Winners in The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
The Forest Business Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of some of the great businesses we have here in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. This year's awards evening took place on Thursday 11th April at Bells Hotel & Country Club in Coleford and four of our members acieved success in the 16 different categories.
Hot Pot Pottery won the Tourism Award and was a finalist in the Familiy Run Business of the Year. The pottery, near Coleford, operates as a gallery and hosts, parties and fun activities for both visitors and locals, all promoting their creative side.
The Forest Deli in Coleford has only been open just over a year and fittingly they won the won the New Business of the Year. The Deli stocks about 30 cheese, together with beers, wines, ciders and other great products, much of it sourced locally. Fresh products, such quiches and soups are fresh each day, again using locall ingredients.
Hillside Brewery from Longhope are used to winning awards and this year they won the Small Business of the Year and were finalist for the Tourism Award. In addtion, Joanne York, one of their staff was finalist in Employee of the Year. The brewery is family run and has been making traditional beers since 2014. As well as brewery tours and the shop, Hillside promote a wide range of events and activities to encourage vistors into the area.
Bees for Development is an international charity based in Monmouth where they have a small shop selling local honey and wax and bee-related products. The charity works in over 50 countries promoting beekeeping as a tool for alleviating poverty while helping to retain biodiversity. Bees for Development was a finalist in the Eco-Business of the Year.