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Welsh transport community celebrated at inaugural awards

The winners of the inaugural Wales Transport Awards were announced on Friday evening at an awards ceremony held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff which was hosted by journalist and presenter Frances Donovan.

Founded by The Caldicot Group and Grapevine Event Management, the Wales Transport Awards were created to highlight the breadth and depth of talent that exists across the Welsh transport community.

The awards saw over 40 finalists from across all parts of Wales compete for 11 awards in a variety of different categories, ranging from Fleet of the Year to Transport Team of the Year.

With overall sponsorship by The Caldicot Group – one of the UK’s leading road works, commercial and domestic recovery specialists – the awards are the only one of their kind in Wales to recognise the crucial work that transport companies do to keep business moving in Wales.

Other sponsors include Glenside Commercials, Business News Wales, Network Training Partnership, Plant I, PETRONAS PLI, Traveline Cymru and Bluegg.

Denise Lovering, Glenside Commercials and Head Judge for the Wales Transport Awards said:

“These awards have highlighted the importance of the transport sector in Wales. I am delighted that these awards have shone a spotlight on the industry and the people in it that work tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of business in Wales.”

Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said:

“The standard of entries received and the successes enjoyed by each one of this year’s winners and finalists is testament to the extraordinary achievements of those in the Welsh transport industry. I am delighted to see that these awards brought businesses from all areas of transport in Wales together to celebrate their hard work.”

Gavin Edwards of The Caldicot Group said:

“The Wales Transport Awards was not only about recognising the companies themselves, but about rewarding the people behind the scenes too. Friday night saw just that and it is a great pleasure to support an awards that appreciates the hard work of those who keep the Welsh transport industry moving.”

The Winners of the 2019 Wales Transport Awards are:

Excellence in Technology and Innovation Award

  • VehoGroup

Fleet of the Year

  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors)

Customer Care Award

  • Euro Commercials (SW)

Livery of the Year

  • Edwards Coaches

Driver of the Year

  • Keith Thomas – First Cymru

Haulier of the Year

  • Edge Transport

Transport Team of the Year

  • First Cymru East

Apprentice of the Year

  • Demi Woodham – Transport for Wales Rail Service

Women in Transport Award

  • Rose Williams – Williams Coaches, Brecon

Services to the Transport Industry Award

  • PTI Cymru

Transport Operator of the Year

  • Owens Group