Small Business of the Year

Environmental and Sustainability Award, in partnership with SSE Energy Solutions

Innovation Award, in partnership with Spirax Sarco

Best Place to Work, in partnership with HR People Support

Growth Award, in partnership with Business West

Bolthole Retreats

Bolthole Retreats is an independent agency specialising in Cotswold vacation rentals. Since its establishment in 2017, the agency has experienced substantial growth. Last year marked a pinnacle of success, showcasing a remarkable 53% surge in revenue. Impressively, its portfolio expanded by 30%, now encompassing more than 200 exclusive properties with ongoing expansion. Introducing Designer Retreats in the past year further diversified its offerings, presenting a collection of luxurious five-star properties in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. Bolthole Retreats prides itself on delivering personalised one-on-one assistance to property owners, consistently fulfilling revenue and service commitments, and fostering an ever-growing positive reputation.

Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) Ltd

Gardiners is a prominent distributor of premier lifestyle and safety labels to trade which has a rich history of 160 years. Remarkably, it has tripled its reach and doubled its revenue in the last four years. The expansion is primarily attributed to the Online Range Extension domain. Through substantial investments in restructuring and innovation, Gardiners has transformed every facet of its operations. With a new sprawling 230,000-square-foot warehouse boasting cutting-edge automation and increased workforce numbers of 80% in five years, the company has created a seamless journey from product curation to distribution resulting in increased sales within its key brands.

Rugrats and half pints

Rugrats and Half Pints was previously known as Magic Land. The centre underwent a remarkable transformation, expanding its play facilities to encompass sensory equipment, interactive activities and trampolines, as well as introducing a childcare nursery. The centre now serves as a community hub, offering a space for relaxation and coffee meet-ups, and for children to play and grow. The centre's excellence is evidenced by its TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award, achieved within a year of opening and consistently maintained for four years. Following its pandemic-related closure, the soft play venture's triumphant reopening resulted in nearly doubled annual turnover.

Rising Star, in partnership with Renishaw

Business of the Year, in partnership with Randall and Payne

Business Person of the Year, in partnership with Newent Community School

Unsung Hero

Made in Britain Award, in partnership with Cyber Security Associates

Forge Motorsport (Forge Engineering)

Founded in 1983 by Juri and Josie Zaslawski, Forge Motorsport has cultivated the most extensive and varied collection of post-market vehicle tuning products globally. The company's diverse engineering services cater to a wide array of industries, including marine, military, agriculture, medical, construction, aerospace and the audio sector, alongside all facets of motorsport. Its remarkable growth has paved the way for Forge USA Orlando, Forge Asia Taichung Taiwan, as well as Forge Korea and Forge Japan. Backed by years of expertise, the skilled engineers and production staff receive continuous training and development, underscoring Forge's commitment to excellence.


Renowned supplier G-TEM furnishes premier automotive manufacturers with metal pressings and welded assemblies. Based in Gloucester Business Park since 1996 and with an 800-strong local workforce, the company thrives on innovation, consistently enhancing its offerings. In 2021, G-TEM began work with Tesla to supply pressings and welded assemblies for the 'Y' model all from its cutting-edge facilities in Gloucester. Eager to break technological barriers, G-TEM ardently invests in its workforce via an apprenticeship scheme, exemplifying its dedication to progress and excellence. Not only people, it is invested in the planet by finding innovative new ways to be more sustainable and responsible.

The Traffic Group

The Traffic Group, encompassing AGD, TGS, and MAV, strives to enhance highway safety, sustainability and efficiency through its manufacturing operations. Its portfolio encompasses products such as push-button signals, vehicle/pedestrian cameras, radar devices, temporary traffic lights, and ANPR systems. With a committed workforce of 125, the company fosters a culture of perpetual enhancement and innovation. All items are conceived and produced in the UK, with a focus on local sourcing. The group advocates solar power, EV charging, and circular design, exemplified by eco-friendly temporary traffic lights that merge environmental responsibility with accessible, cutting-edge technology. Its achievements include carbon-neutral manufacturing and zero landfill waste.

Charity of the Year