Gwynedd Business Week 2018 - celebrating the best in business
This year’s Gwynedd Business Week has been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate local business success and has offered a great opportunity for all kinds of local businesses to come together to network and exchange ideas.
The week was based around a programme of various business support events held across the county in venues including Bangor, Dolgellau, Botwnnog and Bethesda.
The highlight of the week – now in its 13th year - was the Gwynedd Business Week Gala Dinner held at Bangor University’s Management Centre. The Dinner was a chance for business leaders from all over Gwynedd to meet like-minded people, to share ideas and experiences.
An address was given by Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport who confirmed the importance of tourism businesses in Gwynedd and the contribution that they make to the local economy.
Guest speaker Helen Walbey, UK Diversity Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) outlined the importance of diversity and sustainability in the workplace and also the importance of encouraging people from all backgrounds into business so everyone can reach their full potential.
As part of the evening, Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development presented awards to St. David’s Leisure holiday park company who have a location in Caernarfon and Zip World who run outdoor activity facilities in the Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog areas of the county in recognition of their companies contribution to the local economy.
Councillor Ioan Thomas said: “Many congratulations to all the businesses who have been recognised – the Gala Dinner was a real highlight of the Gwynedd Business Week and provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the rich variety of companies that are succeeding here in the county.
“As part of the week, a wide-range of business workshops and events has provided an excellent opportunity for Gwynedd companies to come together to share experiences and discuss opportunities to succeed. It has underlined the fact that Gwynedd is a fantastic place to do business.”
During the Dinner, Gwynedd Business Network presented an award to Dafydd Hardy as the Gwynedd Business Person of the Year. Dafydd was congratulated on his tremendous success in developing the company which is one of the leading Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors in north Wales.
In addition, the Gwynedd branch of the Federation of Small Businesses presented Freya Bentham from Harlech Castle Cafe with an award as the Young Entrepreneur that has successfully established a business in the current year and has positively contributed to the county’s economy.
1 – Geoff Davies from St. David’s Leisure receiving an award from Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development
2 – Owain Williams from the Gwynedd Business Network presenting an award to Dafydd Hardy as the Gwynedd Business Person of the Year
3 - Freya Bentham from Harlech Castle Café receiving the Young Entrepreneur award from Ian Nellist from the Gwynedd branch of the Federation of Small Businesses
4 - Helen Walbey, UK Diversity Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) was the guest speaker at the Gwynedd Business Week Gala Dinner