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Flintshire Business Awards Winners 2018


Flintshire Business Awards 2018


The twelfth annual Flintshire Business Awards were celebrated at an award ceremony at Soughton Hall recently. The Awards, whose headline sponsor was once again AGS Security Systems, recognise excellence and outstanding performance by businesses across the county. The winners of the ten categories were revealed at the exclusive black tie award event on Friday 19 October. With an audience of more than 200 influential business people, Flintshire companies were celebrated for their successes.

It was a great night for two companies, each winning two awards.   Connor McAuley from DRB Group won the Apprenticeship Award and the company was also named Best Socially Responsible Business. Pro-Networks was named Best Business to Work For as well as their employee, Paul Crudge, claiming the Business Person of the Year Award.

A round-up of all the winners can be seen below.

The Lord Barry Jones Legacy Award, was presented by the Rt Hon. Lord Barry Jones to Leyla Edwards, founder of KK Fine Foods, in recognition of her outstanding services to local business and the economy.

The Rt Hon Lord Jones, President of Flintshire in Business, Mersey Dee Alliance and Deeside Business Forum, said:

“I am thrilled to present this award to Leyla Edwards who richly deserves to receive this recognition for the outstanding work she does in support of our great County of Flintshire – really well done!”

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, said:

“I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners.  Competition has, as always, been fierce – I don’t envy the judges having to make their decision!  It’s great to see the Awards going from strength to strength.  It’s fitting that the theme of this year’s Awards is “Growth”.  The North Wales Growth Bid is an essential tool to make our economy more resilient and better connected which will open up considerable government investment and opportunity for business growth in our County.

“I’d also like to thank our headline sponsors, AGS Security Systems and all our other sponsors, who, once again, have made this wonderful event possible.  It’s encouraging that Flintshire businesses see the value in these Awards and want to support each other.”

Jonathan Turner, Managing Director of AGS Security Systems, congratulated all the finalists, saying:

“We are proud to be the headline sponsor of the Flintshire Business Awards 2018 for the eighth consecutive year and to help recognise the immense talent, innovation and ambition within the county.

“At AGS we get to witness the success stories year on year at the awards.  That’s why we are delighted to be part of the Flintshire Business Awards once again and to help celebrate the achievements of the many organisations.  Our company knows more than most what winning one of these awards means to entrants”


For more information about Flintshire Business Awards contact Kate Catherall on 01352 703221 or go to


Apprenticeship Award

Sponsored by Cambria for Business

Winner • Connor McAuley, DRB Group

Business Person of the Year Award  

Sponsored by Westbridge Furniture Design

Winner • Paul Crudge, Pro-Networks

Best Business Over 10 Employees Award

Sponsored by KK Fine Foods

Winner • Wagtail UK

Best Business Under 10 Employees Award

Sponsored by Edge Transport

Winner • Clwyd Brickwork

Best Business to Work For Award

Sponsored by P&A Group

Winner • Pro Networks

Best Social Enterprise Award

Sponsored by Evans Maintenance Services

Winner • Cambrian Aquatics Sports Centre

Entrepreneur Award

Sponsored by Pochin

Winner • Jane Bellis, Art & Soul

Most Socially Responsible Business Award

Sponsored by Wates Residential

Winner • DRB Group

Innovation, Technology Enterprise Award

Sponsored by Kingspan Insulated Panels

Winner • Salvtech

 The Lord Barry Jones Legacy Award

Winner • Leyla Edwards, KK Fine Foods

Kingspan was delighted to win the Environment and Sustainability Awards in 2011. We dedicate the winning of these prestigious awards to the fantastic commitment and effort of our staff in putting our sustainability vision into practice. These awards play an important role in demonstrating our achievements to our key stakeholders including our customers and those involved in the specification and use of our products. Our vision for the future is that our Holywell site will be powered totally by renewable energy as we seek to further reduce our impact on the environment.  Mark Harris - Kingspan Insulations
"As a family run business that is still growing (even in these challenging times), we are particularly pleased to win the FBW Awards as we have always regarded our employees as one of our key resources. We are very proud that our efforts have been recognised in this way." Steve Morgan - MD - P & A Group
I was amazed and immensely proud to win the 2011 Business Person of The Year. To win such a prestigious award was testament to all the hardworking staff at Wagtail who have supported me and the company. This award is particularly satisfying for me personally as it demonstrates Wagtail’s high standing within the Flintshire business community. Collin Singer, MD - Wagtail UK
Winning the award for Flintshire Business Person 2013, was a tremendous accolade. It was great to receive the recognition from my peers in the Welsh Businesscommunity for the achievements of all the members of the West Coast Group of Companies.Paula Jewson :: Business person of the Year 2013
Cllr Derek Butler Cabinet member for Economic Development
Flintshire firms are giving us so much cause to celebrate, even in difficult times. I hope as many companies as possible will take this opportunity to enter. Cllr Derek Butler :: Cabinet member for Economic Development
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