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We hear from the finalists who have achieved success following a pandemic

In a ‘normal’ year we have so much to celebrate within the Gloucestershire business community so this year, following the challenges businesses have faced over the past 18 months, it feels like becoming a finalist for the GloucestershireLive Business Awards is even more of an accomplishment.

As we run through the finalists for the remaining six categories, it feels logical to begin with the start-up category… Every business has to start somewhere and the first few years are the most challenging with many businesses failing in that time, so for those who have achieved success during a pandemic that really is something to be proud of.

GloucestershireLive Start-Up Business Of The Year

The Start-Up Business of The Year award will go to an organisation that has been established within the past two and a half years and demonstrates evidence of entrepreneurship and/or innovation, has defied challenging economic conditions to succeed, grow and thrive and can evidence solid business plans, future growth potential and a determination to succeed. The finalists this year include Cotswold Ice Creams, Leaf Creative Design Ltd, Murdock & Wasley Estate Agents Ltd, Prosperity Care and Wellbeing Ltd and Wembley Partners.

Leaf Creative Design Ltd, Peter Dowle

Such great news …..we’re absolutely delighted and thrilled to be recognised in this way. Our wonderful team have been incredible in enabling us to deliver the Leaf Creative vision. We’re so thankful to them all!

Prosperity Care and Wellbeing Ltd, Colin Beard, Managing Director

In the 12 months that we have been operating, we have embraced the opportunities to work in collaboration with the wider community and feel a great sense of social responsibility to offer our services and events to anyone who needs support to improve their wellbeing. We are delighted to have been nominated and announced as a finalist.

To be recognised in this fashion, in a year with a record number of entries, and one of the most challenging business periods in living history – is an astounding testament to our team. They fully deserve this award after the level of dedication they have poured into their roles and this new business. The impact that their efforts have had on the people we support have been just outstanding.

Wembley Partners, Martyn Gill, Managing Partner

As a cyber-tech start-up we are scaling at a fast pace, developing new products, opening new offices across the globe and currently going through our first investment fund round. We know that we are only 18 months young as a the UK firm within Wembley Partners Global and our vision to deliver affordable high-end cyber-tech capability to Small and Medium businesses is still our mission.

To be recognised by the judging panel as finalists within the Start-up of the Year category is massive for us and has really had a positive impact on the UK team as well as further afield in Canada and the US. We wish the best of luck to all the finalists.

GloucestershireLive Small Business of the Year

Out of the start-up develops the small business, a category which is open to companies with fewer than 25 employees and this years finalists include Dean Forest Railway, Leaf Creative Design (again), Savient Limited, and Ocere Ltd.

Ocere Ltd, Tom Parling, CEO

We are delighted once again to be shortlisted for these prestigious business awards. Our team continues to put in extraordinary efforts every single day and deserves every accolade that comes their way. We are very much looking forward to celebrating on the evening and wish the best of luck to all nominees!

GloucestershireLive Family Business Of The Year

This award is open to first generation family owned companies, multi-generational businesses and publicly owned firms in which founding families still hold a significant stake and the finalists include AP Air Europe Ltd, Badham Pharmacy Ltd, Brace Creative Agency and Gloucester Student Houses.

AP Air Europe Ltd, Gary Watling, Manager

We are really pleased to be nominated for the family business of the year category, we work hard and strive to constantly grow our business, and for this to be noticed by the judges means a great deal.

GloucestershireLive Business Innovation Award

This category will reward the company that has developed the most innovative new product, system or process over the past year, and can demonstrate the positive impact it has had on the business – the finalists include Fire & Flow Coffee, Get On Site and Imaginatal.

Fire & Flow Coffee, Callum Parsons, Co-Founder

We have always pushed ourselves to do more and drive our industry to be more sustainable and community focused and it’s fantastic to be recognised for this in a short period of time. We’re incredibly proud to be a part of the GloucestershireLive Business Awards alongside so many fantastic other companies.

Get On Site, Sarah Fenwick, Managing Director.

We’re delighted to be nominated for the Business Innovation Award at the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2021. Gloucestershire has a wealth of exceptionally inspiring businesses so to be nominated alongside these is credit to the excellence within the team and the software we provide.

Imaginatal, Darlington Gona Director, Owner, Co-Founder

It’s an honour for our business to be shortlisted amongst other great businesses. It’s been an amazingly challenging 18 months for everybody in business and the way that businesses in Gloucester have come together as a community has been fantastic.

We are really pleased to be nominated in the Innovation category and this we feel validates the changes we have made during the pandemic, having invested heavily in technology even through a challenging time as we wanted to give state of the art service to our customers by bringing baby scanning and women’s wellbeing into the 21st century.

GloucestershireLive Corporate Social Responsibility Award

This award will recognise the business who has demonstrated responsible business practices across the four areas of local community, environment, their people and supply chain – the finalists include The Beeswax Wrap Co., Glevum Security, Longlevens Rugby Club, Spirax Sarco, and Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics.

The Beeswax Wrap Co. Fran Beer, Founder

We are so proud to be part of such a long-standing and well-regarded awards ceremony, alongside some really fantastic local businesses.

Longlevens Rugby Club, Chris Yorke, Chairman of Longlevens Rugby

We really hope our nomination leads to more disabled people joining and supporting our inclusive rugby club. What a great way to start the new season!

Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics

I am completely thrilled to be shortlisted for these awards…having worked hard to make my business more sustainable I feel encouraged. Also the Best Place to Work Award is a wonderful surprise, I do have a wonderful team!

GloucestershireLive Best Place To Work Award

This award will go to the company that believes their environment is the best place to work, whether this is through their workplace set up or through a home working system – the finalists include Brace Creative Agency, Spirax Sarco, and Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics.

We wish all the finalists the best of luck on the night and we hope everyone who has booked a place will have a very enjoyable evening.

The GloucestershireLive Business Awards are taking place in The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse and will commence from 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th September. Join us as we bring together the Gloucestershire business community to celebrate our 2021 business champions who have gone above and beyond in the face of adversity. Tickets are available from their website.

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