Bridgend’s ‘shining stars’ honoured at business awards!

25 September 2015 

The cream of Bridgend County Borough businesses have been celebrated at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2015, held in conjunction with Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend College.

The all-important winners were announced in each of the 10 categories, along with the overall Bridgend Business of the Year 2015, which was selected by a panel of independent judges made-up of sponsors and representatives of the Bridgend Business Forum.

The awards, which were hosted by BBC news presenter, Sian Lloyd attracted over 200 business people, keen to celebrate the achievements of some of the county borough’s leading organisations.

Customised Sheet Metal Ltd scooped the coveted title of ‘Bridgend Business of the Year 2015’ after earlier picking up the accolades of ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ and ‘Creative Business of the Year’.

The engineering company which has been operating from its premises on Brackla Industrial Estate since 1997 offers a range of bespoke engineering services to small and medium sized companies (SMEs), from sheet metal engineering to specifications provided by clients, such as Amazon Swansea, Zorba, Baraca foods and Parc Prison, Bridgend. The company were also commissioned to work with the designer to supply the legs for the meeting table used at last year’s NATO summit held at the Celtic Manor, Newport.

Malcolm Pearce, Managing Director of Customised Sheet Metal said: “The focus of our business is on the development of our design, technology, equipment and skills to ensure quick and effective responses to our customer’s specific requirements.

“We have many years’ experience in the industry but our passion remains unchanged - offering innovative solutions to other businesses to help them develop and grow.”

“We were absolutely delighted and astounded to win not one, but three awards at the ceremony! We deal with clients all over Europe but it’s fantastic to be recognised on a local level for our achievements. We would like to thank the Bridgend Business Forum for this opportunity to showcase our success.”

Alison Hoy, Chair of Bridgend Business Forum, who presented the ‘Creative Industries Award’ on behalf of Berry Smith Lawyers, said: “It is always a proud moment for the forum to see these awards come to fruition – these are very special awards for Bridgend, as they seek out, acknowledge and celebrate the successes of many individuals and enterprises across the county borough.

“The business community here, in the Bridgend area remains as vibrant and innovative as ever and these awards are all about showcasing the strength and diversity of our local economy.

“The judges of these awards never fail to be amazed by the diversity of business talent within the county borough and I am proud to be here tonight to witness these celebrations and the many extensive achievements within the local business community.

“I would like to thank all the entrants in this year’s awards, along with all those who contributed to the awards including judges, sponsors and guests.”

During the event the audience listened to a video message from Bridgend AM, Carwyn Jones, who has recently become Patron of Bridgend Business Forum.

Carwyn Jones AM said: “The Bridgend Business Forum awards ceremony is a fantastic event to showcase and celebrate local businesses. I would like to congratulate all the winners on their achievements and to pay tribute to some very worthy runners up. It is encouraging to see so many excellent businesses thriving in Bridgend. I hope everyone had an enjoyable night.”

The awards were also supported by Bridgend County Borough Council and attended by The Mayor, Councillor Richard Young and Mayoress, Mrs Annette Young of the council, Janice Gregory AM, Councillor Michael Gregory, Madeline Moon, MP and the council’s Chief Executive, Darren Mepham.

Council Leader, Mel Nott, OBE said: "The council is proud to support and promote the successes of local businesses. We are keen to encourage enterprise and the Bridgend Business Forum Awards are an excellent example of how the council can play its part in showcasing the fantastic talent and skills we have in our local business community.”

The awards were sponsored by Bridgend College, Bridgend County Borough Council, Berry Smith Lawyers, Handelsbanken, kksolutions, United Graphic Design, Business in Focus, ISA Training Group, South East Wales Community Economic Development (Bridgend), ROCKWOOL Ltd, Graham Paul Chartered Accountants and Bridgend Tourism Association.

The winners in each category were:
  • ‘Business Student of the Year’ – Geraint Robson & Caitlyn Corless, Ddraig Valley Farm Park
  • ‘Start-up Business of the Year’ – LouChi’s Tearoom
  • ‘Service Business of the Year’ – ITCS Ltd
  • ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ – Suzanne Bourne, Nemein Ltd
  • ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ – Customised Sheet Metal Ltd
  • Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year’ – Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa
  • ‘Innovative Business of the Year – Nemein Ltd
  • ‘Creative Industries Award’ – Customised Sheet Metal Ltd
  • ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ – Tŷ Elis Porthcawl Counselling Service
  • ‘Bridgend Business of the Year 2015’ - Customised Sheet Metal Ltd
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