Dozens of Wales’ leading organisations gathered to celebrate the best of Welsh business at the Cardiff Business Awards on Friday 18th September, where local business and entrepreneurship was recognised with the announcement of the 12 award winners.
Held at Cardiff City Hall, a total of 48 finalists from a wide range of sectors were shortlisted across 14 categories including Start Up business, Business of the Year and Young Businessperson – while chief executive of FTSE 100 company Admiral, Henry Englehardt, received a coveted judges award for his great contribution to the capital’s economy.
SME – Orchard Media
Start Up Business – Action Petz
Creative and Digital -Yard Digital
Technology and Innovation – Genesis Biosciences
Young Businessperson – Nick Saunders of the Depot
Retail – Tiger Stores Cardiff
International Business – IQE
Financial and Professional Services – Deloitte
Green Business – SMS PLC
Entrepreneur – Richard Theo of Active Quote
Business of the year – IQE
Tourism Hospitality Award – Wales Millennium Centre
The inaugural Cardiff Business Awards proved to be a great success – the quality of businesses and the amount of entries was overwhelming and on the night, it was the 2nd most popular hashtag on social media, only to be beaten by the weekend’s Rugby World Cup domination.
Founder of the awards, Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said:
There are a huge amount of individuals and organisations that are doing inspirational work and contributing to Cardiff’s thriving economic scene.
We set up the Cardiff Business Awards to really shine a light on these businesses and celebrate Cardiff as a great place to do business.
It was fantastic to be able to recognise and publicly reward the very deserving winners, and we look forward to seeing their businesses grow and develop.
Marking the beginning of what will become an institution for the capital, this year’s winners have truly set a benchmark for what it means to set up a business in Wales and what opportunities and innovation is to come for the local area in future years.