Responsible employers take centre stage at Wales Awards Gala

Eight companies from across Wales have been announced as the overall category winners in the Wales Responsible Busines Awards 2018, sponsored by Swansea University School of Management.

ACT Training, Wales’ largest training provider, and Brecon Carreg Mineral Water were announced as the Responsible Large and SME of the Year and six other winners were confirmed in categories covering education (Principality Building Society), talent development (Do Digital Realities), community engagement (IKEA Cardiff), wellbeing (Bluestone National Park Resort), volunteering (Trivallis) and the environment (Castell Howell Foods).

From a list of twenty-two companies on the shortlist, announced in April, the eight companies represent different sectors and regions; but all have been recognised as some of the most responsible employers in Wales.

The winners were unveiled at the Wales Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner, held at Sophia Gardens Cardiff on Thursday 28 June; a high profile event hosted by Lucy Owen from BBC Cymru Wales. Alongside the stories of the winners, 350 delegates from the private, public and voluntary sectors in Wales heard from guest speakers Steve Hughes (Principality Building Society), Steve Poole (Swansea School of Management) and Chris Nott OBE (Capital Law), who begins his second year as the Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassador for Wales in July.

Matt Appleby, Director of Business in the Community Cymru said:

“Our Awards recognise companies that making a positive difference, with a clear social purpose at their heart. It is fantastic to see so many home-grown Welsh employers committed to delivering inclusive growth and prosperity for all parts of Wales and all of our people.

“To be successful in the economy of the future, Wales will need responsible, purpose-led companies like these to grapple with some of the big challenges facing our country – digital disruption, automation, demographic changes, climate change, skills and talent gaps, and inequality in our communities.

“Congratulations to everyone who entered the Awards this year and especially to our eight category winners; employers who will help lead and shape the responsible business movement in Wales over the coming months and years.”

Steve Poole, Head of Innovation, Business & Commercial Development at, Swansea University School of Management, headline sponsor and supporter of the Awards added:

“We are delighted to support the Wales Responsible Business Awards and I would also like to congratulate all who entered this year. Our association with the Awards and Business in the Community Cymru reflects our strategy which focuses on sustainable economies, health and wellbeing, and digitisation. We are proud to be part of this network, making a difference to society locally and globally.”

The Winners of the 2018 Wales Responsible Business Awards are:

  • ACT Training – The BITC Cymru Responsible Large Business of the Year
  • Brecon Carreg Mineral Water – The Welsh Government Responsible SME of the Year
  • Principality Building Society – The NPTC Group of Colleges Education Award
  • IKEA Cardiff – The Wales & West Utilities Community Partnership Award
  • Do Digital Realities – The ACT Training Talent Development Award
  • Castell Howell Foods – The Dŵr Cymru Environment Award
  • Bluestone National Park Resort – The Wales & West Utilities Wellbeing at Work Award
  • Trivallis – The Volunteering Impact in Wales Award

The 2018 Awards and Gala Dinner were sponsored by Swansea University School of Management (headline) and the Welsh Government, Wales & West Utilities, ACT Training, NPTC Group of Colleges, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

The drinks reception was kindly provided by the team at Sophia Gardens Cardiff. PwC Wales generously hosted the 2018 judging day.