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Winners of SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2021 announced

13 September 2021

The winners of the inaugural SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards were revealed at a special evening on Thursday which celebrated Gloucestershire’s very best businesses and people.

Over 420 nominations were received from nearly 200 different businesses for the awards with close to 300 guests gathering at Weston Aviation’s hangar at Gloucestershire Airport last week to hear who won.

In late summer, the judges (including our own head of corporate & commercial, partner Chris Wills) held a socially-distanced meeting at the Cheltenham Trust’s Skillicorne Gardens, a stone’s throw from our offices on Imperial Square. Following much deliberation, the judges narrowed the entrants down to a small number of outstanding finalists, for each of the 17 categories.

Head of corporate & commercial, partner Chris Wills who also handed out the award for Growth Business of the Year, said:

“Many congratulations to all of the winners of the first ever SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards. The last few years have been challenging for many businesses so we are particularly proud to be associated with an awards event which helps to shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of businesses and people in such unprecedented times.

“It was so nice to be able to mingle with finalists, winners, other sponsors and the SoGlos team. Thanks to everyone who helped make the awards happen – it was a great place to celebrate business success stories of our diverse county-based businesses.”

The winners of the SGGBA 2021 are…

  • New Business of the Year: Sponsored by Bamboo

Winner: Kalex Films

Finalists: 71a, Bridge Football Academy, Indeloy IT Solutions

  • Most Innovative Business of the Year: Sponsored by Hartpury

Winner: BioStart Security

Finalists: Hub8, The Beeswax Wrap Co., Vericon Systems

  • Growth Business of the Year: Sponsored by Willans LLP solicitors

Winner: ProCook

Finalists: Amiosec, Bedfolk, Portman Dental Care, Stewart Golf

  • Family Business of the Year: Sponsored by QuoLux

Winner: EG Carter & Co

Finalists: Forge Motorsport, Hobbs House Bakery

  • Green Business of the Year: Sponsored by Ecotricity

Winner: The Beeswax Wrap Co.

Finalists: Cotswold Energy Group, Leeways Packaging Services

  • Employer Engagement Award: Sponsored by Hazlewoods

Winner: Caring for Communities and People

Finalists: National Star, Stagecoach West

  • Best Place to Work Award: Sponsored by Brunsdon Financial

Winner: SLG Brands

Finalists: Gloucestershire Constabulary, Green Gourmet

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Sponsored by RockWealth

Winner: The Long Table Stroud CIC

Finalists: Gloucester Rugby Foundation, G-TEKT Europe Manufacturing (G-TEM), Hobbs House Bakery, The Cotswold Printing Company

  • Customer Excellence Award: Sponsored by Gloucestershire College

Winner: Imperial Hearing Limited

Finalists: Nimble Elearning, QWERTY Beer Box, Smart Home Sounds, The Finance Roome

  • International Business of the Year: Sponsored by Barclays

Winner: Stewart Golf

Finalists: ALS Mechatronic, Dowty Propellers, SLG Brands

  • Pivoting Business of the Year: Sponsored by Evans Jones

Winner: Cheltenham Festivals

Finalists: Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor, The Cheltenham Trust

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Sponsored by University of Gloucestershire

Winner: Andrew Steward (ALS Mechatronic)

Finalists: Elliott Staton (Parallel Precision), Kevin Pope (BioStart Security), Nick & Jo James (Bedfolk)

  • Employee of the Year: Sponsored by GB Solutions

Winner: Sam Bradshaw (Gloucestershire Local Pharmaceutical Committee)

Finalists: Ash Hunt (Stewart Golf), Ben Craig (InfoSec People), Dean Newman (Smart Computers), Jen Mockridge (BookCheck)

  • Team of the Year: Sponsored by ReformIT

Winner: National Star

Finalists: AP Air Europe, Nimble Elearning, Over Farm

  • Heritage Business of the Year: Sponsored by Hewer FM

Winner: Cotteswold Dairy

Finalists: Dowty Propellers, George Bence & Sons, Hobbs House Bakery, Poeton Industries

  • Business Leader Award: Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council

Winner: Paul Bence (George Bence & Sons)

Finalists: Aonghus Gordon (Ruskin Mill Trust), Chris Dunning-Walton (InfoSec People)

  • Outstanding Contribution to Business in Gloucestershire Award: Sponsored by So Glos

Winner: Dr Diane Savory

  • Business of the Year: Sponsored by The Growth Hub and GFirst LEP (headline sponsors of SGGBA 2021)

Winner: EG Carter & Co

To view the photos of the evening visit the SoGlos awards website.


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