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Finalists Revealed for Bridgend Business Awards 2016


The all-important shortlist for the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2016 sponsored by ROCKWOOL UK and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council has been revealed.

Organisations from across the county borough have now discovered whether they have made the finals in eight categories of awards including tourism, manufacturing, creative industries, start-up business, innovative and service businesses and entrepreneurs while one winner will have the chance of being awarded the coveted title of ‘Bridgend Business of the Year 2016’.

The glittering black-tie and gala dinner awards ceremony will be held at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch, Bridgend on Friday 23 September 2016, with host for the evening, BBC TV presenter and journalist Sian Lloyd and special guest, Bridgend Assembly Member, Carwyn Jones, AM.

Following a rigorous judging session, the panel, comprising of the 2016 awards sponsors, selected the following finalists from each of the following categories:-

Business Student of the Year sponsored by Business in Focus:-

  • Christopher Lloyd, Whatchrisdoes – nominated by Bridgend College

Start-up Business of the Year sponsored by Graham Paul Chartered Accountants:-

  • Sadie & Frank’s Day Nursery Ltd
  • Strut Your Paws
  • The Food Shed CIC

Service Business of the Year sponsored by Handelsbanken

  • Scott Waste Ltd
  • Smart Education Wales Ltd
  • Datakom Ltd

Manufacturing Business of the Year sponsored by Berry Smith Lawyers

  • Ecokeg Europe
  • Customised Sheet Metal

Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Finance Wales

  • Datakom Ltd
  • Forsee Group
  • Scott Waste Ltd

Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year

  • Best Western Heronston Hotel
  • Coed-Y-Mwstwr
  • Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Creative Industries Award sponsored by Bridgend College

  • Daydream Education Ltd
  • Customised Sheet Metal Ltd
  • Wales Interactive Ltd

Innovative Business of the Year sponsored by EEF the manufacturers’ organisation

  • ISA Training
  • The Food Shed CIC
  • Spectrum Technologies PLC

Ian Jessopp, Chair of Bridgend Business Forum said:

“The Bridgend Business Forum Awards are a highpoint for the forum, giving businesses from every sector in the county borough the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their success and achievements.

“Submitting your application is only the first step in the process, and competition for a finalist spot is always high. We’ve had another excellent response this year, with the calibre of applications for 2016 is once again, extremely impressive! The recognition gained from being a finalist in these awards can make a difference when securing new customers and new business.

“We believe we have selected some very deserving winners and runners-up who we look forward to presenting with their awards and celebrating their achievements in September.”

Bridgend County Borough Council Leader Mel Nott, OBE added:

“I continue to be very impressed with the quality, enthusiasm and passion of the businesses that enter these awards. These awards demonstrate that Bridgend County Borough is an exciting place to work and run a business and the council is proud to support these accolades.

“I would like to wish all of the contestants the very best of luck, and look forward to meeting the successful applicants on 23 September.”

The awards are sponsored by ROCKWOOL UK Ltd, Bridgend College, Bridgend County Borough Council, Berry Smith Lawyers, Business in Focus, Graham Paul Chartered Accountants, kksolutions, Handelsbanken, Finance Wales, EEF the manufacturers’ organisation, SME Financial Partners and United Graphic Design.

You can find out the latest updates on the awards by following the forum on Twitter @Bridgendforum #BBFAwards, ‘like’ the forum on Facebook or subscribe to the forum’s YouTube channel.