Department

Gloucestershire Libraries

Start and Grow Enterprise

Stroud District Council

Micro Business of the year

Sponsored by Business Furniture Direct – business-furniture-direct.co.uk.

Winner: Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles

Michelle Fyrne, Matt and Claire Cleevely of Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles, Suzanne Deackes of  Business Furniture Direct and James Fyrne.

Matt Cleevely, of Cheltenham-based Cleevely Motors and Cleevely Electric Vehicles, said: ‘It is fantastic too win and to work in a business that is recognised for what it does. We work really hard to deliver for our customers and enjoy every minute of it and this will only inspire us to work even harder and continue to develop what we do.’

Finalists: 

Bolthole Retreats

Fire & Flow Coffee

Kalex Films Ltd

Non Solo Pasta Ltd

PACE Manufacturing Ltd

Small Business of the year

Sponsored by HR Star – hr-star.co.uk.

Winner: Hooray

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Ian Moriarty and Richard Arthur of Hooray and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Richard Arthur, founder of Cheltenham-headquartered Hooray Recruitment, said: ‘I am delighted. We are so grateful to win this. Its brilliant.’

Ian Moriarty, operations director, said: ‘This is a testament to our team. They work so hard to make us what we are. This is for them.’

Finalists: 

Brace Creative Agency

Core to Cloud ltd

duku

Salus Cyber

Stewart Golf Ltd

Medium Business of the year

Sponsored by 16i – 16i.co.uk.

Winner: Bamboo Technology Group Limited

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Kevin Harris and  Candice de Klerk of Bamboo Technology Group Limited, Mark Teece of 16i and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Kevin Harris, managing director of Cheltenham-based Bamboo Technology Group Limited, said: 'To win two awards in one night is just incredible. To be recognised by our peers, by the county we work in, means a lot and is testament to the incredible hard work our staff.'

Finalists: 

Atlas Camps

Hobbs House Bakery

WSP Solicitors

Large Business of the year

Sponsored by Evans Jones - evansjones.co.uk.

Winner: ProCook plc

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, David Evans of Evans Jones, Daniel O’Neill and Sarah Wheatley of ProCook and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Daniel O’Neill, founder and chief executive officer of Gloucester-based ProCook, said: ‘It has been a really testing few years, but we have achieved so much. It is amazing to be here and to be recognised for what we have done by people in our county makes it all special.’

Finalists: 

Cotteswold Dairy

Direct Online Services

KW Bell Group

Markey Group

Business of the year

Sponsored by Willans LLP Willans.co.uk – and Hazlewoods hazlewoods.co.uk.

Winner: Cotteswold Dairy

Michelle Fyrne of SoGlos, Chris Wills of Willans LLP, Roger Workman and Louise Woodward of Cotteswold Dairy, Ryan Hancock of Hazlewoods and James Fyrne of SoGlos.

Louise Woodward, director Cotteswold Dairy, said: ‘Our aim is to be at the heart of a sustainable agricultural community, that includes our staff, farmers, customers, and to be there for one another. This award is only going to encourage us.’

Roger Workman, Roger Workman, chairman of Cotteswold Diary, said: ‘We have such loyal staff. They work so hard and work so well together. There is no ‘them and us’, we are all working together.’

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