Young businessman wins Powys award
Aled Woosnam, 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 Powys Business 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.
Hosted by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, the Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county.
“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.”
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.
It opened 23 Social, which has 30 employees, during the pandemic.
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 judges of the Powys Business Awards described him 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 also presented this year, sponsored by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, to Red Kite Health Solutions CIC and SWG Group, Welshpool.
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 to its collection of Powys Business Awards with the Technology and Innovation Award sponsored by Industry Wales.
Two companies from Llandrindod Wells won awards. Cherry Build, Llandrindod Wells, 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.