The search for the region’s best businesses and entrepreneurs has officially begun with the launch of the Monmouthshire Business Awards 2013.
Now into their second year, the Awards — dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the Welsh business industry and backed by Monmouthshire County Council — recognise innovation, talent and enterprise in the wider local community.
The launch of the awards was marked with a champagne launch party at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, on St David’s Day, March 1, with nearly 70 guests including a mix of official sponsors, former MBA entrants and finalists, dignitaries from Monmouthshire County Council and representatives from the National Assembly for Wales.
Other VIPs in attendance included former ITV Wales broadcaster Hywel James and Monmouth MP David Davies. Wayne Boyland, co-organiser of the Monmouthshire Business Awards, says that there was an “exceptional” turn-out for the launch event. He said: “We had nearly 70 guests attend the launch and to get this number of people not only on a Friday but also on St. David’s Day shows just how much they value and rate the MBAs. “It was wonderful to see such wide-spread support on the night and the event itself went incredibly well, with insightful talks by the likes of Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire County Council’s Deputy Leader.”
David Davies MP added: “I was delighted to attend the official launch of the Monmouthshire Business Awards for 2013. They got off to a flying start with backing from all quarters of the business community and will be a huge success, I’m sure.”
Unlike existing schemes, the £50,000 Monmouthshire Business Awards (MBAs) are said to boast county-wide appeal to a broader range of start-ups, SMEs and larger companies.
The accolade of winning an MBA has the potential of “transforming the future of an organisation”, it is claimed. Previous winners include Pioneer Aircraft, Oarsome Potential, Monmouthpedia, Marlow Vets and Mabey Bridge. Up to 250 entrants from a cross-section of industries are expected to take part in this year’s awards, which are free to enter and divided into 12 categories: Most Promising Start Up; Best Food Tourism Business; Training and Excellence in People Development; Excellence in Retailing; Excellence in Marketing; Innovation in Business; Best Social Enterprise; Young Entrepreneur 18 – 24; Company demonstrating Sustained Growth; Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability; Diversity in Farming and Company of the Year.
At the launch, Mr Boyland revealed that sponsors were now in place for 10 out of the 12 award categories with Monmouthshire County Council announced as the main sponsor alongside companies and organisations including Wynndel Property Management, Robert Davies Partnership, Parker Accountants, Mabey Bridge, Finance Wales and University of Wales, Newport. He also added that there would be a series of MBA roadshows taking place around the county from the end of March onwards, with the first being held at the Community Education Centre in Usk on March 26. He said: “The roadshows are being facilitated by Monmouthshire County Council and are open to all businesses wanting to learn more about the MBAs 2013. “Category sponsors will be in attendance so it’s a good chance to gain helpful advice on entering the awards, which is free for all businesses based or operating in Monmouthshire.”
To enter the Monmouthshire Business Awards, visit www.monbizawards.co.uk
A gallery containing all images relating to the 2012 and 2013 Monmouthshire Business Awards will be available soon.