By Fiona Hughes

Fiona Hughes

 

We are now in the 23rd year of the awards – a campaign that is one of the largest regional business celebrations in the country with an average of around 600 guests attending the black tie ceremony each year at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Annually, the launch of the awards is commemorated with a breakfast event here at Chargrove House that offers a spot of networking whilst celebrating the opening of the awards. This year, the difficult decision was made to cancel the event due to the current health situation in the UK at this time.

Our Managing Partner Tim Watkins shared his thoughts: “We are excited to be involved with these awards for a ninth consecutive year, and although the launch is not being marked by the usual gathering this week, we do enjoy meeting prospective entrants and fellow sponsors and hope to host something in due course.

“I am pleased to have the awards charity partner involved from the very beginning for the first time in the awards history.

“And as always, I am looking forward to reading the many entries, which if previous years are anything to go by, will prove yet again the exciting diversity that the Gloucestershire business scene has to offer.

“We are fortunate to have much to celebrate in our county and many businesses are hidden gems so the awards give them their chance to shine.”

Charity Partner

Our charity partner for the event this year is the Hollie Gazzard Trust. The trust was created following the murder of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard in 2014 by an ex-partner. The trust helps to reduce domestic violence and stalking through creating and delivering programmes to businesses and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges. In addition, it provides funding to support talented and creative young hairdressers and beauticians. The trust also campaigns to reduce anti-social behaviour and knife crime delivering workshops for young people. The ultimate aim of the trust is to raise awareness, educate and help prevent other going through what Hollie went through.

Nick Gazzard BSc Hons, Dip CII, MInstLM, Founder, Hollie Gazzard Trust: ‘‘The Hollie Gazzard Trust is delighted to be the chosen charity partner for the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2020.

“With our roots firmly placed in the county we are proud to be associated with all the greats businesses that make it a fantastic place to live and work.

“We work with many organisations around the UK to safeguard their employees from domestic abuse and stalking. So, we are thrilled to be able to showcase what we do to Gloucestershire’s finest and hopefully create some new working partnerships along the way.’’

Senior editor for Gloucestershire, Rachael Sugden, said:

“The GloucestershireLive Business Awards 2020 continue to be a much anticipated event on the county’s corporate calendar – and we are very much looking forward to gathering at the Centaur later this year.

“Of course, the coming months are going to be challenging for us all. These are unprecedented times for our local, regional and national business community.

“No matter what the future holds, Gloucestershire is home to many incredible success stories – from large corporations to SMEs – and it’s now more than ever that we should all be shouting about the incredible work our businesses do that contribute to the economic success of the region.

“While this year will be a trying time for everyone, it is also an opportunity to come together as a collective business community and support each other.

“I urge you all to share with us your can-do initiatives, your positive updates and your optimistic projects – we will get through this period together, supporting each other – and I for one cannot wait to celebrate with you all at the biggest regional business awards in the West Country later this year.”

Host for the awards evening

Louise Minchin will also be engaging with the audience as she hosts the awards and guides us through the evening. Louise is a highly respected broadcaster and journalist who presents a popular breakfast programme as well as featuring on Triathlon eventing coverage. Outside of news broadcasting, Louise competed in Series 11 of Celebrity MasterChef and was runner up in the final. Her passion is endurance sport. Having given up competitive sport as a teenager and after a cycling challenge, she was inspired to attempt her first triathlon in 2013 and went on to qualify for the GB Team age-group team to race in Chicago in 2015. Since then she has raced in five World and European Championships and has gone on to compete in extreme triathlons including one of the toughest triathlons in the world, Norseman, in 2019.

13 awards will be presented at the ceremony on 8 October 2020. They are as follows:

  • GloucestershireLive Business Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Small Business Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Family Business Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive New Business Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Young Business Person Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Business Innovation
  • GloucestershireLive Marketing Campaign Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Best Place To Work Award
  • GloucestershireLive Growth Business Of The Year
  • GloucestershireLive Corporate Social Responsibility Award
  • GloucestershireLive Best Employee Award
  • GloucestershireLive Lifetime Achievement Award
  • GloucestershireLive Charitable Contribution Award

To nominate a business or to book tickets for the event, simply visit glosbusinessawards.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *