The long-awaited Gloucestershire Business Awards – in partnership with headline sponsors, Randall & Payne – have returned for 2021 and we’re honoured to be recognising the resilience and achievements of our business community.
Last year’s awards were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re extremely excited to return, and strongly believe in the importance of celebrating the positive accomplishment of businesses in Gloucestershire.
Headline sponsor, Randall & Payne, is an accountancy firm that is sponsoring the awards for the ninth time. Managing partner Tim Watkins emphasised the importance of acknowledging the perseverance of businesses in the face of adversity.
“It gives us great pleasure to be involved once more with the Gloucestershire Business Awards now that they are finally able to return after such a challenging year,” he said.
“As a business community we need more than ever to get together and acknowledge our achievements and share our stories of resilience during such unprecedented times. Personally I am looking forward to reading and judging the entries and am hopeful that we can gather for the awards ceremony later this year when restrictions are over and confidence is returning for us all.”
Nominations open today, and we’re seeking submissions from both businesses themselves, and the public for the Local Business Hero Award. The nominations will remain open until June 29 – and we look forward to revealing the worthy winners at the ceremony on September 16.
Gloucester Business Awards categories
Business of the Year Open to any company with 25 or more employees from the Gloucestershire area, the Business of the Year award is there to recognise businesses that have excelled in a variety of areas. The award takes into account the innovation and success of the company over the last six to 12 months, how well it’s done at weathering the coronavirus pandemic, plans for growth in 2021 – and how the company has had a positive impact on the local area.
Small Business of the Year The award for Small Business of the Year is, as the name suggests, for small businesses – those with 25 employees or less – in Gloucestershire. As above, judges will look at how the nominated businesses have managed to achieve in a variety of areas – hoping to see how they have managed to do big things despite a small size.
Family Business of the Year Award This award is open to nominations for thriving companies that are family-owned. Be it a first generation-owned business, one with a legacy of several generations, or a company in which a founding family still holds a major stake – this award is designed to recognise those companies that have succeeded while maintaining their identity as a family enterprise.
Start-Up Business of the Year Award The last couple of years have presented a challenging time for new businesses – with 2020 proving particularly difficult. It’s for this reason that the Start-Up Business of the Year Award is being presented to shine a light on those enterprises which have succeeded despite the odds. Open to any business started within the last two-and-a-half years, the judging will look at how the company has been successfully managed, achieved growth, and satisfied customers in that short time.
Business Innovation Award The Business Innovation Award is aimed at those organisations that have pursued and achieved development and innovation over the last year. Offering recognition to a system, process, or product that has had a notable positive impact on the company, the award will also reflect how the company has used innovation to lessen the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations.
Best Place to Work Award More than ever, it’s important that employees feel safe and at ease in their place of work – and the Best Place To Work Award aims to reflect these efforts. Judging will focus on the degree to which a business treats employees with respect, and provides a safe and friendly workplace that energises the people who use it. Following the challenges of a national lockdown with many businesses having to move to a home working model, we will also consider entries that can demonstrate how they successfully handled the lockdown and the move to working remotely.
Sponsoring the Gloucestershire Business Awards for the ninth year in a row are Randall & Payne, an independently owned firm of chartered accountants and business advisors dedicated to helping businesses and individuals to achieve their goals.
Founded more than 140 years ago, Randall & Payne has a wealth of specialist expertise and provides a full service under one roof for a range of clients in Gloucestershire and beyond.
Working jointly with your accountant or auditor, the management services team provides accurate information to help you plan; the business advisory team brings clarity, commitment and capability to your strategic plans; the tax team seeks to minimise your tax burden and the corporate finance team can get you to the next step whether you want to raise finance to grow your business or to get you and your business ready to sell.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award In recent years, the need for companies to be responsible in their operations has become increasingly pressing, and has been given a greater focus. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award is designed to celebrate a business that has been conscientious and strived to foster ethical practice regarding employees, the local community, supply chains, and the environment – and worked to promote these practices in businesses it partners with.
Employee of the Year As well as businesses, the Gloucestershire Business Awards strive to recognise the employees that are so vital to a company’s success. The Employee of the Year award is given to an individual who really shines at their company. Be it through suggestions and initiatives to increase performance, peerless customer service, extensive efforts to improve the working environment – this award is for those who help the business and the people around them thrive.
Lifetime Achievement Award The Lifetime Achievement Award is given, as the name suggests, to an individual with a sterling record of achievement over their career. The judges will look for a positive contribution to the functioning and development of local businesses over at least 20 years of work – to celebrate someone who has really left an imprint on the business community.
Business In The Face of Adversity Special Award Many businesses have faced striking adversity during the coronavirus pandemic – and the Business In The Face Of Adversity Special Award is there to celebrate those who succeeded despite this. The award is aimed at honouring a business that showed fortitude and a capacity for excellence under pressure – and that helped other businesses and communities and well as taking care of its own interests.
Local Business Hero Voted on by the public, the Local Business Hero award is a chance for people to show their appreciation for a business that went above and beyond during the last year. A sense of community and responsibility is more important for a business than ever, and we want to celebrate companies that embraced that spirit wholeheartedly.
Young Business Person of the Year It’s always exciting to see what young figures of business are doing to help move companies towards the future – and the Young Business Person Of The Year award will recognise just such efforts. The award will be given out to someone under 35, who either set up or works at a business, and is constantly working to help it develop and go from strength to strength – with creativity, dedication, and vision.
To submit a nomination, visit http://www.glosbusinessawards.co.uk/