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10th Anniversary Flintshire Business Award winners announced

Published: 24/10/2016

Flintshire Business Awards, now in their tenth year, recognise excellence and outstanding performance by businesses across the county. The winners of the ten categories were revealed at an exclusive black tie award ceremony at Soughton Hall, Northop on Friday 21 October. With an audience of more than 240 influential business people, Flintshire companies were celebrated for their successes. It was a great night for Leyla Edwards of KK Finefoods Plc who scooped two of the top awards - Business Person of the Year and the Entrepreneur Award. Ethan Davies (Electroimpact UK Ltd) collected the Apprenticeship of the Year Award. Best Business with over 10 Employees went to Anwyl Group, while MCPC Systems picked up the accolade for Best Business under 10 Employees. DRB Group collected the Best Business to Work for Award, Mancoed VM won the Most Enterprising Start Up and Hannaman Material Handling won the Most Socially Responsible Business Award. The Award for Technology, Innovation & Enterprise went to LDF. In addition a new award, the Legacy Award, was presented by Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates, to the Rt Hon. Lord Barry Jones in recognition of his outstanding life-long services to business and the economy. Ken Skates AM said: “I was pleased to attend this year’s Flintshire Business Awards and honoured to present the new Legacy award to Lord Barry Jones. “I can think of no one better, or more deserving, to receive the award which recognises Lord Barry Jones’ tireless work in support of economic growth across the region. He has been a real advocate of both the needs and opportunities of this part of Wales, supporting business investment and jobs growth at every chance and taking every opportunity to promote Flintshire and North East Wales where ever he goes. “As a fitting gesture this award will be called the Lord Barry Jones legacy award and will be presented each year to someone who has made a lasting contribution to economic growth in the Flintshire area.” Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the winners, in our 10th year, the competition was fierce and the judges had a difficult job choosing a winner in each category. “I’d also like to thank our sponsors, AGS Security Systems, who, once again have made this wonderful event possible. It’s great that Flintshire businesses see the value in the awards and want to support each other and, together, we will go from strength to strength in the years to come. “ Jonathan Turner, Managing Director of AGS Security Systems, congratulated all the finalists, saying, “It is very rewarding for AGS Security Systems to return to the stage as the headline sponsor again this year. The variety and enthusiasm of Flintshire businesses never fails to amaze me and I am always excited by the quality of business in Flintshire. “These Awards help to recognise the real talent and outstanding performance that we have on our doorstep, we need to think about the next generation and the education of our colleagues – we are all responsible for creating the entrepreneurs of the future.” The winners and sponsors of the ten categories are listed below: Award Sponsor Winner Apprenticeship Coleg Cambria Ethan Davies (Electroimpact UK Ltd) Business Person of Year B2 Business Systems Leyla Edwards KK Finefoods Plc Best Business Over 10 Employees FSB Anwyl Group Best Business Under 10 Employees Edge Transport MCPC Systems Best Business to Work For Wagtail UK DRB Group Entrepreneur Pochin Leyla Edwards KK Finefoods Plc Legacy FCC The Rt Hon. the Lord Jones Most Enterprising Start up DSG Mancoed VM Most Socially Responsible Business Wates Living Space Hannaman Material Handling Technology, Innovation & Enterprise Glyndwr University LDF For more information about Flintshire Business Awards contact Kate Catherall on 01352 703221 or go to Note to editors Winners of the 2016 Flintshire Business Awards with sponsors