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Winners of the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 09 October 2017 15:35

Winners of the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017
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Winners were announced last night in the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017, and we can reveal just who won what right here.

More than 700 filled the giant Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse for the annual high-point on the county business calendar, this year boasting Randall & Payne as its headline sponsor.

It was a special night not just for the winners, but for the event itself which has reached its milestone birthday and social media platform Twitter was flooded with awards related Tweets as the awards unfolded (#glosbizawards).

“Tonight we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the business awards. Back in 1997 the Citizen and Echo decided to celebrate business in Gloucestershire and what is going on here in the county, and it has not stopped,” said Sarah Pullen, managing director of Trinity Mirror Gloucestershire, which owns the newspaper titles and websites and

We have had many winners over the years (see below for a list) including Renishaw, UCAS, Cult Retail, MF Freeman ltd, Future Advanced Manufacture Ltd. And they keep coming.”

Reflecting on the changes afoot within her own organisation – which this week sees the newspapers move from daily to weekly as visitors to its websites soar – she said: “In 1997 there was no such thing as social media, but it was the year we launched a new on-line media department. The world has moved on since then and social media and on-line has changed our lives.

“Which is why we have taken the decision to take the newspaper weekly as our websites continue to growth and grow. It makes no difference to us financially in the short run. We are doing it because it as we prepare for the future.

“There will be pain with change, but change is also good. There are new opportunities and we launch the new era from next week.”

Rachael Sugden, the new editor of the Citizen and Echo, underlined the company’s continued commitment to the county and its business community.

“We will continue to be your loudest voice and your staunchest ally in the months and years ahead,” she said.

The Citizen and Echo newspapers move to a weekly Thursday publication – complete with 12 pages of business-related copy.

With its name immortalised as the winners of this year’s headline award – business of the year – was Newnham-based Glevum Windows, Doors and Conservatories.

In all there were winners in 13 awards and we list them all below with a full report in Thursday’s new-look business supplement in the now weekly Citizen and Echo.

Special awards this year also went to three individuals who have played significant roles in the county business community.

The QuoLux-sponsored Lifetime Achievement Award went to the architects of business giant Mears Group, Bob Holt and David Miles.

And Ian Mean, former editor of the Gloucester Citizen and Western Daily Press and now a director of Business West in Gloucestershire, was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Business in Gloucestershire.

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Mr Mean was presented with the award by Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

“I have always said Gloucestershire is a great place to do business. We spend so much of our lives at work, but it is important that we enjoy it and celebrate it too – and that is what these awards are about,” said Mr Mean, who was joined on-stage by Jenny Eastwood, the new digital editor for

See Thursday’s business pages in the new weekly Citizen and Echo for a full report from the night. See our Galleries page for all the pictures from the night

Winners of the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2017 were...

Business of the Year - Glevum Windows, Doors and Conservatories

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Business of the Year. Tim Watkins presenting business of the year to Gary Jones of Glevum Windows. Picture by Rob Lacey

Best Employee - Katie Young, Completely Motoring

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Best Employee Award (L2R) Martin Roberts presenting best employee award to Katie Young (Completely Motoring) Credit: Rob Lacey

Best Place to Work Award - iPipeline Limited

Pictured: Mike Pedder (Lucozade Ribena Suntory) presents Helen Jones (iPipeline) with her award

Business Innovation - Protrack Solutions Limited

Pictured: Centre Stephen Marston (vice chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire) presents Kevin Pope & Tracey Pope with their award

Corporate Social Responsibility Award - Glevum Security Ltd

Pictured: (L2R) Ian Heather (centre) presenting CSR award to Glevum Steve Barnett and Mark Baker

Digital Business of the Year - Nimble Elearning

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Digital Business of the Year. (L2R) Rob Ayland presenting Digital Business of the Year to Nimble Learning - Neil Hyde, Alex Hathway & Ben Reed. Picture by Rob Lacey

Export Award - TBS Engineering

Pictured: (L2R) Mark Hawthorne (Gloucestershire County Council) presents Mark Gardner  of TBS Engineering with his award

Family Business of the Year - Completely Motoring

Pictured: (L2R) Paul Gordon (Willans LLP solicitors) presents Rob Ayland and George, Charlie & James Ayland with the award

Growth Business of the Year - Passionate About People

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Growth Business of the Year Sue Steel (Gloucestershire College) presenting Growth business of the year award to Passionate About People. Picture by Rob Lacey.

Marketing Campaign of the Year - The Scoreboard - Cheltenham Town FC

Pictured: (L2R) Matthew Foxton-Duffy (Cheltenham Racecourse) presents Cheltenham Town Football with their award 

Small Business of the Year - Protrack Solutions Limited

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Small Business of the Year. Chris Mears presenting Protract with the small business of the year award. Picture by Rob Lacey

Young Business of the Year - Ferrositi

Pictured: Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2017 Young Business of the Year. Claire Evans (Cheltenham Racecourse) presenting Young Business of the Year to Ferrositi. Joe Furno, Bob O'Hara, Stephen Drewitt & Nick Furno. Picture by Rob Lacey

Young Business Person of the Year - Gareth Yardley, Complete Utilities

Pictured: Rhydian Pountney (Renishaw) presents Gareth Yardley (Complete Utilities) with award 


Lifetime Achievment Award - sponsored by QuoLux

Jo Draper of QuoLux presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to John Charlton on behalf of Bob Hold and David Miles of Mears Group

See our Galleries page for all the pictures from the night


See our Galleries page for all the pictures from the night

Winners from last 20 years..

1998 – PKL Group.

1999 – Renishaw Plc

2000 - Rapid Racking

2001 – Dezac Group

2002 - Corin Group

2003 - Tewkesbury-based Edotech

2004 – Travelscope

2005 - UCAS

2006 - Cult Retail

2007 - Omega Resource Group

2008 – CM Downton

2009 - Fluid Transfer International

2010 - Bottlegreen Drinks

2011 - Adey Professional Heating Solutions

2012 - Avon Metals

2013 – Future Advanced Manufacture Ltd

2014 - MF Freeman Limited

2015 - Green Gourmet

2016 - Future Advanced Manufacture Ltd

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