Award Winners 2017

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This Year’s Winners!

For the seventh  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

Award Sponsor: Cirencester College CC_Red_on_white_4cm (3)

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 Runner Up

Pauline Rushton of Bluestone insurance.

Contact Pauline Rushton at pauline.rushton@BLUESTONEINSURANCE.CO.UK

The winner runs a successful and expanding company. She recognises the value of teamwork and has demonstrated a strong ethos and high principles. She has sought and achieved industry recognition for the quality of her service, and has excellent client testimonials.

The Winner

Michelle Milliner of Cirencester Sales & Lettings

Contact: Michelle Milliner.


Team of the Year

Award Sponsor: Faradair Aerospace

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

Citizens Advice

Contact Sally Pickering;

Cirencester Opportunity Group

Contact Steph Smyth;

Our winning entry was a very genuine application, addressing the criteria very clearly.  In particular the “over and above” aspect, of a business’s contribution to the community and their collaboration with other organisations. The evidence produced was clear and relevant.

The Winner 

Corinium Museum

Contact Isobel Milne;                

Cirencester Community Award of the Year

Award sponsor: The Royal Agricultural University

This new 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 

Cirencester Furniture Bank

Contact Jo Mansell;

Cirencester Baptist Church

Contact Matt Frost;

The Winner 

Corinium Museum

Contact Isobel Milne;                

New Business of the Year Award

Award Sponsor: Cirencester Sales & Lettings

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.

The Runner Up

Simon May with ‘THE SIEGE TRILOGY’

Contact Simon May;

The winner submitted a very focused and well thought through entry that reflects clear aims for the business and demonstrates sound knowledge of their industry. They have also detailed some exciting plans for the development of their business in the future. Well done!

The Winner 

Bluestone Insurance

Contact Dan Ogden;                  

Retailer of the Year

Award sponsor: The Bathurst Estate

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

Vanessa Arbuthnott
Contact: Vanessa Arbuthnott at

Our winner was chosen for the quality of their entry, their product range, the look and feel of their new store and in particular, their innovative marketing approach using social media. They have brought new ideas to progress a long established local business.

The Winner

Jesse Smiths

Contact David Hawes;

Professional Services of the Year

Award Sponsor; Davey Law

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

McGills Chartered Accounts

Contact Simon Nuttall;

Plan-A Planning and Development Ltd

Contact Andrew Pywell;

The Winner is an independent consultancy with a rapidly growing client base, showing healthy growth and strong performance. This innovative and pragmatic company demonstrated a clear method of approach to its clients, who gave very positive testimonials.  All in all, a very attractive entry!

The Winner

Wildwood Ecology

Contact Richard Dodd;

Hospitality & Entertainment Provider of the Year

Award Sponsor; Prints & Threads 

This award was aimed at hotels, pubs, restaurants, cafes and eateries. The judges were looking for entries that demonstrate venues that provide good quality food and beverages for the price set and great entertainment too. We wanted the facilities, presentation, service and recommendation, to be supported through customer testimonials, reviews and ratings.

The Runner up

Foodworks Cookery School

Contact Harriet Elwes;

Our winner has been undergoing a couple of years of upheaval during its splendid refurbishment.  However, this has not detracted from the quality of service they provided throughout, and continue to provide.  As part of the transformation, they have brought fresh, younger members into their team and have moved up to a whole new professional level.

The Winner

Ingleside House

Contact Lisa Marie Duffy;


Skilled Trader of the Year

Award sponsor: Air Salvage International

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 winning entry was strong, with the nature of the business well defined. The company is clearly adapting to the challenges of an increasingly digital age with targeted investment towards the future. Client testimonials were very positive, reinforcing the impression that the company provides excellent customer service and support.

The Winner

Corinium Continuous

Contact Jonathan Street;

Young Enterprise of the Year

Award Sponsor: Soroptimists International

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 with a willingness to learn, together with a determination to succeed.   They were interested in evidence of sound business planning and skills balanced by youthful energy and flair – above all they want to be dazzled by all the bright stars of the future! The two finalists were very close.

The Runner Up

Cotswold Reclaimers

Contact Freddie Stevens;

The winner submitted an outstanding entry.  They shaded it with the sheer quality of product and level of service, as evidenced by exceptional customer reviews. A very exciting prospect, and surely an ambassador for the category – and indeed Cirencester – in the future.

The Winner

Eternity Engraving

Contact Daniella Keen;


Wilts & Glos Standard Customer Service Award

For seven 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.

The Runner up is Corinium Movers & Storage.
Contact Mark & Jane Milner;

The winner in the category is Cirencester Sales & Lettings

Contact: Michelle Milliner.

Cotswold TV Cirencester Ambassador Award

We were looking for a local individual who has gone that extra mile to represent Cirencester far and wide. Someone who sings the praises of this lovely town, encouraging visitors, shoppers and businesses alike, to come here. A cheerleader who not only supports our local trade, but networks widely to link people and businesses together.  We wanted to acknowledge someone who knows this beautiful Cotswold market town inside out and spreads the word to all.

We have a big appreciation for those who work behind the scenes to bring praise and promotion to others. We think we have found someone who fits the bill. In over 10 years of Cotswold TV there has been someone who was always known to us as Mr Cirencester…  so it seemed very appropriate to name this person the 2017 Cirencester Ambassador.

The Winner

Jonathon Rooke Straight PR


Cirencester Scene Creatives Champion AwardCIREN SCENE masthead logo - Teal

Cirencester Scene wanted to recognise those dedicated people who support others in their creative and artistic endeavours.  We asked our readers to nominate individuals, businesses or organisations who work hard to promote talented local people.  We had five worthy nominees, all of whom have contributed their time, support and facilities to this end.  We received a lot of votes and many glowing tributes.

However, this award has been won overwhelmingly by an individual whose enthusiasm has been a breath of fresh air since returning to Cirencester two years ago. A person who has made a big impact on our theatrical community, particularly for the young people in this town. In the short time since our winner has been back in Cirencester, he has been the driving force behind a thriving business, and several sell-out theatre productions locally. He has bigger plans still to realise, and fully deserves the recognition of this Award.

The winner is Iwan Lewis Artistic Director of The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, and founder of StageSmart .
Contact Iwan Lewis;

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 time, the Chamber of Commerce Award will be presented to an organisation that has “taken over” Cirencester this year!  Our winner is currently the single largest project in and around the Town, and its events are drawing in significant numbers of visitors to the town throughout 2017. This brings a substantial boost to all our businesses, especially within retail and hospitality.

This organisation has raised around £70,000 to fund the events that they are staging, and any surplus will be reinvested in the Abbey Grounds to benefit the town over the longer period.

The winner is Abbey 900

Contact Corinne Elrick ;





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