Newtown Entrepreneur Wins Main Prize at Powys Business Awards
YOUNG entrepreneur Aled Woosnam, whose businesses have continued to thrive despite the pandemic, received top honor at the Powys Business Awards on Friday evening [October 8].
Aled, 26, owner of AL Technical, an electrical and specialty communications company, and 23 Social, a multi-purpose and flagship bar and grill in Newtown, won the overall Powys Company of the Year award, sponsored by Powys County Council.
He also won the Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by the Welsh government, at the driving awards ceremony held in Newtown.
“I am absolutely speechless and can’t believe we won this award which will hopefully take my businesses to the next level,” said Aled.
“We have a lot to come and none of this would have been possible without the two strong teams we have recruited. I also want to thank my family and friends for their support.”
Hosted by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, the Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county.
AL Technical Services grew stronger under Aled’s leadership during the pandemic, and he made a dream come true by opening 23 Social, having always had a passion for hospitality.
Founded in 2017, AL Technical employs 17 people and achieved record sales in 2020, with further growth expected this year. Spotting a gap in the rural internet solutions market, it introduced 4G broadband and provides modern and progressive business solutions to its customers.
Aled opened 23 Social, which has 30 employees, during the pandemic. The venue has a rooftop bar, disabled access, state-of-the-art TV and audio systems and uses social media throughout the premises with talking points, live counters and a wall of greenery.
He has also started a website design, marketing and branding consultancy, works with other companies to promote Newtown and organize events and is a partner of Severn Valley Events, a mobile bar company. based in the Powys.
The Powys Business Awards judges described Aled as “an inspiring and worthy ambassador and standard-bearer for Powys.” They praised the strong leadership of its companies, the investment in employee training and development, and the commitment to creating more opportunities for the local population and supporting the community.
Two special Judges’ Awards were presented this year, sponsored by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, to Red Kite Health Solutions CIC and SWG Group, Welshpool.
Red Kite Health Solutions CIC in Brecon is working with general practitioner practices in South Powys to deliver cost-effective and innovative health solutions, while Welshpool-based SWG Group has created the SWG Construction Academy in partnership with Ysgol Llanfyllin to promote careers in the construction industry.
Brothers Scott and Luke Williams, who created Caersws-based Team Elite seven years ago to make attractive concrete retaining walls, won the Small Business Growth Award, sponsored by EDF Renewables.
CellPath, a Newtown company specializing in cancer diagnostic products and services, has added Powys Business Awards to its collection of awards with the Technology and Innovation Award sponsored by Industry Wales.
Two companies from Llandrindod Wells won awards. Cherry Build won the Start Up Business Award, sponsored by the NPTC Group of College, while Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye won the Social Enterprise / Charity Award, sponsored by Myrick Training Services.
The other winners were: Cellar Drinks Company, Crickhowell, Micro Business Award (less than 10 employees), sponsored by Welshpool Printing Group. Gloversure, Welshpool, Small Business Award (less than 30 employees), sponsored by the Powys County Times. Trax JH Ltd, Newtown, Growth Award, sponsored by Development Bank of Wales.
The other finalists were: Start up Business Award: By the Wye, Hay-on-Wye and Network Praxis, Newtown. Entrepreneurship Award: SWG Group, Welshpool, and HILLS, Brecon. Micro Business Award: Cradoc’s Savory Biscuits Ltd, Brecon, Etic Lab LLP, Newtown, and Team Elite Ltd, Caersws.
Growth Awards: CellPath Ltd, Newtown and Radnor Hills, Knighton. Small Business Awards: AL Technical Service Ltd, Newtown and HILLS, Brecon. Small Business Growth Awards: Beacon Detection Ltd, Brecon, and Hughes Architects, Newtown. Social Enterprise / Charity Award: Going Green for a Living Community Land Trust Ltd, Newtown, and Red Kite Health Solutions CIC, Brecon. Technology and Innovation Awards: Parry and Evans Limited, Welshpool, Trax JH Ltd, Newtown and Wipak UK Ltd, Welshpool.