Cel­e­brat­ing our county’s big­gest suc­cess sto­ries

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

EV­ERY week, we have been tak­ing a look at the fi­nal­ists of each award at the Glouces­ter­shire Live Busi­ness Awards and this week sees the cov­er­age of the most pres­ti­gious award: Busi­ness Of The Year

The Glouces­ter­shire Live Busi­ness Awards (sponsored by Ran­dall & Payne) are com­monly known as a real high­light in the so­cial cal­en­dar in Glouces­ter­shire for busi­nesses of all shapes and sizes.

This is a true cel­e­bra­tion of great or­gan­i­sa­tions and em­ploy­ees but it also aims to recog­nise and cel­e­brate those busi­nesses in the county that have ex­celled in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

This is now the last week pro­fil­ing the re­main­ing fi­nal­ists of the awards and we saved the big­gest award un­til last: Busi­ness Of The Year.

It is in­deed a long process for our judg­ing panel to whit­tle down the can­di­dates to fi­nal­ists and each and ev­ery one of the de­serv­ing fi­nal­ists have been recog­nised and cel­e­brated over the last few weeks.

Busi­ness Of The Year Cat­e­gory Avon Spe­cialty Met­als Ltd

Avon Spe­cialty Met­als has had its share of chal­lenges to con­tend with over the years and yet it has risen to ev­ery chal­lenge. Grow­ing both in size and prof­itabil­ity while out­per­form­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and set­ting a new stan­dard of ex­cel­lence for the met­als in­dus­try.

The com­pany’s com­mit­ment to Glouces­ter­shire has seem­ingly never wa­vered, de­spite of­fers to re­lo­cate to other lower-cost ar­eas with greater Gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance.

The com­pany is ex­tremely proud of its Glouces­ter­shire roots and hopes that Glouces­ter­shire is equally as proud of it and will recog­nise the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion it has taken to make the com­pany such a re­sound­ing suc­cess story.

EESI Group Ser­vices

For the last 25 years, EESI has been a prof­itable, sus­tain­able busi­ness, re­tained in the same own­er­ship and sup­port­ing lo­cal Glouces­ter­shire jobs with a strong com­mit­ment to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

EESI was set up by lo­cal busi­ness­man Mike Gar­diner, now re­tired but who is still an ac­tive chair­man.

The com­pany orig­i­nally launched as an elec­tri­cal contractor with two em­ploy­ees. Twenty-five years later and it has evolved into EESI Group Ser­vices, a lead­ing build­ing ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment com­pany em­ploy­ing 70 peo­ple.

It has pro­vided more than 50 ap­pren­tice­ships and to­day has multi-gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies work­ing for EESI. The com­pany also con­tin­ues to work for cus­tomers that started with them on their jour­ney 25 years ago. This is a tes­ta­ment to the cul­ture of the busi­ness; fo­cused on the com­mu­nity, fam­ily and well-be­ing of em­ploy­ees.

GBE Con­verge

GBE Con­verge is head­quar­tered in Glouces­ter­shire and has been op­er­at­ing lo­cally for more than 20 years. It has suc­cess­fully grown into one of the UK’S lead­ing fire and security in­te­gra­tors, with a re­cent ex­pan­sion into the data cen­tre mar­ket and a suc­cess­ful ex­pan­sion into Euro­pean projects.

The re­cent suc­cess­ful merger with Con­verge (an­other lo­cal busi­ness) has added to its IT and data net­work strength.

GBE Con­verge be­lieves that it is one of the best-kept se­crets lo­cally and not well-known enough within the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

It now em­ploys 152 staff and con­tin­ues to ex­pand on a monthly ba­sis, with a real com­mit­ment to em­ploy­ing lo­cal ap­pren­tices across the busi­ness.

With the on­go­ing and fu­ture growth plans, GBE Con­verge will be a £40mil­lion turnover busi­ness within two years.

» To find out more about the Glouces­ter­shire Live Busi­ness Awards and to get your hands on those all-im­por­tant tick­ets, visit the web­site at https://reach­plcevents.com/events/ west/glouces­ter­shire-live-busi­nes­sawards/

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