Winners of the Gloucestershire business awards

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Written by:   | Posted 05-October-2012 9:19

Winning the top prize at last night's Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Diamond Jubilee Business Awards was Avon Metals, which walked off with Business of the Year.

15 years of The Gloucestershire business awards.

Rapturous applause rang out as winners were announced in the 12 categories (listed below) with more than 600 guests flocking to Cheltenham Racecourse to hear the results at the black tie evening (To see pictures from the night click here.).

The event, now recognised as the biggest of its kind nationwide held by a local newspaper group, was staged in association with business experts Randall & Payne.

Ian Mean, editor of The Citizen, said: “Tonight we are celebrating excellence and paying particular attention to those companies who have helped make Gloucestershire great for business over the 15 years in which we have been organising this event.”

He was referring not just to the award winners and finalists past and present, but also to the winners of the coveted Queen’s Awards, given each year to outstanding businesses nationwide.

Kevan Blackadder, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo, said business was a great story for Gloucestershire Media: “We are almost obsessive about promoting business in our newspapers and on our websites. We recently redesigned out Tuesday Business supplement and we have our business dedicated website, Southwestbusiness, from which we sent out 9,000 email newsletter every morning. And we’ve begin getting involved in now regular Get Connected events with Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce.”

Short films celebrating both the Queen’s Awards, 15 years of the business awards and this year’s finalists was also shown to guests and is repeated here (see below). Footage shot on the night will also appear at the foot of this story from Friday morning.

Sir David McMurtry, founder and chief executive of Wotton-under-Edge-based Renishaw, also addressed the audience.

“This is a company that has won 15 Queen’s Awards since 1979 and seven in the last 15 years. Quite an amazing achievement,” said Mr Mean, introducing Sir David.

Sir David urged everyone in the room to consider the Queen’s awards. He said: “If you export, it will put you on the map. It gives you great credibility.”

Sarah Irvine, managing director of Gloucestershire Media, thanked the event’s sponsors for their on-going support.

Birmingham Airport, Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce, Creed Foodservice, GFirst, Gloucester Quays, Gloucestershire College, Renishaw, Rickerbys, University of Gloucestershire and The Warranty Group. Title sponsor was Randall & Payne.

“This year’s entries have been the strongest yet and I know we have some very worthy finalists,” said Ms Irvine.

Jill Douglas, television presenter, who compered the evening, said: "I feel I am privileged to be here to help you celebrate the success of our businesses in this very special Diamond Jubilee year."

Ian Sellwood, of Randall and Payne, which itself has been shortlisted for the British Accountancy Awards Independent Firm of the Year Wales and South West.

The awards also chose to embrace social media like never before on the night with the big screen, which also showed video of the Queen’s Awards winners of the last 15 years and profile the finalists, bravely broadcast awards related tweets – live!

Business of the Year Finalist films.


The Queens Award in Gloucestershire.


To see pictures from the night click here.

The Winners:

Business of the Year: Avon Metals.

Small Business of the Year: National Shower Spares.

Family Business of the Year: Miles Mann Ltd.

Young Business of the Year: Haremi Ltd.

Communicator of the Year: Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Business Innovation: Versarien Ltd.

Environmental Award: Creed Foodservice.

Young Business Person of the Year: Will Rees, Direct On-line Services.

Apprenticeship Development Award: Messier Bugatti Dowty MRO.

Best Place to Work: Messier Bugatti Dowty MRO.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Peter Hickman Hairdressing.

Gloucestershire Ambassador: Terry Morgan, Federation of Small Businesses.


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