Nine Neath Port Talbot businesses could be recognised for their hard work and innovation after being shortlisted in the 2018 Swansea Bay Business Awards.
The prestigious annual awards will be handed out on February 23 at an evening event at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall hosted by TV presenter Fran Donovan and Media Wales managing director Mark Sainsbury.
Among the Neath Port Talbot companies in the running for the prized business honours is the Safety Letterbox Company (shortlisted in two categories - Innovation Award and Business of the Year 26-149 employees) based in Milland Road, Neath which enjoys a global reputation for making secure parcel and delivery boxes.
The firm has worked on a number of high-profile projects including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest building - and the company also installed 242 mailboxes at the Neath Port Talbot based Swansea University Bay Campus.
Other Neath Port Talbot enterprises in the running for awards include:
Rhino Doors (Business of the Year Under 25 employees category) of Llewellyn’s Quay, Port Talbot, which has a portfolio of high profile clients including the Bank of England, Royal Mail, the Ministry of Defence and major rail infrastructure projects in the UK.
Rhino is now a leading innovator in the field of physical attack-proof, blast-proof, bullet-proof and vehicle ram resistant security doors and gates.
Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd (in two categories - Family Business of the Year and Business of the Year 26-149 employees) which has been serving the community since 1981 specialising in building work, civil engineering, groundworks, barn conversions, demolition, heavy haulage and much more.
The company has sustainability and recycling at the heart of its operations – like the time it demolished St Marys Church in Skewen, Neath, when 15,000 bricks were salvaged, cleaned and stored to be re-used in building a perimeter wall around the site.
Cornelius Electronics (Business of the Year 150+ employees category) , sited at Purcell Avenue, Port Talbot, is a family run business employing 180 staff specialising in engineering and producing cable assemblies to carry power, control signals, communications and data pulses serving a variety of industries including amusement, medical, military, security, broadcasting, automotive and many more.
Naissance (International Trade Business of the Year category) , the aromatherapy, beauty products and natural health company operating from Neath’s Milland Road Industrial Estate offers a whole range of essential oils, carrier oils and natural raw ingredients - all carefully sourced from all around the world.
War World Scenery (Entrepreneur of the Year category), based at the Lonlas Village Workshops in Skewen, makes quality products including intricate “static grass” for the modelling world. The company was started by Martyn Rees and Mark Jutsum, and was initially a hobby but is now the largest producer of static grass for modellers in the UK.
Fightwear Store UK (Best Business Start-Up category) is based in Purcell Avenue in Sandfields, Port Talbot, is a martial arts gear and uniform supplier specialising in Kickboxing, Boxing, and Taekwondo equipment. It also offers fully customisable and designed gear and uniforms.
C&T Eco consultants (Green Business of the Year category) based in Pontardawe are an established and experienced company specialising in new A-rated boiler replacement, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and ECO funding.
Ministry of Furniture (Social Enterprise Award), operating from the Baglan Energy Park, is the business to emerge from Remploy Furniture. Its staff are experts with unrivalled levels of experience in working in the contract and educational furniture sectors.
Also, Daniel Huxtable of Fightwear Store UK is in contention for Young Business Person of the Year as are Rhodri and Katie Hopkins of Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd .
Councillor Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “It’s fantastic to see so many Neath Port Talbot businesses and business people in the running for these widely recognised and respected awards.
“Those who work hard and create businesses and jobs should be recognised for what they do as job creation and helping businesses to thrive are among the key priorities of this council.
“We wish them well in the awards.”