Welcome to the 2019 Forest Business Awards!
This years Winners and Finalists..
Dobbs & Drew
It’s well known that moving house is one of life’s most stressful events. For your piece of mind and the safety of your investment it’s important to get the legal process right. Dobbs & Drew Property Lawyers specialise in residential conveyancing and provide a first class legal service to all of their clients. Lisa and Sue are passionate about helping you move house in a speedy and hassle free manner and are happy to help you through the entire conveyancing process.
Drop the Mop
Drop the Mop is a domestic and commercial cleaning business offering the cleaning of homes around the Forest as well as end of tenancy cleaning for letting agents, private tenants and landlords. Founded just two years ago by Chris Hale they have grown significantly and now also offer oven cleaning, garden maintenance and window cleaning as well as expanding into the commercial sector. Employing Forest based staff they pride themselves in offering full training and support including NVQs and Health & Safety.
Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms
In 2011, following a major refurbishment, Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms were awarded the ultimate 5 Gold star rating. With 11 beautifully appointed bedrooms and a 2 rosette restaurant, they have won multiple awards in the years that have followed. Serving some of the finest Herefordshire produce within their Mulberry Restaurant, owners Roger and Helen pride themselves in offering a second to none dining experience in there beautiful riverside location.
Maria Young Beauty & Massage
Leaving college in 2009, Maria has achieved considerable success in the past 10 years and is now running two successful salons at Bells Hotel and Whitemead Holiday Park. Offering a range of services from massages, make up, nails and beauty. Maria’s belief is that everyone deserves to feel good and strives to ensure every client leaves feeling special and pampered.
Bees for Development
A business with a difference! Bees for Development are an international charity as well as a local business fully involved with the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Within their shop in Monmouth they sell honey and beeswax from local beekeepers within the area. They work to alleviate poverty for disadvantaged communities with organic growth within their own local economy. Their projects prevent deforestation and reinvigorate natural land use.
Jessicah Prosser Hair & Beauty
Based at Harts Barn in Longhope, Jessicah Prosser Hair & Beauty opened it’s doors in November 2016 offering customers a friendly place to have their hair transformed with a pair of scissors and a colour! Jessicah and her team provide a friendly atmosphere to enjoy a pamper and over the past 3 years the salon has grown to include 3 more staff with more apprentices hoping to join in the future.
Hot Pot Pottery
A cosy, country pottery centre and gallery based in Christchurch run by husband and wife team Katie Winterborne and Charles Taylor. They offer fun and unique pottery activities, special events and parties for all ages and encourage both tourists and locals alike. They are passionate about putting people in touch with their creative side. The couple also run The House of Bread, a self catering/B&B accommodation which offers pottery packages to their guests.
Creating a ‘Hotel for Cats’ has set Celtic Cattery apart from other catteries in the area, as owners Colin and Christine wanted to achieve a home from home experience for each of their furry guests. They have designed and decorated a range of suites with wall panelled heating, views across the garden and cotton bedding. Coupled with a variety of toys to entertain, each visiting cat has its own little haven.
Located within an 8 acre farm perched on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Neil and Deborah Flint use their own rare breed of Saddleback meat and ingredients from other forest farmers and suppliers to make sausage rolls and pies of distinction! The farm runs off 100% renewable energy including bio mass boiler, PV panels, harvesting water, composting waste and employing other hi-tech initiatives in production.
Hillside Brewery Ltd
A family owned business creating a range of traditional beers and one-off craft specials. Launched in 2014 the Brewery has gone from strength to strength and the team pride themselves in supporting local businesses and encouraging visitors to the area. They have developed joint products with local producers such as beer soap, beer bread and beer chutney and have seen further growth following the launch of their events and weddings business.
The Rising Sun, Woolaston
Dating back to the 1650’s The Rising Sun is a good old country pub with exposed stone walls and open fireplaces inviting you in with its character and warmth. Serving good quality, home cooked food using locally sourced produce including meats, chutneys, butter and ice cream you’re also guaranteed service with a smile. Whether you’re looking for an intimate meal, a family celebration or you just fancy a drink at the bar then landlady Sophie is happy to welcome you!
Sixteen Community Café
Opening its doors in May 2015, Sixteen Café has provided a safe and secure hub for the community of Coleford serving affordable and tasty food for all budgets. They provide work and volunteer placements for individuals requiring access to jobs including people with learning disabilities and Mental Health issues. They run monthly bistro nights which are overseen by head chef, Sally Wozencroft and sell out every month.
The award-winning Forest Bakehouse is a cooperative bakery based in the village of Longhope. All of their products are made in the bakery by hand using the finest ingredients resulting in mouth-watering bread, flaky pastries & delicious cakes. They have an on site Cafe where you can relax and watch the baking in action and if you’d like to try it yourself, they also offer one day courses!
Heavenly Glow Beauty
A professional salon situated in Coleford. Experts at providing spray tanning, Shellac nails, Rockstar nails/toes, Minx nail wraps, manicures and pedicures, waxing, bridal make-up and semi permanent eyelash extensions. This friendly salon is there if you’re in need of a little pick me up, want to look great for that special occasion or are just after a little self indulgence!
Total Metal Products
In its 9th year of trading having been started by Steven Richards in May 2010 initially as a machine tool service solution. The business quickly grew to become a bespoke machine tool supplier to the automotive industry and has since expanded further into other areas including the aerospace sector within the last 12 months. They now employ 14 staff and although their core market is the UK they export to France, Italy, Germany, North America and China.
Mizz Twisted Cherry Studios
An aerial and alternative dance studio teaching a variety of classes including aerial hoop, pole fitness, adult gymnastics, burlesque and cheer leading. As well as the physical fitness of her clients, owner, Natalie Morgan-Dew also focuses on their mental wellbeing. Her clients not only turn up for physical purposes, they attend to gain confidence, social skills, emotional strength and friendship in a supportive environment.
ProStars were founded in 2006 and have had continued success working with many schools in the local area providing high quality PE sessions. With the belief that every school should encourage pupils movement skills whilst providing a fun and engaging environment and ensuring that every child leaves primary school physically literate. Prostars strive to inspire children to reach their full sporting potential.
Say cheese! It’ been just over 12 months since the Forest Deli arrived in Coleford offering an array of around 30 cheeses for customers to enjoy and in this time the business has flourished. They also stock a range of beers, wines, ciders and accompaniments all sourced locally. Sausage rolls, quiches and soups are made on a daily basis with locally sourced ingredients and with a ‘zero food waste’ policy the deli donates any left over food at the end of each day to the local foodbank.
Based in Newnham-on-Severn, Casa Interiors offers a bespoke range of goods and services all under one roof. From Interior Design, Home Staging and 3D Visualisation Services the high street shop also sells homeware, gifts, furniture and paint. They also offer 1-2-1 tuition on furniture painting commissions which they can tailor make to suit their customers requirements.
Waggly Tails Grooming
From small beginnings back in 2012 Waggly Tails Grooming has blossomed into a thriving business based in Lydney. They pride themselves in delivering the highest standard of care to your furry family. They offer a range of services and only use 99.9% organic products which help prevent skin irritations and are environmentally friendly. As well as pampering your pets they also sell a range of accessories including collars, leads, toys, food, treats and much more.
The Lyon Inn, Westbury
In 2018, The Red Lion in Westbury was refurbished & transformed by new owners Chris and Sue Light and The Lyon Inn was born! Together they have created a welcoming, bright environment which includes a 32 seat restaurant and the motto “every customer should leave a bit happier than when they came in”. With the business focusing on great quality, locally sourced produce cooked well and served in relaxed, comfortable surroundings with a friendly service they have already built a reputation second to none.
I Enjoy Learning
In 2014 Chris Powell created ‘I Enjoy Learning’ alongside Mini Rockets Ltd with the aim of educating others about Mental Health, well-being and general self safety. The business now strives to work with as many children, students, adults and schools to initially improve their knowledge and understanding of mental health but more importantly help them to change their well-being behaviours in order to make more sustainable, life long changes.
Established in 1965, Grail has developed from a blacksmithing business into one of the Forest of Deans largest engineering employers. Today they offer quality fabrication, machining, laser cutting and maintenance services and employ around 45 staff including offering apprenticeships. Reducing the impact the business has on the environment has been ongoing at Grail for many years resulting in them achieving an Environmental Management accreditation in 2011. They continue to strive to improve this with a target of achieving A EPC rating by 2022 before moving on to become carbon neutral.