We are absolutely delighted to be launching the inaugural Cheltenham BID Awards 2018 in association with Cotswold Life Business & Professional.
Entries are now closed - our winners will be revealed soon
It’s high time we celebrated the brilliant businesses which make Cheltenham town centre the lively, diverse area that it is.
The independent boutiques; the restaurants, pubs and cafes; the beauty salons; the professional services and the retail assistants who go the extra mile to make your shopping experience stress-free will all be recognised.
Across 10 categories, these dynamic new awards will reward the very best traders in the Cheltenham BID zone – the area of the town centre from the High Street, along The Promenade to Montpellier, and down to the Brewery Quarter.
And we want your nominations.
Since its inception in August 2016, the staff and board behind the BID - Cheltenham’s Business Improvement District – has done a tremendous amount to raise the profile of the town as a retail and leisure destination.
Not only does it campaign to secure funding for major infrastructure projects including the £700,000 project to revamp the High Street - it has delivered scores of new initiatives from a map to promote tourism to updating the Christmas lights and launching a Cheltenham Gift Card.
Those who visit are lucky enough to enjoy the huge range of restaurants, bars and leisure outlets in the dazzling Brewery Quarter.
The Promenade must be one of the prettiest shopping streets in the whole of the UK.
The charming independent boutiques and salons of Montpellier, along with its quirky pubs, are a dream for visitors and residents alike - and who could fail to be excited about the opening of The Ivy?
And with the opening of the new John Lewis in the autumn on the site of the old Beechwood Shopping Centre, Cheltenham’s status as the county’s premier retail destination will surely be sealed.
Business & Professional has partnered with the board of Cheltenham BID, including Director Kevan Blackadder, to launch these prestigious new awards.
“It’s absolutely crucial that the BID helps its businesses celebrate the great things they do for the people who shop, eat, drink and live in Cheltenham,” said Kevan.
“Partnering with Cotswold Life is a great way of making that connection.” If you run a brilliant business in the BID zone and you’re proud of what you do, please help us tell the world about you.
And if you know a fantastic company - be it a hair salon, a cracking pub, a charming shop assistant or an estate agency - you can nominate them using the same link. We’re so looking forward to celebrating all your incredible achievements, and putting Cheltenham firmly on the map.
What is Cheltenham BID?
Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) was set up in August 2016 with the twin aims of attracting more people to our town and encouraging them to stay for longer.
BIDs are business-led and business funded bodies set up to improve a defined area, with the money raised being spent on a range of projects.
The Cheltenham BID zone covers the High Street, Promenade, Montpellier and The Brewery Quarter.
The BID has pledged to deliver improvements in five key areas: marketing and promotion, town centre events, parking and accessibility, business support and public realm improvements.
Message from Cheltenham BID Director, Kevan Blackadder
We are delighted to launch the Cheltenham BID Awards in conjunction with Cotswold Life.
There are more than 600 businesses contributing to the BID and the awards will celebrate the great work they do.
We have landmark independent and national retailers, a fantastic mix of restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs and hotels, a wide range of health and beauty specialists and leading professional service businesses.
Throw in the Everyman Theatre, the Town Hall, The Wilson and the great leisure offerings in The Brewery Quarter and it’s clear how much Cheltenham has to offer.
These awards will, for the first time, mean that Cheltenham properly recognises its town centre businesses – and their staff.