A Crumlin company which provides training to the utility and civil engineering sectors has scooped two top prizes at this year’s Caerphilly Business Forum Awards.
Utility Training Services Ltd, which was founded just 18 months ago, picked up the Young Growth Business of the Year Award and the overall Premier Award at the eighth annual awards at the Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa, held on November 13.
The business, which offers a range of niche training courses to clients including Laing O’Rourke, AMEC and Wales and West Utilities, employs five members of staff from its base at the Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate in Crumlin.
It has succeeded in expanding the range of training opportunities that it offers businesses despite launching during the tough economic climate.
Utility Training Services Director Paul Williams accepted the awards on behalf of the company, and spoke of how the business had emerged as an industry frontrunner.
Six other firms also celebrated a successful evening with their awards.
Caerphilly Business Forum Chair Martyn Fear said: “The quality and strength of entries in this year’s awards has been greater than we have seen in past years.
“All of our winners have demonstrated significant ingenuity, passion and commitment to their businesses in the last year.
“There is no denying that this year has been the toughest year for businesses for a long time, but these seven businesses shown an exceptional commitment to growing their businesses and overcoming obstacles during the last twelve months.
“The last twelve months has been the toughest faced by businesses for over thirty years and our seven winning companies along with the exceptionally high standard of finalists should be immensely proud of their achievements this year.
“We wish all winners and businesses that entered this year’s awards the very best of success in the next 12 months.”
Finalists for the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards 2009, in association with Coleg Gwent.
Winners in bold.
Premier Award – Sponsored by Broomfield and Alexander
Young Business of the Year – sponsored by Venture Wales
- Captiva Spa
- Taylors Bed & Breakfast
- The Pamper Haven
Young Business of the Year High Growth – sponsored by Draig Training
- Petra’s Cleaning Company
- Utility Training Solutions
- Upsa Daisy Day Nursery
Business of the Year (25 Employees or fewer) – sponsored by Local Investment Fund South East Wales
- Yacht Lifeline
- Blackwood Compliance Laboratories
- Utility and Environmental Services
Business of the Year (25 Employees or more) – sponsored by Caerphilly County Borough Council
- Roger Jones & Sons
- Pensord Press
- Klockner Pentaplast
Achievement in Manufacturing – sponsored by SEDA UK Ltd
- Lexon Group
- Cottam & Brookes
The John Griffiths Young Achiever Award – sponsored by Peter’s Food Services
- Charlotte Burles – Parkmans
- Gwenllian Davies -Thomas, Carroll Group plc
- Paul Williams – Utility Training
The Health Works Award – sponsored by Health Challenge Caerphilly
- Thomas Carroll Group
- Williams Medical Supplies
For more information about Caerphilly Business Forum and this year’s awards visit www.cbforum.co.uk