CREAM OF THE CROP

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

AN in­spi­ra­tional boss who helped trans­form the for­tunes of a dairy brand in North Wales has been named as Busi­ness Per­son of the Year at our sis­ter pa­per the Daily Post’s pres­ti­gious Busi­ness Awards.

The award event which recog­nises high-fly­ing firms and tal­ented en­trepreneurs, was held on Thurs­day evening at Ban­gor Univer­sity, joint head­line spon­sors of the awards with the Welsh Govern­ment.

Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, spon­sored by Ban­gor Univer­sity, was awarded to Alan Wyn Jones, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the highly suc­cess­ful South Caernar­fon Cream­eries.

Un­der his lead­er­ship turnover at the firm has dou­bled since 2008 to reach the cur­rent record of £50m.

His was one of 10 awards handed out on the evening, which was hosted by BBC pre­sen­ter Ni­cholas Owen.

Daily Post ed­i­tor An­drew Camp­bell wel­comed busi­ness lead­ers from across North Wales to the event in the Prichard Jones Hall.

He said: “These awards have been cel­e­brat­ing the best of North Wales busi­ness for 24 years and once again it’s a gen­uine priv­i­lege to be stood here.

“The qual­ity of en­tries has re­mained un­flinch­ingly high over the years - and this year we saw a record num­ber which is a clear sign that drive, de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­trepreneur­ship are alive and kick­ing in this re­mark­able re­gion.

“The judg­ing panel was once again im­pressed by the su­perb qual­ity of sub­mis­sions. What­ever the econ­omy and loom­ing Brexit may throw at you, you are re­fus­ing to take a back­ward step.”

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Econ­omy and Trans­port Ken Skates said: “Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all the busi­nesses, and the many hard work­ing and hugely tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als be­hind them, who have had their suc­cess recog­nised at this year’s Daily Post Busi­ness Awards.

“Col­lec­tively these busi­nesses make a hugely im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to our lo­cal econ­omy and also to our com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing good qual­ity jobs close to home.

“The Daily Post Busi­ness Awards only serve to re­in­force that North Wales is home to some of our very best and most ex­cit­ing busi­nesses.

“As a Welsh Govern­ment we are work­ing hard to sup­port busi­nesses of all shapes and sizes to pros­per and grow.

“With the range of Welsh Govern­ment’s sup­port for new busi­nesses to­day more com­pre­hen­sive than it has ever been, I would en­cour­age any bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur in­spired by the win­ners of this year’s awards to get in touch with Busi­ness Wales to see what sup­port they can ac­cess to help them be­come an award win­ner of the fu­ture.”

Talk­ing about the win­ner of Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, Pro­fes­sor John G Hughes, Vice Chan­cel­lor of Ban­gor Univer­sity, said: “Over the last 10 years our win­ner has helped trans­form the busi­ness from a dairy com­mod­ity trad­ing busi­nesses to a mar­ket leader which sup­plies a host of no­table cus­tomers in­clud­ing UK su­per­mar­ket gi­ants Sains­burys, Tesco, Lidl, Asda and Mor­risons.

“Thanks to our win­ner’s vi­sion and lead­er­ship, the re­cently re-branded Dragon range is now recog­nised as the num­ber one Welsh cheese brand,” he added.

● Busi­ness per­son of the Year Alan Wyn Jones, MD of South Caernar­fon Cream­eries, cen­ter, with Pro­fe­sor John G Hughes Vice-Chan­cel­lor of Ban­gor Univer­sity, and Ni­cholas Owen

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