Posted on: Friday 16 June 2023
Nine Torfaen businesses won awards at the inaugural Torfaen and Monmouthshire Business Awards last week.
There were 13 categories in total, including Employer of the Year award, which was won by Safran Seats, based in Cwmbran.
The award ceremony was held in Abergavenny, with next year’s awards due to be held in Torfaen.
Our winners were:
Employer of the Year: Safran Seats is a world leader in the aerospace industry and employs 83,000 globally. The company creates premium seats that can often be found in first and business class planes across the world.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Kelli Aspland and Laura Waters -Solar Buddies. Faced with the problem of how to ensure their children could apply sunscreen when not in their care, Kelli and Laura created, patented and marketed the world's first child-friendly sunscreen applicator.
Financial and Professional Services Business of the Year: Quote Detective is an owner-managed vibrant and growing young business offering niche and bespoke insurance solutions to those who can't otherwise obtain insurance from the typical market.
Green Business of the Year: Zero Waste Torfaen is a refill shop in the heart of Cwmbran offering a sustainable, plastic-free shopping experience and is a local hub for the community.
International Business of the Year: Frog Bikes is a family-owned company which designs and manufactures lightweight, high quality bicycles for children. Frog Bikes sell their products worldwide through international bike stores.
SME of the year: Freight Logistics Solutions is headquartered in Pontypool and is a digital freight forwarding company that provides trucks, vans and bespoke cargo solutions to more than 500 customers across the UK.
Third Sector Organisation of the Year: National Star creates stimulating, vibrant environments where young people and adults with disabilities are supported with skills, opportunities and the confidence they need to live their lives independently and to the full.
Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year: Blaenafon Cheddar Company produces handmade, waxed cheddar Truckles. Based in neighbouring premises, the business has a dairy and retail area. They are currently working with Visit Britain to lead tourists through a flavour trail and have achieved protected status for their Caerphilly Cheese.
Congratulations to all the winners!