Businesses celebrate success as award winners announced
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