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Welsh Business Leaders Chosen as Faces of a Vibrant Economy


In January of this year Grant Thornton Cardiff Office nominated twenty five individuals from across Wales to take part in their UK wide Faces of a Vibrant Economy Campaign.

Following the national launch event, held earlier this week, they are now delighted to announce that Debra Barber of Cardiff Airport, Kevin Crofton of SPTS and Peter Brewin and Will Crawford of Concrete Canvas were all selected to appear in the final 100 Faces.

In 2016 Grant Thornton started a national conversation about building a more vibrant economy in the UK, one that fosters collaboration between private, public and third sectors to recognise the full potential of our cities, businesses and communities.

Now in its second year the 100 Faces aims to showcase individuals who are already contributing to building a more vibrant economy by identifying and bringing together inspiring leaders from across 100 organisations in the UK, connected by their innovative, purposeful and growth-focused approach to business.

At the launch event Debra Barber commented,

‘It was inspiring to mix with the other national Faces, there was real energy in the room. I’m especially looking forward to getting together with other fantastic Welsh Faces to see what we might be able to do collectively to help shape the vibrant economy in Wales.’

Alistair Wardell, Lead Partner at Grant Thornton Cardiff said,

‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy is an impressive accolade to achieve and we were delighted to have four Faces chosen to represent Wales. Witnessing the power of bringing the 100 Faces together we now believe there is a wider remit to be explored with a bespoke Wales Campaign so it’s pleasing to hear from Debra, our other selected Faces and our nominated individuals that they wish to support such an initiative.’

This year’s awards saw over three hundred nominations from around the country from all sectors. The Faces are judged against a growth, purpose and innovation criteria and the Vibrant Economy commissioners collaborated to select the final 100 Faces.

By connecting with business leaders from across a broad mixture of purpose-led organisations, Grant Thornton’s Faces programme is helping to:

  • Build strong relationships with entrepreneurs, influencers and business leaders who are active in their markets and communities
  • Connect businesses with great growth potential and build a community that with our support can shape a vibrant economy
  • Inspire young people and other leaders by showcasing progressive leaders in businesses, public sector, third sector and communities

Plans are already underway for the 2018 national campaign so if you know of a Welsh business leader who deserves to win such an award please put them forward as a nomination.


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