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Wales’ best businesses celebrated at glittering awards ceremony

Welsh Business Awards winners with secretary of state for Wales Alun Cairns

The winners of The South Wales Chamber of Commerce Welsh Business Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering awards ceremony held at City Hall in Cardiff, with businesses from across Wales recognised for their innovation, growth and success.

CellPath were crowned Welsh Business of the Year

The night’s biggest winner was CellPath Ltd who won the Success Through Overseas Trade category, before being named Welsh Business of the Year, at the ceremony, which was hosted by Welsh presenter Gethin Jones.

The company, which is based in Newtown, Powys, specialises in the manufacture and world-wide supply of products, to the histopathology and cytology markets. Their products help examine tissue samples from the body that ultimately support the diagnosis of diseases and medical conditions.

Dr Neil Haine from CellPath Ltd said: “We’re very proud to be recognised at the Welsh Business Awards and be named Welsh Business of the Year. It showcases the hard work our innovative team puts in daily.

“Over the last three years, we have made it our mission to make our mark on the international market and to increase exports and growth. We’re export-focused and winning not only Welsh Business of the Year but also the Success Through Overseas Trade highlights this dedication.”

Jon Davies’ family accepted the President award on Jon’s behalf with Heather Myers, CEO of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce

Also honoured on the night, was the late Jon Davies, Director of Lightology, who was awarded the President’s award for his dedication as an advocate of the Chamber. Jon sadly passed away at the beginning of the year, and his award was accepted by his family on his behalf.

Heather Myers, Director of South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce said: “The judges had an incredibly difficult time selecting winners for each of the categories, which is absolute testament to the calibre of the entrants this year.

“It was great to see so many hard-working businesses celebrating their success with their teams and gaining the recognition they deserve for all they have done to enhance the Welsh economy.

“CellPath Ltd is a globally ambitious company that is helping to cement Wales as a hub for innovation, all the while continuing to stay true to their core family-orientated values.

“It was also a great privilege for us to hand the President’s award over to Jon Davies’ family. Jon epitomised what it meant to be a Chamber member, as well as being a much-loved friend to us all.”


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[accordion title=”Commitment to Skills and People Development, sponsored by NPTC Group” load=”hide”]Apollo Teaching Services[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Excellence in Community Relations, sponsored by Effective Communication” load=”hide”]Gallagher[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Excellence in Environmental Management, sponsored by Bevan & Buckland” load=”hide”]Refurbs Flintshire[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Excellence in Marketing and Communications, sponsored by Global Radio (Heart FM)” load=”hide”]West Wales Holiday Cottages[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by Milford Waterfront” load=”hide”]MVRRS Group[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Start-Up Business of the Year, sponsored by Pro-Steel Engineering ” load=”hide”]Transcend Packaging Ltd[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Success Through Innovation, sponsored by Western Power Distribution” load=”hide”]Bionema Ltd[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Success Through Overseas Trade, sponsored by Atradius” load=”hide”]CellPath Ltd[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Associated British Ports South Wales” load=”hide”]Daniel Shepherd – CanDo Laundry Services Ltd[/accordion]

The University of South Wales supported the Welsh Business Awards for another year as the headline sponsor. Other sponsors included NPTC Group, Western Power Distribution, Pro-Steel Engineering, Associated British Ports South Wales, Construct A Quote, Heart Radio, Atradius, Bevan & Buckland, Milford Waterfront, and Effective Communication; who all sponsored individual categories of the awards

Dr Louise Bright, Director of Research and Business Engagement at the University of South Wales, said: “This year’s awards really did showcase the best that Wales has to offer in terms of business excellence and innovation.

“We are very proud to be able to sponsor the Welsh Business Awards for another year and offer our congratulations to all that were shortlisted and ultimately won on the night”

The awards aim to recognise the very best from businesses nationwide. Welsh businesses, whether small, medium or large, all play a fundamental role in driving the economy forward.

Photographs courtesy of Paul Fears photography.
Highlights video by Dischro Creative.