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With a history of service to the county stretching back 150 years, the Gloucester-based firm remains firmly focused on the future - and believes it is important to back innovation and technology.  

Managing Partner Patrick Downes said small businesses were playing an important role in the economic recovery.      

“Commentators might think the small business category was an odd choice for a company which has been around as long as Bruton Knowles.  But we regard fresh thinking, can-do start-ups and small businesses as the lifeblood of our economy – and our future.

“We could sit on our laurels after 150 years in business but that simply isn’t our way, we are always looking to improve our skills and service offering and we are just as interested in innovation and ideas as we were when Henry Bruton and William Knowles first founded the partnership back in 1862.”

Patrick said with around 5,000 businesses starting up in the county every the sector played a crucial role in Gloucestershire’s economy.

“Gloucestershire has an enviable track record for start-up business success with fewer start-ups failing in Gloucestershire than any other region in the country. The sheer number of new jobs created and maintained by these  businesses is also making an impact.”

He went on: “As judges in the Gloucestershire Business Awards we will be looking for small businesses which are bringing forward innovative products, services and processes as well as expanding into new markets and different areas of business activity.

“In addition to their business acumen we will also be digging down to find the real ‘personality’ of the business. Having enjoyed such close ties with the local business community this is an essential aspect of our own partnership and remains very close to our hearts.”

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