The winner from four award ceremonies celebrating the best in Welsh business

Here we feature four award ceremonies showcasing the best in Welsh business and entrepreneurship.

Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Welsh entrepreneurs have been recognised at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

In partnership with Starling Bank, the ceremony was held at Grosvenor House and saw 159 businesspeople recognised for their achievements, including 15 from across Wales.

The overall Great British Entrepreneur of the Year winner was London’s Philip Belamant, the CEO and founder of financial services company, Zilch.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards launched in 2012 to celebrate the best of British enterprise, inviting founders from across the UK to apply with their entrepreneurial success stories.

Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:“It was fantastic to hear the inspiring stories from Wales after such a difficult few years, and even better to have been able to invite all of our finalists to the in-person ceremony and celebrate together.


Joseph Ward, Smallspark Space Systems – Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Claire Copeman, Adventure Tours UK – Start-Up.

Geryn Evans, Project Blu – Sustainability.

Rhys King, RGifts – Small Business.

Darren Briggs, Ascona Group Holdings – Service Industries.

Darren Briggs, Ascona Group Holdings – Scale-Up.

Michael Beck, Craig Lomax, Sean Thomas and Michael Georg of Reworking – Pivot.

Callum Griffiths, Clydach Farm Group – Made in the UK.

Benjamin & Marc Shipman, The GO2 Brand – Health & Wellbeing.

Scott Davies, Hilltop – Food & Drink.

Ross Jones & Rachel Lyndon-Jones, Ouma – Family Business.

Adele Pember, Dog Furiendly – Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Mark Williams, LIMB-Art – For Good.

William Sachiti, Academy of Robotics – Disruptor.

Jen Danger Harding, Danger Doodles – Creative.

Cardiff Business Awards

The best entrepreneurs and businesses in the capital have been recognised in the Cardiff Business Awards.

The winners:

Outstanding Contribution to Cardiff – Rightacres Property in recognition of its property developments, such as Central Square, which have transformed the city’s skyline and provided a huge economic boost.

Cardiff Business of the Year – Genesis Biosciences.

Creative & Digital Business of the Year – Gorilla TV.

Employer of the Year – Flyform.

Entrepreneur of the Year Phil Davies – Flyform.

Family Business of the Year – Mossfords Memorial Masons.

Financial & Professional Services Business of the Year – Stable Resources

Green Business of the Year – Genesis Biosciences.

Innovation Business of the Year – Vindico.

International Business of the Year – Euroclad.

Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year – VOCO St David’s.

Manufacturing Business of the Year – Steelphallt.

Retail Business of the Year – Tradeprices Bathrooms.

SME of the Year – Box UK.

Start-Up of the Year – Creative Spaces Design.

Technology Business of the Year – Genesis Biosciences.

Third Sector Organisation of the Year – Cardiff Cycle Workshop

Young Business Person of the Year Aoife Doherty – Floris

The Cardiff Business Awards are co-founded and organised by Grapevine Event

The award’s headline sponsor Cardiff Council were Cardiff Council.

Leader of the council Huw Thomas, said: “While our economy and communities are still impacted by COVID-19 the quality of this year’s entries and the subsequent winners clearly demonstrate that many of our businesses are continuing to adjust their business model to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Both management and staff have worked hard, not just to safeguard many businesses, but also to reposition them to grow and invest in our capital city.

Welsh Contact Centre Awards

The best in Wales’ contact centre industry have been recognised.

Organised by the Welsh Contact Centre Forum, this year’s 2021 Welsh Contact Centre Awards, recognise the best in a sector that contributes £650m annually to Wales’ economy and employs over 32,000 people.

The winners:

Covid Hero of the Year – Matthew David, Which?

Apprentice of the Year – Alun Hope, Arvato.

Support Person of the Year – Joint winners Crina Pentiuc, Deloitte and John Hall, PHS Group.

Advisor of the Year – Georgette Loring, Lloyds Banking Group.

Team Leader of the Year – lia Radman, Sky.

Trainer of the Year – Jack Pengelly-Ivins, Firstsource Solutions.

Newcomer of the Year -Emily Osborne, Molson Coors.

Support Manager of the Year – Joint winners Amy Jefferies, DVLA and Ros Prosser-Evans, CGI.

Contact Centre Manager of the Year – Rebecca Finch, HSBC.

Contact Centre Leader/Senior Manager – Corrie Hall, Blackhorse Finance.

Best Covid Strategy – Arvato.

Best Public Sector Helpline Business Transformation Strategy – Legal & General Retirements.

Best Inclusion Strategy – HSBC.

Best Homeworking programme – NFU Mutual Direct.

Customer Engagement – The Safeguarding Company.

Support Team of the Year – BT Duty Operations and Admiral.

People Development – Capital on Tap.

People Engagement – HSBC.

Outsourced Contact Centre -Firstsource Solutions

Shared Service – SSCL

Contact Centre of the Year (Small) – PTI Cymru

Contact Centre of the Year (Medium/Large) BT.

The CIPD Wales Awards

The winners of awards celebrating the best in HR and people development across Wales have been revealed.

Now in its fourth year, the CIPD Wales Awards – which are backed by the UK-wide professional body for HR and people development – returned with a hybrid virtual and in person event after being cancelled last year due to Covid-19.

Best Apprenticeship Scheme – ITV Cymru Wales.

Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative – Sparkles Cleaning Services Wales and West.

Best Flexible/ Remote Working Initiative – General Dynamics Mission Systems – UK.

Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative – Adra.

Best Use of External Support – SSCL.

Best Learning and Development/ Organisational Development Initiative – Iungo Solutions.

Best In House Team – Wales and West Utilities.

Best Resourcing and Talent Management Initiative – Office for National Statistics.

Rising Star of the People Profession – Amy Maidment, Principality Building Society.

Outstanding Contribution – Edmund Heery, Cardiff University.

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