Category: Awards

GloucestershireLive Business Awards to recognise the resilience of our business community

The GloucestershireLive Business Awards are returning for 2021 to recognise the ‘resilience’ and achievements of companies amid the pandemic.

The 23rd Business Awards come after a challenging period for businesses in the county, making it all the more important to recognise the efforts – of both large companies and smaller ones – to survive a challenging year and continue to support the local economy.

In announcing that we are sponsoring the awards for the ninth time, Tim Watkins, our Managing Partner, emphasised the importance of acknowledging the perseverance of businesses in the face of adversity.

“It gives us great pleasure to be involved once more with the Gloucestershire Business Awards now that they are finally able to return after such a challenging year,” he said.

“As a business community we need more than ever to get together and acknowledge our achievements and share our stories of resilience during such unprecedented times. Personally I am looking forward to reading and judging the entries and am hopeful that we can gather for the awards ceremony later this year when restrictions are over and confidence is returning for us all.”

Nominations open today, and the organisers are seeking submissions from both businesses themselves, and the public for the Local Business Hero Award. The nominations will remain open until the 29 June – and the worthy winners will be revealed at the ceremony on 16 September all being well.

To enter and for more information, please visit

GloucestershireLive Business Of The Year Sponsored By Randall & Payne

Open to any company with 25 or more employees from the Gloucestershire area, the Business of the Year award is there to recognise businesses that have excelled in a variety of areas. The award takes into account the innovation and success of the company over the last 6 to 12 months, how well it’s done at weathering the coronavirus pandemic, plans for growth in 2021 – and how the company has had a positive impact on the local area.

GloucestershireLive Small Business Of The Year

The award for Small Business of the Year is, as the name suggests, for small businesses – those with 25 employees or less – in Gloucestershire. As above, judges will look at how the nominated businesses have managed to achieve in a variety of areas – hoping to see how they have managed to do big things despite a small size.

GloucestershireLive Family Business Of The Year Award

This award is open to nominations for thriving companies that are family-owned. Be it a first generation-owned business, one with a legacy of several generations, or a company in which a founding family still holds a major stake – this award is designed to recognise those companies that have succeeded while maintaining their identity as a family enterprise.

GloucestershireLive Start-Up Business Of The Year Award

The last couple of years have presented a challenging time for new businesses – with 2020 proving particularly difficult. It’s for this reason that the Start-Up Business of the Year Award is being presented to shine a light on those enterprises that have succeeded despite the odds. Open to any business started within the last two-and-a-half years, the judging will look at how the company has been successfully managed, achieved growth, and satisfied customers in that short time.

GloucestershireLive Business Innovation Award Sponsored By University of Gloucestershire

The Business Innovation Award is aimed at those organisations that have pursued and achieved development and innovation over the last year. Offering recognition to a system, process, or product that has had a notable positive impact on the company, the award will also reflect how the company has used innovation to lessen the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations.

GloucestershireLive Best Place To Work Award

More than ever, it’s important that employees feel safe and at ease in their place of work – and the Best Place To Work Award aims to reflect these efforts. Judging will focus on the degree to which a business treats employees with respect, and provides a safe and friendly workplace that energises the people who use it. Following the challenges of a national lockdown with many businesses having to move to a home working model, we will also consider entries that can demonstrate how they successfully handled the lockdown and the move to working remotely

GloucestershireLive Corporate Social Responsibility Award Sponsored By Cresco Globe

In recent years, the need for companies to be responsible in their operations has become increasingly pressing, and has been given a greater focus. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award is designed to celebrate a business that has been conscientious and strived to foster ethical practice regarding employees, the local community, supply chains, and the environment – and worked to promote these practices in businesses it partners with.

GloucestershireLive Employee Of The Year

As well as businesses, the GloucestershireLive Awards strive to recognise the employees that are so vital to a company’s success. The Employee of the Year award is given to an individual who really shines at their company. Be it through suggestions and initiatives to increase performance, peerless customer service, extensive efforts to improve the working environment – this award is for those who help the business and the people around them thrive.

GloucestershireLive Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored By British Bespoke Auctions

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given, as the name suggests, to an individual with a sterling record of achievement over their career. The judges will look for a positive contribution to the functioning and development of local businesses over at least 20 years of work – to celebrate someone who has really left an imprint on the business community.

GloucestershireLive Business In The Face Of Adversity Special Award Sponsored By ESSI Group Services

Many businesses have faced striking adversity during the coronavirus pandemic – and the Business In The Face Of Adversity Special Award is there to celebrate those who succeeded despite this. The award is aimed at honouring a business that showed fortitude and a capacity for excellence under pressure – and that helped other businesses and communities and well as taking care of its own interests.

GloucestershireLive Local Business Hero

Voted on by the public, the Local Business Hero award is a chance for people to show their appreciation for a business that went above and beyond during the last year. A sense of community and responsibility is more important for a business than ever, and we want to celebrate companies that embraced that spirit wholeheartedly.

GloucestershireLive Young Business Person Of The Year Sponsored By Renishaw

It’s always exciting to see what young figures of business are doing to help move companies towards the future – and the Young Business Person Of The Year award will recognise just such efforts. The award will be given out to someone under 35, who either set up or works at a business, and is constantly working to help it develop and go from strength to strength – with creativity, dedication, and vision.

To submit a nomination, visit

Good luck!