This Year’s Winners!
For the eighth year running, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce has held the Cirencester Business Awards, rewarding and celebrating the best the town has to offer. Cirencester has a vibrant and exciting business community, offering an incredibly wide range of products and services to not just the town but the whole country and beyond. The Chamber was delighted to receive so many entries, and the judges were very impressed with the quality of each one.
Business Person of the Year
For this award the judges were looking for an individual who has made a significant impact on the business they work in, either as a leader or team member. Someone who is inspirational, both within their business or industry and in the local business community. In addition, they wanted to see evidence of the highest levels of business acumen, outstanding personal qualities, a wealth of achievements and respect from their peers. The two finalists were both excellent, and it was very, very close.
The Runners Up
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Michelle Milliner of Cirencester Sales and Lettings
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The winner provides a bespoke year-round graphic design/service and associated marketing support for a wide spectrum of client organisations, both global and UK based. He never takes his connections for granted and always looks ahead for new and exciting challenges. With his 27 years knowledge and experience this entry is a well-deserved Winner.
Team of the Year
Organisations stand or fall on the strength of the bonds between the people working for them. The judges were looking for well-defined aims and objectives, high levels of trust and commitment, great relationships, and a successful outcome – as well as that all important team spirit. There were many entries in this category, and it was a difficult choice.
The Joint Runners Up
Cirencester College Apprenticeship Team
Our winning entry the dictionary definition of “Team” is – “a group of players coming together to achieve a common goal” and this is exactly how being part of Screen4 feels
The team’s infinite ability to meet ever changing client demands, work together as one and deliver the impossible while maintaining a smile and enjoying their work makes it a pleasure to come somewhere that should be called work. This was a very genuine application, addressing the criteria very clearly.
Contact Gaynor Hutton ; GaynorHutton@screen4.org
Cirencester Corporate Social Responsibility Award of the Year
This award is aimed at businesses or organisations (with a commercial operation) of all sizes, to show how they have contributed positively towards the local community and environment in Cirencester – above and beyond their trading remit. Judges were looking at evidence within a range of different approaches, from businesses offering ongoing, steady and reliable support, to the more imaginative and innovative community projects.
The Runners Up
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The Winner enables amateur groups to use their facilities. To theatre-lovers of all ages and all backgrounds, the Barn Theatre is the place to share professional theatre and performing arts education. This is because of the fusion of high-profile and new talent, the state-of-the-art facilities, the buzzing bars, Téatro Restaurant and Piano Bar, and a nearby car park – all in the heart of Cirencester.
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New Business of the Year Award
This category was open to new ventures with no more than 3 years of trading history. The judges were looking for a business that has grown from an idea to a thriving business, achieved through planning, commitment, energy and determination. This was a closely contested category, and the judges were impressed with the quality and range of new businesses in the area.
Cotswold Baby Co
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The winner takes an innovative approach to a very traditional model responding to the 21st century. Business planning and acumen are strong. Great that incorporating local produce and creating an ethical response to food provenance
Malt & Anchor
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Retailer of the Year
This category was open to independents, chains, and multiples. Judges were looking for a retailer that understands its customers and stands out from its competitors with its products and its service. We wanted to see evidence of how the retailers work to keep their customers returning by showing examples of outstanding customer service and marketing initiatives. The finalists prompted much debate amongst the judges.
The Runner up
Our winner the business owner is becoming an established member of the business community but also developing additional skills to offer a wider range of services
Professional Services of the Year
This award is aimed at any business which provides professional services for its clients. The judges were looking for businesses that demonstrated why they are the right choice for their particular professional service, as well as examples of imaginative and innovative ways of enhancing their offer to their clients. This was a highly competitive field.
The Runners Up
Dyer Street Chiropractor and Physiotherapy Clinic
The Winner sets himself apart from the competition by having and demonstrating a strong ethos and high principles. He has sought and achieved industry recognition for the quality of its service, and has excellent client testimonials.
Hospitality & Entertainment Provider of the Year
This award is aimed at hotels, pubs, restaurants, cafes and eateries, and/or any venue which offers great entertainment too. As well as looking for entries that provide good quality food and beverages for the price set; facilities, entertainment, presentation, service and recommendation. The judges were also looking for clear examples of customer satisfaction, repeat custom, high levels of team work, warm and friendly atmosphere, and where applicable, locally sourced produce
The Runner’s up
The worthy winners is a large group of charitable and caring individuals whose sole interest is giving back to the local community
Skilled Trader/Supplier of the Year
This award is aimed at any person or business that provides trade, services and manufacturing for its clients. The winning business in this category will have achieved numerous repeat engagements from its clients and will be supported by testimonials of client satisfaction. Judges will be looking for examples of how the business has enhanced their professional service or gone that extra mile to help their clients and customers achieve or exceed their requirements.
The Runner Up
Young Enterprise of the Year
The young entrepreneurs of today are the business leaders of the future. This category was open to anyone under 25 who is performing well within a business, or who has set up their own enterprise. The judges wanted to see a willingness to learn, and a determination to succeed. They were interested in evidence of sound business planning and skills balanced by youthful energy and flair – above all they wanted to be dazzled by all the bright stars of the future! The two finalists were very close.
The Runner Up
The Winner at the age of only 22, is a young lady who has created a growing business,
that has grown,10 fold since 2017, which now employs 5 people and has retail premises, from which she has pushed creative boundaries in the world of floristry and her customer feedback showed just how popular this unique business is.
For eight years running the Standard has been proud to sponsor this award. The Wilts & Glos Standard asked its readers to vote for the business or individual that gives the best customer service. This could be a shop or solicitor, a bank or pub – anyone who goes the extra mile to meet their customers’ needs. In a town that prides itself on friendliness and quality of service in all kinds of business, this was not an easy task!
This is a highly sought after Award as it is entirely in the hands of the public. There were votes for a number of shining examples of great customer service
There can be few people who haven’t heard of the brilliant mockumentary that has well and truly brought the Cotswolds to the world’s attention. Written by a sister and brother writing team, out of their Cirencester office, the BBC show features recognisable locations in the area, and even has people making pilgrimages from far and wide to have selfies taken for social media.
After studying drama in London, the duo chose to return to their home town, showing that award-winning programmes can both be written and filmed right here. This person is also a high-profile and vocal ambassador for the newly-opened Cirencester Barn Theatre, saying of their professional-standard productions, ‘”Why go to London when you can come to Cirencester?”
The girl from Cirencester Deer Park School along with her brother has certainly put the town on the map, and shows no signs of moving in the near future… and we hope that she – along with Kerry and Kurtan – are here for good.
Daisy May Cooper of This Country
Kindly received by Michael Sleggs who also plays ‘Sluggs’ in the series
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Cirencester Scene wanted to recognise those dedicated people who support others in their creative and artistic endeavours. Our readers nominated five worthy individuals, businesses or organisations who work hard to promote talented local people and who have contributed their time, support and facilities to this end. We received a huge amount of votes and many glowing tributes for them all.
However, this year’s award goes to an extremely popular venue that’s been at the heart of Cirencester’s music community for over 25 years, hosting many up and coming local bands and musicians. Behind this venue is a generous, hardworking, music-loving couple who have freely given their time and enthusiasm to support local music. They are backed up by a tight-knit, dedicated set of staff and friends who share their aims. Andy and Manda Brown always prefer to avoid the spotlight personally, but the popularity of their venue speaks volumes for them.
Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Award
Every year, the Chamber is able to give a ‘Special Award’, which has no set parameters or category. This Award, chosen by the President, is given in recognition of a business, organisation or individual who has made a significant contribution to boost the business life of Cirencester in some way.
This year, the Chamber of Commerce Award has awarded to an individual who started working in financial services in 1973 aged 20 as an account administrator. He also received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire in recognition of his contribution to business in the county and to the wider community through charitable work
The winner is David Bellamy of SJP
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