PILLARS of Cirencester's business and community sectors were celebrated at a special awards ceremony on Friday.

This year's Chamber of Commerce business awards were given out alongside four new awards, organised by the town council.

Marc Begg from Cirencester Fabrication Services was named Business Person of the Year, beating Alex Reeves from First Military Recruitment and Dolcetti's Rob Gibson.

Large Business of the Year was won by the Barn Theatre, with the King's Head Hotel and the Bathurst Estate runners up.

It was a good night for the Corinium Museum. They beat Cirencester Fabrication Services and Dolcetti to claim Small Business of the Year and the museum's front of house staff beat Make It Sticky and Bathurst Estate Forestry to Team of the Year.

Business in the Community was won by Cirencester Creative Dance Academy. Ciren Scene Magazine and The NumberCrunchers were the other finalists.

Thomas Back of Cirencester College was named Apprentice of the Year. Holly Harrison, also of Cirencester College, Isobel Webb from McGills and Lewis Bradley from First Military Recruitment also made the final.

In the community awards section, The Churn Project Friendship Café triumphed over 100 Strikes at Cancer, Health and Wellbeing Week and The NHS and Beyond Project to be given the Daniel Bingham Award for Community Project of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year went to Doreen Newman ahead of James Hill, John Tiffney and Keith Baalham.

Eileen Grout, from Cirencester Health Group’s Patient Participation Group won Significant Contribution of the Year, while Wild Campus Cirencester was named Environmental Project of the Year.

Wild Campus, a partnership between the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and Cirencester College, was established in 2020 to connect wildlife populations and benefit protected species.

Receiving the award in the ceremony at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wild Campus project manager Deb Govier said: “We are so delighted to have won this award.

“Since we started the project two years ago, we have created lots of new habitats, including ponds and wildflower meadows at both the RAU and Cirencester College and planting a wide variety of hardy shrubs and a native orchard.

“It has been fantastic to work with both educational establishments to enhance the biodiversity of the area in which we all live and work."