The Vale of Glamorgan is growing rapidly as a location for economic activity within local businesses and is one of Wales’ most attractive areas, consistently being ranked as one of the best places to live and work in Wales.

The awards are supported by a variety of organisations, including, headline sponsor, the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The awards will bring together and recognise those entrepreneurial and innovative ventures that are making a difference and culminate at an awards evening to celebrate the achievements that reflect the vibrancy of the county’s business community.

The black-tie event has been postponed to take place on Thursday 6th October 2022 at the Vale Hotel. The evening will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception and the awards ceremony will take place after dinner.

Our chosen charity for the awards is Ty Hapus.  A local charity celebrating their 10 Year anniversary, Ty Hapus is a FREE service for people affected by Dementia and their families offering a unique ‘Home from Home’ daytime support and respite.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Liz Brookes

Founder of the Vale of Glamorgan Business Awards



Our Judges

David Stevens

David Graham Stevens, Group Chief Executive Office, Admiral Group plc

From Oxford, to cadburys to Admiral, David had a varied and interesting start to his career and Henry Englehardt’s invitation to join him in 1991 to help set up Admiral was well timed and gratefully received.

David became Admiral’s CEO after Henry stepped down in 2016 and handed over to Milena Mondini at the end of 2020.

David married one of the other founding managers of Admiral, Heather Naylor, in 1994 and they have three children.

In 2007, David and Heather started their own charitable foundation, The Waterloo Foundation (TWF). The Foundation mainly focusses help on: world development; environment; child development and supporting areas in Wales that are underfunded areas, such as unpaid carers.

Cllr Lis Burnett

Executive Leader and Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources

Lis was appointed Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council in May 2022 having previously served as Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration. Formerly Head of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of South Wales, Lis has also acted as an advisor to the Welsh Government and the former Welsh Assembly on Social Enterprise and Cooperatives.  She has previously run her own business, worked for a major UK multi-national company and as a consultant to NESTA.  She has been involved in delivering community to community aid projects in Uganda and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Ben Joakim

Ben is the Head of Strategy at Principality Building Society and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Ben is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the strategy, seeking to have a positive impact on society and the lives of its customers and colleagues.

Prior to joining Principality, Ben founded Disberse – a Fintech building a global bank for global aid – making the flow of aid finance cheaper, faster and more transparent, for the greatest impact.

Ben is also a Non-Executive Director at Fintech Wales, supporting Fintechs to start and scale in Wales.

Ben lives in Cowbridge and is a passionate Welsh rugby supporter.

Alys Carlton

Alys is an executive coach and business mentor, working in the main with entrepreneurs and senior leaders. Prior to this, she was a corporate solicitor for 18 years, the first 12 of which at Allen & Overy, and then as a partner at Capital Law. Alys is particularly interested in supporting female founders, and is Vice Chair of Welsh Government’s Expert Panel on Supporting Entrepreneurial Women.

Having grown up in the Vale of Glamorgan, and as a current resident, Alys is delighted to be judging these inaugural awards.

Natalie Isaac

Natalie is a Director of the 44 Group which operates four brands in Wales and Bristol – Bar 44, Asador 44, Mercado 44, Parador 44.
She started her career working for Prue Leith and the Roux Brothers in London, leaving her job as Operations Director with the Eaton Group in 2000 to move back to south Wales to purchase and run her own business, in 2002 she joined forces with her two siblings to launch the first Bar 44 in the market town of Cowbridge.

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 founder of the Vale of Glamorgan Business Awards.


How many categories can I enter?

You can enter up to 2 categories.

Is my company eligible to enter the awards?

The business must be located within the local authority area of Vale of Glamorgan and business rates must also be paid to the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The business should have started to trade on or before 7th April 2021.

What is the judging process?

The judging process can be found here.

How long is the interview?

The interview should take no longer than 15 minutes. A 5 minute presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A. No computer aids are allowed.

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

Everyone is asked to purchase tickets from the website in advance of the evening. Priority is given to shortlisted companies and sponsors but it is on a first come first served basis so you are advised to book early to guarantee the tickets you require.

Where are the awards held?

The Awards are held at the Vale Resort & Hotel. Directions can be found here:

How much are tickets for the Vale Business Awards?

Tickets are £90+VAT. Payment must be made prior to the event.

What is included in the ticket price?

The ticket includes a networking drinks reception and a 3 course meal with coffee, as well as the awards ceremony and entertainment.

How do I book tickets for the Awards?

You can reserve your tickets via the booking link and you will be then sent an invoice.  The invoice must be paid in full before the awards night.

Where can I stay?

The Vale hotel has rooms available for guests of the awards on a preferential B&B rate of £160 for double room.

Just call reservations on 01443 667800 option 1 and confirm you are attending the Vale of Glamorgan business awards. These rooms are limited so early booking is advised.


Are tickets refundable?

Refunds are available as long as cancellation is received no later than 10 days prior to the event.  Read our full T&C’s here.

Are tickets transferable?

Yes, just let us know their full name contact details (including name, job title and organisation and if they have any dietary requirements.)

What’s the dress code?

Black Tie.

Can I pre-order wine?

Yes, you will receive a pre-order wine list from the venue when you have purchased your tickets.

Are there any COVID regulations to attend the awards?

In order to protect each other and keep the Vale of Glamorgan’s business community safe, the organisers request that you only attend if you have been double vaccinated (full COVID-19 vaccination both doses received at least 14 days before the event) OR carry out a NHS COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test (taken within 48 hours of entry).  Tests can be ordered through the Welsh Government website here.

These requirements will be subject to Welsh Government advise changing.


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