Shortlist unveiled for first Vale Business Awards

The shortlist for the first Vale Business Awards have been unveiled.

The awards aim to bring together and recognise those entrepreneurial and innovative ventures that are making a difference and culminate at an awards evening to celebrate the achievements that reflect the vibrancy of the county’s business community.

The shortlist of the 12 categories for the inaugural awards were announced on Monday and include Bro Radio, which is shortlisted as a finalist in the Third sector business of the year category.

Creative and Digital Business of the Year

  • Glass By Design
  • Jamjar
  • Penarth View

Employer of the Year

  • Arbuthnot Opticians
  • Roperhurst Ltd
  • Specsavers Barry
  • Vale Resort

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Richard Ballantyne – Noble Grape
  • John Davies – Penarth View
  • Lora Payne – LCVA
  • Sally Stephenson – The PencilCase Cowbridge

Fincnancial and Professional Service Business of the Year

  • Bevan Buckland LLP
  • Chris Price Financial Consultancy
  • Motts Insurance
  • Penarth Post Office

Green Business of the Year

  • Little India @ Ltd
  • Saunders Plastering
  • GreenBrick Group

Retail Business of the Year

  • Fablas Ice Cream
  • Griffin Books
  • Noble Grape
  • Thornbush Hill

Start-up Business of the Year

  • Pickford’s Gallery and Bar with Rooms
  • Soraya’s Cocktails and Dessert
  • Fredwell Cafe and Patisserie

Technology & Innovation Business of the Year

  • MilDef
  • TL Computer Systems Wales
  • Wales Interactive

Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year

  • Gileston Manor Estate
  • Hensol Castle Distillery
  • Hide at St Donats
  • Great House Guest House
  • South Wales Aviation Museum

Third Sector Business of the Year

  • Benthyg
  • Bro Radio
  • Good Wash Company
  • Motion Control Dance

Young Business Person of the Year

  • Abigail Walker – Abigal Walker Lingerie
  • Lauren Evans – Fablas Ice Cream

Winners of the inaugural awards will be announced at a black-tie event at the Vale Hotel on Friday 16th September 2022. Find out more at

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