TALENT and innovation took centre stage at the 15th annual Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Diamond Jubilee Business Awards.
More than 630 people celebrated the enterprising businesses driving the county's economy at the awards presentation evening at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse last Thursday night.
And the applause rang out for Gloucester-based Avon Metals who won the Diamond Jubilee Business of the Year Award sponsored by Randall&Payne.
Sir David McMurtry, chairman and chief executive of Renishaw, the Wotton-under-Edge- based metrology experts addressed the event.
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And Ian Selwood, managing partner of the awards title sponsors Randall&Payne, said he was proud of Gloucestershire and the many businesses – especially Renishaw – who have won Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
"The innovation that takes place in this county is incredible and world-leading," he said.
Sarah Pullen, managing director of Gloucestershire Media, publisher of The Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life, said: "I had the honour of chairing the judging panel for tonight's awards and this year's entries were the strongest yet."