BRITISH Airways might be flying high after being named the country’s top brand, but who would make it onto a list of Gloucestershire’s movers and shakers?
The airline impressed industry experts and consumers for its strong performance and is the first travel company to top the list, but who here would come out top in a list of the county’s best names?
The Gloucester Old Spot pig would surely be a contender, known for its docility, intelligence, and profligacy.
Sticking to the food theme, Double Gloucester cheese would surely make a run for top spot too. It is a traditional, semi-hard cheese which has been made in the county since the 16th Century, at one time made only with the milk of the once nearly extinct Gloucester cattle.
And what about Gloucester Rugby and the city’s famous cathedral - both huge hits with dedicated fans and visitors alike.
The annual Cheltenham Festivals are a massive hit too. More than 2,500 of the world’s finest musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers descend on our county’s pastures to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.
And Messier Bugatti Dowty has been at the forefront of aero landing gear technology for over 75 years, giving it plenty of weight in any list of Gloucestershire’s great influencers too.
Peter Carr, deputy chief executive of economic driver GFirst LEP, said: “Gloucestershire is an exceptional county for attracting inward investment for world-class businesses, new start-ups and business expansion. The county has many leading national PLCs and diverse innovative and specialist businesses.
“Two Gloucestershire companies that have appeared recently on the world stage are Moog, that developed the control architecture for the moving roof on the Centre Court at Wimbledon and Snow Business - a world leader for artificial snow and special effects. We are extremely proud to be home to producers of global brands covering diverse sectors such as Ecclesiastical Insurance, Endsleigh Insurance, UCAS, SuperGroup Plc, Weird Fish, Ribena, Bottle Green, Olbas oil, Walls ice cream, Mira showers, Messier Bugatti-Dowty and Cheltenham Racecourse to name but a few.”