Joy as county's business award winners celebrate
IT was a night of champagne and celebrations as the cream of the county's entrepreneurs celebrated success at The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo's Diamond Jubilee Business Awards.
The glittering 15th annual awards – now the biggest of their type in the country – attracted more than 630 business leaders to The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday night.
There were 12 awards up for grabs and the Business of the Year Award, supported by title sponsor Randall&Payne, was won by Avon Metals of Bristol Road, Gloucester.
The company now has a global operation for metals recycling, manufacturing and trading and has evolved into one of the most dynamic and profitable metal companies in the country.
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Steve Munnoch, Avon Metals chief executive, said: "We have been a finalist five times in the last six years so to win this year was just the ultimate for us."
Staverton-based aerospace company Messier Bugatti Dowty MRO scooped two awards-for apprenticeship development and best place to work.
The company's managing director Paul Clifford said: "We are 240 strong and they have put everything into making the business a success, particularly over the past three or four years."
Ian Mean, Editor of The Citizen, said: "Our first awards were held in 1998 when PKL Group were our first Business of the Year.
"Since then this county has won more Queen's Awards for business than any other area, isn't that fantastic
Kevan Blackadder, Editor of the Gloucestershire Echo, said: "We are almost obsessive about promoting business in our newspapers and websites."
And Ian Selwood, managing partner of the business awards title sponsors, Randall&Payne, said: "I am proud of my county of Gloucestershire.
"The innovation that takes place in this county is incredible and world-leading."
â Do not miss our Business Awards special in the next edition of The Business on Tuesday.