Shortlist Announced for the Inaugural Carmarthenshire Business Awards


The shortlist for the highly anticipated Carmarthenshire Business Awards 2024 has been announced, recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.

The awards, organised by Grapevine Event Management, and supported by headline sponsor, Castell Howell, celebrate excellence and innovation across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, tourism & hospitality and more. There was an impressive range of entries received and after careful consideration from the judges, the shortlist has been revealed.

Martin Jones, Director, Castell Howell said:

 “The quality and quantity of entries for these prestigious awards is testament to the thriving business community that we have here in Carmarthenshire. We are really excited to be able to give recognition of the achievements of so many great businesses and look forward to an evening of celebration in July.”

Speaking about the shortlist, Liz Brookes, Founder of the Awards and Director of Grapevine Event Management said:

“We are really pleased to be able to recognise the excellent businesses and entrepreneurs that are based in Carmarthenshire. It is an exciting area of many diverse businesses and we are looking forward to meeting them at the judging interviews and celebrating with them all in July.”

Rupert Moon, Chair of Judges said:

“It’s fantastic to see the diverse range of companies that have entered these inaugural awards and I cannot wait to hear more from these businesses at the judging interviews.”

50 finalists have been shortlisted over 14 categories. They will now be invited to a panel interview. The panel is made up of sponsors and a selection of experts from the business world; Rupert Moon, Strategy Director for the RNF Property Group, Angharad Lloyd Beynon, Policy Stakeholder & Partnerships Manager at City & Guilds Group, Emma Beddoe, contract support Manager at Business in Focus and Ken Duxberry, Managing Director of Coracle Coaches.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a black-tie ceremony, hosted by Wynne Evans BEM on the 12 July at Parc y Scarlets, where guests will enjoy a night of celebration, entertainment and networking.

The finalists for Carmarthenshire Business Awards are:

Creative & Digital Business of the Year

  • Curious
  • Libera Digital
  • Stori Cymru

Employer of the Year

  • Wynne & Co
  • Landsker Business Solutions
  • Rees Richards and Partners

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Matthew Rees – Albert Rees
  • Claire Marshall-Jones – ATStudio47
  • Paul Morgan – Morgan Construction Wales
  • Rhys Jones – Hair Studio 71

Financial & Professional Service Business of the Year

  • Affinity Financial
  • Landsker Business Solutions
  • Mercury Accounting & Financial Services
  • Rees Richards & Partners
  • Wynne & Co

Green Business of the Year

  • Gavin Griffiths Group
  • Morgan & Morgan
  • NappiCycle

Innovation & Technology Business of the Year

  • Siarp
  • Morgan & Morgan
  • NappiCycle

Manufacturing Business of the Year

  • Barr & Co
  • Gavin Griffiths Group
  • Natural Environmental

Retail Business of the Year

  • Barr & Co Jewellery
  • Albert Rees
  • Jackie James
  • Quicksilver Jewellery

Rural Business of the Year

  • Dewi Roberts Family Butchers
  • Pasture Perfect
  • Smallholding Secrets
  • Pond View Lodges

SME of the Year

  • Natural Environmental
  • Sgiliau Play Centre
  • All Trades Building Supplies

Start Up Business of the Year

  • Datrys Business Solutions
  • Go Ahead Traffic Management
  • Tidy Tea
  • Inn at the Sticks
  • Cegin Diod

Third Sector Organisation of the Year

  • Myddfai Trading Company
  • SKI4ALL Wales
  • Blueprint

Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year

  • Brechfa Country House Hotel
  • Erwain Escapes
  • Great Welsh Escapes
  • British Bird of Prey Centre
  • The Mansion House Llansteffan

Young Business Person of the Year

  • James Dovey – Blueprint
  • Cain Price-Nippard – Diod
  • Ioan Dillon – Lean Kitchen

The awards are also being supported and sponsored by: Castell Howell, Azets, Dunbia, JCP Solicitors, JG HR Solutions, Swansea Building Society, and Stills.

Business News Wales is also supporting the Carmarthenshire Business Awards as its media partner.

Tickets are now on sale for the Carmarthenshire Business Awards here.

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