BID businesses celebrate at awards night to remember

The first Cheltenham BID Awards were a great success at one of our newest venues, The Old Courthouse.

The diversity of the businesses within the BID zone was shown in the winners. Across 10 categories, they included three restaurants, a bar, a menswear shop, a bath and body products shop, a podiatrist, a tattoo studio, a direct debit service and a designer kitchen shop.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Chun Kong, of The Mayflower Restaurant, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the huge contribution he has made to Cheltenham charities and organisations for more than 35 years. His award was presented by the Deputy Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Bernard Fisher.

Another 13 businesses and individuals were highly commended for their contributions over the last year.

All the highly commended award winners

BID Director Kevan Blackadder and BID Chair Terri Brewster presented the awards. They were introduced by Mike Lowe, editor of Cotswold Life, who were partners in the awards through the Cotswold Life Business and Professional magazine.

Kevan said: “We’re delighted to champion the businesses that make Cheltenham town centre the lively and diverse place that it is.”

Kevan and Terri judged the awards along with Kelly Ballard, manager of Marketing Cheltenham, and Nicole Archer,  Business Manager at Cotswold Life.

View a gallery of pictures from the event.

Full list of winners

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Winner – The Cosy Club; Highly commended – The Find.

YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR: Winner – Chris Capewell and Max Shaw, The Union Project; Highly commended – Laurence Cripps, House of Fraser.

RETAIL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Winner – Alison Jacobsen, Molton Brown; Highly commended – Chantelle Stemp, Hotel Chocolat.

HEALTH & BEAUTY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Winner – Supafoot; Highly commended – Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty and Earls & Co.

INDEPENDENT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Winner – Tokyotattoo; Highly commended – CGT Lettings and Keith Scarrott Shoes.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Winner – Eazy Collect Services; Highly commended Stagecoach.

BAR/PUB/CLUB OF THE YEAR: Winner – Door 4; Highly commended – Smokey Joe’s.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Winners – Koj and Lumiere; Highly commended – Kibou Sushi and Dolce & Salato

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD: Winner – Contour; Highly commended – Cook Residential and Martin & Co.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Chun Kong, Mayflower Restaurant

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