Before any construction has begun Cheltenham’s flagship cyber development is being recognised locally, regionally and nationally for awards. The Golden Valley Development has been a finalist in a trio of awards in as many weeks and was named Deal of the Year Insider’s 2022 South West Property Awards in October. The judges were moved to award the prize to the Golden Valley Development due to the sheer volume and diversity of opportunity in prospect.
The development was also highly commended in the National Cyber Awards in the Business of the Year Category attended by hundreds of leading figures from across the industry, including global businesses, security, and defence organisations.
Speaking shortly after collecting the Insider Property award, Cllr. Mike Collins, cabinet member for Cyber, Regeneration and Commercial Income, said: “This development will bring so much to the town and the people of Cheltenham. Thousands of new job opportunities, major inward investment and fantastic environmental benefits. I am delighted that the judges picked up on the immense complexity of the development and its far-reaching benefits.”
The excitement around the commercial benefits of the Golden Valley Development is building as several Gloucestershire-based individuals and businesses were spotlighted at the National Cyber Awards. They included Dr Jessica Barker, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Cygenta, who took home the ‘Cyber Citizen of the Year’ prize. Meanwhile, Tamzin Greenfield, a student at the University of Gloucestershire was Highly Commended in the ‘Cyber Student of the Year’ category. Local educational institutions were also highlighted as Cleeve School in Cheltenham was awarded the ‘Cyber School of the Year’.
Cllr Mike Collins added: “Gloucestershire is making waves across our country, with numerous individuals and organisations being recognised on a national scale. This supports the need for the Golden Valley Development to become the home for the UK’s cyber innovation. Make no mistake, great things are already happening here and we can guarantee that this will continue in future years.”
The next stage of the programme is to move to a planning consultation and unveil drawings and plans to local communities. Meanwhile, the team are actively engaging with the cyber ecosystem, hosting events in Cheltenham and leading a delegation to the Web Summit and the Europas in Lisbon, Portugal.