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Quartet of Gloucestershire companies earn nomination for Great British Entrepreneur Awards

A quartet of companies from Gloucestershire have earned nominations for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

In their seventh year, the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the stories that have helped turn great ideas in to businesses with a thriving turnover.

Over the country, more than 630 enterprises have been nominated over 13 different categories, with the Gloucestershire entries featuring on the South West regional shortlist.

The winners of the eight regional contests will feature in the national final in London in November.

The first Gloucestershire regional finalist is Cheltenham-based Bedfolk in the Family Business Enterprise of the Year.

Run by Nick and Jo James who came upon the idea to sell bedding when shopping for their own home and being confronted with exhaustive amounts of plastic-wrapped bedding in shops.

In the Food and Drink Entrepreneur category, Gloucester-based Pulsin, a producer of what they call "healthy foods without compromising taste" have been nominated.

Since founding in 2007. Co founders Simon Ashburner, Nick Bildner and Ben Lewis have created a range of food and drink products that are all made in the county.

In the Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year award, Tewkesbury-based Geometric Engineering have earned a nomination.

Based on the Station Drive Industrial Estate in Bredon, the company are CNC machining specialists, who pride themselves on being "small enough to react quickly to a customer's needs."

The final county nomination is 3p Enterprise, who have been nominated in the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Based in the Forest of Dean Business Estate in Coleford, the company have been importing and distributing high-quality pet accessories since 2002.

Revealing the finalists, founder of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: "With the changes to the format of the Awards, 2019 was always going to be an exciting year for us.

"But looking at the shortlist, I can safely say this is our strongest year yet.

"We have such a diverse range of businesses in terms of size and industry, and the calibre really is quite incredible.

"I wish each and every single finalist the very best of luck, and look forward to welcoming them to the regional finals."

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