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Cardiff Business Shortlisted For Technology StartUp Award


Cardiff-based startup, CarbonCode Solutions, has been named a finalist ahead of the Wales Final of the StartUp Awards.

The StartUp Awards has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the 2019 pandemic. Over 800,000 new businesses have been founded in the UK since 2021, a 4.3% increase from the year before.

A record number of businesses applied to this year’s StartUp Awards, with 1,100 firms shortlisted across ten UK nations and regions. The contribution of these firms – all of which were started in the last three years – is significant, having created over 5,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £584 million.

CarbonCode Studio is a leading, international software development agency founded by Jay Williams and Louis Gardner during the global pandemic in 2020.

Founders Jay Williams and Louis Gardner

The business has been nominated for the Technology Services StartUp of the Year.

Jay Williams, co-founder of CarbonCode Solutions, said:

“We are honoured and thrilled to have been nominated for Technology Services StartUp of the Year.

This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who have tirelessly worked to create innovative solutions that meet the needs of our clients. It is exciting to see our efforts being recognised in the industry, and we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional technology services and driving positive change in the industry.”

Supported nationally by Starling Bank, British Business Bank, BT, Creative Ideaz, GS1 UK, Jeeves, Join Talent, ScoreApp and The Purposeful Project, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service. The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards, said:

“Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and supporting communities in every nation and region across the UK. All of the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created an amazing new business that is creating real impact in its sector.”

The StartUp Awards was created in collaboration with the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, one of the most successful awards programmes in the UK. The StartUp Awards are running for the second year after launching in 2022.

CarbonCode Solutions has quickly established itself as a leading development agency having built solutions for AI start-up Vulse, financial services firm Counting King and engineering manufacturer, Matsource.