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Bridgend County Borough’s greatest awards are back!

Bridgend County Borough’s flagship awards programme, ‘The Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019’ are back and are even bigger and better than before!

Sponsors of this year’s awards, came together at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch recently to officially launch the awards, sponsored by Valleys to Coast Housing.

Organised by Bridgend Business Forum and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, these prestigious awards recognise and reward excellence across all sizes and sectors of business in the county borough.

Entries are now open for the following ten categories:

  • Business Student of the Year – (nominated by Bridgend College) – sponsored by Graham Paul Chartered Accountants
  • Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year –  sponsored by Handelsbanken
  • Start-up Business of the Year – sponsorship available
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Magenta Financial Planning
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by EEF, the manufacturers organisation
  • Service Business of the Year – sponsored by Berry Smith  Lawyers
  • Creative Industries Award – sponsored available
  • Innovative Business of the Year – sponsored by The Development Bank of Wales
  • Professional Services Business of the  Year - sponsored by SME Finance Partners
  • ‘NEW’ Health and Safety  Award – sponsored by Oracle Risk & the Health & Safety Executive

The winning business in each category will have the chance to earn the coveted title of ‘Bridgend Business of the Year 2019’, sponsored by Valleys to Coast Housing.

We’re excited to launch our 2019 Bridgend Business Forum Awards! Now in its seventh, successful year, the ethos of the awards is to continue to showcase excellence in business on a local level.

Whether you are a public, private or third sector organisation, a new start-up or established business, these awards provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase your business, and celebrate your many achievements.As a previous winner, I’ve experienced first-hand, the success from the PR, the story and the recognition that an award gives you.

Our 2019 awards also feature a brand new category; the ‘Health and Safety Award’ which recognises the hard work of businesses in complying with all health and safety procedures within the workplace. Now, with ten categories to enter, these awards are awards bigger than ever! So what are you waiting for, get your applications in today!

Jay Ball, Vice-chair of the Bridgend Business Forum

Valleys to Coast, Chief Executive, Donna Baddley, said: “We are proud and delighted to be the main sponsor of the 2019 Bridgend Business Forum Awards. 

“Because we are a community-based organisation, we really believe in supporting our local area. These awards represent the best in business and people across the Bridgend County Borough - from all sectors, at all levels. The awards celebrate and reward their efforts and successes and Valleys to Coast is extremely proud to support them.

“We would like to encourage all businesses to enter, the application process is simple, but the rewards and profile for your business is exemplary!”

Full details of the awards including application forms and advice and tips on how to submit an entry, can be found at Bridgend Business Forum. Entries close at 5 July 2019.

This year’s awards sponsors include: Berry Smith Lawyers; EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation; Graham Paul Chartered Accountants; Handelsbanken; Magenta Financial Planning; Oracle Risk & the Health & Safety Executive; SME Finance Partners; The Development Bank of Wales, United Graphic Design and main sponsor, Valleys to Coast Housing.

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available, to sponsor a category please contact Mary Pope on 01656 815320, email:

You can also follow @BridgendForum on Twitter or like ‘Bridgend Business Forum’ on Facebook for news and updates on the awards.

For general enquiries, please contact Bridgend County Borough Council's customer contact centre:

Telephone: 01656 643643
Opening hours:

09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday; 
09:00 to 16:30 Friday.

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