Testimonials

The Monmouthshire Business Awards reflect the very best of regional business excellence. Here’s what a selection of our media partners, sponsors, past winners and judges have to say about us.

 



Monmouth Business Awards has become one of the pre-eminent business awards in Wales and attracts innovative growing companies to enter each of the award categories. More SMEs should consider entering these awards in 2016 as it is an exceptional chance for businesses to raise their profile in the Welsh market and winning an award is a recognition of success both for the company management and also the hard working team of people that make the businesses successful. Well done to Janet Harris for organising such a professional and value added event which puts businesses in Monmouthshire clearly on the map”.“The 2015 Monmouth Business Award dinner was the best so far, attracting many companies, investors and professional advisors to join together to celebrate success in the SME business sector. This is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ business award event that should be in everyone’s business diaries for 2016”.

Just wanted to say thanks again for inviting me last Friday. It was definitely the best awards ‘doo’ I’ve been to – helped of course by the glorious victories! Even my alarm at 4.30am couldn’t dampen my spirits…..
From a director at PWC




Further to Friday’s Monmouthshire Business Awards dinner, I wanted to firstly thank you for an excellent evening.   I had a great time with
brilliant company and it was inspiring to see some of the fantastic nominees and winners. What an amazing evening, and huge congratulations to you and Tim both from directors of NatWest Cardiff office
Stephen Stolliday, New Investments, Finance Wales Investments Ltd

 


We were absolutely delighted to win both Company of the Year and Judges Choice Award at the Monmouthshire Business Awards 2015. It’s fantastic to be acknowledged for the hard work that we do and to pass that recognition onto our staff. Our success in the Mon Biz Awards this year, and in previous years, has not only raised the profile of REID Lifting within
Monmouthshire, but has driven us to keep on striving to improve. A fantastic event and a much-needed platform for businesses within Monmouthshire to proudly showcase what we’re capable of.
Nick Battersby, Managing Director, REID Lifting

 



Working with the MBA team was a pleasure. The organisation was excellent, the interviews and video were straightforward and the fact Homeglow won two awards really made the event a huge success for us! It is still newsworthy and we are using our success in our advertising and letterheads and business cards as well as our website. We hope the MBAs continue to be a big success in raising the importance of local businesses and their contribution to the prosperity of the county and its environs.
Martin Lewis, Chairman & CEO – Homeglow Products Ltd, winner of Most Promising Start-Up 2014

 


 

We have been pleased to be involved in the Monmouthshire Business Awards for the last two years, we have found the experience very enjoyable and rewarding.
The Awards are a great way to promote local firms and celebrate the success of Monmouthshire businesses.
Hicks Logistics have been rewarded with four awards in the last two years including Company of the Year in 2014.
They have all been excellent accolades for us to display and they have really helped to promote our company as a market leader.
Simon Hicks, Transport Manager – Hicks Logistics Ltd, winner of Company Demonstrating Sustained Growth 2014 and Company of the Year 2014


 

The MBAs are testament to the variety of exceptional businesses in Monmouthshire, and provide a much-needed platform on which to showcase these achievements
Sylvia Marshall, Columnist, The Daily Mirror

 



Reflecting the best of the best in a stunning 
county
Jasmine Birtles, founder MoneyMagpie.com




I have known Janet for over ten years and had the pleasure of working with her in various capacities. Janet has been a great Ambassador to the Resort and her business networking has led to a number of worthy introductions.

Janet has organised a great number of events, ranging from small business meetings, banquets for over 500 to sporting events and business exhibitions to name a few. Janet is extremely professional, but equally has the ability to inject a sense of humor when required. Janet can control and command an event of any size and ensure the objectives are met. She also has the ability to step into any situation at short notice and rise to challenge required without any hesitation.

Dylan Matthews, Celtic Manor Resort

 



May I just say on behalf of the Festival how delighted we were to receive the MonBiz award. We had a truly fantastic evening, making lots of really interesting business connections and felt that we were also able to raise the profile of the Festival too. Thank you for making it such a memorable evening and one which we really enjoyed and found very useful.

Heather Myers, CEO Abergavenny Food Festival – winner of the Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability award 2013

 


 

I was overwhelmed with being awarded the ‘Young Entrepreneur’ award. We were privileged to be a part of such a well organised, prestigious event and I will most definitely be looking to enter the awards again in the future.
Sophie Laurie, Shampooch

 



We thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, and the cherry on the cake ‘winning’ !!!  We have already received an enquiry for us to dress a wedding for one of the companies attending who were impressed with our work.
Sophie Sheridan, Sophie’s Creative Bows – winner of the Most Promising Business Start Up 2013

 



At the Monmouthshire Business Awards in 2012, I entered two categories Young Entrepreneur of the
Year, and Innovation in Business. Whilst I was confident in entering the Young Entrepreneur category, as I founded and manage my business day to day. Initially I was little nervous about entering the Innovation in Business Category, as I manage what is on paper a small company, however we punch well above our weight, and I was anxious about going head to head with some of the seemingly vast companies that were competing alongside me. Nevertheless, I took the opportunity of entering this excellent competition. I was so delighted to be shortlisted in both categories, alongside some impressive businesses and won the Young Entrepreneur award! I would urge anyone considering entering the Monmouthshire Business Awards to go for it. It is not a size contest, it’s about so much more and the award evening is a real celebration of all businesses in Wales. I wish you the best of luck with your application – go for it!
Emily Web – Founder of Oarsome Potential – Winner of Young Entrepreneur 2012

 



I was thrilled to be nominated for the new business start-up category by one of our customers for the 2012 Awards. The whole thing has been a fantastic experience, and we have seen an upturn in business as a result, especially locally.It’s a very professionally-run Awards and to anyone thinking of entering it’d say ‘Go for it!’ It’s a fantastic experience and you’ve got nothing to lose.

Brad Goodfellow – Managing Director, Pioneer Aircraft, the winner of Most Promising Business start-up 2012

 



Winning these awards is about the public recognition, being part of the community and the community then recognising our value and being a part of it going forward. Awards processes can sometimes be bureaucratic but the Monmouthshire Business Awards was simple and straight forward, and the amount of help you got was quite frankly the best I’ve ever seen.The Award evening itself was a great event, superbly organised and fun. Getting up on stage and receiving a locally based award was the pinnacle for us as a company. Winning two awards was a great honour for us, it helped us to increase our marketing profile, we used it on our website, we tweeted about it and it was in the local papers too, and for our employees themselves we put it in our reception areas so that they were aware of what we had achieved.What I would say to anyone thinking of entering the Awards would be if you want to motivate your employees and increase your local profile these are the Awards you should be entering.
Nick Budd – Director of HR, Mabey Bridge. Winner of the Company Showing Exceptional Growth and Company of the Year 2012.

 


 

I’m delighted that we’re once again supporting the Monmouthshire Business Awards. Last year’s awards showcased the diversity of business talent and expertise that we have in this county. With our excellent communication links, proximity to the major centres of Cardiff, Bristol, Newport and beyond we are already an excellent location for business innovation. But Monmouthshire can also offer the support and expertise of Monmouthshire Enterprise and this together with the wealth of talent in the county makes for a wonderful opportunity for home grown and incoming enterprises. I’m sure this year’s awards will showcase that and surpass the already high standards set by last year’s.
Bob Greenland – Monmouthshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Modernisation, Enterprise and Communications