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 2020, the sixth 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 Friday 13 November at City Hall. The evening will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception and the awards ceremony will take place after dinner.

This year we will be raising money for Cancer Research Wales, one of the leading cancer charities in Wales who are dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for cancer. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

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

Our Judges

  • Photo of Frank Holmes

    Frank Holmes

    Frank Holmes is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, founder partner of Gambit Corporate Finance, voted Wales Dealmaker of the Year three times, ‘Best Chartered Accountant in Practice’, and recognised for his “Outstanding Contribution to Finance”.

    A serial investor and non-executive director of high-profile companies, education institutions, chairs Bobath charity, and the CCR’s Economic Growth Partnership tasked with advising on economic growth and leveraging investment exceeding £4 billion.

  • Photo of Liz Brookes

    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 the co-founder 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.”

  • Photo of Ken Poole FRICS

    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.   

  • Photo of Adrian Field

    Adrian Field

    Adrian is Executive Director of FOR Cardiff. He will be an independent judge at the Cardiff Business Awards 2020.

  • Photo of Felicity Rees

    Felicity Rees

    Felicity is the Cardiff Office Senior Partner & UK Pensions Assurance Practice Leader at PwC. She will be an independent judge at the Cardiff Business Awards 2020.

  • Photo of Nick Saunders

    Nick Saunders

    Nick is Founder of DEPOT Cardiff. He will be an independent judge at the Cardiff Business Awards 2020.


  • Is my company eligible to enter the awards?

    The business must be located within the local authority area of Cardiff County Council and business rates must also be paid to Cardiff County Council. The business should have started to trade on or before 19th June 2019.

  • How many categories can I enter?

    You can enter up to 2 categories.

  • What is the judging process?

    The judging process can be found here.

  • If I/my company is shortlisted, do I get any free tickets to the Awards night?

    Everyone is asked to purchase tickets from the website in advance of the evening. Priority is given to shortlisted companies and sponsors first but it is on a first come first served basis so get you are advised to book early to guarantee the tickets you require.

  • How much are tickets?

    Tickets are £90+vat, a table is £900+vat. Payment must be made prior to the event.

  • What is included in the ticket price?

    The ticket price includes a drinks reception starting at 6.30pm and a three course dinner with coffee prior to the awards ceremony.

  • How do I book tickets for the Awards?

    You can reserve your tickets via the booking link and you will be sent an invoice.

  • Are tickets refundable?

    Cancellations of any places received up until one month before the event (13th October 2020) shall incur a 50% cancellation charge. Any places cancelled from the 14 October 2020 will not be refunded. Read our full T&C’s here.

  • Someone that was coming can’t any more, can someone take their place?

    Yes, just let us know so who they are and if they have any dietary requirements.

  • Where are the Awards held?

    The Awards are held in Cardiff City Hall

  • What is the dress code?


  • Can I pre-order wine?

    A pre-order wine list will be sent out once you have confirmed your table booking. This needs to be returned to City Hall directly.

  • Will there be a charity collection on the night?

    Yes, we are raising money for Cancer Research Wales so there will be a collection during dinner.