An historic bakery, fast growing travel firm and popular gallery are all among the high-flying companies shortlisted for the Daily Post Business Awards.
The 2018 shortlist is revealed ahead of the glittering award ceremony next month at Bangor University – joint headline sponsors of the awards with the Welsh Government.
It was a truly exceptional year for entries with a record number of businesses taking part – making judging particularly difficult for the panel of six judges.
The shortlists contain long established brands and new rising business stars.
Chairman of the judging panel David Williams, chair of North Wales Business Club, said: “As a judge it was so encouraging to see not just the high quality of entries in the different categories but also the variety of entries for the 2018 Awards.
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“There were some businesses that had featured in the past but the strong message is that none had been standing still.
“They had made tangible and sustainable progress over the past few years.
“Confidence was high and no shortage of investment decisions being made for future growth. Overall there was a confidence in North Wales being an area that encourages business growth and that it represents a haven both for growing and developing business in today’s difficult conditions.”
The shortlists for the Daily Post Business Awards in association with Bangor University and the Welsh Government are as follows:
■ Business Start Up Award, sponsored by Welsh Government
- Aber Falls Distillery Limited: Whisky and gin distillery in Abergwyngregyn.
■ Business of the Year (up to 10 employees), sponsored by the North Wales Economic Ambition Board
Nelson Myatt: Solicitors practice based in Llandudno Junction.
Adra: Contemporary Welsh gifts firm based in Caernarfon.
Bla Translation: Llangefni-based translation company.
Chilly Cow Ice Cream Ltd: Ruthin artisan ice cream maker.
■ Business of the Year (up to 50 employees), sponsored by The Development Bank of Wales
Rawson Digital: Printer and photocopier supplier based in Wrexham.
Blas Ar Fwyd Cyf: Llanrwst based Welsh food hub.
Worldspan Plc: Creative and digital agency in Abergele.
■ Business of the Year (over 50 employees), sponsored by Disclosure Services
Hays Travel North West: Successful Wrexham travel agency with branches across the region.
Harlech Foodservice Ltd: Foodservice wholesaler in Criccieth.
South Caernarfon Creameries: Dairy cooperative in Pwllheli.
Henllan Bakery: Long running family bakery from Denbigh.
■ Welsh Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Welsh Government
Ruth Lee Ltd: Worldwide supplier of rescue training manikins based in Corwen.
Net World Sports: Fast growing Wrexham sports equipment firm.
Pero (foods) Ltd: Expanding pet food firm based near Betws-y-Coed.
■ North Wales Tourism Award, sponsored by Surf Snowdonia
Real Ale Trail Company: Wrexham firm organising real ale trails in Wales and Cheshire.
Ffin Y Parc Country House & Gallery: Successful art gallery between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed.
Llandudno Extravaganza: Organiser of popular annual event that brings thousands of visitors to the area.
■ Green Award, sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy
RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve: Nature reserve wetland on the east bank of the Conwy estuary.
Anglesey Sea Zoo: Popular tourist attraction near Brynsiencyn.
Riello UPS Ltd: Leading manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies based in Wrexham.
■ Community Award, sponsored by Horizon Nuclear Power
- Delwedd Ltd: Caernarfon web design company that runs initiatives to support the local community and the Welsh language.
- Enbarr Enterprises Ltd: Queensferry enterprise helping get people back to work.
- Brenig Construction Limited: Mochdre developer dedicated to creating jobs and training opportunities in the area.
The winners of the Bangor University sponsored Business Person of the Year Award, and Judges’ Choice Award sponsored by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd(CCG) will be announced on the night.
■ The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony and black-tie dinner at Bangor University on Thursday, November 29.
To book tickets call 01492 574 472, email [email protected]; or visit dailypostbusinessawards.co.uk
Source : DailyPost