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Llais Cymru Announces #LlaisAwards Finalists 2023

Llais Cymru’sWelsh Women in Business Awards, or #LlaisAwards as it is now known, is a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognise the important contributions made by women in the world of business in Wales. This is the only national and bilingual event of its kind.Now in its third year, founder Heulwen Davies, Director of LlaisCymru a bilingual Marketing & PR Company in Machynlleth, is delighted to see the event going from strength to strength with a remarkable 4,328 nominations this year! Heulwen says; “I’m very passionate about supporting and empowering women in every way possible. From the outset, I wanted to use my own business and my marketing and PR expertise to create a platform to support fellow businesswomen. Running a business is difficult for everyone, but I strongly believe that women face more challenges; menstrual cycles, pregnancy,perimenopause, menopause and often a lack of support to follow their business dreams. It’s amazing to see so many women nominated this year, it shows how the people of Wales & beyond really value and appreciate the hard work and determination of businesswomen in Wales.” The Development Bank of Wales has been the main sponsor from the outset, an organisation that is very supportive of women in the business world. Beverley Downes, Marketing and Communications Director said; “Once again we’re proud to be the main sponsor of the Llais Cymru Welsh Women in Business Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of women in Welsh businesses. “The companies shortlisted for this year’s awards all have visible female role models and leaders, who have overcome barriers to entrepreneurship and played an important role in creating an inclusive Welsh economy. All of those nominated should be proud of their efforts. “We’re passionate about our commitment to supporting women in business, and female-led teams, throughout Wales. Around a third of the businesses, we support have women directors, a figure we are determined to continue to impact positively.” This year, the #LlaisAwards has also been supported by the Welsh Government, through Business Waleswho provide many resources to help andsupport women in businesses across Wales. They will be sponsoring two categories;New Business and Social Enterprise. Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething said;“The Welsh Government is pleased to support the Llais Cymru Welsh Women in Business Awards, which is a great celebration of entrepreneurial women running businesses here in Wales.We are fully committed to supporting and encouraging more women to start, sustain or grow a business in Wales. I also want to recognise the tireless work of women in business who are already making a vital contributing to the Welsh economy, as well as promoting the use of the Welsh language in the workplace”. Cywain, Menter a Busnes have sponsored the Food and Drink category since the beginning. Rhian Williams from Cywain said; “Cywain, Menter a Busnes are very happy to be sponsoring the Food and Drink category in the Awards this year as well as the reception for the finalists and sponsors. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the work and products of Welsh food and drinks businesses.We’re very much looking forward to this great event once again”. Unlike previous years where the Awards night has been held live online, this year’s event will be hosted live and in person for the first time, thanks to the support from Yr Egin, Carmarthen, where the event will take place on Friday night, the 7th of July. Carys Ifan, Canolfan Yr Egin Director, says; “We are proud to be supporting the #LlaisAwards this year. This is a fantastic opportunity to focus on the wide range of Welsh businesses with talented and ambitious women at the helm. We look forward to the evening.” So, who are the finalists in the 13 categories this year? New Business, sponsored byThe Welsh Government &Business Wales; Jennifer Hall from Back to Beauty, Porthcawl and Alaw Krishnan-Gray from PataPata, Anglesey. Use of the Welsh Language, sponsored byTinopolis; Nia Haf Jones from Traed Fyny, Denbigh and Ffion Mai Jones from Ciwticwls, Tregarth Mum in Business, sponsored by Elevate Business Coaching; Catrin Hughes from Dwylo Bach, Gwynedd and Anglesey and Nia Haf Jones from Traed Fyny, Denbigh Businesswomen Under 25; Beth Davies from Glow Into Social, Swansea and Tia Robbins from Tia Robbins Art, Bridgend Retail Champion; Sophie Page from Koko, Porthcawl and Anwen Roberts from Draenog, Caernarfon. Social Enterprise, sponsored byThe Welsh Government &BusinessWales; Adele Williams from Ton Da C.I.C., Haverfordwest and Fran Hunt fromIntuitive Healing, Bridgend Photography, Art and Design; Ceri Williams from Grey Dog Gallery, Mumbles and Tia Robbins from Tia Robbins Art, Bridgend Science, Technology ac Innovation, sponsored by Gwe Cambria; Sara Pendersen from Farm Dynamics, Cowbridge and Phillipa Webb from Medical Connections Limited, Swansea Health, Fitness and Wellbeing; Celyn Lazenby from Celyn Lazenby PT, Ammanford and Mandy Boyd from The Base,Bridgend Food and Drink, sponsored byCywain; Emily Morgan from Tea By The Sea, Porthcawl and Lara Lewis from Grazeful Feasts, Bridgend Green Business; Adele Williams from Green Wave Hair Workshop, Haverfordwest and Holly Hardy from Nook Candles, Cardiff. Hair and Beauty; Michelle Harris from Mint Hairdressing, Porthcawl and Ceri Wyn Jones from Cwt Bach Ceri, Rhyd-y-foel. Leisure and Tourism; Lisa-Marie Harris from Mayzmusik Performing Arts Academy, Abergavenny and Tracey Toulmin from Bryn Woodlands House, Colwyn Bay. For more details or to arrange interviews, please contact Heulwen Davies, Llais Cymru on


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