The best and brightest of Monmouthshire’s business community were celebrated last Friday (21st October) at a black tie event held at Newport’s Celtic Manor Resort. Over 350 guests attended the Monmouthshire Business Awards hosted by TV personality Hywel James to applaud the thirteen category winners.
A total of thirty businesses making the shortlists ranged from a rural village store, a vineyard on the slopes of the Black Mountains and a registered childcare provider to large established hotels, a transportation company and a property maintenance enterprise – reflecting the diversity and variety of firms within Monmouthshire’s business community. In addition, two individuals had been nominated for the Apprentice of the Year award, demonstrating the incredible business acumen of Monmouthshire’s young people.
The winners of the 2016 Monmouthshire Business Awards are:
- Community Life Award – The Greenman Backpackers
- Most Promising Start-up – Crikey Bikey
- Young Entrepreneur – Milo
- Hospitality, Travel and Tourism – Monmouthshire Cottages
- Excellence in e-Commerce including Retail – Tigerbella
- Excellence in Marketing – Abergavenny Food Festival
- Young Apprentice of the Year – Tim Battersby
- Excellence in Technology Innovation – Select Security
- Innovation in Business – Select Security
- Socially Responsible Business – St Pierre Marriott
- Best Small Business – Sugarloaf Vineyard
- Company Demonstrating Sustained Growth – Keen Attachments
- Company of the Year – Reid Lifting Ltd
Awards organiser Janet Harris said: “My warmest congratulations go to our winners. Competition for these prestigious awards has been tougher than ever this year with over 119 companies entering. The judges’ job gets harder every year with more and more businesses getting involved. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply – judges have confirmed that this year’s high standard of entries has made their job even harder. In one instance only half a mark separated first and second places.
“There are so many examples of outstanding enterprise within the county and it is right that we recognise these and declare Monmouthshire to be a place which values successful ventures.
“We have already started work in preparation for our 2017 event which will be held on Friday, October 6th. We will continue to maintain a fresh and innovative approach, with some new categories and maybe some criteria and geographical changes.”
Chepstow’s Reid Lifting Ltd retained its award for Company of the Year. Managing Director, Nick Battersby said: “We are delighted to have retained the award. It is a great tribute to the efforts and success of our staff in continuing to develop the business despite building and moving into new premises at the same time. I would also like to thank the organisers of the MBA’s for what is truly a first class event. Everybody was entertained and captivated while celebrating the range of great businesses in Monmouthshire.”
Guests at the event included the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken, Deputy Welsh Minister Glyn Davies MP, Monmouth MP David Davies, Peter Fox, Leader at Monmouthshire County Council, Bob Greenland, deputy leader at the council and Paul Matthews, the council’s chief executive.
The evening’s fare included a four course meal from a menu carefully selected to feature local produce with wine sourced from Monmouthshire on the table.
The Monmouthshire Business Awards event is now in its fifth year and continues to go from strength to strength, showcasing the outstanding contribution that Monmouthshire’s businesses make to the UK economy. For more information go to www.monbizawards.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01633 891514.
- On the evening guests donated more than £1,600 towards Emily Clark’s ‘Remission Possible’ appeal which is raising funds in her memory to support the building of a new bone marrow transplant ward.