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The winners of the 25th Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2023

The black-tie event was hosted by Iwan Thomas MBE and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse, on Thursday 12 October.

The winners of the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2023 were revealed during the prestigious black-tie event, organised by Reach PLC, Gloucestershire Live and Business Live. The sparkling awards ceremony celebrated its 25th year, of which eleven of those have been with Randall & Payne as headline partner.

The awards champion the county’s businesses and their leaders across a wide range of industries. Securing medals at all major championships, former European, Commonwealth and World Champion sprinter Iwan Thomas MBE hosted the ceremony.

Sarah Pullen, Reach PLC’s commercial director of regionals, who addressed the event, said: “From Covid to the cost of living crisis, and any number of challenges in between, the last few years have been uniquely difficult for businesses in Gloucestershire and beyond. But as tough as the last few years have been, tonight’s finalists have demonstrated the tenacity, invention and drive to not just navigate the storm, but thrive and build for the future.”

As is customary our Managing Partner Tim Watkins addressed the room as part of the welcome speeches and later on to announce the winner of the Business of the Year category.

Attendees were treated to a two-course dinner, after party and entertainment from the Chip Shop Boys.

Cheltenham’s Maggie’s, which provides free support for anyone living with cancer, their family and friends, was this year’s charity partner. Fundraising Manager, Anna Mason, introduced the charity video and spoke about the charity raffle which raised £2,542 thanks to the kindness and generosity of those in the room.

This year, Gardiner Bros & Co scooped Business of the Year, while Mark Cummings, former BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter was given announced as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners of the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards 2023

GloucestershireLive Small Business of the Year – sponsored by WSP Solicitors

Rugrats and half pints

GloucestershireLive Environmental and Sustainability Award – sponsored by SSE Energy Solutions

Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers)

GloucestershireLive Innovation Award – sponsored by Spirax Sarco

Journey Hospitality

GloucestershireLive Best Place to Work – sponsored by HR People Support

Gloucester City Homes

GloucestershireLive Growth Award – sponsored by Business West

Bolthole Retreats

GloucestershireLive Rising Star – sponsored by Renishaw

Charlie Savage, Royal Agricultural University

GloucestershireLive Business of the Year – sponsored by Randall & Payne

Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers)

GloucestershireLive Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Newent Community School

Laurie Bell – Cheltenham Trust

GloucestershireLive Unsung Hero

Kester Birch, Wycliffe College

GloucestershireLive Made in Britain Award – sponsored by Cyber Security Associates

G-TEKT Europe Manufacturing (G-TEM)

GloucestershireLive Charity of the Year – sponsored by Ontic

National Star

GloucestershireLive Outstanding Contribution Award

Mark Cummings – former BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter

Thank you to Sarah Pullen, Jane Smallwood, Paige Jackson, Simone Joynes and the rest of the team at Reach Plc who made the event such a success and the photos used were taken by Anna Lythgoe for Reach and Gloucestershire Live. For more photos from the ceremony visit

Finally congratulations again to all the winners and finalists of the 25th Gloucestershire Live Business Awards!