2019 Award Categories

  • Construction Business
    of the Year

    This award recognises 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Community Business
    of the Year

    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.

  • 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

    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, Hospitality and Retail Business
    of the Year

    This award is open to any business based in the Leisure, hospitality and retail sector in Cardiff.

    The judges will be looking for businesses that demonstrate exceptional commitment to provide an outstanding experience for visitors, tourists and business travellers or that demonstrate retail excellence. Businesses will have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation, exceptional customer experience and are focused on future business success.

  • SME
    of the Year

    This award is open to all businesses with a turnover of £25 million or less in the 2017-18 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.

  • Start-up Business
    of the Year

    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 up-to a maximum period of three years on 21st June 2019.

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

  • Social Enterprise
    of the Year

    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.

  • Technology Business
    of the Year

    The Technology 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 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

    This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 on 21st June 2019 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.

2019 Award Shortlist

  • Construction Business
    of the Year
    • Euroclad Group

      LCB Construction

      Mott MacDonald

  • Creative and Digital Business
    of the Year
    • Bad Wolf

      Box UK

      Illustrate Digital

      Sotic

      Yard

  • Employer
    of the Year
    • Apollo Wales

      CatSci

      Howells Solicitors

      Illustrate Digital

      Pentan Architects

  • Entrepreneur
    of the Year
    • John Rawnsley - CP Hire

      Liam Bevan - LCB Construction

      Nigel Saunders - Sure Chill

      Nick Russill - TerraDat UK

  • Family Business
    of the Year
    • Heath Windows & Doors

      iRG

      Park Plaza Hotel

      Pugh's Garden Village

  • Financial and Professional Service Business
    of the Year
    • ActiveQuote

      Eversheds Sutherland

      Howells Solicitors

      Mott MacDonald

      Rio Architects

  • Green Business
    of the Year
    • Amber Energy

      Eversheds Sutherland

      Genesis Biosciences

  • ICAEW Community Business
    of the Year
    • Cardiff & Vales Credit Union

      FOR Cardiff

  • Innovation Business
    of the Year
    • Genesis Biosciences

      Sure Chill

      We Build Bots

  • International Business
    of the Year
    • CatSci

      CJCH Solicitors

      Euroclad Group

      Object Matrix

  • Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Business
    of the Year
    • Artisan Interiors

      Future Inn Cardiff

      Laura May Bridal

      Pugh's Garden Village

  • SME
    of the Year
    • ActiveQuote

      Amber Energy

      CP Hire

      CPS Group (UK)

  • Start-up Business
    of the Year
    • bedigital professional services

      Hoop Recruitment

      LINKS Recruitment Group

      SamePage Group

  • Social Enterprise
    of the Year
    • Cardiff & Vale Credit Union

      RCMA Social Enterprise

  • Technology Business
    of the Year
    • Inspiretec

      MYPINPAD

      Object Matrix

      Uprise VSI

  • Young Business Person
    of the Year
    • Jenny Evans - Jenny Kate

      Katherine Jones - Katherine Jones Artist

      Jonathan Day - Wash Cycle