2018 Award Categories

  • Construction Business
    of the Year

    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

    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

    The judges are looking for evidence 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Community Business
    of the Year

    The judges will look beyond financial support to consider how the resources within the business have been utilised to create a long-lasting impact.

  • Innovation Business
    of the Year

    Recognising those businesses that have achieved growth through innovation driven entrepreneurship. For this category, innovation is broadly defined and could include technology, product or process innovation.

  • International Business
    of the Year

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    The judges will be looking for real passion, a strong plan, an innovative product or service and exceptional forecasts for further growth.

  • Technology Business
    of the Year

    The judges will be looking for a technology-based firm with a clear commitment to research and development, innovation and future growth potential. Applicants need to describe the technology and how it has benefited the company and/or customers.

  • Young Business Person
    of the Year

    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.