Search begins for Wales’ best businesses

The team from Welsh Hills Bakery, Welsh Business of the Year 2016

Businesses from across Wales are being invited to put themselves forward for the prestigious Welsh Business Awards 2017.

Now in their third year, The Welsh Business Awards aim to recognise the very best from businesses across Wales, in a wide variety of sectors.

Following the success of last year’s event, these awards, which are sponsored by the University of South Wales, will be held at City Hall in Cardiff to accommodate the growing number of guests who are keen to attend.

Heather Myers, Director of South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our businesses, whether small, medium or large, all play a fundamental role in driving the Welsh economy forward. These awards will celebrate success, excellence in best practice and the contribution they make to the wider community.

Siwan Rees, Director of USW Exchange, a business support hub based at the University of South Wales which is headline sponsor for the awards, said: “In a relatively short space of time, the Welsh Business Awards have cemented their place in the Welsh business calendar.

“The Awards are an excellent platform for any business wishing to highlight their achievements, benchmark against the competition, reward their teams and gain the recognition they deserve.”

Julian Cruttenden, Head of Sales, Welsh Hills Bakery, who won the Welsh Business of the Year Award in 2016, said: “We were thrilled when we were named Welsh Business of the Year at last year’s awards. As well as being great for enhancing the reputation of our business, it was a real boost for the morale of our team as a whole.”

This year there are 10 categories for businesses to enter, including: Commitment to Customer Service; Commitment to Skills & People Development; Excellence in Community Relations; Excellence in Environmental Management; Excellence in Marketing & Communications; Growth Business of the Year Start up Business of the Year; Success through Innovation; Success through Overseas Trade; and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 8th December and nominees will be announced on Monday 29th January.

Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Gala Dinner, hosted by television presenter Gethin Jones, on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the City Hall in Cardiff.