After a hiatus due to Covid last year, Warner’s is once again the headline sponsor at the Cotswold Food & Drink Awards.
Warner’s stores are independently owned by Guy Warner who has been working with local food and drink producers for over 15 years. During that time, Guy and his team have discovered some true Cotswold gems and are proud to stock produce from many of the nominees, finalists and winners in Warner’s stores in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.
Discovering local talent in food and drink has always been fundamental to the Warner’s brand – many local producers began their journey at Warner’s stores and have since grown to become award-winning household names in their own right.
Alongside an ever-increasing range of local produce, Warner’s also stocks all the usual supermarket essentials, offering customers flexibility and convenience in their shopping experience.
For more information about Warner’s stores and becoming a member of Warner’s Taste Club, visit www.warnerstasteclub.co.uk
Sponsor of The Face of Food and Drink 2021 Award
Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd provide high quality, professional, decorative services including traditional exterior and interior painting, decorating, wallpapering and specialist finishes for both residential and commercial clients. They can provide an onsite visit if required to discuss your requirements. They have the flexibility to supply a painting and a decorative service out of office hours to ensure that there is no or very little disruption in your workspace. Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd is fully insured, CSCS approved.
Sponsor of The Best Retailer of the Year
As a local firm based in the centre of Cheltenham, Frank Smith & Co Solicitors work for a number of entrepreneurial businesses and have assisted several café/pop up restaurant businesses set up over the years. These awards enable them to celebrate the variety of food and drink within the county as well as the entrepreneurial and leadership skills behind those companies.
The law firm based in the centre of Cheltenham, is a leading provider of legal services to individuals and business alike. It focusses on two main practice areas: Property and Private Client Services. Within its Property Department you will find lawyers with expertise in agricultural and rural property, residential property and commercial property. In its Private Client Department the lawyers deal with Wills, Trusts and Probate matters as well as Powers of Attorney.
The firm has a friendly and supportive culture and offers a welcoming and personalised service to its clients. They are renown for providing their legal services in a private, personal and efficient manner.
With many years’ experience in the legal sector, they are outstanding at understanding the needs of their clients and work hard to meet the expectations and demands of a diverse and vibrant local economy.
Sponsor of The Café, Coffee or Teashop of the Year
Hazlewoods is a UK Top 25 independent Business Advisers and Chartered Accountants, with an established sector expertise that is hard to find elsewhere. They are proud to be part of the local business community, opening its doors over 100 years ago, its experts have been providing specialist accountancy, tax, audit and business advice to individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes from start-ups through to corporates. Its specialist food and drink team does everything from guiding small businesses through their first steps to helping international businesses manage their overseas operations. Business plans, managing cash flow, achieving profits, sales, growth and benchmarking against competitors are just some of the areas its experts can provide a helping hand to make sure businesses in the food and drink industry are growing sustainably. All businesses need to continuously improve and develop in order to grow and differentiate from the competition. The food and drink sector has been through a turbulent 12 months and many businesses have found themselves innovating and adapting on a day-to-day basis. Hazlewoods are pleased to be sponsoring the award for innovation this year and are excited to see the various ways that food and drink businesses have been innovating in order to adapt and grow.
Sponsor of The Food and Drink Innovation Award
John Morgan Partnership Ltd (JMP) is a Cheltenham based General Insurance Broker, offering bespoke insurance services to commercial and private clients.
Established in 2008, JMP has gained a strong reputation for its dedication and professionalism, attention to detail and customer service. The company prides itself in its ability to understand client’s needs and being able to arrange fully bespoke and comprehensive insurance cover at a competitive price.
JMP have recognised that many insurance products are purchased online or without insurers having first hand knowledge of the client’s specific needs. This has led to may policies lacking in the cover required to fully protect the client’s interests. The experienced team will provide a free assessment of the cover that they have and will then give a full report on whether they have the cover that they need.
JMP will handle any claims that clients have to ensure that they are not left alone to deal with these matters. That peace of mind allows them to focus on running their business at a difficult time.
JMP have specialist schemes for engineering companies of all types including exports to the USA and safety critical parts, and Cyber crime insurance.
Their Cookery School Insurance provides cover specific to the unique needs of cookery schools, preventing gaps in insurance that could see clients or their business in serious trouble. JMP build bespoke policies to suit every business’ individual requirements.
To find out more about what JMP can do for your business visit johnmorganpartnership.co.uk or call us on 01242 898387.
Sponsor of The Chef of the Year
Best of Our Counties aims to source the tastiest food and drink from the counties we trade in. Whether that is through tenant farms, local suppliers or small food producers, they want to keep their supply chain as local as possible.
The Butchers only sell meat sourced direct from a local farm and ensure the finest, high quality cuts are available for its customers to enjoy with minimal impact to the environment. The Delicatessens stock cheeses, freshly prepared pies, pastries, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, handmade ready meals, tarts and handmade pâtés all made by Best of Our Counties local suppliers.
The Midcounties Co-operative’s philosophy is simple: fresh, local, seasonal. It aims to source from the home or neighbouring county of each store. Inevitably it is sometimes necessary to go a little further to source food when demand is high and local sources cannot supply them, but they always aim to work with small, quality local producers. This not only reduces food miles but also means its customers know exactly where their food comes from, with peace of mind that it is of the highest quality and has been sustainably sourced. In store you will see local ranges which are highlighted with “The Best of our Counties” branding.
Sponsor of The Best Newcomer Awards
NFU Mutual was founded over 100 years ago to look after the insurance needs of the farming community.
NFU Mutual offers insurance to individuals and businesses outside of the farming industry and have grown to become a major national insurer, serving customers from over 300 local branches.
Its range of products includes car, home, farm and business insurance, and in addition, NFU Mutual offers advice on pensions, protection and investments, as well as services such as inheritance tax planning.
NFU Mutual Financial Advisers advise on NFU Mutual products and selected products from specialist providers. When you contact them, they will explain the advice services they offer and charges. For your insurance, pension and investment requirements please contact the offices in Moreton-in-Marsh or Cheltenham on 01608 651781.
Sponsor of The Pub of the Year Awards
The Peter Hickman Group comprises five hairdressing salons throughout Gloucestershire.
The first was founded in Gloucester in 1957 and Peter himself continues to own and manage the group. Peter was awarded the MBE for his services to the Hairdressing Industry.
Since the earliest days, the company has included the in-house school of hairdressing – evidence of Peter’s commitment to training and development from the beginning. The training does not stop when the employee completes their apprenticeship. Their staff are highly motivated people and are ready to move forwards. The importance of highly trained qualified and motivated staff has always been seen as the keystone of the business.
They achieved recognition for the Investors in People national standard in June 1995 and continue to hold this award. A high proportion of staff training takes place with L’Oreal Uk, who (together with Redken and Tigi) is one of the major manufacturers of hairdressing products which the group use.
Sponsor of The Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year Award
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), based in Cirencester, has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.
Today, the RAU has around 1,100 students studying agriculture, food, environment, farm management, business, equine science, real estate and rural land management.
The RAU prides itself on its links with industry and its courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide.
The University’s award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme provides an inspiring and supportive environment in which students can share, develop and launch their ideas and in 2019, the University became only the sixth UK university, and the first specialist university, to be made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.
Did you know?
The Royal Agricultural University produces its own wines, under the brand name Cotswold Hills from its six-acre vineyard at Down Ampney.
Cotswold Hills operates as a social enterprise project for students at the RAU, providing them with the opportunity to develop their enterprise and employability skills and experience.
In addition, proceeds from the sale of its bottled and canned wines support budding RAU entrepreneurs start their own businesses via our First Steps Fund. Cotswold Hills is stocked in over 150 outlets across the region including Mid-Counties Co-op. Our award-winning wines, look beautiful, taste great and do good!
Sponsor of The Best Product or Producer Award
Its main aim has been to ensure their customers stay open for business. Total QSR ensure that all of its engineers are trained to achieve this. This brings several challenges, as customers use a broad spectrum of catering equipment from many different countries and manufactures, frequent model changes and upgrades result in engineers carrying £40,000 of van stock on average. The need to carry such a large van stock enables a high first-time fix percentage.
Total QSR operate as a national company with over 50 members of staff, offering a range of services. Its catering engineers are the biggest arm of the company, completing reactive call-outs ranging from a three-hour to a five-day service level agreement, depending on how trade critical the piece of equipment is to the kitchen. In addition, they provide planned preventative maintenance plans and supply new equipment to customers.
The electrical team also complete compliance works; perform fixed wire, emergency light and portable appliance testing; and undertake any remedial works, alongside responding to reactive call-outs.
Currently there is a shortage of engineers within the industry and Total QSR have decided to impart the wisdom and experience of its current engineers onto new trainees, who work within our skilled teams while they get qualified. In developing the skill set of their own engineers, the objective is to ensure the quality of the workforce stays at a high level for years to come.
Total QSR are very proud to say they work alongside some of the highest performing restaurant brands in the country. These include Wagamama and the SSP Group, who predominantly operate in catering divisions of airports, railway stations and Centre Parcs. Moto, Welcome Break and Roadchef have also been of ours customers for over 15 years.
Sponsor of the Casual Restaurant of the Year Award