Made In Wales Awards 2014

Last night saw the Made In Wales 2014 awards ceremony at the Mercure Holand House Hotel in Cardiff.  A broad range of thriving Welsh companies (from aviation technology to breweries) gathered for the highly successful annual event run by Insider magazine.

Software Alliance Wales were proud to sponsor the award for the best Technology company. The SAW team attended the evening and Project Director Dr Neal Harmann was on hand to present the award.  The winners of this years Technology award were Baglan based IT company Vizolution who specialise in screen-sharing and remote working software solutions. 

Here is a list of the night's award winners...

Made In Wales Awards 2014
Green Manufacturer Award
Winner: SPTS Technologies
Newport-headquartered SPTS, which makes equipment for the microelectronics industry, has made big savings by going green. One judge said: "They've really embraced it. A fantastic story."
Sponsored by: Forward Waste
Shortlisted: Princes Gate Water, Y Lolfa, Shine Food Machinery

Manufacturing Innovation Award
Winner: Reid Lifting
Reid Lifting has developed a portable, easy set-up lifting system called Porta-Gantry Rapide. It has brought in big orders for this Chepstow company. Judges said: "They have the right attitude."
Sponsored by: Abel & Imray
Shortlisted: Markes International, IQE, GOS Tool and Engineering Services

Technology Award
This award is for the company with the biggest impact in the areas of electronics, software, computer hardware or telecommunications. Port Talbot-based Vizolution's system enables face-to-face interactions online with judges praising its international potential.
Sponsored by: Software Alliance Wales
Shortlisted: IQE, RUMM

Food and Drink Award
Tiny Rebel Brewery
The judges praised this Newport brewer for reaching out to consumers directly in a growing but competitive market sector.
Sponsored by: Hunter Selection
Shortlisted: Princes Gate Water, Hot Diggidy Dog, Pembrokeshire Beach Food, Abergavenny Fine Food

Creative Design Award
One Nine Design
One Nine Design has developed a Raspberry Pi computer case. This Bridgend company was praised for its "commitment to continued development and innovation as well as local manufacturing".
Sponsored by: M&M Communications
Shortlisted: GOS Tool and Engineering Services, Hot Diggidy Dog, Tiny Rebel Brewery

New Product Award
BBI Solutions
This award is given to the company behind the most impressive new product made, designed or developed in Wales. BBI Solutions' synthetic Rubella IgM serum eliminates the need to take blood serum from a rubella sufferer. "It could have a global impact," said the judges.
Sponsored by: Finance Wales
Shortlisted: Cupid Peptides, Markes International, Asalus Medical Instruments, IQE

Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year
GE Aviation Wales
GE invests £1.2m in its apprenticeship scheme every year. One judge praised its "outstanding investment" and emphasis on fitness and health.
Sponsored by: Insider Media
Shortlisted: Memory Lane Cakes, SPTS Technologies, Industrial Automation and Control

Exporter of the Year
Green Light Products
This award is for the company deemed by the judges to be the most prolific exporter of products made in Wales. Judges were impressed with the way Green Light went from a standing start in 2009 to export 65 per cent of its packaging materials.
Sponsored by: Welsh Government
Shortlisted: Teddington Engineered Solutions, BBI Solutions, BCB

Advanced Manufacturer Award
Axiom Manufacturing Services
This award is for the company deemed by the judges to be the most forward-looking, investing in advanced manufacturing processes, techniques and equipment. Judges were impressed with Axiom's system which enabled a customer to test and control the quality of its medical equipment.
Sponsored by: R&B Group
Shortlisted: IQE, MoellerTech, BBI Solutions

Manufacturer of the Year
IQE, based in Cardiff, is now the market leader in providing wafers to the wireless chip industry, with a global market share of 50 to 60 per cent. It now plans to replicate this success in other industry sectors.
Sponsored by: NatWest
Shortlisted: Shufflebottom, GE Aviation Wales, Faun Trackway

Article by Chris Rees - Communications Officer - Software Alliance Wales