Celebrating our county’s biggest success stories
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 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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