» Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions shine a light on county suc­cess sto­ries

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By OLIVIA SCULL

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

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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.

Pic­ture: Anna Lyth­goe

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

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