BID businesses star at new Gloucestershire lifestyle awards

Cheltenham BID businesses were among the big winners at the first SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.
Six of the 20 county-wide categories were won by businesses in the BID zone. The Everyman Theatre was Live Entertainment Venue of The Year, Fat Toni’s Pizzeria Takeaway of the Year, The Find Café of the Year, John Gordons Bar of the Year, Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty Hair Salon of the Year and Regent Arcade Shopping Destination of the Year.
Other Cheltenham winners were Cheltenham Racecourse (Sporting Venue), The Frog & Fiddle (Live Music Venue), The Coconut Tree (Restaurant), The Bottle of Sauce (Pub), Dean Close (Independent School), Cheltenham Literature Festival (Event), CheltenhamMaman (Social Media Influencer).
Among other Cheltenham businesses who were highly commended were 288 Bar & Wok (Restaurant), Ellenborough Park (Hotel), Chapel Spa (Spa), Pittville (Homes & Interiors), The Suffolks (Shopping Destination) and Honeybourne Line (Social Media Influencer). Cheltenham Racecourse was also highly commended in the Live Entertainment category.
The winners were revealed at an event attended by 300 local business representatives at Blackfriars Priory. They were decided based on 20,966 votes cast for by SoGlos readers.
BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “SoGlos put on a great event and it was good to see so many Cheltenham businesses being rewarded for the work they are doing.
“When so many customers are casting votes, it shows how valued our wide-ranging businesses are.”
SoGlos’s group publisher James Fyrne said: “The level of interest, support and excitement around our first ever awards has been phenomenal. The list of finalists represented the best in Gloucestershire, and the winners should all be very proud in coming top of their categories.”
Cheltenham-based Simpson’s served their award-winning fish and chips to guests at the evening.

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