Finalists announced for the Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire)

The finalists have been announced in the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire), sponsored by insurance broker Jelf and insurer Ageas.

There were three awards to enter, the Jelf Award, for charities with an income of over £200,000 a year, the Ageas Award for charities with an income of under £200,000 a year and the Individual Award.

To enter, charities had to nominate a Gloucestershire business or individual, who had done an outstanding job supporting them. If their nominated business wins, the charity will receive a donation of £1,000. The winner of the Individual award will receive a weekend break to the value of £300.

In alphabetical order, the names of the finalists and the charities who nominated them are:

The Jelf Award

  • The Coventry Building Society nominated by Longfield
  • Randall & Payne nominated by the Pied Piper Appeal
  • Robert Hitchins Ltd nominated by the Gloucestershire Community Foundation
  • Wentworth Court nominated by the Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre Company Ltd.

The Ageas Award

  • Cyber Security Associates nominated by Gloucestershire Bundles
  • Dee & Griffin Solicitors nominated by Longlevens RFC
  • Roberts Express Delivery Transport and Logistics nominated by Goals Beyond Grass
  • Severn Vale Housing Society nominated by Brockworth Link

The Individual Award

  • Cathryn Hage from Pentacom PR and Marketing nominated by the Pied Piper Appeal
  • Elaine Hodgin from Clarkson Evans nominated by the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Chari
  • Emily Ashman from Specsavers Cheltenham nominated by Carers Gloucestershire
  • Klara Sudbury from Cheltenham Borough Council, nominated by the Hollie Gazzard Trust

Commenting on the finalists Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer of Jelf said:

‘‘As the founding sponsor of these awards in 2014, we have read many, many entries and I can honestly say this has been a truly extraordinary year. We’ve had more entries than ever before, due in part to the success of the new ‘Support A Local Charity’ campaign, which matches businesses and charities in the county. This means the standard has been incredibly high. Along with my fellow judges, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations at Ageas, Cathy Taylor, Digital Content Editor of Gloucestershire Live, Sophie Flowers and Chair of GFirst LEP, Dr Diane Savory OBE DL, we considered each and every entry very carefully and decided on the finalists.

"We salute all of you who were nominated but did not make it through to the finals; your hard work, dedication and commitment has not gone unnoticed. We thank you for your efforts and hope you will display your nomination certificates with pride. To the finalists, many congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at the finals in September."

The finals will be held at the National Star College, Ullenwood, on Thursday 6 September at 7pm. The event will be catered for by the chefs at the Star Bistro under the theme of ‘The Best of Gloucestershire’, using only locally-grown and produced foods and drinks, to reflect the very best of flavours in the county.

The event will be hosted by Ben Atkinson, breakfast presenter on Heart FM in Swindon.

How can I get involved?

Although nominations for the Oxfordshire awards are now closed, charities and businesses can list themselves on the free ‘Support A Local Charity’ page. The page helps to match up businesses and charities with a skills and need swap.

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