Introduction

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 2021, the seventh 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 26th November at City Hall. The evening will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception and the awards ceremony will take place after dinner.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Liz Brookes

Grapevine Event Management

Cardiff Business Awards

 

 

Our Judges

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.

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.”

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.

Faqs

How many categories can I enter?

You can enter up to 2 categories.

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 1 April 2020.

What is the judging process?

The judging process can be found here.

How long is the interview?

The interview should take no longer than 15 minutes. A 10 minute presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A. No computer aids are allowed.

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.

What is included in the ticket price?

The ticket includes a 3 course meal with coffee.

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 (26 October 2021) shall incur a 50% cancellation charge. Any places cancelled from the 27 October 2021 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’s the dress code?

Black Tie.

Can I pre-order wine?

Yes, you will receive a pre-order wine list from the venue when you find out if you have made the shortlist.

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