Cllr Paul Cannon with Jane Cook and Rusty Livock
Businesses from throughout the County Borough are being encouraged to celebrate their success at this year’s Business Club Gala Awards organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The awards, organised by RCT Business Club, highlight the best businesses across Rhondda Cynon Taf, from retailers to service providers and manufacturers.
This week businesses met to officially launch the 2014 awards where representatives of the Business Club Team were able to explain more about how to enter and also the many benefits they can receive by claiming one of the coveted prizes.
The event, which attracted more than 50 local businesses, was officially opened by Cllr Paul Cannon, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
He explained, “The Gala Awards take place each year to celebrate the very best businesses and business practices in Rhondda Cynon Taf. I am pleased to see so many of you here today, representing businesses right across our County Borough and hopefully this will encourage as many of you as possible to enter the awards.
“The Council cannot stress enough the importance it places on a strong and vibrant business sector which is the foundation of a healthy and prosperous society.
“We continue to operate in challenging economic times and many businesses out there are feeling this. However, there are success stories and I think it is crucial that we highlight these successes and celebrate them.
“The Rhondda Cynon Taf Business Club Gala Dinner and Awards recognise our success stories and are a fantastic way to encourage and reward entrepreneurial spirit and achievement. The standard of entries is always very high and seems to get better every year.”
Jane Cook, the Council’s Director of Development and Regeneration explained that the awards, which are open to every business in Rhondda Cynon Taf, are free to enter, and applicants are invited to enter as many categories as are applicable to them.
Also addressing the audience was Rusty Livock, the Deputy Chief Executive of Connect Assist, winners of the Innovative Business of the Year and Overall Winner of the RCT Business Club Business of the Year 2013.
She explained how the Nantgarw-based company had benefited greatly from receiving the prestigious awards which she felt had a positive effect on her staff. She also explained how the title allowed her company to win tendering opportunities above rival firms by giving them “an edge” over competitors.
Over all the Rhondda Cynon Taf Business Club Gala Awards are a great way to recognise the talent that exists in the area and those who enter the awards promote their organisations to their peers, suppliers and the business community as a whole.
The categories for 2014 are:
Environmental Business of the Year Award
Excellence in Manufacturing Award
Excellence in Marketing Award
Independent Retail of the Year Award
Innovative Business of the Year Award
Start up Business of the Year Award
Service Sector Business of the Year Award
The winners of the individual awards will also be entered into the Business of the Year Award.
Details of each of the awards categories, how to enter, and how to get tickets for the Gala Awards evening are available by visiting www.rctbusinessclub.co.uk. Closing date for the awards is Friday 24th January 2014.
The Celebratory Gala Awards Evening will be held at the Miskin Manor on Friday 28th March 2014.