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North Wales Businesses Recognised at Award Ceremony


Businesses from North Wales were amongst the winners at West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Ball & Recognition Awards, sponsored by Protos Networks, on 15th November at Chester Racecourse.

The prestigious ceremony, which is recognised as one of the highlights of the region’s business calendar, saw 300 guests enjoy a Hollywood themed night that celebrated the success of Chamber Members over the last 12 months.

The Chamber’s Recognition Awards received a record number of nominations with the finalists of the eight different categories announced before the evening. The awards are designed to ensure that Chamber members receive the recognition that they deserve for their hard work over the previous year. The judges commented on the amazing quality of the nominations and expressed how difficult it was choosing the winners.

Winners from North Wales were:

The Lobster Pot – Export & International Trade Award – Sponsored by Ashton Consulting

The Award judges highlighted: The Lobster Pot’s sustainable products, investments in new technology and meeting the highest industry standards. Export sales have grown by over 30% in the last 5 years they now have 99% of their products being exported into Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

Tree Frog Digital Ltd – Made a Difference Award – Sponsored by Cimteq Ltd

The Award judges highlighted: Tree Frog Digital’s promise to open opportunities within the digital industry for the neuro-diverse community. From this, a project which is fully vocational and a skill-based course for people on the spectrum was created.

Bryn Tirion Hall School – Young Chamber Award – Sponsored by Whittingham Riddell LLP

The Award judges highlighted: The hard work and effort the school has put into the Young Chamber programme over the last year. The school has taken part in Career Talks, Young Chamber Enterprise Projects, Factory Tours and Masterclasses. Their commitment to providing students with experiences that champion employability is something to be highly commended.

Wagtail UK Ltd – Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

The Award judges highlighted: Wagtail’s measurable growth, increased profits and reinvestment, along with extensive recruitment, to now employing 79 people in their team. The company remains forward thinking and innovative as shown by training its world exclusive conservation dogs to detect the endangered Great Crested newt.

Debbie Bryce, Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber, said on the occasion

“Wow, what another amazing night! Thank you to all those that attended and made it such an incredible occasion. The Recognition Awards are designed to showcase the fantastic businesses that we have in North Wales and West Cheshire. A huge congratulations to the winners of the awards, it was a really tough choice for the judges this year and you should be incredibly proud of your achievements!”

After the award ceremony, guests enjoyed a fantastic three-course meal before raising money for the chosen charity for the evening – Blacon Adventure Playground. Paul Night, Head of Avenue Services, and Sandra Hewitt, Neighbourhood and Blacon Adventure Playground Manager, gave the audience a brilliant insight into “The Venny” and highlighted how the playground has helped to cut down on anti-social behaviour in the area.

Guests then showed their support for the playground by raising an outstanding £6185 through a raffle and auction!

Paul Knight, said:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Chamber for choosing to support Blacon Adventure Playground. We were totally overwhelmed by the generosity of the members and the support we received from them.”

“The money raised will be invaluable in maintaining and improving this important community facility for the benefit of local families today and for generations to come.”

Following the raffle and auction, DJ Gary Carr kept guests entertained long into the night with another standout music selection.

“We had such a great night at the Chamber Annual Ball & Recognition Awards on Friday and we were extremely proud to be the Headline Sponsor. Huge congratulations to the winners of the awards and we are already looking to next year's event!” said Joe Joinson, Managing Director at Protos Networks.

The Recognition Awards are open to Members of the Chamber, for more information visit their website.