Award Category Criteria

Construction Business of the Year

Sponsored by TB Davies

This award recognizes those Cardiff-based companies that have made a real impact in the construction and building services sector
The judges are looking for construction businesses that have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation, exceptional customer experience and are focused on future business success.

Creative and Digital Business of the Year

Sponsored by University of South Wales

This award recognises those businesses in Cardiff that are operating in the highly important creative and digital sectors.
The judges are looking for creative and digital companies that have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation, exceptional customer experience and are focused on future business success.

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by CPS Group

This award will recognise those businesses in Cardiff that continuously invest in their employees for sustainable growth and development.
The judges are looking for evidence that of staff development, retention and recruitment; career development and training for employees; commitment to diversity; and the embedding of a learning culture.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University

This award will recognise those individuals who have shown the desire to succeed with their own ideas and have had the ambition to turn those ideas into a successful business.
The judges will be looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional vision and leadership and personality in the development of their own business.

Family Business of the Year

Sponsored by Paramount Interiors

This award will recognise and celebrate the major role that family businesses have made to Cardiff over the years.
The judges are looking for family businesses that can demonstrate sustainable growth, a clear vision for continuing long-term success and a contribution to the local economy.

Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year

Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College

This award is open to any business operating in the financial and professional services sector
The judges are looking for companies that have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation, exceptional customer experience and are focused on future business success.

Green Business of the Year

Sponsored by Wales Environmental

This award recognises those businesses for whom sustainability is at the core of their activities or whose products, processes or practices have resulted in significant environmental improvement.
The judges are looking for businesses that have developed an environmental product, process or service or have built sustainability into the strategic operations of the business, either of which has resulted directly in increased profitability.

ICAEW’s Business Futures Award – Community Business of the Year

Sponsored by ICAEW

The criteria for this award is for companies that have actively supported and engaged with their local communities in Cardiff.
The judges will look beyond financial support to consider how the resources within the business have been utilised to create a long-lasting impact.

International Business of the Year

Sponsored by Welsh Government

This award is open to any Cardiff business that is trading overseas.
The judges are looking for evidence of a detailed internationalisation strategy, growth in overseas markets and a commitment to improving export performance.

Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year

Sponsored by Clearly PR & Marketing Communications

This award is open to any business based in the tourism industry in Cardiff.
The judges will be looking for businesses that demonstrate exceptional commitment to provide an outstanding experience for visitors, tourists and business travellers to Cardiff.

Retail Business of the Year

Sponsored by Bluegg

This award is open to any business based in the retail sector in Cardiff.
The judges are looking for companies that demonstrate retail excellence, have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation, exceptional customer experience and are focused on future business success.

SME of the Year

Sponsored by Yard

This award is open to all businesses with a turnover of £25 million or less in the 2015-16 financial year.
The judges are looking for those SMEs demonstrating significant growth or expansion, innovation in products, services or processes, exceptional customer engagement, effective leadership and management and strong financial results.

Social Enterprise Business of the Year

Sponsored by Capital Quarter by JR Smart

This award is open to any a community or social enterprise in Cardiff with a social purpose and/or a not-for-profit basis.
The judges will be looking for businesses that demonstrate leadership and innovation in delivering a positive impact on its local community or environment

Start up Business of the Year

Sponsored by S3 Advertising

The start-up award aims to celebrate and support Cardiff’s newest businesses. Entrants to this award must be independent and have been trading for a maximum period of three years.
The judges will be looking for real passion, a strong plan, an innovative product or service and exceptional forecasts for further growth.

Technology and Innovation Business of the Year

Sponsored by Cardiff University

The Technology and innovation award recognises the success of companies that have created and developed innovative products or processes that have improved the performance of the organisation or led to significant job creation.
The judges will be looking for a clear commitment to research and development, continued innovation and future growth potential. Applicants need to describe the technology and innovation, and how it has benefited the company and/or customers.

Young Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Eversheds

This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 on September 1st 2016 who are involved in business. These include young entrepreneurs that are building their own venture or those employees who have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a larger organisation.
The judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. Applicants should have raised the profile of their organisation, developed and implemented plans that have achieved growth, and who have exceeded customer expectations.

Highly Commended

Sponsored by Cardiff Council

Outstanding Contribution to Cardiff