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Shortlist for the 2017 Caerphilly Business Forum Awards announced

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The Finalists of this year’s Caerphilly Business Forum Business Awards has been revealed.

Now in their 16th year, the Awards are widely recognised as one of Wales’ most established and prestigious business awards and the only awards of their kind to represent the rapidly developing Caerphilly County business region.

With a 44% increase in the number of entries this year versus those received in 2016, this year’s Awards will celebrate and recognise those businesses and individuals making the greatest contribution to the region and the wider South Wales economy.

The 2017 Awards are sponsored by some of Caerphilly’s leading organisations, including; platinum sponsor Coleg Gwent, Welsh Government, Broomfield & Alexander, Glenside commercial, Welsh ICE, Coleg y Cymoedd, City & Guilds, Educ8, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Cwm a Mynydd. The awards are also supported by Lexon Group and Pob Design.

The winners of each category – who will automatically be entered into the Premier Award sponsored by Broomfield & Alexander – will be announced at the awards evening held on Friday 17th November 2017, at Llechwen Hall. The host this year will once again be BBC presenter, Jamie Owen.

The shortlisted firms are as follows:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by City & Guilds

  • Brandon Griffiths – GE Aviation Wales
  • Megan Hession – Montana Healthcare

Business Woman of the Year – sponsored by Glenside Commercials

  • Kelsey Dobbs – A.Schulman Inc. Ltd
  • Alex Jones – Coffee 37
  • Marsha Ward – The Number Hub
  • Julie Waters – Thomas Carroll Group

Creative & Digital Business of the Year

  • Big Lemon Creative
  • CineMerse
  • Tania Miller Photography

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Coleg y Cymoedd

  • Natasha Gordon – HaGGLA
  • Tania Miller – Tania Miller Photography
  • Studio Hicks – Emily Hicks Creative
  • Lewis Peach – Peak Performance Fitness Solutions

Large Business of the Year (over 50 employees) – sponsored by Educ8

  • A.Schulman Inc. Ltd
  • Thomas Carroll Group
  • Lexon Group

Contribution to the Rural Economy – sponsored by Cwm a Mynydd

  • Hallets Cider
  • Sirhowy Valley Honeybee Company
  • GoConnect
  • The Living Room Yr Ystafell fyw

Small Business of the Year (under 49 employees) – sponsored by Caerphilly County Borough Council

  • Palladium Training & Consultancy Ltd.
  • PK Safety
  • Mountain Celebrations Ltd.
  • J R Gilbert Engineering

Start-Up Business of the Year

  • Signum-Health Ltd.
  • Panda Education & Training Ltd.
  • Mountain Celebrations Ltd.
  • J R Gilbert Engineering

Welsh ICE Business of the Year Award

  • ServiceTracker
  • Wize Virtual Admin
  • WRi Group
  • Datris

Denise Lovering, Chair of Caerphilly Business Forum, said:

“2017 is proving to be a remarkable year for businesses in the region, as testified by both the volume and calibre of entries received this year.

“Caerphilly has a buoyant business community that is attracting interest from across South East Wales. From ambitious and fast-growing start-ups to nationally and internationally recognised business across a multitude of sectors, the region’s appeal as a business destination of choice is increasing apace. This is evidenced by the diversity of those businesses that have been shortlisted this year.

“The Caerphilly Business Forum Awards are not only a celebration of the great work and achievements of the regions businesses, they serve as a reminder to the rest of Wales that great businesses and great business communities exists throughout the country.

“We are thrilled for all the Finalists and we look forward to what promises to be a fantastic Awards ceremony.”

For information about the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards, please visit here.