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Businesses are set to shine at new award ceremony; 'WALES HAS MANY TRULY WORLD-CLASS BUSINESSES'.

Byline: SION BARRY

A HIGH number of entries have been submitted for a new awards initiative showcasing the very best in business and entrepreneurial success in Wales.

The inaugural IWA /Western Mail Business Awards, in association with professional advisory firm PwC, have received strong entries across the nine categories.

In total 210 applications were submitted, with the highest number (50) in the Company of the Year (turnover below pounds 10m) category, sponsored by KLM and Cardiff Airport.

Rob Lewis, PwC's chairman for Wales and the south-west of England, said: "PwC feels that there has never been a better time to run a national business award scheme for Wales.

"It is essential in the current climate that we identify and recognise the success stories within the Welsh economy.

"Working with successful Welsh businesses on a daily basis and awards schemes like this with the IWA and the Western Mail provide a platform to showcase them.

"Wales continues to show that, during times of austerity, there is a surge in entrepreneurial activity which is demonstrated in the amount of new start-up organisations and also through existing companies adapting their products and identifying new markets to continue their growth."

Alan Edmunds, publishing director of Media Wales - whose portfolio of titles includes the Western Mail - said: "The high number of entries submitted has ensured that the various judging panels will have a difficult but rewarding task in deciding on the category finalists as well as the overall winners.

"The quality of entrants from companies and entrepreneurs has been outstanding and clearly demonstrates that Wales has a healthy number of truly world-class businesses which are driving impressive market share, revenue and profitability in their respective marketplaces, not just here in the UK but internationally."

Category finalists will be profiled in the Western Mail over the next month, with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony and gala dinner on November 25 at Cardiff's Coal Exchange.

The awards will be presented by comedian Chris Corcoran.

Tickets to attend the awards ceremony are pounds 65 plus VAT per person, or pounds 600 plus VAT for a table for 10.

As seating at the Coal Exchange is limited, bookings must be taken on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to attend the awards ceremony, contact Emma Brennan on 029 2066 0820 or email emmabrennan@iwa.org.uk BUSINESS AWARDS SPONSORS OVERALL AWARDS SPONSOR: PwC YOUNG ACHIEVER SPONSOR: Hopkins Law TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT STAFF AWARD SPONSOR: University of Glamorgan Commercial Services NEW START-UP COMPANY OF THE YEAR SPONSOR: GoCompare.com THE EXCELLENCE IN E-COMMERCE AWARD SPONSOR: Gravit-e CREATIVE MARKETING AWARD SPONSOR: Orchard COMPANY OF THE YEAR (TURNOVER pounds 10M AND MORE) SPONSOR: Cardiff Business School COMPANY OF THE YEAR (TURNOVER BELOW pounds 10M) SPONSOR: KLM and Cardiff Airport ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSOR: Cardiff Business School GO GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD SPONSOR: NR Evans Logistics

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* Chris Corcoran will be hosting this year's inaugural IWA/Western Mail Business Awards
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Date:Oct 26, 2011
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