Jelf and Ageas, sponsors of the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards, have announced this year’s winners.

Following the event held at the National Star College, the awards, founded by Jelf in 2014 to recognise the support given specifically by Gloucestershire businesses to the county’s local charities, revealed their 2017 winners.

The winners were:

Winners of the Jelf Award – for charities who have an annual turnover of more than £100,000 a year
Name of company:

The Coventry Building Society – (Cirencester Branch)

Nominated by:

Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)

Winners of the Ageas Award – for charities who have an annual turnover of less than £100,000
Name of company:


Nominated by:

The Hollie Gazzard Trust

Winner of the Individual Award
Name of Individual and the company they work for:

Helen Howe, Lumière Restaurant

Nominated by:

National Star


Winners of the Jelf and Ageas awards will win £1,000 each, to be donated to the charity who nominated them. The winner of the individual award will win a weekend away to the value of £250.

Sponsors Jelf and Ageas announced a surprise award on the night, the Mayor’s Award. Mayor Klara Sudbury was given £700 to give to a local charity of her choice who, because they are part of a national charity, or provide services outside of Gloucestershire, were not able to enter the awards themselves but still give tremendous support to people in Gloucestershire.

CEO of Jelf and Bluefin, founder of the awards Phil Barton said,

‘An extraordinary night, the presentations by the charities, talking about their finalists, were superb.  Everyone at Jelf is so proud to have founded these awards; we could not be more delighted of the job they do, shining the light on the incredible lengths people and companies go to, to support their local Gloucestershire charities.’

Cathy Taylor, head of commercial underwriting and operations for Ageas echoed those thoughts,

‘As sponsors of the Local Business Charity Awards we have had the privilege of reading the nominations, detailing the fantastic charitable endeavours of many of our local businesses and individuals working within them. Tonight we have been regaled with further tales of selflessness and generosity that have been quite outstanding and of course, ultimately moving. We are delighted to be sponsors of these awards, alongside Jelf and send our warmest congratulations to all tonight’s winners.’

The judges for the 2017 awards were:

  • Matt Holmes, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo
  • Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
  • Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair of GFirst LEP
  • Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham
  • Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin (sponsor)
  • Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas (sponsor)


About the Local Business Charity Awards

  • The awards were inaugurated in September 2014
  • The awards recognise the contribution made by local Gloucestershire businesses and their staff to local Gloucestershire charities
  • The awards are sponsored by Jelf and Ageas
  • All media enquiries for the awards should be addressed to:

o    Louise Bruce, Big Red Box PR 0787 602 6432.

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 About Jelf:

Jelf is an award winning consultancy that supports businesses and individuals with expert advice on matters relating to insurance, employee benefits and risk management. Its purpose is simple: to build a long-lasting relationship with clients and to become their Trusted Adviser.

Jelf was formed in 1989 by Chris Jelf and in December 2015 became part of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global leader in risk, strategy and people.  In January 2017 Jelf was joined by Bluefin group, which also became part of MMC, bringing together two leading community brokers and client advisory businesses.

Jelf and Bluefin have a strong local presence which enables our advisers to provide outstanding levels of service.   The combined business works out of 80 offices across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, employing almost 3,000 employees.

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 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 seven million customers and working with a range of brokers and partners, Ageas is recognised for delivering consistent and high-quality customer experiences.




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