Busi­nesses cel­e­brate suc­cess as award win­ners an­nounced

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

THE win­ners of the fifth an­nual Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum Awards 2017 have been re­vealed at a glit­ter­ing gala din­ner and awards cel­e­bra­tion held at the Coed-y-Mw­ster Ho­tel in Brid­gend.

More than 240 busi­ness­peo­ple, in­clud­ing the nine win­ners, were at the busi­ness awards cer­e­mony hosted by BBC broad­caster Sian Lloyd and sup­ported by Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil and Brid­gend Col­lege.

The win­ners in each cat­e­gory were:

Busi­ness Stu­dent of the Year – Scott Ewing / Kris­tian Stark

Start-up Busi­ness of the Year – Ma­genta Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning

Ser­vice Busi­ness of the Year – Kon­troltek Ltd

Man­u­fac­tur­ing Bus- iness of the Year – Re­cy­cle Di­rect Ltd

Brid­gend Tourism Busi­ness of the Year – Porth­cawl Surf School

En­trepreneur of Year – Wil­liam Scott

In­no­va­tive Busi­ness of the Year – Ne­mein Ltd

Cre­ative In­dus­tries Award – Wales In­ter­ac­tive Ltd the

Kon­troltek, in­dus­trial elec­tronic re­pair spe­cial­ists, scooped two awards at the event in­clud­ing Brid­gend Busi­ness of the Year 2017.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor An­drew Fol­lant said: “We are de­lighted to have picked up not one, but two awards.

“Win­ning both Ser­vice Busi­ness of the Year and Brid­gend Busi­ness of the Year 2017 was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble and hope­fully demon­strates the hard work and com­mit­ment of our work­force, and the vi­sion of the busi­ness.

Ian Jes­sopp, chair­man of Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum, said: “This year’s awards cer­e­mony has been an­other ex­cep­tional oc­ca­sion; in fact I think it’s been the best to date!

“The judges were ex­tremely im­pressed with Kon­troltek’s re­mark­able growth and ex­pan­sion plans.

“They have made some sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in ap­pren­tice­ships and part- ner­ships with lo­cal col­leges, pro­vid­ing en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop valu­able skills.

“These busi­nesses are the back­bone of our econ­omy, of­fer­ing much­needed in­vest­ment, job op­por­tu­ni­ties and rev­enue to the lo­cal econ­omy. I’d like to wish them all ev­ery con­tin­ued suc­cess in the fu­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Charles Smith, cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion, who also at­tended the cer­e­mony, said: “I can hon­estly say that we are priv­i­leged in this county bor­ough to host more than our fair share of out­stand­ing busi­nesses.”

The win­ners of the Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum Awards 2017

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