A Newtown-based groundworks and civil engineering business has been crowned the 2019 Powys Business of the Year. Organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county. Awards host was Andrew Price, presenter of ITV Wales’ Coast and Country series and entertainment was provided by the Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division.
EvaBuild Ltd collected the award, sponsored by Powys County Council, at the annual Powys Business Awards dinner held at Dering Lines, Brecon where the company also collected the Investing in People Award, sponsored by PCI Pharma Services.
The company is no stranger to success at the Powys Business Awards, having won the Start-up Business Award in 2013, the Small Business Award in 2017 and the Entrepreneurship Award last year.
Formed in 2011, EvaBuild now has an annual turnover of £7.3 million and achieved Investors in People Standard accreditation this summer.
Consistent investment in staff training and development over the past seven years has helped EvaBuild to achieve sustainable success, which enhances the company’s reputation within the modular construction industry.
Respect and commitment are the key drivers across the business and the management team leads by example. Every employee is aware of their role and importance within the company which shares future plans with them.
Councillor James Evans, Powys County Council’s portfolio holder for economic development, housing and regulatory services, presented the Powys Business of the Year Award to EvaBuild.
“The judges were looking for a company that met 11 specific areas of business criteria which would demonstrate that the company had strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision,” he said. “But the company also needed to be an ambassador for Powys.
“EvaBuild is a company that puts its people at the heart and invests in their development. It is passionate, not only about its business but also supporting the environment and the community.
“It is a company that is creating more opportunities for local people and it has a strong leader, who leads by example and who dedicates a lot to supporting the area and promoting Powys. This company is all about employees, customers and community.”
Nick Evans, EvaBuild’s managing director, said:
“The Powys Business of the Year award really does mean the world to me because to be amongst so many other distinguished companies is quite humbling.
“The Investing in People award summed up what the company is all about: that we are a company of colleagues that all work together with a common goal to deliver quality services to our clients. These awards are recognition for them because they have made the company what it is today.
“I am incredibly passionate about living, working and running a business in Powys and it’s important to me that we get recognition for the great businesses that we have in the county, especially from the Welsh Government.
“The Mid Wales Growth Deal announced by the Government will hopefully be a springboard to put Powys businesses on the map.”
Fellow Newtown company, CellPath, did the double by winning both the Growth Award, sponsored by the Development Bank of Wales and the International Trade Award, sponsored by Trax JH Ltd.
CellPath, which has 95 employees, specialises in the manufacture and worldwide supply of cellular pathology products, consumables and services to help hospitals diagnose cancer.
The company broke through the £10m turnover barrier for the first time in its history last year when exports rose to £2.5m, a 38% increase on 2017, while UK sales are increasing by an average of five per cent a year. International growth now accounts for around 25% of total group turnover and is forecast to break 30% by the end of 2019.
The Judges Special Award, sponsored by Mid and South Wales Chamber of Commerce, went to Philip Jones, headteacher of Caereinion High School, for embracing the business community and seeing the benefits of partnership working.
Engagement with local businesses has resulted in EvaBuild, CastAlum and Dawson Shannon beginning mentoring programmes at the school to identify potential apprentices, Myrick Training supports learner discussions on future career pathways while Cambrian Training delivers a pre-apprenticeship food technology course.
The other award winners were:
- Start-up Business Award – Natural Weigh, Crickhowell.
- Outstanding Apprentice Award – Jolyon Harries, Morgans Plumbing & Heating, Welshpool.
- Social/Charity Award – Tir Coed, Elan Valley.
- Micro Business Award – Tailored Imports, Talgarth.
- Excellence in Customer Service Award – Mitchell Meredith Chartered Accountants, Llandrindod Wells.
- Small Business Award – A.C. Roof Trusses, Welshpool.
- Entrepreneurship Award – Richard Glover-Davies, GloverSure, Welshpool.
- Technology and Innovation Award – Electric Classic Cars, Newtown.
- Small Business Growth Award – OTM Groundscare, Hay-on-Wye.
- Start-up Business Award – Countryside Financial Services Ltd, Llanidloes and Navmoor Limited, Llangorse.
- Entrepreneurship Award – BORD3R Limited, Four Crosses and Navmoor Limited.
- Micro Business Award – Electric Classic Cars Limited, Newtown and Liberty Furnishings, Newtown.
- Growth Award – A.C. Roof Trusses Ltd, Welshpool and Radnor Hills, Knighton.
- Investing in People Award – Caereinion High School, Llanfair Caereinion and Mitchell Meredith Chartered Accountants, Llandrindod Wells.
- Excellence in Customer Service – The Nags Head Inn, Garthmyl and Varleys Of Newtown Ltd.
- Small Business Award – The Milford Collection, Newtown and T. S. Henderson & Co Ltd, Hay on Wye.
- Social Enterprise or Charity Award – Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd, Crickhowell and Severn Rivers Trust, Welshpool.
- International Trade Award – Winslow Adaptics Ltd.
- Outstanding Apprentice Award – Joe Paul, GloverSure, Welshpool and Daniel Gregory, Nidec, Newtown.
- Technology and Innovation Award – EMDR Solutions Online Ltd, Boughrood and Winslow Adaptics Ltd, Brecon.
- Small Business Growth Award – Hughes Architects, Newtown and Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway.