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Winners for the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards 2018 Announced

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


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 Premier Award was Lenstec Optical Group. 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 Chair 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 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.”


This year’s Winners are:


Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by Educ8

·       Kirsty Davies - Help4Wales Foundation


Business Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Glenside Commercials

·      Claire Mountain - Mountain Celebrations


Creative & Digital Business of the Year Award

·       Big Lemon


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


Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Coffee37

·       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


Highly Commended

·       Bethan Fox Mabe - WR Investigations

·       FAB Fabrics

·       GreenNova Productions


Premier Award

·       Lenstec Optical Group