Winners applauded at Bridgend Business Forum awards

Bridgend County Borough’s flagship awards programme, ‘The Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019’ sponsored by Valleys to Coast Housing took place at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch recently.

Organised by Bridgend Business Forum and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, these prestigious awards recognise and reward excellence across all sizes and sectors of business in the county borough.

The winners in each category were:

  • Business Student of the Year – Daniel Ralph, Blue Bench Media
  • Start-up Business of the Year – Leaf Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year – Rockwool UK Ltd
  • Service Business of the Year – Neuro Physio Wales Ltd
  • Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year – The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Lauren Cooper, Virtual Wales
  • Creative Industries Award – Wales Interactive Ltd
  • Professional Service Business of the Year – Howells Solicitors
  • Innovative Business of the Year – Spectrum Technologies Ltd

Rockwool UK Ltd scooped the overall title of ‘Bridgend Business of the Year 2019’.

Managing Director of ROCKWOOL UK, Darryl Matthews said:

“We are always impressed with the calibre of the businesses that participate in the Bridgend Business Forum Awards and were delighted to be named as both the Manufacturer of the Year and the overall Bridgend Business of the Year.

“These awards are a celebration of the exceptional business performance we have seen over the past few years as well as our broader contribution to sustainability and our local community. This is a testament to our hard-working staff and I would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as the Bridgend Business Forum for this recognition.”

Jay Ball, Vice-chair of Bridgend Business Forum said:

“The judges of these awards never cease to be impressed by the diversity of business talent within the county borough. I was proud to attend these accolades and celebrate the many extensive achievements within the local business community.”

Cllr Huw David, the Council Leader, said:

“Congratulations to all the enterprises that have been given special recognition at these awards. It is clear from the high calibre of entries year on year that we live in a vibrant county borough with a great entrepreneurial culture and thriving business community.

“Bridgend County Borough has such a great story to tell and it is important to applaud our most talented entrepreneurs, employees and pioneering companies in the private sector. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the future.”

Over £800 was raised at the event in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2019/20, for this year’s nominated charity; PRIDE Cymru.

This year’s awards sponsors included: Berry Smith Lawyers; Business in Focus; MakeUK, the manufacturer’s organisation; Graham Paul Chartered Accountants; Cymraeg Byd Busnes; Development Bank of Wales; Handelsbanken; Magenta Financial Planning; BEEP and the Health & Safety Executive; SME Finance Partners; The Development Bank of Wales, United Graphic Design and main sponsor, Valleys to Coast Housing.

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