Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business


Launch of the Cardiff Business Awards 2021


Now in its Seventh year the annual Cardiff Business Awards launched this week, with businesses across the capital once again encouraged to gain recognition for their achievements over the last 12 months and to celebrate at a black-tie dinner in City Hall on the 26th November 2021.

Launched in 2015, the Cardiff Business Awards have grown in prestige and importance to become firmly established as one of the leading business awards, not just in Cardiff, but throughout the whole of Wales.

Last year saw the awards go online due to the Covid restrictions and Gorilla TV be recognised as the Cardiff Business of the Year. We had a record number of entries and the evening, hosted by Jamie Owen, was live streamed on You Tube to a bigger audience than ever before. This year we hope to be back at City Hall and tickets will be on sale later in the year.

This year we are once again supported by Cardiff Council and sponsors also include: Business News Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Development Bank of Wales, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Stills. We are also really pleased to welcome Starling Bank as sponsors of the Start Up of the Year category.

Anne Boden, Founder and Chief Executive of Starling Bank commented:

“Cardiff is a dynamic and entrepreneurial city with a supportive ecosystem. In sponsoring the start-up business of the year category of these awards, we hope to celebrate and raise the profile of the city's start-up community”

Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council commented:

“I am delighted Cardiff Council will continue its role as lead sponsor for the Cardiff Business Awards 2021. This will be an opportunity to celebrate local businesses across the business sectors and recognise how many have dealt with the twin challenges of COVID and Brexit and the contribution they continue to make to our economy and communities in the capital city. I look forward to sharing the stage with some of these companies at the awards ceremony in the City Hall in September.”

Frank Holmes, Chair of Judges said:

“The 2020 Cardiff Business Awards featured a record number of fantastic businesses despite the Pandemic which did not diminish their determination to react and adapt to the challenging and frightening circumstances still facing all our citizens.

Last year’s entrants all shared a common theme and that was the importance of safeguarding, enabling and inspiring their staff through good leadership and team spirit.

We look forward to welcoming another record number of worthy entrants in 2021 , to celebrate their inspiring and demonstrable success.”

Liz Brookes, co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards and Director of Grapevine Event Management, commented:

“The Welsh capital continues to exceed expectations when it comes to launching, growing and sustaining businesses; even during a pandemic and we can’t wait to meet the businesses who are ensuring that Cardiff bounces back from these tough times. Collectively these organisations play a key role in driving both the capital and wider regional economy so it is important to offer the unique opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy of the city’s business sector.”

The Cardiff Business Awards 2021 are open to organisations that can demonstrate strong business performance, innovation and exceptional customer experiences on a consistent basis within our Capital City.

The full list of Awards is as follows:

  • Construction Business of the Year
  • Creative and Digital Business of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year
  • Green Business of the Year
  • Innovation Business of the Year
  • International Business of the Year
  • Leisure, Hospitality Business of the Year
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • SME of the Year
  • Start-Up Business of the Year
  • Technology Business of the Year
  • Third Sector Organisation of the Year
  • Young Business Person of the Year

Each finalist will be considered for the overall Cardiff Business of the Year 2021 Award. Entries are now open and can be submitted via the Cardiff Business Awards website:

Closing date for entries is Friday 10th September, the awards themselves will be held, once again, at City Hall on Friday 26th November 2021.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on becoming a sponsor of the 2021 Cardiff Business Awards please visit the website for details.


Over the past 6 years, Rachel has been working specifically within the digital marketing space and has worked with some of the country’s top brands. During this time, Rachel was a key attribute to the success of our sister product, Recruitment Buzz, which has firmly established itself as one of the leading publications within the Recruitment sector. Drawing on her knowledge and experience, Rachel has developed a genuine understanding of how content can engage and compel an audience.

Having a passion for travel and culture, Rachel left her hometown of Cardiff to pursue studies and travel and after several years away, Rachel returned to Cardiff and firmly established herself within the development of Business News Wales. Rachel is now responsible for every aspect of web management, marketing and overall production of the Business News Wales brand.

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