Waiting Is Nearly over for Finalists in Chambers of Commerce Awards

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Waiting Is Nearly over for Finalists in Chambers of Commerce Awards


Byline: SION BARRY

THE best in Welsh business success and entrepreneurship will be honoured at an awards ceremony in Cardiff on Friday.

The Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2010 will be held at the Mercure Holland House.

The awards in Wales are being organised by South Wales Chamber of Commerce and will form the climax of the Chambers of Commerce Business Week, sponsored by the University of Glamorgan Business School In all seven categories are being contested by companies and entrepreneurs from across Wales.

Graham Morgan, director of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: "Judging the finalists this year was extremely difficult as we were faced with an abundance of good quality entries throughout South Wales.

"The finalists for the 9th Chamber of Commerce Business Awards should all be proud to have made it into the final. It is testament that they are succeeding given the current economic climate.

The awards will be hosted by television presenter Mai Davies. THE finalists in the Company of the Year category, sponsored by Admiral, are Abriox, Budget Vets, Wolfestone Translation and Williams Medical.

Established in 2005, Newportbased Abriox is a specialist in electronic remote monitoring technology to detect oil and gas pipe corrosion. Its products are used on five continents and last year saw its US subsidiary secure a $1.3m order from Colonial Pipeline.

Swansea-based Wolfestone Translation has seen rapid growth since it was formed by two friends in 2006 and is set to double its turnover to pounds 1m this year.

Former marketing executives Anna Bastek, from Poland, and Roy Allkin of Ammanford, gave up their careers to form their own translation firm and are now targeting growth into the global market after opening offices in the US and Germany. Miss Bastek and Mr Allkin attribute success to their focus on marketing and have quadrupled their budget in one year and now target becoming one of the country's top translation companies in the next five years.

Rhymney-based Williams Medical is the UK's leading supplier of medical equipment, disposable products, pharmaceuticals and services.

Founded in 1986 it has forged close relationships with more than 8,500 primary care customers nationwide.

Newport-headquartered Budget Vets operates five veterinary surgeries across South Wales. Launched in 2005, turnover and profit has consistently risen year on year. THE finalists in the Go Green Award sponsored by the Carbon Trust are Euro Quality Coatings Green Light Products and Remote Utility Monitoring and Management (Rumm).

Cardiff-based Euro Quality Coatings is one of the UK's leading powder coating companies.

It serves a wide variety of industries, including automotive, architectural, leisure and retail.

High-profile contracts include its coating work on the new roof at Wimbledon's centre court.

Green Light Products develops and manufactures environmentally sustainable protective packaging that are biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

With a large export market the Cardiff-based company has a global distribution network spanning the UK, Europe and Asia.

Caerphilly-based Rumm is a University of Glamorgan technology spin-out company. It has developed a sophisticated web-based software suite and associated energy management methodology capable of driving down energy and water use by companies. It can pinpoint areas using excessive amounts of consumption and identify where savings can be made.

It is looking to grow turnover to pounds 10m in the next five years. THE finalists in the Innovation through Technology Award, sponsored by Danwood Wales, are Life on Show TV, Professional Driver Services and Remote Utility Monitoring and Management (Rumm).

Cardiff-based Life on Show TV is at the forefront of video streaming. It provides a multi-channel online TV portal that enables clients to professionally package and present their video content while generating an inward revenue stream. …

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