Our 2022 shortlist will be announced on Thursday 4th August 2022.
GloucestershireLive Young Business Person of the Year
James Cunningham is the co-founder and CEO of Core to Cloud, a company which has established itself as a disruptive innovator in cutting-edge cyber security solutions. James represents the company with his innovativeness and determination, taking Core to Cloud into six new industry sectors and being the first to supply brand new technology. The company has supported more than 100 organisations, including NHS Trusts and the Labour Party.
James Markey created Nutrition X to help others support their own performance and wellbeing through good quality, safe nutrition. Eight years later, the company has enjoyed its largest turnover year to date and highly prestigious award wins. James’ unwavering dedication to quality and safety has led Nutrition X to where it is today, with new partnerships with big brands and distributors being secured regularly.
Tom Parling created Ocere in 2009, a prominent player for international SEO and creative content services. The company has grown into an international, Queen’s Award winning business. Ocere has grown to serve more than 220 active clients in 40 countries, with many household names on the client roster. It has also been acquired as part of a strategy to build a France-headquartered digital marketing group, furthering its success.
GloucestershireLive Best Employee Award
Josh Boiles, a field salesman and now online sales manager from Nicks & Company (Timber), transformed the company by developing a new, professional website which he then followed up with an impressive e-shop. A driven individual, he is constantly updating and improving Nick’s & Company’s online offering. Using his vision and determination, he has launched new products and services which have hugely impacted turnover, such as its new ‘buy it yourself’ site.
George Foran has made a huge impression as the workshop manager at Stagecoach West’s Cheltenham depot. After excelling at his engineering apprenticeship programme, he quickly progressed to multiple managerial roles. George has overcome every challenge thrown at him, including the problems caused by the pandemic, maintaining positivity and constantly striving to improve working practices.Not only does George possess fantastic technical knowledge, he is also a great teacher and mentor.
Jeff Richardson, a national accounts manager, has incredible relationships with the customers and team at Protrack Solutions Limited. Known as Geordie Jeff, his warmth, humour and exceptional knowledge of the products make him more than an employee to the company and instead a member of the family. A true asset to the business, nothing is too much trouble for Jeff and he always makes the day of everyone he comes in contact with.
GloucestershireLive Best Place to Work Award
Nicks & Company (Timber) Ltd
Nicks & Company (Timber) has stood the test of time since 1856 by building a workforce into a team which has the good of the company at its heart. Employees stay to progress throughout the business and various members of families will all join after hearing about the care and culture at Nicks & Company. Thanks to the tight-knit workforce, the company is producing its best trading period in 167 years.
Prosperity Care and Wellbeing
Prosperity Care and Wellbeing sees staff retention rates higher than the average for the adult social care sector, helped by its offer of innovative benefits packages, development opportunities and wellbeing support. Following staff feedback, the company was rated ‘Outstanding’ in the domain of ‘Well Led’ by the Care Quality Commission, reports stating that “the principle of good wellbeing is at the heart of the company.”
Radioactive works hard to foster a culture where team members feel supported. Alongside a push towards personal development and training, it pays above the regional standard salary rates and offers extremely helpful benefits to all of its staff. Radioactive’s commitment to its people is second to none, providing health and wellbeing initiatives and policies which help and support its people when ‘life happens’.
GloucestershireLive Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Recycle IT 4 Free
Recycle IT 4 Free is committed to its environmental objectives and operates a zero-to-landfill policy, accepting everything for free and encouraging and practising ethical environmental practices. It has joined forces with an industry leading company to help the Gloucestershire community safely and sustainably dispose of waste electrical and electronic equipment. In addition, the business also developed a CSR programme with Every Cloud Play & Creative Arts Therapy to help local children.
Savient Limited has CSR as part of its culture, actively using social media to promote awareness and encourage others. Having achieved silver CSR accreditation, Savient has enhanced its policies for employee wellbeing within its small team of 25 and regularly undertakes social involvement activities such as fundraising and donating. It has been involved in many outreach projects, including work with Raspberry Pi and the Children’s Air Ambulance.
Spirax Sarco pushes the boundaries of conventional CSR to make it more inclusive, to educate and to support the companies it interacts with into joining the CSR journey. Spirax Sarco is purchasing 100% renewable electricity and has discontinued the utilisation of natural gas in its production processes, as well as promoting biodiversity in its areas. It also promotes inclusivity, equality and diversity, and has donated to important local charities.
GloucestershireLive Local Business Hero
Marc Begg took a huge leap of faith buying Cirencester Fabrication Services, saving many jobs, diversifying the business and reigniting pride within the brand. Marc doubled the size of the CFS family and increased revenue, putting it at the heart of metal engineering in Gloucestershire. He is passionate about coaching individuals to develop their skills, offering apprenticeships, engaging experiences and being an ambassador for STEM.
Clare Seed set up the Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiac arrest. She has increased the number of defibrillators available for public use in Cheltenham town centre from one to a huge 22. Clare’s passion and determination has been inspiring and instrumental in providing so many pieces of this equipment which could save and support lives for years to come.
Ubico’s team played a key role in ensuring local communities still had clean, pleasant places to live and visit during the pandemic, something which was even more important as green spaces became vital to wellbeing. The team were unseen heroes, going above and beyond to still deliver the important maintenance and management services to residents even when services were being cancelled nationally.
GloucestershireLive Sustainability Award
Commercial Corporate Services Ltd
Commercial Corporate Services has been a carbon neutral company since 2006, been zero-waste-to-landfill since 2013 and is committed to becoming a net-zero company by 2028. Employees are offered many opportunities to be environmentally responsible such as a partnership with Ecologi offsetting their personal emissions. The Change Champions team allowed all employees to come together and design and implement their own sustainability initiatives.
Leeways Packaging Services Ltd
Leeways Packaging Services is a leading UK supplier of bespoke food and medical packaging solutions. Products are manufactured using between 80-100% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. Through recent investment in the latest extrusion technology, it has been able to develop sustainable materials such as Break Down Plastic and Prevented Ocean Plastic™. Leeways has invested heavily in renewable energy sources, including a 500,000kWh solar farm.
Sanctus is a geo-environmental consultant and contractor, working on some of the most challenging brownfield and blue/green infrastructure projects. Sanctus has designed and delivered the transformation of former power stations into renewable energy hubs, developed a new residential village in a former abandoned quarry saving hundreds of acres of green belt, turned thousands of asbestos filled soils into wildflower meadows, and created a wide range of new habitats and ecosystems.
Window Widgets’ high-quality products and solutions have a positive impact on energy bills and environmental sustainability. A zero-to-landfill company, it has a complex waste management programme to recycle and reprocess, including contributing to Javelin Park’s district heating scheme. It has invested heavily in equipment to reach its target of carbon neutrality by 2025, from low energy approaches to manufacturing, to innovating product lines created from recycled materials.
GloucestershireLive Business Innovation Award
Bennetts Farm Shop
Bennetts Farm Shop is a unique food outlet which boasts a number of innovative vending machines supplying food and beverage products. The self service nature of the shop is a more sustainable business approach as it allows continual growth without reliance on staffing. The future of food shopping, Bennetts showcases how high tech vending machines can not only provide a fantastic return on investment, but can also look quality in the process.
Gravit8 delivers software innovation for live events and exhibitions, constantly pushing the envelope of what’s possible and delivering cutting-edge solutions. The Gravit8 Virtual Event Platform is a true-to-life, 3D virtual environment accessible for any event delegate via the internet. It has delivered some truly unique experiences, including working with Shell to virtually recreate famous NASCAR circuits and Dixon’s Carphone Warehouse to create an industry-first 3D virtual exhibition hall.
Protrack Solutions Limited
Protrack Solutions designed, patented and manufactured a game-changing piece of innovation called BioStart which allows a back office to record, encrypt and send a finger print to a vehicle so that the authorised user may drive it. There have been multi-million pound presales of the product, and within the insurance industry, the innovation will reduce insurance premiums by providing full telematics and driver identification.
GloucestershireLive Charity of the Year
Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity has made its biggest impact yet, helping those whose lives have been affected by serious illness, no matter their age, and further supporting NHS staff. Tens of thousands of local people have benefited from the charity’s many recent projects, from vital support and care teams to many state-of-the-art funded technology which provide life-saving treatment.
The Nelson Trust
The Nelson Trust’s core charitable activity is providing residential rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol addiction, as well as providing a women’s treatment programme and three women’s centres which are a one-stop shop for help and support. The Nelson Trust also runs a suite of social enterprises targeted at those using the recovery service, including The Sober Parrot, Woodchester Mansion and a community garden.
Scoo-B-Doo is the charity of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s neonatal unit, raising money for vital life-saving equipment to give premature and sick babies the best start in life. Run purely by volunteers and in its 40th year, the charity runs weekly baby groups and has two other support groups: HOPE, Helping Other Parents Emotionally in Special Care, and SHED, Sharing and Helping Every Dad.
GloucestershireLive Start-Up Business of the Year
Bennetts Farm Shop
Bennetts Farm Shop is an innovative farm shop which boasts a unique shopping experience. Customers select local products using a number of high-tech but easy-to-use vending machines. The self service nature of the shop allows continual growth without reliance on staffing and is a more sustainable business approach. The business is developing a click and collect service and already has plans to expand.
Every Cloud Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy (CIC)
Every Cloud Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy works closely with children and young people, their families and professionals to create sustainable, positive change. The not-for-profit organisation uses this network-collaboration approach so children get the full support they need. A go-to service for children with mental health concerns, the therapy empowers children by building their confidence, control and resilience so that they have the best chance to thrive.
Kalex Films Ltd
Kalex Films manufactures and supplies high quality recycled PET sheet to the UK and European food and medical thermoforming industries. The company uses market-leading decontamination technology and extrusion machinery alongside its skilled team to put it at the forefront of the industry. It has partnered with Prevented Ocean Plastic to continue to grow its sustainable, environmentally friendly practices and promote its responsible ethos.
GloucestershireLive Small Business of the Year
Every Cloud Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy (CIC)
Every Cloud Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy works with children and young people, their families and professionals to create sustainable, positive change through collaboration and a network of strong relationships. A go-to service for children with mental health concerns, the organisation has empowered many with greater confidence, control and resilience so that they have the best chance to thrive.
Hooray is a recruitment agency which champions Gloucestershire’s businesses and supports local candidates to find their perfect role. Its fresh, consultative approach puts people first by getting to understand them and know how they would fit in a company. This ethical approach has a sustainable, positive impact on the wider community as it aims to add value and puts people over profits.
Hot Tubs Rock
Hot Tubs Rock provides stress-free hot tub hires and sales across the South West, catering for all tastes and budgets. Its no-pressure, fun-filled showroom experience is enhanced by the helpful team which has recently grown following the company’s recent success. Hot Tubs Rock has received many five-star reviews across its hundreds of sales, priding itself on its customer care.
Protrack Solutions Limited
Protrack Solutions is a family-run business which supports many local businesses with its software platform, OCS. Known as a leading telematics provider for more than 10 years, Protrack has pivoted to create an innovative anti-theft and driver identification system called BioStart. The game-changing platform will transform fleet management and help to reduce insurance premiums, taking the company from strength to strength.
Ocere is a prominent player for international SEO and creative content services, offering bespoke outreach campaigns and technical services. Clients range from global multi-million pound organisations to small local companies, contributing to Ocere receiving the Queen’s Award for International Trade. The small team operates at a top-level, growing fast in some of the toughest online markets to see the company grow and grow.
GloucestershireLive Family Business of the Year
E G Carter & Co
E G Carter & Co is a fourth-generation family business delivering construction services throughout the South of England. From its modest beginnings in 1945, it now employs 200 people and has a long-term business plan to continue its growth far into the future. The company takes a focus on relationships, commercial, customer and employee, and constantly reinvests and redevelops to further the success of its team.
Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) Ltd
Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) has grown considerably over the past three years, with desire growing for its virtual distribution software system and drop-shipping model it uses for distributing leading lifestyle and safety bands to the footwear and clothing trade. Soon it will have more than 230,000sq ft of warehouse space to use, with the help of its hugely increased workforce featuring more local people than ever.
Gloucester Carpet Outlet
Gloucester Carpet Outlet has family at every level, priding itself on investing in its team. Having donated more than £290,000 in sponsorship and donations for local organisations, the business puts the community first and often offers new carpets to families who are in difficult circumstances. With the family as the backbone of the company, Gloucester Carpet Outlet has built a very loyal customer base.
McLoughlin Planning offers a chartered town planning consultancy and development service, having worked on more than 700 projects. The business puts family first, offering flexibility and understanding policies which help its team work comfortably and in a way which fits their lifestyle. Cohesiveness is at the heart of McLoughlin Planning’s culture, promoting strong team spirit which encourages everyone’s success
Printwaste Recycling & Shredding
Printwaste Recycling & Shredding has seen sustained growth through its family leadership, providing an environment for personal and professional development to all 83 team members. It identified new revenue opportunities to achieve historical turnover and further expansion. The company is renowned for its innovative waste management solutions which promote being environmentally responsible, having diverted 99.7% of material from landfill in 2021.
GloucestershireLive Business of the Year
Freemans Event Partners
Freemans Event Partners was heavily impacted by the pandemic but has more than bounced back since. It has grown from a single fish and chips outlet to operating across a wide range of high-profile event venues and festivals, becoming one of Gloucestershire’s largest businesses. New senior hires have transformed the business, with a focus on sustainability and new commercial partnerships helping further its growth.
Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) lTD
Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) distributes leading lifestyle and safety brands to the footwear and clothing trade, sending out more than 1.3 million items a year. Its virtual distribution software system and drop-shipping model is helping its growth. Not only has the company grown in physical size, with more than 230,000sq ft of warehouse space, but more employees come to work from the local area than ever in its 150-year span history.
Leeways Packaging Services Ltd
Leeways Packaging Services is a third generation, family-owned business based across four sites in Gloucestershire. A leading UK supplier of bespoke food and medical packaging solutions, Leeways designs and manufactures thermoformed packaging for some of the biggest brands in the UK. Through recent investment in the latest extrusion technology, it has been able to develop sustainable materials such as Break Down Plastic and Prevented Ocean Plastic™.