Cardiff is growing rapidly as a centre for economic activity and as a great place to work and live.

Not only are financial and professional services firms being attracted to relocate to the city but existing companies are expanding and there is an exciting new start-up scene in sectors such as life sciences and the digital economy.

The inaugural Cardiff Business Awards in 2015 brought the business community together for the first time to recognise those entrepreneurial and innovative ventures that are making a difference.

In 2020, the sixth Cardiff Business Awards will continue to celebrate the best businesses in Cardiff and the vast potential that exists within the capital city of Wales.

To ensure we can celebrate this fantastic city to its fullest potential, we have taken the decision to make this years awards a virtual event.

Register for FREE to view the Cardiff Business Awards on Friday 13th November and instructions on how to watch, and a programme of the evening, will be sent to you closer to the time.

This year we will be raising money for Cancer Research Wales, one of the leading cancer charities in Wales who are dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for cancer. We would kindly encourage you to make a donation via the Just Giving page which can be done at anytime, not just on the night.

We look forward to delivering you a very special event from the comfort of your own home and do encourage you to make a night of it by dressing to impress and share your photos with us on social media using the hashtag #CBA20

We look forward to virtually seeing you on Friday 13th November 2020.

Liz Brookes
Grapevine Event Management
Co-founder, Cardiff Business Awards

Our Judges

  • Photo of Frank Holmes

    Frank Holmes

    Frank Holmes is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, founder partner of Gambit Corporate Finance, voted Wales Dealmaker of the Year three times, ‘Best Chartered Accountant in Practice’, and recognised for his “Outstanding Contribution to Finance”.

    A serial investor and non-executive director of high-profile companies, education institutions, chairs Bobath charity, and the CCR’s Economic Growth Partnership tasked with advising on economic growth and leveraging investment exceeding £4 billion.

  • Photo of Liz Brookes

    Liz Brookes

    Liz founded Grapevine Event Management in March 2011 and it is now one of the most well recognised corporate events companies in Wales delivering high quality creative and innovative events. Liz is the co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards. Speaking about the awards Liz has said “the levels of success, ambition and achievement being shown by so many firms in Cardiff continues to cement the city’s place as a leading commercial centre for the UK.”

  • Photo of Ken Poole FRICS

    Ken Poole FRICS

    Ken is the Head of Economic Development at Cardiff Council.  He is responsible for the implementation of Cardiff Council's economic strategy. Ken has worked with many of the city’s leading businesses to set up in Cardiff and on key regeneration initiatives for the Council, which will have a transformational impact on the City and region. Ken also coordinates the Council’s UK and overseas business marketing initiatives to promote the city.   

  • Photo of Adrian Field

    Adrian Field

    Adrian is Executive Director of FOR Cardiff which is the 6th biggest BID in the UK in terms of levy income and number of businesses. He is Member of the Ministerial Town Centre Action Group (led by Welsh Government), Chairman of the Cardiff Business Event Partnership (CBEP), Board member of The BID Foundation's Council and Member of the Cardiff Music Board and Cardiff Commitment Strategic Board.

  • Photo of Katharine Finn

    Katharine Finn

    Katharine is an assurance partner at PwC. She is currently PwC’s Regional Leader in the West and Wales having previously spent 10 years in the London office with spells before that in Bristol, Auckland and Nottingham. Katharine is also a Council Member of the CBI in Wales.

  • Photo of Nick Saunders

    Nick Saunders

    Nick is Founder and Director of DEPOT Cardiff. A multi-purpose event space in the heart of the Welsh capital. Festival director for DEPOT In The Castle & Summer Feastival.

  • Photo of Caryl Thomas

    Caryl Thomas

    Caryl is the Director of the HR Dept, an outsourced HR Company based in Cardiff.  A member of the CIPD, Caryl has worked internationally in media and financial services and now specialises in providing commercial and pragmatic support to SME’s across a wide range of sectors in South Wales.   

  • Photo of Benno Wasserstein

    Benno Wasserstein

    Benno is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, having founded Box UK in 1998 while in his second year at Cardiff University. Since then, he has seen it grow to be a multi-million pound, internationally renowned software development company and one of Wales’ largest digital specialists. 


  • Is my company eligible to enter the awards?

    The business must be located within the local authority area of Cardiff County Council and business rates must also be paid to Cardiff County Council. The business should have started to trade on or before 19th June 2019.

  • How many categories can I enter?

    You can enter up to 2 categories.

  • What is the judging process?

    The judging process can be found here.

  • If I/my company is shortlisted, do I get any free tickets to the Awards night?

    This year, due to COVID, the event will be live streamed and will be free to watch. Details on how to register to receive the link to watch will be available shortly. We hope you will all join us from the safety of your sofa to watch.

  • How much are tickets?

    Tickets to watch are free this year as the event will be online only.

  • How do I book tickets for the Awards?

    Tickets can be booked via the Booking link that will be available via the website shortly.

  • What is the dress code?

    Take the opportunity to dress to impress to enjoy the celebrations.

  • Will there be a charity collection on the night?

    Yes, we are raising money for Cancer Research Wales We would kindly encourage you to make a donation via the Just Giving page which can be done at anytime, not just on the night.