Gloucestershire is lucky to be home to many awards that can offer local businesses well-deserved recognition and extra publicity. See below for a list of all of the local awards and categories available to enter now.

Reaching 7.2 million people in 2020, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards (SGGLA) has gained unprecedented support from the county’s business community and members of the public.

Nominations close on Friday 11 June 2021 and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 5 July 2021. Voting will then open to members of the public through until Friday 17 September 2021 ahead of an awards evening at Cheltenham Ladies’ College on Thursday 21 October 2021.

Categories for SGGLA include:

Read more and enter here.

Reflecting the brand’s recent expansion into the B2B sector, 2021 will see the first SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards (SGGBA) co-sponsored by GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub.

Categories for SGGBA include:

Nominations close on Friday 18 June 2021 and finalists will be announced on Monday 26 July 2021 ahead of an awards evening later in the year. Read more and enter here.

After last year’s cancelled event, the GloucestershireLive Business Awards are returning in 2021 for their 23rd year and aim to recognise the resilience and achievements of the local business community.

Categories for the GloucestershireLive Business Awards include:

Nominations will remain open until Tuesday 29 June and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Thursday 16 September 2021.

To enter and for more information, click here.

As your business grows, the chances are that the cost of sales increases too.  Looking at the best rates for your card terminal probably isn’t high on your list of priorities when your business is packed with customers and you’re finding ways to stay ahead of the competition. 

That’s why the BID has partnered with Paymentsense to bring you an exclusive cost saving solution that will also provide peace of mind for you, your staff and customers. 

 For Cheltenham BID businesses only, Paymentsense is offering. 

So far more than 20 BID businesses have taken up the offer, saving hundreds of pounds a year between them. Paul from Pink Vintage said: “The transaction was really smooth. I was attracted to it because there’s no contract and no monthly fees on the terminal rental. The next day settlement is good for me and good for my customers.”  

If you would like to find out more about how you can save, please contact James Roberts – Mob: 07848 452990 E: james.roberts@paymentsense.com or Robrert Desmond – Mob: 07883 859840 E: robert.desmond@paymentsense.com quoting CheltBID. 

As part of the BID’s Tidy Up Cheltenham campaign, we are joining forces with Cheltenham Litter Picksies and Cheltenham Borough Council to support the Great British Spring Clean 2020. 

From March 20 to April 13, businesses, community groups, schools, local authorities and individuals are being encouraged to go out and collect and safely dispose of litter from streets, parks and beaches. 

Led by Keep Britain Tidy, this annual campaign seeks to inspire over half a million people to join forces.   

We know it’s the responsibility of the local council to ensure that bins are provided, emptied regularly and that daily street cleaning takes place.  We also realise that they sometimes face many challenges in doing this – not least in educating the public about the impact of dropping litter so we all need to take some responsibility for keeping Cheltenham tidy. 

We’d like to see BID businesses joining in with the Tidy Up Cheltenham campaign and signing up to do at least half an hour of tidying up outside their business during the Great British Spring Clean. 

The projects we have undertaken so far as part of our campaign have been well received by the public and businesses have been enthusiastic about getting involved. The Regent Street clean up saw many businesses join in and offer their services on the day. Boots Alley (Albion Walk) and Post Office Lane now have regular clean ups and businesses have taken responsibility for keeping the areas tidy.

Please email Belinda Hunt at belinda@cheltenhambid.co.uk if you would be willing to make a difference to the area outside your business. 

In December 1999, Dave and Zena Dickson were preparing to see in the new millennium as they opened their dry-cleaning business in Grosvenor Terrace. 

Today, Regency Dry Cleaning is one of Cheltenham’s most established independent businesses, going from strength to strength by responding to market needs and social trends. Their loyal customers come from Worcester, Evesham, Gloucester and the local area. 

With the ever-increasing emphasis on ditching single-use plastics, the couple had a challenge on their hands.  Regency Dry Cleaning is now officially a member of the Plastic Free Cheltenham community.  They have replaced their thin plastic covers with stylish, reusable cloth covers.  The covers double up as a loyalty card.  Customers pay a minimal £5.95 per cover, and when they take their items back for dry cleaning in the cover, they get a 10% discount.   

Their community focus doesn’t end there. Grosvenor Terrace is, let’s face it, not the prettiest part of town and frequently gets overlooked when it comes to regeneration. Dave and Zena often take the time to weed the pavements and clean up the litter in the area.  Graffiti is a big problem in the area and Dave can often be found in the early hours before they open, cleaning the graffiti and picking up the litter which accumulates overnight.

Adding to their services has seen Regency Dry Cleaning expand their customer base. They recently started offering a full laundry service which is proving very popular. Some customers have set up up regular slots to take their duvets and bedding in, picking up one of the reusable cloth laundry bags at the same time.

In its first year, the BID wanted to brighten the area with new Christmas lights. Each year since 2016 Dave has taken on the task of putting the lights up and the power comes from three businesses in Grosvenor Terrace: Zi Bake Shop, Regency Dry Cleaning and Strand Jewellers.  

When the BID launched the Cheltenham Gift Card, Zena was one of the first business owners to embrace it. She recognised the potential value of offering people another way to pay for their dry cleaning and laundry.

As BID business of the month, Regency Dry Cleaning will have the opportunity to speak at the Cheltenham Business Forum Big Breakfast and will receive enhanced social media coverage. 

The diverse range of successful businesses is what makes Cheltenham a vibrant town where people want to come and visit, work and stay. 

In 2018, with the backing of Cotswold Life Business & Professional, the BID Awards were launched to recognise and reward the contribution all the businesses make in creating the unique atmosphere of Cheltenham.  

Nominations are open across 10 categories for the Cotswold Life Cheltenham BID Awards 2020. 

Businesses can nominate themselves or get their customers involved in the nominations. So, if your business excels in your sector, provides exceptional customer service or encourages great teamwork, put it up for an award. 

If you think one of your employees or colleagues is outstanding and has real ambition to succeed, why not put them forward for an award in the Young Businessperson of the Year Category or Retail Manager of the Year? 

Whether you are part of a large national group or an independent retailer, a gym or recruitment agency, you could be joining the likes of Molton Brown, Smokey Joes, Brite Recruitment and Welcome Gym as an award winner.

Previous winners have told us how much receiving the recognition means to them and how it helps their business. Sophie Harris, Operations Director at Brite Recruitment said “We were absolutely thrilled to win the Professional Services award; it was so unexpected! To be recognised and celebrated in the local community is wonderful. We pride ourselves on the great service we give, so the award was very fitting. We recruit across the UK, including Gloucestershire, and this award has helped raise our profile in Cheltenham.” 

If you are new to the BID, you could be the winning Newcomer of the Year like The Cosy Club (2018) and John Lewis & Partners (2019).  
  
Nominations are open to Cheltenham BID businesses only until March 6 and it’s easy to do. Just visit http://bit.ly/BIDAwards20   
  
If you run a business in the BID zone and you’re proud of what you do, please enter. And if you know a potential winner – be it a hair salon, an outstanding estate agent or your favourite place to eat and drink – please nominate them.  

Award recipients will be invited to attend the ceremony on May 20 at The Old Courthouse, and we look forward to celebrating success.