Conwy Business Awards 2019

Winners & Finalists

Business of the Year

Worldspan Plc

 

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Worldspan Plc is an integrated, full-service event, creative & digital agency comprising of three brands. Worldspan, Worldspan Creative & Worldpsan Production. Established in 1972 as the first specialised corporate management agencies in Europe over the past 47 years the organisation has grown considerably. In addition to their office in Abergele they now have offices in London, Manchester & most recently Liverpool.

The judges commented that this was exceptional application – they have shown innovation, a good business footprint and growth and brand strategy. They have a robust recruitment plan and demonstrate excellent investment in their team.

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Ekult Group Ltd

Exile Sportswear

Pero Foods Ltd

The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel

TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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ALPINE TRAVEL

Alpine Travel is the largest independently-owned coach operator in North Wales with over 45 years’ experience.  They provide top quality destination management services to both UK as well as international inbound tour operators to the region

As a local business their involvement with Cruise Wales and being the main coach operator at Holyhead Port is excellent, and brings Conwy benefits from thousands of cruise day visitors. Finally Alpine are continuing to develop and grow and the acquisition of Jones Holidays allows them to develop further into the holiday market on a national level. North Wales and Conwy form an integral part of this offer.

The judges commented that they felt that the company had innovated, in terms of new products, and broadening its offer for visitors across Conwy. New glass roofed coaches and mini buses, to give all weather experiences and new routes and an all year offer. These clearly link in with the county’s aspirations of delivering an all year tourism destination, and increasing visitor spend.

 

 

 

 

 

TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CATEGORY FINALISTS

St Georges Hotel

The Elm Tree

The Rocks

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Small Business of the Year

The Grape to Glass

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The Grape to Glass is a specialised independent wine and gin retailer with unique on premises tasting experiences.

 

The judges commented that the business has shown a continual good level of new business. They have been creative in terms of marketing and provide a unique offering.

They have used technology to drive and control their business and have worked in collaboration with other local businesses.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Celtic Wellbeing Ltd

Exile Sportswear

Limb-Art Ltd

NCC Resources Ltd

PJW Law

The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel

New Business of the Year

Limb- Art

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LIMB-Art is a British design and manufacturing company founded by Paralympic swimmer and medallist Mark and his wife Rachael based in the heart of North Wales dedicated to producing cool prosthetic leg covers. It was born out of an overwhelming desire to help other prosthetic users raise their confidence, be proud of what they have and have fun showing off whilst doing so!

The judges commented that this was a well presented application – Mark’s personal experience and challenges meant he was best placed to turn the concept into a business. They have already the international market and have a great ethos of “Stand Out and Stand Proud”

 

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Between the Bays Guesthouse

Parkland Place

The Profit Works

The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel

Innovation Business of the Year

Limb- Art

 

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They offer 4 unique designs of prosthetic leg cover in varying sizes to suit the wearer giving a leg shape versus the pole option currently available from the NHS.

The judges commented that this was an innovative product and they had utilised a unique manufacturing process to a global market and their ideas for future growth were strong.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Fullness of Life Ministries

Limb-Art Ltd

NCC Resources Ltd

Pet Place

The Pet Joint

Outstanding Employee of the Year

Kirsty Williams

Tan Y Ddraig Ceramic Café Conwy

 

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Tan Y Ddraig is a ceramic café in Conwy, a place to come and paint pottery whilst having a drink of tea or coffee and maybe a cake to keep you going.

The judges commented – Kirsty has shown a high levels of initiative since coming to work at Tan Y Ddraig Ceramic Café. She is capable of running the day to day business alone and has shown a long term commitment. She will go the extra mile and always steps up with a smile.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Jayne Harold – The Oasis Bed & Breakfast

Matthew Williams – Gareth Hughes & Co

 

Food & Drink Business of the Year

Sheldon’s Bar & Bistro

 

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Sheldon’s Bar & Bistro is the new “City Bar in the Bay” based in the heart of Colwyn Bay. Opened 5 months ago Sheldon’s caters for a wide target market using locally produced and sourced products.

The judges commented that the business had shown innovation with their product offer. They had demonstrated impressive growth plans and demonstrated good marketing initiatives together with community involvement.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

3rd Space

Signatures Restaurant

The Erskine Arms

IT/ Digital Business of the Year

Freegames.org

 

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FreeGames.org develop and publish wholesome free games that can be played instantly on any device – they aim to be a breath of fresh air with no in-game adverts and games that are genuinely 100% free.

 

The judges were impressed by the high quality submission which showed great used of market research to grow the business. They demonstrated high levels of business acumen and an enterprising approach to an existing idea of producing games.

Apprentice of the Year

Melanie Davis

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Melanie started her apprenticeship with Communities 4 Work in September 2017 having avoided any academic qualifications due to her dyslexia.  She has gone on to achieve her higher apprenticeship qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance and this is a testament to her hard work and commitment.

Mel’s dedication to helping others overcome their own personal difficulties is inspiring. She is highly regarded by her colleagues for the support she provides and that she does her best to ensure every person feels included.

 

 

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Matt Frangos-Swindley

Maya Waud

Scott Vella

Green Business of the Year

Seibiant

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Seibiant is a retailer of specialist loose leaf teas and coffees based out of their shop in Conwy. Customers can benefit from their extensive knowledge of a huge range of teas and coffees. They sell both online and to local businesses.

The judges commented that Seibiant had shown from their application that they were willing to put environmental impact above profits. Their development plans ensure sustainability as a priority. They have shown a concern for social benefit as well as environment.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

16 Trinity Square

Social Enterprise of the Year

The Rabbit Hole Cafe

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The Rabbit Hole Café is a Social Enterprise set up in 2014 by Aberconwy Mind and provides a programme of activities including real work experience and training specifically aimed at those people with existing mental and/or emotional distress.

The judges commented that this was an excellent example of a local social enterprise generating its own income through trading whilst also providing training and work opportunities to disenfranchised local people.

 

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Blind Veterans UK (Llandudno)

TAPE Community Music & Film

Welsh Mountain Zoo

 

Business Leader of the Year

Cheryl Williams

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Cheryl Williams began working for Colwyn Bid in 2017 as Project Officer and became manager in 2018. Colwyn Bid is a not for profit Social Enterprise funded by the businesses within the Bay of Colwyn through an annual levy, which Colwyn Bid in turn use to fund projects to enhance the area, provide additional services and make the Bay of Colwyn a better place to work, live and visit.

The judges commented that Cheryl has demonstrated that she demonstrated strong leadership and has made an impact as manager of Colwyn Bid. This has in turn resulted in her achieving results in increasing the profile of the Bay of Colwyn through the projects she has delivered.

CATEGORY FINALISTS

John Jones, Powlsons Design & Print

Owen Smith, NCC Resources

Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Marks & Spencer Llandudno

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Everyone will know Marks and Spencer as a multinational retailer. The judges commented – As a national commercial business Marks & Spencer Llandudno have shown longstanding support focused on Conwy and community causes.

They showed a commitment to developing relationships with a wider range of organisations each year.

 

CATEGORY FINALISTS

North Wales Dragons

Award for Best Customer Focus

Canine & Co.

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Jan & Ian Young took over Canine & Co a web retailer of dog clothing in October 2016. They have continued to run the web business but now also run a 3 storey shop in Betws Y Coed that offers all you could need for your dogs “The Ultimate Dog shop” by Canine & Co.

The judges were impressed with how the business strive to listen and act on customer feedback. They are continually looking to improve the business performance and have developed based on the needs of their customers. Other local retailers have recommended them as a “Go to Place” and they also demonstrated that their community involvement by giving back

CATEGORY FINALISTS

Alpine Travel

Exile Sportswear

NCC Resources

The Pet Joint