The Cirencester business awards took place on Friday nice honouring the brightest sparks from in and around the town.

For the ninth year, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce rewarded and celebrated the best the town has to offer.

The Chamber of Commerce Business Awards offers up a chance for the business community to shine.

Beginning at 7pm, the award ceremony took place at The Cornhall.

A spokesman for Cirencester Chamber of Commerce said: "The Chamber was delighted to receive so many entries, and the judges were very impressed with the quality of each one."

Who were the big winners on the night?

Business Person of the Year

Runners Up - Brett Russell of Tierra & Marr

Winner - Kelly Keen

The judges feel that the winner of this award is inspirational. They have grown multiple businesses over the past 4 years and have overcome many obstacles along the way, which has given them the passion to continue to succeed. This individual also works very closely with many charities and events throughout Cirencester, which has had a positive impact on the town.

Team of the Year

Runners Up - Phoenix Festival

Winner - Cirencester Opportunity Group

The winners of this award have been serving the local community since 1973. The entry demonstrates that their entire team is devoted to ensuring that every child under their care is given the support that they require to reach their full potential. The judges also feel that this team go above and beyond to fulfil this vision.

Cirencester Corporate Social Enterprise Award of the Year

Runners Up - Cirencester Friendly

Winner - Lounge Design

The judges believe that the winner submitted a fantastic entry, which outlined how the business has made a big difference to so many groups of people within the local community. The judges went on to say that this business is truly inspirational, setting a great example of how to do CSR.

New Business of the Year Award

Runner Up - Non Solo Pasta

Winner - The Old Café

The winning business opened in 2017 and since then has made its place within the local community, with excellent reviews and evidence of providing a fantastic customer service. This business ensures that their customers always come back for more.

Retailer of the Year

Runner up - Jesse Smiths

Winner - Persephone Violet

The winning business was setup by a young individual that has gone from strength to strength, they now employ 6 members of staff. They are always finding new ways to engage with customers and strive to offer exceptional expertise and knowledge. The judges expressed that the winner should be extremely proud of what they have achieved over the last 5 years.

Professional Services of the Year

Runners Up - Wildwood Ecology

Winner - Kay Ransom Photography

The judges were impressed by the winning business’s enthusiasm and dedication to provide a high standard of customer service. It is also clear that they have invested a lot of time in refining the customer experience. This approach has resulted in a loyal customer base throughout the local area.

It is also fantastic to see that they have worked collaboratively with many businesses from within the town

Hospitality & Entertainment Provider of the Year

Runner Up - The Golden Farm

Winner - The Kings Head Hotel

The winners have worked hard to engage with the local community and have hosted regular public events to encourage more visitors to the town. Over the past 12 months they have increased their occupancy and covers. This has been achieved by making changes within the business to continue to meet the needs of their guests and enhance their experience. This has also resulted in customers coming back time and time again

Business of the Year

Runner Up - UBCUK Cirencester​

Winner - Jesse Smiths

The judges were impressed by the winner’s ethos and vision and felt that this really shone through in all that they do within their business. The judges have commended them for embracing change and adapting their products and services to suit the times. They have also kept their offering competitive without compromising on quality and service. Furthermore, it is fantastic to see that they use local suppliers as well as encourage and support youngsters who would like a career within the industry. This is a business that Cirencester should be very proud of.

Apprentice of the Year

Runner Up - Sophie Stephens of Cirencester Sales & Lettings

Winner - Eryn Sergeant of Cirencester Friendly

The winner has achieved so much in their short time at this company; the judges were extremely impressed by her confidence and achievements along with her handwork and values. The individual is an asset to the organisation as well as being recognised as a team player by their peers.

Young Enterprise of the Year

Runner Up - Maria Parry of Glittaglo

Winner - Persephone Violet

At the age of only 23, the winner has created a growing business, 10 fold since 2017, which now consists of a team of 6 and has its own retail premises. The owner has pushed creative boundaries in the world of floristry and her customer feedback proves just how popular this unique business is.

Wilts & Glos Standard Customer Service Award

The Wilts & Glos Standard asked its readers to vote for the Business or Individual that gives the best customer service. This could be a shop or solicitor, a bank or pub. In a town that prides itself on friendliness and quality of service in all kinds of business, this was not an easy task! The Customer Service award winner offers high quality offices to rent in Cirencester on a business park, providing a co working environment for all types of businesses from new start-ups to larger businesses. Nominations mentioned the excellent customer service provided by Jenna and Michelle, who always made them feel welcome and went out of their way to make sure they helped with any issues.

Winner - UBCUK Cirencester​

Cotswold Business and Professional Life Cirencester Ambassador Award

Winner - Clare Bartlett

This young woman has led on Youth activities/events for the past 11 years and some of her successes have included The Phoenix Festival, Ozone Youth Club, Cirencester Youth Town Council, Beeches Junior Warren Scheme and supporting young people to achieve their dreams and win national awards such as Amy May-Knowles winning best young volunteer in the UK through inspired and supporting a group of young people to win the inspirer’s best team in the south west two years on the run.

The winner of the award always goes above and beyond to help Cirencester communities and often volunteers on projects and was a part of our future Cirencester and establishing Cirencester Community Development Trust Of which she was a director for three years. She has also worked closely with The Churn Project to help set up the community groups operating in each ward.

This individual is now leading on the Ozone hub at Cirencester Skate Park helping young people and offering advice and guidance when needed. The site has seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour since she started this project. She has recently secured funding to be able to purchase a porta-cabin designed to specifications and needs of the site users and it should be in place by The summer holidays of 2019.

During her time as the youth initiative officer she has raised over £250,000 for projects in Cirencester.

This young woman deserves some recognition for all her hard work and dedication to help make Cirencester a better place for all and promote what great work the people of Cirencester do she always goes above and beyond and is there when anyone needs any help, support or guidance night or day.

Cirencester Scene Creatives Champion Award

Winner - Sandra & Trevor Dukes of The Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble

Our winners received more than 60% of a huge public vote for this category. Musical Director Sandra Dukes and her husband Trevor, established the Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble as a charity in 1999. Its objectives were to advance the education of classical guitarists of all ages, to encourage children and young people to play classical guitar and to educate the public in this genre.

The ensemble consists of over 50 local youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 who perform regularly, both here and abroad, with a range of well-known professional guitarists. Sandra conducts their well-received performances and arranges a lot of the music herself. Being a part of this group offers members many musical opportunities. Several have played for the National Youth Orchestra and some have gone on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College London. This Award of Creatives’ Champions 2019 is in recognition of the ongoing hard work and commitment of Sandra and Trevor Dukes, and it is particularly fitting now, as the group celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.

Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Award

Winner - Simon King

Every year, the Chamber is able to give a ‘special award’, which has no category. The award is given in recognition of a business or an individual who has made a significant contribution to Cirencester in some way.

A good idea is of no use if nothing is done to make it come to reality. There are lots of people in Cirencester with ‘good ideas’, but this person brings those dreams to life. For over 30 years he worked at the RAU, starting off with rolled up sleeves and perched on a piece of farm machinery and finishing up in 2017 after having been Director of Business Development and attracting millions of pounds to the University and, by extension, the town.

Simon was the driving force in getting the Growth Hub funded and built in Cirencester: that’s £1.3 million pounds and a brilliant workspace for us, the businesses in and around the town.

And maybe it’s not surprising he is so dynamic, he is, after all, a former President of the Chamber of Commerce!

His achievements are too many to list in the time we have, but suffice it to say, you will always find him moving and shaking and not just talking about investment in the town but getting it. He is a great ambassador for Cirencester.