Cardiff is growing rapidly as a centre for economic activity and as a great place to work and live.

Not only are financial and professional services firms being attracted to relocate to the city but existing companies are expanding and there is an exciting new start-up scene in sectors such as life sciences and the digital economy.

The inaugural Cardiff Business Awards in 2015 brought the business community together for the first time to recognise those entrepreneurial and innovative ventures that are making a difference.

In 2019, the fifth Cardiff Business Awards will continue to celebrate the best businesses in Cardiff and the vast potential that exists within the capital city of Wales.

The black tie event will take place on the 21st of June at City Hall. The evening will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception and the awards ceremony will take place after dinner. The event will be followed by an aftershow party at Laguna Bar. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Liz Brookes
Grapevine Event Management
Co-founder, Cardiff Business Awards

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE
Co-founder, Cardiff Business Awards

Our Judges

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    Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE

    Dylan is Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) at the University of South Wales and has been championing entrepreneurship in Wales for over 20 years and is the creator of the Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards. Dylan is the co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards which were launched in 2015 with the aim to bring the Cardiff business community together to recognise the entrepreneurial and innovative ventures that are making a difference in Wales’ capital city.

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    Liz Brookes

    Liz founded Grapevine Event Management in March 2011 and it is now one of the most well recognised corporate events companies in Wales delivering high quality creative and innovative events. Liz is one of the co-founders of the Cardiff Business Awards. Speaking about the awards Liz has said “the levels of success, ambition and achievement being shown by so many firms in Cardiff continues to cement the city’s place as a leading commercial centre for the UK.”

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    Ken Poole FRICS

    Ken is the Head of Economic Development at Cardiff Council.  He is responsible for the implementation of Cardiff Council's economic strategy. Ken has worked with many of the city’s leading businesses to set up in Cardiff and on key regeneration initiatives for the Council, which will have a transformational impact on the City and region. Ken also coordinates the Council’s UK and overseas business marketing initiatives to promote the city.   

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    Jessica Shipman

    Jessica is a Director of NatWest Cymru in Cardiff and South East Wales. NatWest Cymru is one of the biggest lenders to business in Wales supporting more than 20,000 businesses with lending totalling more than £1.5bn. She is passionate about developing the South Wales market through collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation. When speaking about the awards, Jessica said: “The companies involved with the awards are creating jobs and supporting the wider eco-systems within their communities and we are proud to be supporting their growth and recognising the success of those in Cardiff at this year’s awards.

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    Independent Judges

    David Gray – Managing Director, TB Davies

    Matt Jones – Founder and CEO, S3 Advertising

    Denise Lovering – Director, Glenside Commercials

    Peter Umbleja – Independent Business Consultant

    Nick Saunders – Founder and Director, DEPOT

    Jacquie Williams – Managing Director, SCS Aftercare