LEAD Wales Celebrates with Awards Dinner

Keynote speakers Rhun ap Iorwerth, AM Keynote speakers Rhun ap Iorwerth, AM The LEAD Wales Awards were held on 14th May at Venue Cymru. The prestigious Awards ceremony was attended by some of the 268 delegates who have completed the LEAD Wales programme at Bangor University.

Professor Gareth Griffiths opened the ceremony and spoke about the impact the programme has had on local businesses both at Bangor and Swansea University. One of the spoke about leadership and confidence being key in business and SMEs being the heart of the Welsh Economy. Later in the evening Neil Rylance founder and M.D. of BlahdBlah highlighted his experience as a delegate on the programme and how they had created a unique business network. He added “LEAD Wales had been a fantastic experience in the way the programme was structured and delivered, with fantastic Masterclasses, great coaches and shared experiences with wonderful people that I learnt a lot from”.

Rob Boynes from Rob Boynes Information Systems, Ruthin celebrating with his LEAD Wales cohort Rob Boynes from Rob Boynes Information Systems, Ruthin celebrating with his LEAD Wales cohort Seven awards were presented at the prestigious event. The Case Study Award went to Rob Boyns from Rob Boyns Information Systems a supplier of I.T. related products and services based in Ruthin.

Two awards were presented for the Contribution to the Welsh Economy. The winning awards were handed to Andy Lowe, Co-options in Rhyl. Co-options is a collection of social enterprises that offers a range of opportunities for people with learning disabilities. The second winner in the category was Geraint Hughes who runs three local businesses; Madryn, an agri-food consultancy, Calon Lan making speciality foods and Bwtri the a deli/retail outlets.

LEAD’s success is the result of the network of companies it’s created. In recognition of their contribution and support to the programme both Tony Parry from DELSOL Ltd and Gwenda Phillips from Anglesey Commercial Spares were presented with their Contribution to the LEAD Wales programme awards. DELSOL work in the highly competitive industry of UK, European, Worldwide Parcel and Pallett distribution services, whilst Anglesey Commercial Spares sell commercial vehicle parts.

Tony Parry from Delsol being presented with his award by Keynote speaker Rachel Clacher from Moneypenny and Prof. Gareth Griffiths, Bangor UniversityTony Parry from Delsol being presented with his award by Keynote speaker Rachel Clacher from Moneypenny and Prof. Gareth Griffiths, Bangor UniversityThe final two awards of the evening were presented to Nia Evans of the celebrated family bakery Idris Café and Bakery in Criccieth, along with Rhian Parry from Workplace-Worksafe Ltd who are manufacturers and distributors of personalised, corporate uniform and safety equipment in Ruthin, both took the LEAD Wales Silent Hero Awards.

Rachel Clacher, the second keynote speaker and co-founder of Moneypenny told the gathered audience of her experience of being in business and talked about how programmes like LEAD Wales are very important in supporting business owners, as setting up and growing a company can be a very lonely place.

Finally Ieaun Wyn Jones, Director of M-Sparc reflected on being at the launch of the LEAD Wales programme, which was the 100th funded programme from the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Assembly Government. He recalled seeing for himself the impact it has had on the local economy over the last five years.

Gwenllian Owen, Project Leader for the programme closed the prestigious LEAD Wales Awards noting that “It has been an honour and a privilege to work with so many great business owners at Bangor University over the last five years and knowing that the LEAD Wales programme has had such a positive impact on you all”.

      

Publication date: 21 May 2015