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Business Leaders Across Wales Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II


Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last week, the country fell in to mourning of the admired leader of our country for 70 years. 

As the guns salute echoed around the country on Friday, business leaders across Wales spoke to Business News Wales to offer their condolence and tributes.

Each day this week we will be bringing you further reaction from the business community across Wales.


Cardiff University

We extend our deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty the Queen. In tribute, all University flags will fly at half-mast for the next 10 days. The Vice-Chancellor has paid tribute to the ‘Queen’s inspirational sense of duty and devotion’.

Estynnwn ein cydymdeimlad dwysaf ag aelodau'r Teulu Brenhinol yn dilyn marwolaeth Ei Mawrhydi y Frenhines. Er teyrnged, bydd holl faneri’r Brifysgol yn chwifio ar hanner mast yn ystod y 10 niwrnod nesaf. Mae'r Is-Ganghellor wedi talu teyrnged i 'synnwyr ysbrydoledig y Frenhines o ddyletswydd ac ymroddiad.'

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The Princes Trust

We send our deepest condolences to our Founder and President, HM The King, and the Royal Family, on the sad passing of HM The Queen. It is with profound gratitude we remember her unwavering commitment to our country, the Commonwealth, and all our young people.


Hodge Bank

I feel fortunate to have lived and worked until now under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. An inspirational female leader with an incomparable dedication to public service and duty, all whilst being a present and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Queen Elizabeth adapted so seamlessly across the decades and embodied compassion, grace and dignity. May she rest in peace as her example lives on.


Mike Mills

Director, Mid Wales Manufacturing Group

The Queen’s contribution to business excellence must not be understated. We have celebrated with Mid Wales companies who have achieved Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Enterprise, the most prestigious awards for UK businesses which have put them and our region on the map.

To the British people, she was our Queen, our national figurehead, the greatest and longest serving monarch in British history. She was also a mother, a grandmother and great grandmother.

Her Majesty was a symbol of faith, duty and public service and will remain in our hearts and minds forever. However, we must now look to the future, share our condolences with the Royal family and wish the new King good luck over this difficult time. God Save the King.


Suzy Davies

Chair, Wales Tourism Alliance 

Through this saddest of times, we've seen quite how much affection and respect the nation has for Her Late Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. We've also heard a lot about the Queen's quiet but powerful diplomacy, which has done much to promote the UK as a place of integrity, a place to do business safely.

Yes, we can say that the Royal Family brings in £19bn annually in tourism revenue. Yes, we can say that the new Prince and Princess of Wales have an opportunity to shine a light on Wales' potential. Where we appreciate Her Majesty's enduring value most, however, is how she reflected our resilience and deep-rooted confidence that we can make things work, however stark the challenges.


Arwyn Watkins, OBE

Managing Director, Cambrian Training Company and President, Culinary Association of Wales

It was with immense sadness that I received the news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, the standard bearer for everything that is good about the United Kingdom.

At the start of my career, during my time in the Army, I had the honour of serving in her name and my respect for our late Sovereign never diminished. She devoted her whole life to the service of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, a role she accomplished impeccably.

The Queen commanded respect around the globe which has become apparent by the outpouring of grief and tributes from world leaders since her passing.

Inevitably, we must look to the future and enthusiastically welcome King Charles III who has generously been patron of the Culinary Association of Wales for many years while serving as the Prince of Wales, a title that now passes to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Being awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2017 was one of the proudest moments of my life and I was delighted to receive the honour from the Duke of Cambridge. I wish King Charles III and the new Prince of Wales good health, success and fulfilment in their onerous new roles.


Stuart Owen

Chief Executive, Open Newtown

As a social enterprise, managing 130 acres of public green spaces, Open Newtown is proud to have Dolerw Park registered and protected as a Queen Elizabeth II Field through the Fields in Trust.

Queen Elizabeth was the best of us, a symbol of confidence in the United Kingdom and we will miss her dearly. To quote Queen Elizabeth: "It's worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change".

We are proud to continue that legacy through protecting trees and wildlife habitats, nurturing young minds through bushcraft activities and continuing to bring communities together through regular outdoor activities and events, all which were very important to our beloved Queen.


Duncan Foulkes

Managing Director, Duncan Foulkes Public Relations

I had the utmost admiration and respect for Her Majesty the Queen. She devoted 70 years of her life to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with such dignity and class. It’s very hard to believe that she has gone.

As a local newspaper reporter, I had the pleasure of covering her visit to Montgomeryshire on July 11, 1986 -
watch here – and was fortunate enough to walk reasonably close behind her in Machynlleth. That was only because late Deputy Lord Lieutenant John Beaumont from Machynlleth saw me in the press corps and invited me to walk with him in the Queen’s entourage. It was very kind gesture which, I am sure, had the Queen’s bodyguards wondering who I was and what I was doing there!

The Queen was an exemplary trade ambassador for the UK during her many overseas visits which have benefited countless companies over the years. Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise or Innovation is quite an achievement and a fantastic endorsement of a business.

Now she has gone, King Charles III will doubtless continue her great work, albeit with a different style to his late mother. Here in Wales, we are lucky that he knows our country so well from his time as Prince of Wales, a title that now passes to Prince William whom, I am certain, will continue his father’s good work and be a fantastic ambassador for Wales on the global stage.


Kellie Beirne

Director, CCR City Deal

I feel fortunate to have lived and worked until now under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. An inspirational female leader with an incomparable dedication to public service and duty, all whilst being a present and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Queen Elizabeth adapted so seamlessly across the decades and embodied compassion, grace and dignity. May she rest in peace as her example lives on.


Carwyn Jones

Former First Minister of Wales

My deep sympathies to the Royal Family as they deal with the loss of a much-loved mother and monarch. For millions this is the end of an era and it is hard to imagine Britain without her. She will be missed by so many whose lives she touched in all those years of service


Coleg Cambria

On behalf of the staff, students and everyone here at the college, we join the rest of the country in mourning the loss of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II.

Her commitment to education and passion for providing opportunities and support for young people were a great source of inspiration, she will be so sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time.


British Chamber of Commerce

The BCC is greatly saddened to learn of the death of its patron, Her Majesty The Queen. She was a great supporter of business throughout her reign. On behalf of the Chamber Network we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family on their profound loss.




We would like to express our deepest sadness and condolences at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ruling for longer than any Monarch in British history, her lifelong devotion and commitment to public service as Sovereign for the UK and Commonwealth will never be forgotten.

Having just celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, the public were reminded of her selfless commitment to her role as both a unifying and steadfast figurehead throughout seven decades of change.

Her Majesty the Queen was the longest serving patron of RICS, and we had the privilege of welcoming her to the RICS London Headquarters to mark our 150-year celebration in 2018. During her visit, the Queen toured the building and met members of the profession – a truly momentous occasion for all involved. Her presence on this day and her unwavering commitment to her RICS patronage will remain a special and important part of our history.

Our heartfelt sympathies lie with the Royal Family at this time of mourning.


Technology Connected

We are united in sadness following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and send our condolences to the Royal Family at this time. During the 70 years of her reign, we have seen the significant impact of advanced technology on society and the way we live, and she was our one constant.

Her Majesty was able to embrace change, to lead us through it and continued to be steadfast in her duty to her country. She showed that technology can be inclusive of all including when she was hosting Zoom calls during the pandemic and engaging with guests across the world, showing how technology can unite everyone. She will be greatly missed.


Lisa Mytton

Strategic Director, National Training Federation for Wales

On behalf of the National Training Federation for Wales, I express our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her dedication was unparalleled. She dedicated her life to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, providing inspirational leadership to businesses throughout her long reign. She also recognised the value of apprentices, as she supported an Apprenticeship Programme within the Royal Household for many years.

Throughout her 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II served the nation with honour, dignity and respect and she will be sadly missed by all.”


Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

On behalf of everyone at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, I send my deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family at this difficult time. The Queen has provided steadfast support and guidance to our country and others across the world, and I am lucky to have experienced her curiosity, humour, and deep sense of duty first hand. These are memories that will never leave me.


Alwen Williams

Portfolio Director, Ambition North Wales

We are deeply saddened following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We pay tribute to her lifetime of dedication and devotion to the crown and public service. We send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time.


Robert Lloyd Griffiths

Wales Director, ICAEW

As a nation, we have lost a much-loved monarch who dedicated herself to us all for 70 years by leading a life of example, dedication and duty. My first memory of the Queen is when I was a young boy with my parents watching her travel down Caerphilly Road in Cardiff as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations.

I’ve since had the honour of being in her presence on various occasions over the years but to get an actual honour from her in 2014 was incredible. She always had such a warm and radiant smile with a twinkling eye. She showed such genuine interest and you knew you were in the presence of greatness. My thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family.


Heather Ansety-Mayers

Chief Executive, Manufacturing Wales / Made in Wales

On reflecting on the great sense of loss we all feel, I have been particularly drawn to realising the void we have in terms of losing the best trade ambassador in the World. Our Queen leaves us with a huge legacy in terms of her promotion of trade and enterprise for the UK. The Queens Enterprise awards being one of the most difficult awards to gain, and therefore one of the most prestigious accolades that can be bestowed on business. The recognition of business leaders over the years in the Queens honours list, reflecting her high regard for the commitment those business leaders who contributed greatly to a better Wales. Finally, her personal commitment to the Commonwealth, a coming together of countries to create better trade and cultural connections to support the flow of goods, services and people, all of which are vital to our export and imports for manufacturing. She has done so much to both support our economy and the esteem British goods are held in around the planet. This must not be forgotten.

Looking to the future King Charles III brings his passion for the Princes Trust and young enterprise into his new sovereignty and I am certain the work started by the Queen will continue to be delivered, maybe in different ways, but with the same passion, focus and results. With his personal connection to Wales he will also be one of the best trade envoys for Wales- which can only be a great thing for our Nation.



ACCA wishes to convey our condolences and deepest sympathy to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family at this sad time of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

We pay tribute to the huge contribution she has made during her remarkable life of duty and service over so many decades, and in particular her dedication to bringing people of different nations and backgrounds together.

ACCA was honoured to receive its Royal Charter from Her Majesty The Queen on 25 November 1974 which continues to act as ACCA’s constitution.

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Chris Martin

Chairman, Port of Milford Haven

The news of Her Majesty’s passing will be felt throughout the country which she has served with the utmost dedication over the past seven decades. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family at this difficult time.


Alun Jones

Managing Partner, Hugh James

On behalf of the entire team at Hugh James, I would like to express our sadness at the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen, who has faithfully served as Monarch for over 70 years. We would like to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and send our sincere condolences to members of The Royal Family at this time.


Phil Jones

Business in Focus

The passing of Her Majesty is a moment of great significance and sadness for our nation. The sense of certainty, responsibility, duty, togetherness, fun and endeavour embodied by our late Queen set the best possible example for anyone in business or indeed any other walk of life. Her understanding of the importance of enterprise in our society ran deep and will be continued in her son our new King, Charles III. She will be truly missed and forever respected as the great woman she was.

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Giles Thorley

CEO, Development Bank of Wales

We join with all those throughout the country expressing their sadness and condolences following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her steadfastness and lifetime of public service provide lessons on which we can all reflect. The thoughts of all at the Development Bank are with the Royal Family and those grieving following this sad news.

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Paul Evans

Director, Box UK

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. She has dedicated her life to service for our country and the Commonwealth nations, she was an inspiration to us all and we share our gratitude for her selfless devotion. We join the nation at this time in their grief.

On behalf of Box UK I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family.

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Emma Peterson

Director, Recruit 121

It is the end of an era of which we will never see the likes again in our lifetime. Her Majesty epitomised dedication to duty, leadership and loyalty in her 70-year reign. As a leader, wife, mother and grandmother, she was an example to us all.

Respected the world over for her service, we thank you for your service, Ma’am. Our thoughts are now with His Majesty the King and the rest of the royal family.