CREAM OF THE CROP
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