Two Highworth businesses have won plaudits at the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club Awards after working with a business development group.
Both Amy Bedford, owner of Green Hills Cleaning, and Alice Douglass, of Grosvenor Consultancy Ltd, are members of the Can Do Coffee Club.
Green Hills Cleaning, an eco-friendly provider of domestic, commercial, and holiday let cleaning services covering North Wiltshire and the South Cotswolds, scooped the Business of the Year award while independent financial adviser Alice Douglass was a finalist in the Business Person of the Year category.
The judges were impressed with the environmental and ethical approach of Green Hills Cleaning, their support of local community projects – including Highworth Community Clean Up - and for their commitment to their team of twelve staff.
“I am delighted that we have won and very proud of our hard-working team. The team make it happen and the award is as much for them as it is for us.”
“We reward our team with contracted hours, great rates of pay, pensions, a bonus scheme and other perks as part of their job. In return, we have a loyal team who love their job.
"The business is growing, and we are always looking for new staff, so offering good terms helps with our recruitment too,” said Amy, who will also be launching an eco-friendly carpet cleaning service later this year.
The judges were also impressed with Alice’s approach to financial advice as part of the individual’s wellbeing.
Her local charity and community support, including editing the business section in Highworth Link, and her role as founder of the Highworth Business Breakfast Group, was also applauded.
Both Amy and Alice admit that if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of their business coach, Gail Gibson, who leads the Can Do Coffee Club business development group in Lechlade which they both attend, they may not have entered the Awards.
“Gail is very good at making people believe in themselves and helping them to put their self-doubt aside.
"Every time I speak to Gail or go to our Club meetings, I come out with new ideas to implement in the business, my confidence boosted and the motivation to carry the new ideas forward,” said Amy.
Gail, also from Highworth, started the Can Do Coffee Club for small business owners in 2013. The Club’s programmes have enabled focus, direction, growth and success for many start-up and small business owners, or independent advisers and consultants in the area – including Amy and Alice.
“The Can Do Coffee Club helps me set stretching goals and targets for my business, and then keeps me accountable for making positive actions to make sure I meet those goals throughout the year,” said Alice.
Gail said, “I am so proud of Amy and Alice – as I am of each and every one of the members of the Can Do Coffee Clubs.
"To support and play a small part in their personal development and business journeys is so incredibly rewarding.
"And it’s brilliant that Amy and Alice have got the recognition they thoroughly deserve for their hard work and Can Do attitude.”
The Can Do Coffee Club is growing in popularity - as well as the original group in Lechlade, there are now groups in Pewsey, Evesham and Swindon, and Gail is expanding into West Oxfordshire, Cirencester and Bath.
She is looking for experienced business women in these areas who have the desire to help others develop and grow their businesses to become Can Do leaders.