The winners of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Cardiff. Presented by journalist and presenter Andrea Byrne at voco St. David’s Cardiff Hotel, the ceremony saw awards collected by small businesses from across Wales for 12 categories.
Platts Agriculture Ltd went above and beyond, winning both the Environmental and Sustainability Business of the Year, and Family Business of the Year, after their operations impressed the judges.
The Environmental and Sustainability award recognises the most ethical, socially responsible or green business, and was open to small business owners who have helped drive environmental improvements across their businesses and the wider green economy. The Family Business of the Year award recognises how family values best influence the values of the business.
Established in 1973 by then-farmers Robert and Christine Platt, the business is now a market leader, manufacturing and delivering specialist dairy cattle bedding Nationwide, and employs 60 staff across 3 sites in Wrexham.
Run by their daughter Caroline Platt, Managing Director, they divert thousands of tonnes from landfill annually, transforming this into finished products, to promote increased milk production and cattle welfare. Recently, third generation and grandson of Robert and Christine, Chris Whittaker joined as a director, catalysing business development, and bringing new entrepreneurial energy.
Other winners included Adra, a premium Welsh gifts and homeware brand, which took home the Digital E-Commerce Business of the Year award, while responsible lifestyle clothing brand Onesta took home the Start-Up of the Year award.
Poppy Johnson took home the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for her marketing and make up business service Faces by Poppy.
Ben Francis, Chair of the Wales Policy Unit said:
“Celebrating the achievements of small businesses is more important than ever before, after a particularly challenging few years. The Celebrating Small Business awards offer a chance to recognise the strides small businesses have taken and really showcase the fantastic talent and innovation that is alive and well in Wales today.”
Full list of winners include:
Family Business of the Year- sponsored by Aldermore Bank
- Platts Agricultural Ltd
Environmental/Sustainability Award- sponsored by Welsh Government
- Platts Agricultural Ltd
Micro Business of the Year- sponsored by Sky Connect
- WINNER: Forensic Resources Ltd
International Business of the Year – sponsored by Cardiff Capital Region – Venture Graduates
- WINNER: Trax JH Ltd
Business and Product Innovation -sponsored by Wrexham Glyndwr University
- WINNER: Evolve Resources Ltd
High Growth Business of the Year- sponsored by Development Bank of Wales
- WINNER: Zeal Tax
Young Entrepreneur of the Year- sponsored by Welsh Government
- WINNER: Poppy Johnson- Faces by Poppy
Start-Up of the Year- sponsored by Darwin Gray
- WINNER: Onesta
Wellbeing Award – sponsored by Public Health Wales
- WINNER: EMPOWER Translate
Community Award – sponsored by Cowshed
- WINNER: Celtic Financial Planning Ltd
Digital e-commerce Business of the Year – sponsored by Tyl NatWest
- WINNER: Adra
Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year – sponsored by NatWest
- WINNER: Hancox’s pies