Bridgend Business Forum Gala Dinner and Awards 2018

The red carpet was out once again at the Coed y Mwster in Bridgend as the Business Forum celebrated its annual awards ceremony. As Patron of the BBF, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to attend the awards ceremony and gala dinner and to present the Patron’s Commendation Award.

Over 220 business professionals attended the awards ceremony including Mr Jones, all eager to discover who the all-important winners of the sixth, annual Bridgend business awards sponsored by Rockwool UK and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council would be.

The winners in each category were:

  • ‘Business Student of the Year’ nominated by Bridgend College – Keiron Farr
  • ‘Start-up Business of the Year’ – Team 8 Digital Ltd
  • ‘Service Business of the Year’ – A & R Contract Cleaning Specialists Ltd
  • ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ – Engineering Services Ltd
  • ‘Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year’ – Porthcawl Bike Hire
  • ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ – Linda Wongham, Assisted Mobility Services
  • ‘Creative Industries Award’ – Wales Interactive Ltd
  • ‘Innovative Business of the Year’ – Apollo Teaching Services Ltd
  • ‘Professional Service Business of the Year’ – TSW Training Ltd
  • Patron’s Commendation Award – Ford Engine Plant, Bridgend

Mr Jones said “It is always a pleasure to attend the awards ceremony and to recognise and celebrate the great work that is done by the business community in Bridgend. We know how important businesses are, not just as employers, but as drivers of the local economy. Indeed, we know there are some great businesses in Bridgend and the ceremony is about celebrating what they have achieved; the drivers and the innovators who have turned ideas into action. There was another strong field this year and I would like to congratulate all the winners. There are some real success stories.

Chair of the forum, Ian Jessopp, said: “It’s been another incredible awards ceremony this year celebrating local success in Bridgend County Borough. It truly is amazing to see so many local businesses coming together at this awards night to recognise each other’s achievements.

 “I’m also pleased that the Patron’s Commendation Award has made a welcome return this year, recognising Ford Engine Plant, Bridgend for their commitment, dedication and long-term investment to the local economy.

 “The Bridgend Business Forum Awards are a special occasion and without the high calibre of businesses and individuals here in Bridgend and the support of our sponsors, these awards would not exist. Congratulations to every single one of our winners and I wish them all the very best of luck for the future.”

Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Cllr Hywel Williams, said: “Once again Bridgend County Borough has demonstrated that it has a vibrant business community with the amount of incredible talent entering the Bridgend Business Forum awards 2018.

It’s fantastic to see so many business professionals succeed in Bridgend County Borough, with new businesses developing all the time. An example of how Bridgend County Borough is becoming more dynamic and prosperous is the fact that we are now ranked fourth out of 22 Welsh local authorities by the Grant Thornton Vibrant Economy Index when five years ago we were placed in the bottom half of their table

The council is committed to supporting a successful economy and the Bridgend Business Forum Awards are a great way to thank businesses for their contribution in making the county borough a great place to live, work and do business.”


*Thanks to Bridgend Council for the additional text*

*Photo-Thanks to Graham Davies, Graham Davies Photography*