Wales honours its best Businesses

The South Wales Chamber of Commerce and the Western Mail honoured the best in the Welsh business world at the Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2009 which were held in Cardiff at the Mercure Holland House Hotel.

In total, eight entrepreneurs and companies were honoured with host TV personality John Sergeant in charge of doling out the awards which included a Liftetime Achievement Award that was given to Alfred Gooding from Risca.

Gooding is an entrepreneur who has created a large amount of businesses over his fifty year career that has helped to create thousands of jobs in Wales and in other locations as well.

Among his prominent companies is Modern Building Wales which has been responsible for the construction of 7,000 homes.

Another award recipient at the awards benefit was the automobile insurance agent, Group Admiral, who won the Welsh Company of the Year Award which is sponsored by the University of Wales’ Global Academy.

Group Admiral employs about 3,000 people in Swansea, Cardiff, and Newport and is the only FTSE 100 company found in Wales. There are also subsidies of the insurance group in Europe with the expectation that a US branch will open by the close of the year in the United States.

Sophia Hughes and Lucy Cohen won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for co-founding the accountant firm Mazuma which is located in Cardiff.

Mazuma now has six franchises located around the UK in addition to the Mazuma Hub which was created this summer with plans to build up 30,000 customers and 110 staff members by 2012.

Freshwater’s Woman in Business Award went to’s chief executive and founder Hayley Parsons. The website, which was established in 2006, is one of the largest price comparison sites in the UK.

Zeffa’s Excellence in Marketing Award went to Clogau Gold which is a jewellery company known for its handcrafted custom jewellery that contains place settings of Welsh gold which is extremely rare.