We were delighted to achieve success at the Conwy Business Awards 2017 – by winning the award for the Best IT / Digital Company at the award ceremony on Friday the 19th of May! This award means a great deal to us, as we have a focus on delivering effective solutions to our clients throughout North Wales and beyond – in web design, web marketing, ecommerce solutions and so very much more.
We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the other winners of these prestigious awards. These astounding organizations across the Conwy region are truly trailblazers in their respective fields – setting the standard for others to follow!
Business of the Year Winner
The Business of the Year Winner was CAIS – a registered charity which provides very much-needed personal support services throughout Wales – in order to help people overcome complex life challenges. Based at number 12 Trinity Square Llandudno and just a stone’s throw away from our offices at 16 Trinity Square, we couldn’t be happier that a close neighbour of ours is being commended for a job well done.
We are also so thrilled that Brodwaith Cyf, Edwards of Conwy, Global Tiles Ltd, Tir Prince Leisure Group, and also Llaeth y Llan were finalists for the Business of the Year Award. All of these companies, do an amazing job and have a lot to be proud of.
Small Business of the Year Winner
Small Business of the Year went to 3rd Space at the Great Orme Brewery, another Llandudno company! This venue hosts a number of events such as Country Music Nights and Comedy Nights, and regularly pulls in some of the finest British touring artists. Formed from a small group of volunteers and minimal capital, the 3rd Space has grown from strength to strength and their commitment to sustainability, as well as their online presence, is both uncompromised and indomitable.
The runners up for this award were Tir a Mor, Cwmni Datrys Cyf, Sional, and Gemwaith Wyn Jewellery.
New Business of the Year Winner
Another Llandudno-based company, Llandudno Bike Hire (started in August 2015) scooped this awad – thanks in no small part to the insight of Debbie Richardson who, from her appreciation of Llandudno’s beautiful seafront, noticed that there was a gap in the market for bike hire companies in the area. Llandudno Bike Hire is absolutely no stranger to accolades – having won the 2016 Conwy Business Award for Green Business of the Year. Very well done to them indeed!
The finalists for the New Business of the Year are rather varied in addition, and all leaders in their respective fields. From the Lawton Café Grill UK Leisure Living, Gwinllan Conwy, The Grape to Glass, Gorjys Events and also Jonny Dough’s Wood Fired Pizza – every single one of these companies should be very proud of their achievements.
Business Person of the Year
Business Person of the Year went to Andy Ainscough – the Managing Director of the North Wales tourism behemoth – Surf Snowdonia. From the wonderfully unique idea of constructing a 300m long wave lagoon in the Conwy Valley to the array of events there this summer, such as Su Casa and the Electric Wave Festival, it is no wonder that Surf Snowdonia, despite its tender years, is undeniably one of the biggest attractions in North Wales- and a business that others build their businesses around.
Runners up for this category were Gareth Jones from UK Living, Adam Williams of the Tir Prince Leisure Group, Marcus Copeland from Exile Sports, and John Jones from Powlsons – as well as our very own Paul Levy.
Social Enterprise of the Year
We would like to offer congratulations to our clients, the Welsh Mountain Zoo, which attracts well over 160,000 visitors a year. Awarded charitable status in 1983, the Welsh Mountain Zoo makes important contributions to the conservation and the education works of zoos, as well as being involved in the European Breeding Programme.
Finalists for this category include The Rabbit Hole, which is run by Aberconwy Mind, Llandudno Football in the Community, as well as the Gwyrch Castle Preservation Trust.
Apprentice of the Year
Ffion Lloyd from Cartrefi Conwy won the Apprentice of the Year Award. From humble beginnings of coming to Cartrefi Conwy as a Business Administration Apprentice, Ffion’s hard work, dedication, and her enthusiasm had her successfully completing her Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship. Very well done to her!
Finalists for this category were Matthew Hardy from NCC Home Learning, Craig Leah from Jusdt Gents, Steve Lyall from 3rd Space (who scooped the Small Business Award) Robert Tiesteel from Innogy, and Joshua Jones, from Brenig Construction.
Destination Conwy Tourism – Attractions and Accommodation
This prestigious award went to the Imperial Hotel, which is unquestionably both a very grandeur hotel – and one of Llandudno’s features. With a long history of operations which endeavour to provide guests with every comfort, as well as consistently high occupancy levels, the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno are indeed the standard for others to follow.
Finalists for this category include Surf Snowdonia, the Tir Prince Leisure Group, Go Below, and also the Oasis Hotel.
Destination Conwy Tourism – Food and Drink
Gwinllan Conwy were the winners of this award, Llangwstenin’s very own wineyard! Back in 2012, they planted their very first hundred vines, and in May 2016 their hard work was rewarded with their grand opening, which coincided with the Welsh Wine Week. With a fantastic range of wines available, this company are indeed putting Wales on the map for Wine production!
Finalists for this category include Gwledd Conwy Feast, the King’s Head in Llandudno, the 3rd Space Brewery, and also the Bodnant Food Centre.
Llandudno Football in the Community took this award – as a thriving community club which works within the community, using football to engage with local people around Llandudno, as well as the Conwy region. The Llandudno Football in the Community has community coaches which work with local schools, children’s camps, as well as a fantastic IT and Educational suite which teaches valuable IT certifications to all.
Finalists for this category include the Santander UK Llandudno Branch, the Bay Gallery, Outdoor Partnership, as well as Brenig Construction, whose recent work in Llanfairfechan involved the community extensively, providing a number of local jobs – and supporting local businesses thanks to Brenig Construction’s commitment to using local supply chains and local businesses to facilitate their work, above all.
We had a lot of fun at the Conwy Business Awards on Friday, the 19th of May, and once again would like to offer congratulations to all we met at the Conwy Business Awards, at the award ceremony.
North Wales is a spectacular region for many reasons, and with the amount of innovative businesses throughout the Conwy area, we felt truly honoured to share the stage with the best and the brightest businesses.