Finalists announced for Bridgend’s annual business awards

The finalists for the annual Bridgend Business Forum Awards have been revealed.

Sponsored by Valleys to Coast Ltd and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, the 2019 awards will take place on Friday 13 September at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch. The ceremony will be hosted by BBC TV presenter and journalist Sian Lloyd.

Following a rigorous judging process, the panel – consisting of the 2019 sponsors and Bridgend Business Forum representatives – selected finalists from across a range of sectors.

The all-important shortlisted businesses and individuals include:

Business Student of the Year, sponsored by Graham Paul Chartered Accountants:-

Daniel Ralph, Blue Bench Media – nominated by Bridgend College

Start-up Business of the Year, sponsored by Business in Focus:-

•             Family Crosspoint

•             Assisted Mobility Services Ltd

•             Leaf Kitchens and Bedrooms Ltd

Service Business of the Year, sponsored by Berry Smith Lawyers

•             A&R Contract Cleaning Specialist Ltd

•             Apollo Teaching Services Ltd

•             Neuro Physio Wales Ltd

Manufacturing Business of the Year, sponsored by MAKEuk, the manufacturer’s organisation

•             LMg Solutions Ltd

•             Camplas Technology Ltd

•             Rockwool Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Magenta Financial Planning

•             Virtual Wales

•             A & R Security Services Ltd

•             Blues Matters

Innovative Business of the Year, sponsored by Development Bank of Wales

•             LMg Solutions Ltd

•             Spectrum Technologies Ltd

•             Wales Interactive Ltd

Professional Service Business of the Year, sponsored by SME Finance Partners

•             Apollo Teaching  Services Ltd

•             Howells Solicitors

•             Thomas and Thomas Solicitors

Tourism Business of the Year, sponsored by Handelsbanken

•             Awen Cultural Trust

•             Bushcraft Adventures Ltd

•             The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

The winner of the Creative Industries Award, which is sponsored by Cymraeg Byd Busnes, will be formally announced at the awards ceremony in September.

Ian Jessopp, Chair of Bridgend Business Forum said:

“Congratulations to all of our finalists for this year’s Bridgend Business Forum Awards. The Bridgend Business Forum Awards give businesses from every sector in the county borough the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their success and achievements.

“We’ve had another fantastic response this year with plenty of strong applications from both new and previous applicants. We believe we have selected some very deserving winners and runners-up who we look forward to presenting with their awards and celebrating their achievements in September.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration added:

“The Bridgend Business Forum Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the endless hard work and achievements of local businesses.

“I continue to be very impressed with the quality, enthusiasm and passion of the businesses that enter. These awards demonstrate that Bridgend County Borough is an exciting place to work and run a business and the council is proud to support these accolades.

“I would like to wish all of the contestants the very best of luck, and look forward to meeting the successful applicants at the awards ceremony in September.”

Sponsors include: Valleys to coast Ltd; Berry Smith Lawyers; Cymraeg in Business; Development Bank of Wales; MAKEuk, the manufacturer’s organisation; Handelsbanken; Magenta Financial Planning; Graham Paul Chartered Accountants; Business in focus; SME Finance Partners and United Graphic Design.

To find out more about the awards ceremony and shortlisted businesses visit