Last night Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council held its first Business Awards. The successful event announced the winners of eight business categories which included business of the year.
Business Start Up of the Year – Sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise: The Warehouse Hair & Beauty Supplies
Small Medium Business of the Year – Sponsored by Business in Focus: Atal UK Limited
Social Enterprise of the Year Sponsored by United Welsh: Blaenau Gwent & Caerphilly Care & Repair
Excellence in Innovation & Technology Sponsored by Thales: The Eden Education Centre
Manufacturing Business of the Year Sponsored by EFF Manufacturers’ Organisation: Performance Masterbatches Limited
Excellence in International Trade Sponsored by Continental Teves UK Ltd: Performance Masterbatches Limited
Retail or Service Business of the Year Sponsored by Ebbw Vale Business Forum and Melin Homes: The Warehouse Hair & Beauty Supplies
Business of the Year – Sponsored by Welsh Government: Performance Masterbatches Limited
The awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals and Small Medium Enterprise (SME’s) based in Blaenau Gwent. It celebrated some of the best companies in Blaenau Gwent. Companies went head-to-head in eight categories with Performance Masterbatches Limited winning the final award of the night - the prestigious Business of the Year.
Cllr Dai Davies, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Said:
“This is our first Business Awards that we have organised and I’m pleased to say that it was a successful evening celebrating and highlighting business success in Blaenau Gwent. The awards saw companies of all sizes and sectors awarded for their achievements in the past 12 months.
Over 100 people from the Blaenau Gwent business community attended the celebration that was held at The General Offices. Congratulations to all our winners. I would like to thank our sponsors and all the businesses who submitted applications and to those who were shortlisted. We look forward to hosting this again next year and to continue to recognise the achievements of businesses in Blaenau Gwent.”
Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said:
“I am proud to be part of these inaugural Blaenau Gwent Business Awards and would like to extend my congratulations to businesses big and small whose achievements and successes have been recognised.
“As Welsh Government we remain absolutely committed to supporting economic growth in Blaenau Gwent and just this week I was pleased to announce that we will be investing £25m in the Tech Valleys project over the next three years in order to accelerate progress of this important programme.
In line with our Economic Action Plan, Tech Valleys will have the principles of growth, fair work and decarbonisation at its heart while seeking to spread the fruits of economic growth to areas that have not fared so well in recent years.”
Mark Langshaw MBE, Chair, Ebbw Vale Enterprise Advisory Board Said:
“On behalf of the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone Advisory Board, we would like to offer our congratulations to all applicants, shortlisted finalists and winners of the inaugural Blaenau Gwent Business Awards. It was a very enjoyable evening, celebrating business success in Blaenau Gwent, and fantastic to see it so well supported. We would like to express our gratitude to Welsh Government and all the other sponsors for supporting the awards and to BGCBC for an excellent job in organising the first award of its type in Blaenau Gwent.
We hope this will become an annual celebration of business achievements in Blaenau Gwent.”