This year’s Gwynedd Business Week has been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate local business success and has offered a great opportunity for all kinds of local businesses to come together to network and exchange ideas.
The week was based around a programme of various business support events held across the county in venues including Bangor, Maentwrog, Caernarfon and Porthmadog.
The highlight of the week – now in its 12th year - was the Gwynedd Business Week Gala Dinner held at Bangor University’s Management Centre. The Dinner was a chance for business leaders from all over Gwynedd to meet like-minded people, to share ideas and experiences.
The guest speaker was Martin McTague, FSB’s UK Policy Director who outlined the implications of Brexit on businesses in the UK.
As part of the evening, Gwynedd Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Mair Rowlands presented awards to PPM Technolgy Ltd, Dylan’s and Mark Watkin Jones in recognition of their companies’ contribution to the local economy.
During the Dinner, Gwynedd Business Network presented an award to Sioned Wyn of Chwarel as the Gwynedd Business Person of the Year. Sioned was congratulated on her tremendous success in developing the company which is a dynamic independent television company, producing programmes for the home and international market.
In addition, Ian Nellist, Chair of FSB Gwynedd Branch presented Shari Pollitt, from Pwllheli, with an award as the Young Entrepreneur that has successfully established a business in the current year and has positively contributed to the county’s economy. Shari’s business, Booty and the Beats, specialises in dance fitness classes throughout Gwynedd. She later posted on Facebook that receiving the award made her realise that all the hard work and overcoming obstacles were worth it when she received recognition from the awards.