The best in business and entrepreneurship across the Swansea Bay City Region can be revealed. Finalists across 14 categories in the Swansea Bay Business Awards have been confirmed.The winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards dinner at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall on February 22.

The awards attracted strong entries from businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, covering the local authorities of Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot.

The main sponsor for the annual awards are accountancy firm Bevan Buckland.

From the 14 category winners the overall Business of the Year will be revealed at the awards dinner.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award will also made on the evening to an individual demonstrating an outstanding contribution to business and the region's wider economy.


The judging panel consisted of:

Alison Vickers from overall sponsor of the awards Bevan and Buckland.

Jem Skelding from Naissance, last year's overall Business of the Year.

West Wales Woman of the Year 2018 winner Karen Hewitt from

Lisa Cameron, commercial managing director of Media Wales.

Sion Barry, business editor of Media Wales.

Ms Vickers said: "We are delighted to be the main sponsors of these awards.

"The quality of the businesses were extremely high and it is really good to see a number of our clients on the shortlist.

"It should be an exciting awards evening and a chance to celebrate successful businesses in our region."

The accountancy firm is also sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement and Business of the Year awards.


The categories

Young business person of the year
Carys Owens, Lens 360
Scott James, Coaltown Coffee
Tino Dzaro, Tino's

Apprenticeship development 
Cyfle Cymru
John Weaver Contractors Ltd
Swansea Council Building Services
WRW Construction

Best business start up
Retreat Canine Hydrotherapy & Wellness Centre

Social enterprise
Cyfle Cymru
Whitehead-Ross Education & Consulting Ltd

Tourism & hospitality
Limitless Inflata Park
The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Family business
Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher
Metro Rod Swansea
Tomos Watkin Brewery

Manufacturing business
Ickle Bubba
Teddington Engineered Solutions
Recycle Direct

International Trade business
Teddington Engineered Solutions

Power & Water
Recycle Direct
Vortex IoT

Green business
Power & Water
Sevenoaks Modular Ltd

Call of the Wild
Refining Dining Co

Business of the year 0-25 employees 
Power & Water
SA1 Solutions
Whitehead-Ross Education & Consulting Ltd

Business of the year 26-149 employees 
FMP Motor Factors
Skelton Thomas
Hale Construction

Business of the year 150+ employees 
Dyfed Steel