County so lucky to have a wealth of lead­er­ship tal­ent

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» TONIGHT, all will be re­vealed at The Glouces­ter­shire Busi­ness Awards, where some of the re­gion’s top or­gan­i­sa­tions and its peo­ple will be recog­nised. Ahead of the evening, Quoluxtm, the lead­er­ship devel­op­ment and strat­egy spe­cial­ist and spon­sor of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, re­flect on some of the pre­vi­ous win­ners of this cat­e­gory. Jo Draper, di­rec­tor of Quoluxtm, high­lights past win­ners and re­mark­able lead­ers...

OVER the past six weeks we’ve looked back at a range of our county’s award-win­ning lead­ers, high­light­ing their in­di­vid­ual strengths and ap­proaches.

We’ve seen how lead­ers can learn and de­velop – hon­ing their skills and in­creas­ing their con­fi­dence to im­prove their lead­er­ship and, in turn, boost or­gan­i­sa­tional suc­cess.

One of tonight’s most cov­eted awards – the Life­time Achieve­ment Award – cel­e­brates an in­di­vid­ual who has made a con­sid­er­able, prof­itable and last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to busi­ness in Glouces­ter­shire over a pe­riod of at least 20 years. Recog­nised for their com­mit­ment, ap­ti­tude and re­silience, along­side their abil­ity to mo­ti­vate and in­spire be­lief in oth­ers – their lead­er­ship is a legacy to oth­ers.

The founders of Ren­ishaw, Sir David Mc­murtry and John Deer, were the de­served re­cip­i­ents of the in­au­gu­ral Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2014. Ren­ishaw is rightly held up as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion. From hum­ble be­gin­nings as engi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices, Sir David and John went on to es­tab­lish one of the world’s lead­ing engi­neer­ing and sci­en­tific tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. It was their rig­or­ous, open­minded ded­i­ca­tion to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, that per­vades ev­ery part of Ren­ishaw, which se­cured its suc­cess.

In 2015, Ju­lian Dunker­ton was hon­oured with the ti­tle. The brain­child be­hind one of Glouces­ter­shire’s great­est re­tail suc­cess sto­ries – Su­perdry – it was Ju­lian’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills and in­no­va­tive strate­gic di­rec­tion that led to the cre­ation of this fash­ion phe­nom­e­non.

From a mod­est mar­ket stall in Chel­tenham to a multi-mil­lion-pound global busi­ness, it was Ju­lian’s ap­proach – quite unique from his com­peti­tors – and his lead­er­ship skills that helped de­velop this house­hold name.

In 2016, the award went to Steve Evans, founder and chair­man of Clark­son Evans. His com­mit­ment to peo­ple – both his team and his cus­tomers – was in­stru­men­tal to the com­pany’s suc­cess. He recog­nised the im­por­tance of set­ting high stan­dards, de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and es­tab­lish­ing a cul­ture in which train­ing and devel­op­ment cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery mem­ber of the work­force to achieve their very best.

In 2017, we saw two win­ners re­ceive the award. Bob Holt, for­mer chair­man of Mears Group, and its CEO, David Miles. Ex­em­plars in lead­ing high per­for­mance, it was thanks to their in­no­va­tive spirit, work­ing to­wards a shared vi­sion, and re­lent­less ap­proach to con­tin­ual im­prove­ment, that they trans­formed a small busi­ness into one of the county’s largest firms.

Last year’s award went to for­mer CEO of St James Place Wealth Man­age­ment, David Bel­lamy. His lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to “do­ing the right thing” helped to grow the busi­ness into an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion which reg­u­larly tops Reach Plc’s Top 100 Busi­nesses in Glouces­ter­shire.

We’re lucky to have such a wealth of lead­er­ship tal­ent here in Glouces­ter­shire and we look for­ward to award­ing the 2019 Life­time Achieve­ment Award this evening – cel­e­brat­ing an­other lead­er­ship legacy for our county.

The next LEADTM pro­gramme be­gins in Novem­ber 2019, when we’ll be bring­ing to­gether an­other small group of MDS, owner-man­agers, di­rec­tors, se­nior man­agers and part­ners to ex­plore their lead­er­ship and grow their com­pa­nies.

To see videos from like-minded lead­ers and dis­cover whether LEADTM might help you with your lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, visit

Last year’s winer of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, David Bel­lamy; be­low, Ste­wart Barnes of Quoluxtm

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