THE FIRST ever drive-in Powys Business Awards on the Newtown campus of NPTC Group of Colleges was declared a big success as the event was blessed with fine weather last Friday night.
Organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG), the awards were held outdoors as a health safety precaution because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The awards
showcase business excellence across Powys and this attracted more entries than ever.
All the finalists were allocated a parking space in their vehicles in front of a stage and huge screen where their videos were played as the category nominations were read out either by compere Lisa Angharad or by sponsors.
Boxed meals were prepared by chefs and students from NPTC Group of Colleges and served to the guests attending event in their cars. Some brought chairs with them to sit outside their cars and mingle with other guests at an outside bar area.
Councillor Iain McIntosh, portfolio holder for housing, planning and economic regeneration at Powys County Council, said: “It has been a brilliant night and it’s fantastic to see so many great businesses here. I’d like to congratulate all the winners and indeed all finalists too.”
He presented the Powys Business of the Year award to Aled Woosnam, owner of AL Technical and 23 Social, Newtown.
Introducing the award ceremony, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, leader of Powys County Council, said it was a night of celebration for Powys businesses which had shown great resilience during the pandemic. She thanked and congratulated MWMG for organising the event in a different format this year.
“I am told that there has been more interest than ever in the awards this year which is really exciting after all the challenges you have faced,” she added. “We are very proud of you and thank you for all you have done for Powys.”
During the pandemic, she said, the council had issued more than £90 million of grants to support companies and has earmarked a further £2 million for a Covid Recovery Fund in Powys.
The council continued to support economic development in Powys in a variety of ways, and a portfolio of projects had been submitted to the Mid Wales Growth Deal. There was still time for businesses and others to come forward with projects on the themes of agriculture, food and drink, digital sites and premises, with particular emphasis on expanding broadband coverage in the county.
Aware that some businesses were looking to expand, she urged them to speak to the council about their growth projects. The council had also been allowed for the first time to submit bids to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund for economic development and she was hopeful they would be successful.
A Global Centre for Rail Excellence is also being developed near Ystradgynlais, creating exciting possibilities for Powys.
Ceri Stephens, MWMG’s group manager, thanked everyone involved in organising and staging the awards for their support, especially the businesses. “Considering it was the first time we have ever organised drive-in awards, I was delighted with the event and we were so lucky with the weather. Feedback from people who attended has been very positive which is pleasing to hear.”
Exam Success for Ashmole & Co Accountants
ASHMOLE & Co are delighted to announce that Gwenllian Phillips, in the Cardigan office, has completed her studies and passed all her exams to become a qualified member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
Gwenllian, who is from Cardigan, joined the Ashmole & Co team as a Trainee Accountant in August 2020, after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a First in Accounting and Finance.
Karl Wilcox, Partner in Ashmole & Co’s Cardigan office said, “We are all so proud of Gwenllian and her fantastic achievements. She has become an integral part of our team in the Cardigan office.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch her going from strength to strength. It is important as a profession that we help to train the next generation of accountants. Qualified staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm.”
Gwenllian’s day to day responsibilities include completing VAT returns, assisting in audit work and preparing end of year accounts for local sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
Gwenllian said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co for being so supportive since I started and helping me gain my qualifications. I am enjoying working with local businesses and knowing that I am helping them with their needs. There has been a lot to learn and remember with every set of accounts being different but that means that every day is different which makes the role really interesting.”
Gwenllian lives in Cardigan and in her spare time enjoys going to yoga classes, reading and walking in the countryside around Ceredigion.
If you would like to contact Ashmole & Co’s Cardigan office in Manchester House on Grosvenor Hill, please telephone: 01239 612162 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation.
If you feel you have the qualities to be part of the team at Ashmole & Co, please email, with your CV attached, to AshmoleHR@ashmole.co.uk.
Alternatively, apply for a specific vacancy listed on the website: www.ashmole.co.uk
Lead distiller named Foundation Apprentice of Year at company’s awards
FFION LEWIS has been promoted to lead distiller at award-winning In the Welsh Wind Distillery, based at Tanygroes, near Cardigan, after completing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Brewing.
Now the 22-year-old’s learning journey has been rewarded with the Foundation Apprentice of the Year award at the annual Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards held by Cambrian Training Company, one of Wales’ leading work-based learning providers.
There was a double celebration for In the Welsh Wind which also won the Small Employer of the Year award.
Ffion joined In the Welsh Wind as an apprentice distiller after returning home to Mid Wales from New Zealand where she lived for three years and has played a key role in the development of whiskey making at the distillery
With a background in laboratory work, the job was perfect for her. Having now progressed to a leadership qualification with Chwarae Teg Women’s Career Development Programme, Ffion says the Foundation Apprenticeship improved her confidence, self-esteem and employability.
Ffion, who is now supporting other apprentices within the business, said: “It means a lot to win this award. I think apprenticeships are really important. I had previously worked in a microbiology lab in New Zealand and didn’t have any experience in distilling before doing my apprenticeship.
“I was really happy to find a job in a job at In the Welsh Wind when I returned to West Wales.”
Recognising employers and learners who have excelled in apprenticeship, skills and employment training programmes delivered by Cambrian Training Company, the awards were held at The Metropole Hotel & Spa, Llandrindod Wells.
The other Foundation Apprentice of the Year finalist was Ryan Harding, 26, Kepak, Merthyr Tydfil who lives in Blaenavon.
With offices in Welshpool, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay, Llanelli and Llanelwedd, Cambrian Training Company delivers work-based apprenticeships across Wales.
Arwyn Watkins, OBE, the company’s managing director, congratulated Hannah and all the award winners and finalists for their achievement despite the challenging disruptions caused by the pandemic over the past two years.
“These awards showcase the dedication and commitment by individuals and companies to the apprenticeship programme here in Wales,” he added. “Ffion has demonstrated what can be achieved in career progression through apprenticeships.”
The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Supporting Ceredigion’s small businesses at the Eisteddfod
THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD OF WALES visiting Ceredigion will be an excellent opportunity to promote local businesses and boost the local economy.
In addition to the surge in visitors to the county, a number of Ceredigion businesses have taken advantage of the opportunity to sell their products at trade stands at the Eisteddfod.
Ceredigion County Council supports local/small businesses, and we are pleased that some have accepted the invitation to showcase their products in wooden huts at Pentre’ Ceredigion’s stand on the Maes.
We welcome the opportunity to show that Ceredigion is a good place to do business, and it will be an opportunity for the businesses to promote and sell their products.
Around 15 companies from Ceredigion will take advantage of the wooden huts during the week. These include Pethau Melys, Galeri Gwyn, Bay Coffee Roasters, CreatEmAber, Yoga Essentials, Canfas, Tonnau Surf, U Melt Me, Gwella, L P-D, Atebol, Coffi & Bara, In the Welsh Wind, Recover Eden, and Aberdabbadoo.
There will also be an opportunity for people to learn more about food and drink companies in the county during the daily cooking demonstrations at 11:30am in Pentre’ Ceredigion. Pop by for a treat for your tastebuds.
One local company who has taken advantage of this is the craft business L P-D. Lowri Pugh-Davies from Llangybi said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for my small business. I’m extremely grateful for the privilege and the chance to trade along with other businesses from Ceredigion, and only a stone throws away from my home. The experience will be even more special for me as this will be the first Eisteddfod where I’ll be taking a stand, and the biggest event for my small business. Thank you very much for the invaluable opportunity.”
Why not visit other areas in Ceredigion during the Eisteddfod period. You can get a glimpse of what the county has to offer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBFvGg23UqA
Councillor Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “Ceredigion businesses have so much to offer and the National Eisteddfod’s visit to the county is a truly fantastic opportunity to celebrate and promote that. It will be lovely to see visitors venturing to every part of Ceredigion to get a taste and support local businesses, as well as finding interesting companies on the Maes itself. Ceredigion County Council is proud to support small businesses too by offering slots in the wooden trading huts during the week. Remember to drop by.”
You can see Pentre’ Ceredigion’s full timetable on our website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/eisteddfod
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