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The race is on: Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017 launch

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 06 April 2017 7:24

The race is on: Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017 launch

The biggest business awards of their kind in the region have been launched targeting businesses across Gloucestershire.

A gathering of sponsors, guests and key business people gathered in Cheltenham for the official opening of entries for the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017.

The Clarence Social bar on Clarence Parade – formerly the Gloucester Echo’s front counter – proved a fitting venue and it was standing room only.

Headline sponsor, business experts and accountants Randall & Payne led the call to arms to county firms to take part again in the race to take to the stage at the Cheltenham Racecourse Centaur awards event in October.

Sponsors making the awards possible also include Willans Solicitors, Renishaw, the University of Gloucestershire, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Gloucestershire College, QuoLux, Arthur J Gallagher, Completely Motoring, Santander and Harrison Clarke Rickerbys.

Tim Watkins, managing partner at Shurdington-headquartered Randall & Payne, said: “This is the sixth year we as a firm have been the lead sponsor and it really is a great event.

“We are proud of being associated with it and to see it move forward and continue to support with enthusiasm the Gloucestershire business community.”

Jenny Eastwood, editor of the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Live said: “This building is actually the old reception area for our Gloucestershire Echo newspaper. Now it is a really great bar and restaurant. All of which shows how much businesses change in the county because they are prepared to grasp the opportunities here in Gloucestershire.

“This year is a really exciting year for us. We have just put together the first edition this year of our new quarterly business magazine, which comes out next week (April 5).

“And we are just beginning work on our Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire supplement – which this year will be a glossy magazine, which comes out in the summer (June 28).

“We also have our Future Apprentice campaign running, which sees primary schools and businesses in the county working together, and this evening we launch the first in our new series of Get Connected networking events with Circle2Success.

“But by far the biggest event has to be the one which takes place on October 5 at Cheltenham Racecourse. And as it is the 20th  year we have staged the awards it will be a very special night.”

To find out more about the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017 visit the Awards page on and follow the links.

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