The finalists of this year’s Monmouthshire Business Awards have been announced by the regional media.
The Abergavenny Chronicle and the South Wales Argus published the shortlist after it was revealed for the first time last week.
Organisers say the quality and quantity of this year’s submissions prolonged the “usually straightforward” judging process by nearly two weeks.
The MBA office was inundated with early entries following a high-profile launch event with the Daily Mirror columnist, Sylvia Marshall.
It also received an influx of submissions after celebrity judges Gurpareet Bains and David Jamilly, both pictured on feature image, publicly announced their support.
But the overwhelming majority of entries were received after the Welsh Government threw its weight behind the Awards by sponsoring a new category.
A final, unexpected batch of entries was submitted earlier this month after a website hacking incident prompted a seven-day extension to the original deadline.
The 35 shortlisted firms set to battle it out in the finals range from start-ups and micro-businesses to multinational organisations.
The winners of each of the 12 categories will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner at the San Pierre Hotel & Spa, Chepstow, on October 10.