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Caerphilly Companies in the Limelight as Awards Shortlist Announced


The cream of Caerphilly’s business crop has been whittled down to a final few as the shortlist for the 15th anniversary Caerphilly Business Forum Awards is announced.

After a tough judging process the finalists for the seven categories have been selected, covering a breadth of sectors operating in the borough.

Hallets Cider, Asbri Golf Ltd and Focused Recruitment have been shortlisted for Business of the Year with 25 employees or fewer, while Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa, Educ8 and Contract Services Group will be competing for the Business of the Year Award with more than 25 employees.

In the Contribution to the Rural Economy category, Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company and Cwm Carno Farm have been shortlisted, while Service Tracker UK and Bon Bon Buddies will battle it out for the Innovation Award.

Individual nominations include Gemma Hallet of MiFuture, Cariann Emanuelli of WIZE, David Wiffen of DW Studio and Gareth Jones from Welsh ICE who have been named finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, while the Apprentice of the Year Award shortlist includes Gavin Moulsdale and Liam Smith both from British Airways Interiors Engineering, and Dewi Patterson from Excellence IT.

Finally Kathryn Morgan of Focused Recruitment, Sian Brake from Penybryn Engineering and Mandy Weston of Welsh ICE are all in the running for the Women in Business Award.

In addition to the categories already listed, a Premier Award will be given to the business deemed the ‘overall winner’ on the night, in partnership with leading accountancy firm Broomfield & Alexander.

Taking place on Friday 18th November at Bryn Meadows and hosted by BBC Wales Today’s Jamie Owen, the awards will celebrate the biggest business success stories from Caerphilly over the last 12 months. The evening is open to anyone to attend, offering guests wider opportunities to network and collaborate too.

Denise Lovering, Chair of Caerphilly Business Forum, said the shortlist reflects the high calibre of businesses operating in the borough at the moment. She added:

“The Forum would like to say a huge congratulations not only to those companies shortlisted to win an award this year, but to all those who entered – as ever the standard of nominees was incredibly high, there is so much good work to be proud of in Caerphilly today.”

The Awards are held in association with platinum sponsor Coleg Gwent, with the support of sponsors; Norgine, Acorn Recruitment, Lorica, Smart Money Cymru, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Glenside Commercials, Caerffili Cwm a Mynydd, Educ8, Coleg y Cymoedd, Rose Innes, Bryn Meadows, Horizon Digital and Broomfield & Alexander.

For more information on the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards 2016 and how to attend, please visit