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The 2019 Cardiff Business Awards Shortlist Announced


The shortlist for the fifth annual Cardiff Business Awards has been announced, with no less than 44 organisations or individuals in contention for sixteen prestigious awards.

Since launching in 2015, the awards have become one of the highest profile and well-attended in the capital. Unique on the business awards calendar, these are the only awards to recognise those organisations and leaders who have made the greatest impact on the Cardiff, regional and wider UK economy over the last 12 months.

The winners of each category, as well as the Cardiff Business of the Year, will be announced at the awards evening which will be held on Friday 21st June at City Hall, Cardiff and hosted by Sian Lloyd.

Commenting on this year’s finalists, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, chair of the judging panel for the Cardiff Business Awards, said:

“Cardiff continues to be a magnet for investment, entrepreneurship and innovation and the annual Cardiff Business Awards continue to demonstrate the talent, enterprise and innovation from across the city’s business community”.

Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management, organiser of the Cardiff Business Awards, added:

“The Cardiff Business Awards are the perfect occasion where the achievements of the capital city’s business community can be celebrated. Yet again, we have received excellent entries from businesses large and small and from across all sectors. All of those who have been shortlisted this year can be immensely proud of their success in business over the last twelve months.”

The shortlist is as follows:

Construction Business of the Year

  • Euroclad Group
  • LCB Construction
  • Mott MacDonald

Creative & Digital Business of the Year, sponsored by University of South Wales

  • Bad Wolf
  • Box UK
  • Illustrate Digital
  • Sotic
  • Yard

Employer of the Year, sponsored by CPS Group

  • Apollo Wales
  • CatSci
  • Howells Solicitors
  • Illustrate Digital
  • Pentan Architects

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • John Rawnsley – CP Hire
  • Liam Bevan – LCB Construction
  • Nigel Saunders – Sure Chill
  • Nick Russill – TerraDat UK

Family Business of the Year

  • Heath Windows & Doors
  • iRG
  • Park Plaza Hotel
  • Pugh’s Garden Village

Financial & Professional Services Business of the Year

  • ActiveQuote
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Howells Solicitors
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Rio Architects

Green Business of the Year

  • Amber Energy
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Genesis Biosciences

Community Business of the Year, sponsored by ICAEW

  • Cardiff & Vale Credit Union
  • FOR Cardiff

Innovation Business of the Year, sponsored by Welsh Government

  • Genesis Biosciences
  • Sure Chill
  • We Build Bots

International Business of the Year, sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland

  • CatSci
  • CJCH Solicitors
  • Euroclad Group
  • Object Matrix

Leisure, Hospitality & Retail Business of the Year

  • Artisan Interiors
  • Future Inn Cardiff
  • Laura May Bridal
  • Pugh’s Garden Village

SME of the Year, sponsored by Yard

  • ActiveQuote
  • Amber Energy
  • CP Hire
  • CPS Group (UK)

Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Cardiff & Vale Credit Union
  • RCMA Social Enterprise

Start-Up Business of the Year, sponsored by Spectrum Internet

  • bedigital professional services
  • Hoop Recruitment
  • LINKS Recruitment Group
  • SamePage Group

Technology Business of the Year, sponsored by Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

  • Inspiretec
  • Object Matrix
  • Uprise VSI

Young Business Person of the Year, sponsored by CP Hire

  • Jenny Evans – Jenny Kate
  • Katherine Jones – Katherine Jones Artist
  • Jonathan Day – Wash Cycle

The 2019 awards are sponsored by some of the city’s most prominent businesses, including: NatWest (headline sponsor), Bluegg, Cardiff Council, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cleartech Live, CP Hire, CPS Group, Evershed Sutherland, ICAEW, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Spectrum Internet, University of South Wales, Welsh Government, Yard Digital.

The awards ceremony will be held on 21st June 2019 at City Hall, Cardiff. For more information, please visit