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Gloucestershire Local Business Charity Awards launched today

Good Morning


This morning we have launched the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire) for the fifth time. Our sponsors are Jelf and Ageas as before. Entries are now open to the awards and we would welcome any support you could give us letting Gloucestershire businesses and charities about them. They are free to enter and we have £2,300 worth of prizes to give away.


Attached and pasted below is the press release, I have also sent you the awards logo and a picture of Phil Barton and Cathy Taylor, sponsors of the awards. 


Many thanks



Contact: Louise Bruce 

Big Red Box PR


28 March 2018

Press release for immediate release


2018 Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire) launch, sponsored by Jelf and insurer 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:

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.

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.' 

She continued,

‘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 27 July 2018. Finalists will be announced on Monday 13 August 2018. Finalists will be invited to attend the finals of the awards on Thursday 6 September 2018.

For further information and to enter the awards visit


ENDS                                                                                                                                              MARCH 2018


About the Local Business Charity Awards

  • The Local Business Charity Awards were founded in September 2014
  • The Gloucestershire awards recognise the contribution made by Gloucestershire businesses to Gloucestershire  charities
  • The Gloucestershire awards are sponsored by Jelf Insurance Brokers and Ageas
  • All media enquiries for the awards should be addressed to:
  • Louise Bruce, Big Red Box PR 0787 602 6432.
  • Follow the awards:




About Jelf:

Jelf is an award winning consultancy that supports businesses and individuals with expert advice on matters relating to insurance, risk management and employee benefits. Its purpose is simple: to help business and individuals across the UK thrive.  

Founded in 1989, Jelf became part of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global leader in risk, strategy and people, in December 2015.  In January 2017, Jelf was brought together with Bluefin to create one of the UK's leading insurance brokers for mid-size and SME companies.


With almost 3,000 colleagues serving over 250,000 clients, Jelf has an extensive network of regional offices; enabling its advisers to provide an expert, personal service from over 75 locations across the UK.


For more information about Jelf please visit:


About Ageas:

Ageas is a leading provider of award-winning insurance solutions in the United Kingdom. It distributes Personal and Commercial products through brokers, affinity partners and its own brands. Ageas UK holds a majority share in Tesco Underwriting, providing home and motor insurance to Tesco Bank customers. Insuring around five million customers and working with a range of brokers and partners, Ageas is recognised for delivering consistent and high-quality customer experiences. 

For more information about Ageas please visit: 



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