We are proud to announce that Metro Rod Swansea will be supporting the annual and prestigious Swansea Bay Business Awards this year as Welcome Drinks Sponsor.

The event, which will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, aims to recognise the greatest business successes in the Swansea Bay region.


Swansea Bay Business Awards 2018 Metro Rod Swansea Sponsor

The Welsh tenor and BBC Radio host Wynne Evans is guest speaker on the night and will talk about his life, career and those Gocompare ads.

TV presenter Fran Donovan is co-hosting the event with Media Wales managing director Mark Sainsbury.

A judging panel whittled down the entrants to a shortlist.

The panel comprised Ian Clarke from overall sponsors PWC; a representative of last year’s Business of the Year, Alan Brayley from AB Glass; Debbie Green, Woman of the Year 2017; Jonathan Roberts, editor of the South Wales Evening Post; and Lisa Cameron, commercial director of Media Wales.

Mr Roberts said: “Every year the calibre of entrants for the Swansea Bay Business Awards gets better and better, which in terms of whittling them down to a shortlist and then deciding on a winner makes it harder and harder. However it is an honour. We have so many companies in this region doing so many extraordinary things. They all have a great story to tell and it’s our job to tell it, and these awards help to shine a light on them.”

Ian Clarke from overall awards sponsor PWC said: “The Swansea Bay Business Awards represent a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievement of businesses in the area, and we are proud sponsors of the awards. “The judging process was again challenging this year, reflecting the strength and diversity of the submissions. What also really struck me was the passion and enthusiasm of all the entries.”

According to Alan Brayley from AB Glass, who won the top award last year, winning really boosted his company’s profile. “It was overwhelming to gain such recognition amongst all the other companies in attendance that were of such high calibre,” said Mr Brayley, who was also on the judging panel. “The event showcased the many successful companies and businesspeople that the Swansea region has to offer, and we are proud to be recognised as one of these leading companies due to our achievements over our 25 years’ business,” he said.


Business of the Year:

under 25 employees, sponsored by NPTC Group of Colleges

Clean Sweep
Express Metal Services
Rhino Doors


Business of the Year:
26-149 employees, sponsored by JCP Solicitors

Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd
The Safety Letterbox Company


Business of the Year:

150+ employees, sponsored by University of Wales Trinity St David

Cornelius Electronics
LBS Builders Merchants
Lyte Industries (Wales) Ltd


Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Neath Port Talbot Council

The Dognasium with Daycare
JDK Cleaning
War World Scenery


Green Business of the Year, sponsored by ICAEW South Wales

C&T Eco Consultants
Cycle Solutions (Cycle to Work) Ltd
Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters Ltd – PECS


Young Business Person of the Year, sponsored by GCS Training

Daniel Huxtable, Fightwear Store UK
Rhodri & Katie Hopkins, Crynant Plant
Shakira Obaid, Oldwalls Collection


Innovation Award, sponsored by ND John Wine Merchants

Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher
POW Virtual Running Ltd
The Safety Letterbox Company


Manufacturing Business of the Year, sponsored by Thomas Carroll

Burns Pet Nutrition
Lyte Industries (Wales) Ltd


Apprenticeship Development, sponsored by AB Glass

Gower College Swansea
Swansea ITEC
Swansea Council
Corporate Building & Property Services


International Trade Business of the Year, sponsored by LTC Mobility

Linguna Translations
Pembrey Airport


Best Business Start-Up, sponsored by Business in Focus

Centre for Entrepreneurial Education
Compare My Wedding
Fightwear Store UK


Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year, sponsored by Refining Dining Co

Gwili Steam Railway
National Showcaves for Wales
Oldwalls Collection


Family Business of the Year, sponsored by Homestores Interiors

Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd
Express Metal Services
National Showcaves for Wales


Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by Highgrove Homes

Aartic Training Group
Centre for Entrepreneurial Education
Ministry of Furniture
The Lifetime Achievement Award, also to be announced on the night, is sponsored by Swansea Bay Business Club.