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2017 Local Business Charity Awards launched by Jelf and new sponsor, insurer Ageas

PUBLISHED: 16:50 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 27 June 2017

The Local Business Charity Awards

The Local Business Charity Awards

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The 2017 Local Business Charity Awards have been launched for the fourth time in Gloucestershire today

The awards, which were founded by Jelf in 2014, recognise the support given by Gloucestershire businesses and individuals to local charities.

There will be one significant change to the rules for entry in 2017; to allow smaller charities to benefit the award categories will now be based on the annual turnover of the charity.

Winners of the 2016 Local Business Charity AwardsWinners of the 2016 Local Business Charity Awards

The Jelf Award – for charities with an annual income of more than £100,000 a year

This award will be given to a Gloucestershire business of any size, nominated by a Gloucestershire charity, which has an annual income of more than £100,000 a year. The award will be given to the company who the judges feel have gone the ‘extra mile’, either through time given, services provided or financial support to the charity. The nominating charity will receive a prize of £1,000.

The Ageas Award – for charities with an annual income of less than £100,000 a year

This award will be given to a Gloucestershire business of any size, nominated by a Gloucestershire charity, which has an annual income of less than £100,000 a year. The award will be given to the company who the judges feel have gone the ‘extra mile’, either through time given, services provided or financial support to the charity. The nominating charity will receive a prize of £1,000.

The Individual Award, with the prize of a £250 weekend away, will remain unchanged and will be given to an individual from a Gloucestershire company, nominated by a Gloucestershire charity of any size, in recognition of their personal dedication and contribution to the charity.

The judges for the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards will be:

• Phil Barton, CEO, Jelf and Bluefin

• Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas

• Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire

• Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham

• Matt Holmes, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo

• Dr Diane Savory OBE DL, Chair of GFirst LEP

Commenting on the 2017 launch of the awards Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin, said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards, alongside our new fellow sponsor, insurer Ageas. We first launched these awards in 2014 and are proud of what they have achieved so far, highlighting the altruistic companies in Gloucestershire who work very hard to support their local charities. We are truly delighted that Ageas has decided to come on board as a joint sponsor to further promote and support local Gloucestershire businesses and charities, and we look forward to delivering these awards in partnership together.”

Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas said, “As a responsible insurer and local employer, we are proud to support the communities we operate in. We are fully committed to supporting both local businesses and charities in Gloucestershire and these awards certainly demonstrate the community spirit we are so proud of at Ageas.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to the judging process and the awards ceremony in September.”

Entry to the awards is free and the closing date for entries is Friday July 28 2017. Finalists will be announced on Monday August 14 2017. Finalists will be invited to attend the finals of the awards on Thursday September 7 2017.

For further information and to enter the awards visit the Local Business Charity Awards website.

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