» Birthday celebrations shine a light on county success stories
BATTEN & Allen took the top honour as the Gloucestershire Business Awards came of age with a night to remember.
Celebrating its 21st birthday, the awards organised by Reach Gloucestershire - publishers of the Gloucestershire Echo, Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Live – brought together some of the brightest business minds and companies to celebrate the best of the county at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. The Apprentice and Countdown star Nick Hewer hosted and evening filled with inspiring stories. And the awards culminated with the Business of the Year Award, in association with headline sponsors Randall & Payne, going to high precision engineering company Batten & Allen.
Based in Cirencester, the company employs around 125 people is proud of its Cotswolds heritage.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Quolux, also headed to the Cotswolds - via a circuitous route.
The award was presented to David Bellamy, who stepped down as chief executive of wealth management firm St James’s Place earlier this year.
Unable to attend as he is in Hong Kong, his family collected the award while the man himself accepted the
honour via a pre-recorded video.
Another 11 awards were handed out throughout the evening, starting with the Young Business Person of the Year.
Sponsored by Renishaw PLC, the award went to Tom Parling from Ocere Ltd.
He started the digital marketing company from his bedroom with just £100 and this year posted sales in excess of £1.2million, working on more than 2,000 projects from more than 30 different countries.
The Best Employee award, sponsored by ipipeline, was awarded to Harriet Davey.
Harriet has been with In The Park Ltd from its formation in 2014, rising rapidly through the ranks from team member to manager of multiple sites.
She has raised the profile, turnover and profitability of The Boathouse in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park as manager where her cheerful, unassuming outlook belies passion, hard work and dedication.
Salpo Technologies Ltd collected the Business Innovation Award, sponsored by the University of Gloucestershire.
Applying leading-edge technology solutions to real world business problems has seen Salpo build a robust software platform with the flexibility to be moulded to almost infinite applications.
The award for Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by Lilian Faithfull Homes, was awarded to Clarkson Evans for their work in the electrical industry.
Starting life as a family business in the 1980s when chairman Steve Evans began trading using his spare bedroom as an office, the company employs more than 850 staff wiring new homes across England and Wales.
The Best Place to Work honour, sponsored by Lucozade Ribena Suntory, was won by Holiday Architects.
The Cheltenham firm’s growth plan recognises the ability and experience of their staff who are provided with the support and tools to do their job.
The winners of the Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Marketing Cheltenham, were on home soil as it went to Cheltenham Racecourse for their work on The Festival.
This year’s highlight of the National Hunt season attracted a record-breaking attendance after the team’s focus on tickets and pricing, content and hospitality.
Tim Watkins, left, managing partner of Randall & Payne, and compere Nick Hewer, right, present the Business of the Year award to Batten & Allen David Bellamy collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jo Draper of Quolux
Gloucestershire College principal Matthew Burgess presents the Ecommerce Business of the Year award to Procook
University of Gloucestershire vice chancellor Stephen Marston, left, and Nick Hewer, right present the Business Innovation award to Salpo Techonologies
Young Business Person of the Year Tom Parling with Chris Pockett of Renishaw and Nick Hewer
Pete Kyle from Lucozade Ribena Suntory presents Best Place to Work to Holiday Architects
Susannah Moffat and Jenny Moss from In The Park collect the Best Employee award on behalf of Harriet Davey from Helen Jones of ipipeline with awards host Nick Hewer
Kelly Ballard from Marketing Cheltenham presents the Marketing Campaign award to The Festival team from Cheltenham Racecourse