Win­ners of lo­cal busi­ness awards re­vealed

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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-yMw­ster Ho­tel, Brid­gend.

More than 240 busi­ness peo­ple, in­clud­ing the nine lucky win­ners were at the busi­ness awards cer­e­mony, hosted by BBC pre­sen­ter and 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 Busi­ness of the Year – Re­cy­cle Direct Ltd

Brid­gend Tourism Busi­ness of the Year – Porth­cawl Surf School

En­tre­pre­neur of the Year – Wil­liam Scott

In­no­va­tive Busi­ness of the Year – Ne­mein Ltd

Cre­ative In­dus­tries Award – Wales In­ter­ac­tive Ltd

Kon­troltek Ltd man­aged to scoop two awards at the event – Ser­vice Busi­ness of the Year 2017 and the cov­eted ti­tle of Brid­gend Busi­ness of the Year 2017.

An­drew Fol­lant, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Kon­troltek Ltd, said: “We are de­lighted to have picked up not one, but two awards at the Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum 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.

“We are ex­tremely proud of what we have achieved over the past year, as well as pre­vi­ous years, and these awards will con­trib­ute to­wards strength­en­ing our ser­vice, sus­tain­abil­ity and de­vel­op­ment into the fu­ture.

“It was a fan­tas­tic evening and a great op­por­tu­nity for us to thank our staff for be­ing so com­mit­ted and es­sen­tially help­ing to make our busi­ness grow suc­cess­fully, so thank you to all the team at Kon­troltek.”

Ian Jes­sopp, chair 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 part­ner­ships with lo­cal col­leges, pro­vid­ing engi­neer­ing stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop valu­able skills.

“These awards would not ex­ist if it wasn’t for the high cal­i­bre of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als here in Brid­gend County Bor­ough. Per­son­ally. I am proud to be­long to a close knit, yet a pro­fes­sional and strong busi­ness com­mu­nity.

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

Coun 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.

“Our county bor­ough con­tin­ues to thrive with the help of new busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs which we wel­come to our town. It is fan­tas­tic to see young busi­nesses de­velop suc­cess­fully in Brid­gend County Bor­ough and the coun­cil re­main com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing a suc­cess­ful econ­omy by pro­vid­ing sup­port to busi­nesses and cre­ate con­di­tions for growth and en­ter­prise. One of the ar­eas in which we demon­strate this is via the Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum, which we as a coun­cil are proud to sup­port to en­able the valu­able work of the fo­rum to con­tinue.

“Yet again, Brid­gend has demon­strated that it is a vi­brant county bor­ough with a great en­tre­pre­neur­ial cul­ture and thriv­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum Awards are a great way to thank busi­nesses for their con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing the county bor­ough a great place to live, work and do busi­ness, and I would like to con­grat­u­late all the award win­ners, and wish them the very best of luck for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture to all.”

Other spon­sors of the awards in­cluded Rock­wool; ISA Train­ing; Berry Smith Lawyers; EEF, the man­u­fac­turer’s or­gan­i­sa­tion; SME Fi­nance Part­ners; Han­dels­banken; ION Lead­er­ship; Har­ris Bas­sett; KK So­lu­tions; Fi­nance Wales; and United Graphic De­sign.

A char­ity col­lec­tion in aid of the Mayor’s Char­ity Ap­peal 2017/18 raised a grand to­tal of £900 for this year’s nom­i­nated char­i­ties: Brid­gend Youth Theatre, Breast Cancer Care – Princess of Wales Hos­pi­tal and Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Brid­gend. For more information on the fo­rum and to view the of­fi­cial pho­tos and videos from the Brid­gend Busi­ness Fo­rum Awards 2017 night visit www.face­book. com/brid­gend­busi­ness­fo­rum or follow us on Twit­ter @ brid­gend­fo­rum

Car­wyn Jones AM and Ian Jes­sopp

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