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The best in business celebrated at the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards

Friday night saw the Winners of the 2018 Caerphilly Business Forum Awards announced, in a lavish ceremony attended by almost 300 guests hosted by BBC Wales news anchor Jamie Owen and held at the Llechwen Hall Hotel.

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The 17th annual awards brought together businesses across a wealth of industry sectors and sizes for an evening that celebrated the outstanding achievements of those companies and individuals making that have made a significant impact on the regional economy.

Scooping the Overall Winner award was Lenstec. Since 1983, the company has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers and employers in the area. Hefin David AM described the company as “one of the greatest success stories of our region over the last few decades.”


Forum Chairwoman Denise Lovering, commented:

“We are continually stunned by the quality of entrants these awards have received year after year, and yet again the judging panel have faced a very difficult task in deciding who the winners will be.

“Each business shortlisted can be extremely proud of their achievements. Their hard work has clearly paid dividends and it is thanks to the businesses and individuals represented at these awards that our region continues to serve as an economic beacon for the whole of Wales.

“On a personal, this year was my last as head of the Forum. It has been a true privilege to serve the Caerphilly business community and I look forward to seeing the Forum continue its great work in the years to come.”

The full list of winners

Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by Educ8

  • Kirsty Davies – Help4Wales Foundation
  • Highly Commended: WR Investigations – Bethan Fox Mabe

Business Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Glenside Commercials

  • Claire Mountain – Mountain Celebrations

Creative & Digital Business of the Year Award

  • Big Lemon
  • Highly Commended: GreenNova Productions Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Coleg y Cymoedd

  • Gareth Jones – Town Square Spaces

Large Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Caerphilly County Borough Council

  • Lenstec Optical Group

Contribution to the Rural Economy Award, sponsored by Cwm a Mynydd

  • Llechwen Hall Hotel
  • Highly Commended: FAB Fabrics

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Coffee 37

  • Maid to Help Cleaning Specialist

Start-Up Business of the Year Award

  • Panda Education & Training

Welsh ICE Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Welsh ICE

  • Weird Triangle

Overall Winner

  • Lenstec Optical Group