6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

2018 Local Business Charity Awards launch in Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 14:18 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 03 April 2018

Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas

Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas


The 2018 Local Business Charity Awards have been launched for the fifth time in Gloucestershire complete with a brand new ‘Support A Local Charity’ campaign

The awards, which were founded by Jelf in 2014, recognise the support given by Gloucestershire businesses and individuals to Gloucestershire charities. The awards, which are free to enter, are now open for entries from charities nominating the Gloucestershire businesses who support them. Click here to enter.

As in previous years there will be three awards, the Jelf Award, the Ageas Award and an Individual Award.

Entries will be accepted for the Jelf Award from charities who have an income of over £200,000. Entries will be accepted for the Ageas Award from charities with an income of less than £200,000. Any charity may nominate an individual.

The Local Business Charity AwardsThe Local Business Charity Awards

Nominating charities must have their head office in Gloucestershire and do at least 80% of their work in the county and for the benefit of the county’s residents.

Charities who nominate the eventual winners of the Jelf and Ageas awards will receive a £1,000 donation each from the sponsors. The winner of the Individual Award will win a £300 weekend away.

To mark their fifth anniversary, award organisers have launched a new initiative to encourage more businesses to ‘Support A Local Charity’.

Louise Bruce, organiser of the awards said, “Over the past five years we have learned a lot about the charities in Gloucestershire and the incredible work they do, we also discovered there are many charities who still need support from the business community but don’t have the time, skills or advertising budget to ask for it.

“We hope to show through this campaign that ‘support’ does not have to automatically mean ‘fundraising’. Companies who have never supported a charity before can be reassured they don’t have to raise thousands of pounds or run marathons to support a charity, they could just lend them a room in their office to hold their board meetings or help them to use a specific software package or give them advice on IT security or any number of everyday business-related issues.”

To sign up to the campaign, charities and businesses are asked to visit the website and fill in the online form explaining what help they need and what support/skills they have to share. The results will be published on the website, allowing businesses and charities to browse through the lists looking for a good match.

For example: A local company may find that not far away is a charity in dire need of help on how to set up and run their social media channels; an afternoon spent with a member of their staff who runs the company’s social media accounts could make a huge difference to the charity, at almost no cost to the company.

Alongside general fundraising and volunteering charities may need help with accounts, PR, marketing, advertising, social media, GDPR, accounts, websites, SEO, completing grant applications etc.

The judges for the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards will be:

• Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf

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

• Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire

• Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham

• Sophie Flowers, Agenda Editor, Gloucestershire Echo

• Dr Diane Savory OBE DL, Chair of GFirst LEP

In a joint statement from sponsors Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas they said, “Jelf and Ageas are delighted to be supporting the Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire) again in this their fifth anniversary year. We’re looking forward to not only shining a light on the wonderful work done by local businesses to support our local charities but also to encourage new corporate relationships via the ‘Support A Local Charity’ campaign. As national insurers and local employers with a very firm foothold in Gloucestershire, we care deeply about the charities that surround us and look forward to reading the nominations again this year. We wish everyone luck and look forward to seeing the finalists at the awards in September.”

Entry to the awards is free and the closing date for entries is Friday July 27 2018. Finalists will be announced on Monday August 13 2018. Finalists will be invited to attend the finals of the awards on Thursday September 6 2018.

For further information and to enter the awards visit www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Fri, 12:03

The Cotswolds are abundant with picture perfect locations ideal for a ramble. Gather loved ones, wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with one of these winter walks in the region

Read more
Fri, 11:53

Helping clients through divorce, separation and disputes over children, we talk to 8 divorce lawyers in the Cotswolds

Read more
Fri, 11:52

We’ve some extraordinary, and inspiring, women in business in the Cotswolds. We talk to 7 female trailblazers in local industry who offer the business advice they’ve lived by

Read more
Wed, 16:26

Swan Lake. We know the music, we know the iconic imagery of the beautiful ballerina dressed as a swan, but I’m guessing that without reading the libretto in the program, most people don’t know the story. Which is why the audience relies on the dancers to tell us.

Read more
Wed, 11:00

Tom and Louise are being joined by other new academic appointments that have been made as part of the RAU’s £2.5 million initiative to help meet the future needs of the land management and agri-food sectors

Read more
Wed, 10:46

“To win this prestigious award is a real compliment to the wider team in Renishaw’s manufacturing services operation, particularly when we consider the achievements of the other excellent shortlisted companies.”

Read more
Tue, 17:16

Stepping up to receive the world’s first MBA Leading Business degrees at the ceremony were Sarah Bryars, Chief Executive of Target; Luke Freeman, Joint Chief Executive of MF Freeman; and Linsey Temple, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Engineering Training

Read more
Tue, 17:04

“I am thrilled to see InfoSec People win this fantastic award which is a testament to the brilliant team we have built in the past few years.”

Read more
Tue, 16:36

After a stress-free shopping experience browsing designer brands this Christmas? Look no further than the luxury offerings of Mailbox in Birmingham

Read more
Tue, 10:24

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ original picture book The Snowman. With three performances of the animated film – with live orchestra – coming to Gloucester Cathedral next month, we thought we’d catch up with Rachel Whibley, managing director of Carrot Productions (and occasional snowman), to find out more...

Read more
Mon, 14:10

It’s the season of terrible puns, magic lamps, and generous genies: Aladdin, the all-new panto at the Everyman, has been written by none other than legendary Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, and stars everyone’s favourite clown, Tweedy. The Barnard family from Nailsworth - mum, dad, Harriet (12) and Lewis (6) - made a Wishee (Washee) for tickets; grabbed their car (Window Twan) keys; and dashed off to see A Ladd In Cheltenham

Read more
Mon, 13:45

Crispy, frosty days and perhaps even a dusting of snow, winter is a magical time in the Cotswolds. If you’re thinking of tying the knot during this beautiful season in the region, here are six winter wedding ideas to help you start planning your special day

Read more

Christmas in the Wilson household is a heartwarming, traditional family affair

Read more
Mon, 13:15

Tracy Spiers takes an impressive, if hypothetical, budget on a shopping spree in Cheltenham’s independent stores

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search