Neath Port Talbot businesses have picked up six honours in the prestigious Swansea Bay Business Awards 2018 – including Business of the Year for Neath based Naissance.
The awards ceremony, held at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall on Friday, February 23 and hosted by TV presenter Fran Donovan, saw a total of 17 major awards handed out.
Naissance won the award for International Trade Business of the Year and also picked up the overall Swansea Bay Business of the Year 2018 award.
The aromatherapy, beauty products and natural health company operates from Neath’s Milland Road Industrial Estate and offers a wide range of essential oils, carrier oils and natural raw ingredients - all carefully sourced from all around the world.
The Safety Letterbox Company (SLB), also based in Milland Road, Neath, which enjoys a global reputation for making secure parcel and delivery boxes, won the International Trade Business of the Year award.
The firm has worked on a number of high-profile projects including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest building - and SLB also installed 242 mailboxes at the ultra-modern Neath Port Talbot based Swansea University Bay Campus.
The Ministry of Furniture, operating from Port Talbot’s Baglan Energy Park, won the Social Enterprise Award.
The business, which emerged from Remploy Furniture, has staff who are experts with unrivalled levels of experience in working in the contract and educational furniture sectors.
Another Port Talbot firm, Fightwear Store UK, based in Purcell Avenue, Sandfields, won the Best Business Start Up award. Fightwear 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.
Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd, which has been serving the community since 1981 specialising in building work, civil engineering, groundworks, barn conversions, demolition, heavy haulage and much more, picked up the Editor’s Choice award.
Councillor Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council cabinet member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “The authority congratulates those businesses who won 2018 awards and those who were highly commended and a special word must go to Naissance for picking up the Business of the Year honour.
“One of the key aims of Neath Port Talbot Council is to help businesses start up, grow and continue to flourish so to have six of the 2018 Swansea Bay Business Awards won by Neath Port Talbot is something we are proud of.”
Here are the award winners:
Editor's Choice Award: Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd
Business of the Year 0-25 Employees (Sponsor: NPTC Group): Clean Sweep
Highly commended: Express Metal Services Limited and Rhino Doors.
Business of the Year 26-149 Employees (Sponsor: JCP Solicitors): Shufflebottom Ltd
Highly commended: The Safety Letterbox Company and Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd.
Business of the Year 150+ Employees (Sponsor: University of Wales Trinity St David): Lyte Industries (Wales) Ltd
Highly commended: LBS Builders Merchants and Cornelius Electronics.
Green Business of the Year (Sponsor: ICAEW): Cycle Solutions (Cycle to Work) Ltd
Highly commended: C&T Eco Consultants Ltd and Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters Ltd – PECS.
Young Business Person of the Year (Sponsor: GCS Training): Shakira Obaid, Oldwalls Collection
Highly commended: Daniel Huxtable, Fightwear Store UK and Rhodri & Katie Hopkins, Crynant Plant.
Innovation Award (Sponsor: ND John Wine Merchants): The Safety Letterbox Company
Highly commended: POW Virtual Running Ltd and Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher
Manufacturing Business of the Year (Sponsor: Thomas Caroll): Burns Pet Nutrition
Highly commended: Lyte Industries (Wales) Ltd and Shufflebottom
Apprenticeship Development (Sponsor: AB Glass): Swansea ITeC Limited
Highly Commended: Gower College Swansea and Swansea Council Corporate Building & Property Services.
International Trade Business of the Year (Sponsor: PWC): Naissance
Highly Commended: Pembrey Airport and Lingua Translations.
Best Business Start Up (Sponsor: Business in Focus): Fightwear Store UK
Highly Commended: Compare My Wedding and Centre for Entrepreneurial Education.
Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year (Sponsor: Refining Dining Co): Oldwalls Collection
Highly Commended: Gwili Steam Railway and National Showcaves for Wales.
Family Business of the Year (Sponsor: Homestore Interiors): National Showcaves for Wales
Highly Commended: Crynant Plant & Construction Ltd and Express Metal Services Limited.
Entrepreneur of the Year (Neath Port Talbot Council): The Dognasium with Day Care
Highly commended: JDK Cleaning and WWS Scenery Manufacturer.
Social Enterprise Award (Sponsor: Hygrove Homes): Ministry of Furniture
Highly Commended:Aartic Training Group and Centre for Entrepreneurial Education.
Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsor: Swansea Bay Business Club): John Burns
Business of the Year 2018 (Sponsor: PWC) : Naissance