Welsh Women in Business Awards 2022
"I am passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering women. Llais Cymru's Welsh Women in Business Awards are unlike any other; they're an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the amazing achievements of businesswomen across Wales."
Heulwen Davies, Director of Llais Cymru.
Welcome! The Welsh Women in Business Awards 2022 is open to any woman running a business here in Wales. Size doesn't matter to us! You might be a one-woman band or the female founder of a huge company. Maybe your business is new like ours, or maybe it's been around for half a century - you're all equally amazing!
We have 16 categories to reflect the variety of businesses so we can be as fair and accessible as possible. You don't have to nominate a winner in every category, but you may only nominate one person per category. You can also nominate yourself - because why not? You've worked your socks off to get here, so you deserve that nomination!
Nominations are open until Sunday the 8th of May at 17:00 GMT. We'll be announcing our shortlist in June based on the highest number of nominations. In the event of a tie occurring in any category, we'll invite the nominees for an informal interview in May.
Our online awards ceremony will be held on Friday the 8th of July at 19:00 GMT. Everyone's invited! Llais Cymru would like to thank the Development Bank of Wales for being our main sponsor. If you'd like to sponsor an award in a specific category, get in touch!
The categories are:
• Under 25s
• Fabulous Freelancers
• Online Retailer
• Food & Drink
• Use of the Welsh language
• Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
• Hair & Beauty
• Influencers & Bloggers
• Mum in Business
• Engineering, Science & Technology
• Arts & Crafts
• Photographers & Designers
• New Business (*Under 12 months)
• Green Business
• Leisure & Tourism
• High Street Hero
LLAIS CYMRU’S FIRST #LLAISAWARDS GIVES BUSINESSWOMEN ACROSS WALES A MASSIVE BOOST AFTER A CHALLENGING YEAR.
On Friday the 2nd of July, businesswomen and their supporters across Wales came together online for the first #LlaisAwards, organized by Heulwen Davies, Director of Llais Cymru. Having launched the event on International Women’s Day 2021, a staggering 1154 nominations were submitted in 15 award categories.
"I am passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering women. Many strong female role models have helped me on my own journey and I’m always trying to find new ways of supporting women and Mums in Wales, and to prove to my 8-year-old daughter that women can achieve anything, if they work hard! Llais Cymru's Welsh Women in Business Awards are unique; the first national, bilingual and fun event to celebrate and recognise the amazing achievements of businesswomen in all kinds of industries across Wales." Heulwen Davies, Director of Llais Cymru.
During the sell–out event, the audience had the opportunity to meet and hear from all the finalists in each category, followed by virtual drumrolls and the winners being announced from Llais Cymru’s pink envelopes! The audience also enjoyed various entertainment, including a live bilingual studio performance by Welsh musician Mari Mathias and a cocktail masterclass with Cardiff food & travel blogger Llio Angharad. Llio developed a bespoke pink #LlaisAwards cocktail for the event and the audience was invited to make a donation to the Cardiff Food Bank, raising over £120 on the night and with donations continuing to come in.
The event attracted sponsorship from Cywain, who supported the Food & Drinks Producers Prize, Gwe Cambria who sponsored the Welsh Language Champion Prize, Gofod.Space who supported the Online Retailers Prize and Crefftus, who supported the Artists, Photographers & Makers Prize. This years main sponsor was the Development Bank of Wales;
‘The Development Bank of Wales is proud to be the main sponsor for Llais Cymru's Welsh Women in Business Awards. The #LlaisAwards is the only event of its kind and it was fantastic to be involved. Llais Cymru has provided an important platform to showcase so many businesswomen in Wales, congratulations to all the winners and to Heulwen for a fantastic and fun event.’ Beverley Downes, Marketing & Communications Director.
Rather than a medal or boring trophy, Heulwen commissioned young Welsh artist Efa Lois from Ceredigion, to design a bespoke and colorful piece of art for the winners. Efa is renowned for her illustrations on female empowerment, and the prize symbolizes the variety of women in businesses across Wales, framed with a floral frame made up of symbolic flowers depicting some of the characteristics of strong female businesswomen; strength, ingenuity, mental beauty, sincerity, creativity and devotion.
Katie Hayward from Felin Honeybees in Anglesey was a finalist in two categories and was delighted to win the Food & Drinks Producers Award; ‘There’s not enough recognition for women in business and we work so hard! I’m so happy to win this award, I’m so emotional, it means a lot!’ Katie Hayward, Felin Honeybees.
Two businesswomen from Amlwch came to the top; Artist Ffion Godwood who won the Artists, Photographers & Makers Category and Emma Dixon of Amlwch Dog Grooming winning the High Street Hero Award.
Wrexham based pilates business ‘Louise Clancy Pilates’ scooped the prize in the Health, Fitness & Wellbeing category and Snowdonia’s Laura Sanderson, owner of ‘We Wild Swim’ won the Nature & Agriculture Award.
Other winners from Gwynedd included Marilyn Evans’ Soundout Disco & Karaoke who won the Musicians, Performers & Authors Award, Elin Aaron from Llanberis based Gallt y Glyn who reached the final in the categories and won the prize for Best Café & Restaurant and Awen Haf Ashowrth from Caernarfon, the only winner to scoop two prizes, Mum’s Business Award & the Science, Engineering & Technology Award; ‘The Science, Engineering & Technology Award is extremely special to me as I’m really passionate about making science fun. The Mum’s Business award is for my twin boys as they helped me make YouTube videos during the lockdown in 2020 to make science accessible to all.’ Awen Haf Ashworth, Sbarduno
It wasn’t all about the North Wales women! Cardiff had its fair share of winners, including Karl-leigh Lewis from Marley’s Roots, who won the Hair & Beauty Award, Cherie Arlett from the She Can Closet boutique who won the Online Retailer Award with Anwen Roberts from Draenog Design reaching the final in three categories and winning the Welsh Language Champion Award;
‘I truly didn’t expect to be nominated in this category, never mind winning it! It was amazing to meet so many fantastic business women across Wales, a very special and memorable event.’ Anwen Roberts, Draenog.
Cwm Taf’s Dr Liza Thomas – Emrus, owner of Revive Prescribed, was the winner of the Care Services Award. Flying the flag for West Wales was Carmarthen’s Podcast Presenter Hana Hopwood who won the Influencers & Bloggers Award and Amber Lort-Phillips, founder of the popular Big Retreat Festival & Little Retreat, winning the Leisure & Tourism Award.
Following the overwhelming success of this first #LlaisAwards Heulwen is thinking ahead for 2022;
“It’s been a joy organising and presenting this first-ever #LlaisAwards and a huge congratulations to everyone who’s been nominated, you are all winners. I’m pleased that Llais Cymru’s #LlaisAwards can give you a platform to come together and celebrate your hard work, and well-deserved boost after a tough year in business. Llais Cymru plans to build upon the success of this years’ event and continue supporting Welsh female business owners in an even bigger event in 2022. Watch this space!”