2019 Award Categories

  • Business to Business Services Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start up operating in the business-to-business services industry in Wales.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that are able to show growth through the provision of excellent services to customers or other businesses.

  • Construction Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start up operating in the construction and building services industry in Wales.

    The judges are looking for a new business that has made an immediate and significant impact in the construction sector and has a clear vision for its future success.

  • Consumer Services Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start up operating in the business-to-customer services industry in Wales

    The judges are looking for new businesses that are able to show growth through the provision of excellent services to customers or other businesses.

  • Creative Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award recognises those start-ups that are operating in the highly important creative sector.

    The judges are looking for new creative businesses that use creativity skills and talent to create original content.

  • Digital Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award recognises those start-ups that are operating in the highly important digital sector.

    The judges are looking for new digital businesses that are achieving growth through the right mix of innovation and exceptional customer experience.

  • Financial and Professional Services Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up operating in the financial and professional services sector.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that are changing the financial and professional services industry through new and innovative products or solutions.

  • Food and Drink Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is for those start-ups who are developing new food products and drinks in Wales.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that have great potential to make a real impact in the food and drink industry in Wales over the next few years.

  • Global Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is for those ‘born global‘ start-ups who have been trading internationally since the business was established.

    The judges are looking for those start-ups that are internationally focused and are growing their businesses through increased overseas trading.

  • Graduate Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up in Wales which has been founded by an individual (or individuals) who have graduated from a Welsh university in the last three years i.e. since July 1st 2016.

    The judges are looking for those graduates that have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair to develop a new business since leaving university.

  • Green Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award recognises those start-ups developing those products, processes or services that are resulting in significant environmental improvements.

    The judges are looking for new ventures that are fully committed to green business and are harnessing their innovations to make a real difference to future sustainable development.

  • Innovative Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any innovation-driven start-up in Wales.

    The judges are looking for a new business that focuses on global and regional markets, is based on a clear business model, is scalable in the long term and has a an ownership base that includes external capital.

  • Manufacturing Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up based in the manufacturing and engineering sector in Wales.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that are using cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create new high quality products.

  • Retail Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up based in the retail sector in Wales, including both those with a shop front and trading online.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that demonstrate retail excellence and have achieved growth through exceptional customer experience.

  • Rural Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up in Wales which is rurally-based i.e. located outside towns with more than 10,000 resident population.

    The judges are looking for businesses that have made a significant impact through innovation and enterprise in rural Wales.

  • Social Enterprise Start-Up
    of the Year

    A social enterprise is defined as one with an asset lock in its constitution, volunteer involvement at board level and restrictions on private distribution of dividends. The award is open to any social enterprise in Wales that has been operating for less than three years.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that have taken on social investment to break new ground either in delivering a new service, creating new models of delivery or breaking into new markets.

  • Technology Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award recognises the success of those new businesses that have created and developed innovative products or processes that have significant potential for growth in the future.

    The judges are looking for new businesses that are disrupting their sector through a clear commitment to continued innovation.

  • Tourism and Leisure Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up based in the tourism and leisure sector in Wales.

    Judges are looking for those new businesses that focus on excellence in delivering customer service and demonstrate innovation in tourism and leisure products and services.

  • Valleys Start-Up
    of the Year

    This award is open to any start-up in Wales which is based in the South Wales Valleys (which includes Neath and the Neath Valleys, North Bridgend and the counties of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent).

    The judges are looking for businesses that have made a significant impact through innovation and enterprise in the South Wales Valleys

  • Young Entrepreneur
    of the Year

    This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 on September 20th 2019 who have established their own start-up in the previous three years.

    The judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success, in creating and developing an exceptional start-up during the last three years.

2019 Award Shortlist

  • Business to Business Services Start-Up
    of the Year
    • ComLink Fire & Security
    • LINKS Recruitment Group
    • PiQ Laboratories
    • Route Media
    • Security Foundry
  • Construction Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Cerrig Property Developments
    • The Lady Paint & Decor Company
    • Trades Work Wales
  • Consumer Services Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Brushbox
    • Jonny Blades Barbershop
    • Ross Mitchell Wealth Management
    • The Retreat Canine Hydrotherapy & Wellness
  • Creative Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Animated Technologies
    • Forrest & Fox
    • Lauren Catris Design
    • Sadler Jones
  • Digital Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Motokiki
    • Perago-Wales
    • Signum Health
    • Weekly10
  • Financial and Professional Services Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Front Door Communications
    • LimestoneGrey
    • LINKS Recruitment Group
    • Sweetmans & Partners
  • Food and Drink Start-Up
    of the Year
    • #Sober
    • Aber Falls Whisky Distillery
    • JT Hospitality Group
    • Swshi
  • Global Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Concoxia
    • Disberse
    • Paradigm Human Performance
    • The Youth Development Agency
  • Graduate Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Alpacr
    • Letzshare
    • Route Konnect
    • SmallSpark Space Systems
  • Green Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Afallen
    • BioPaxium Technologies
    • Natural Weigh
    • Surple
  • Innovative Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Credas
    • Cufflink.io
    • Disberse
    • Hexigone Inhibitors
  • Manufacturing Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Clydach Farm Group
    • Limb-art
    • Wardill Motorcycle Company
  • Retail Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Barr & Co Jewellery
    • Coffee Blue
    • Letterbox Lab
    • TP Feeds
  • Rural Start-Up
    of the Year
    • 68 Degrees West Glamping
    • Bargoed Farm Caravan, Camping and Glamping Park and The Moody Cow Farm Shop and Welsh Bistro
    • Coles Distillery
    • Millin Brook Luxury Dog Boarding
  • Social Enterprise Start-Up
    of the Year
    • All Stars Gymnastics Club CIC
    • Awen Trading
    • Enbarr Foundation CIC
    • The Good Wash Company
  • Technology Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Concentric Health
    • Credas
    • Datalyse Group
    • Hut Six Security
  • Tourism and Leisure Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Adventure Tours U.K.
    • EGNI Fitness Fun
    • Melin Llynon
  • Valleys Start-Up
    of the Year
    • Drone Evolution
    • Help4Wales Foundation
    • miFuture Group
    • The Youth Development Agency
  • Young Entrepreneur
    of the Year
    • Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena from Drop Bear Beer Co.
    • Samuel-James E Cockrell from Fenston Thornshire
    • Emily Hicks from Studio Hicks
    • Dominic Bonaker from We Are Odyssey