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21 March 2024, Mercure Holland House

2023 Winners

Platinum Award


Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen

“A worthy winner that has combined community, green goodness and deliciousness all into one forward-thinking package! Supports over 100 local businesses, hosted charitable family events and launched its popular takeaway, Forage Away.” | @foragefarmshop

Special Achievement


Giovanni Malacrino

“This was one of the best New Businesses in Cardiff – back in 1983. This – and he – has been ever present since then, delighting and leaving a lasting impression within hospitality in the city. And serving great food to some of the biggest names in entertainment and sport. This is a Special Achievement for an individual and organisation which has done so much for charities and the NHS in Cardiff.” | @GiovannisCardif

Arts & Creative


E&W Couture

“This artistic bridal wear designer is creating waves internationally as well as within Cardiff. Its latest collection ‘Hiraeth’ gained immediate recognition and adoration, promoting Wales to the wider world!” | @eandwcouture

Sponsored by: Genero



Craft Republic

“Praised for its agility and innovation in 2022, Craft Republic has produced some of the UK’s favourite beers and rocketed in popularity with its Tap Takeovers and Cider Festival.” | @WeAreCraftRep

Business Services



“Record engagement levels with its Wales in NYC campaign garnering over 4 million interactions. Led the country’s biggest marketing projects for the World Cup, grasping the opportunity with both hands!” | @thinkorchard

Sponsored by: Clockwise




“An incredibly noble initiative in Project 1 Million, aiding hundreds needing early intervention and therapy whilst growing its referrals massively year-on-year.” | @bigmoosetweets

Sponsored by: Glamorgan Cricket



Tŷ Hafan

“Stepped up its charitable efforts with a hugely positive community Hubs Scheme launching in 25 locations in South Wales. Changing lives of children and families alike!” | @tyhafan

Sponsored by: Glamorgan Cricket



Media Academy Cymru

“Has become renowned for its incredible educational support to Cardiff’s youth generation and disadvantaged students, increasing its classroom delivery space by 80% and engaging over 6000 children.” | @MACCymru

Sponsored by: Cardiff Life



Nestlings Nursery

“From opening its doors 3 months before the pandemic hit to becoming one of the city’s most successful nurseries. Nestlings almost doubled its members and provide education to over 100 toddlers daily.” | @nestlingsnursery

Sponsored by: Bupa Dental Care



City of Arcades Week by FOR Cardiff

“Cardiff’s arcades oversaw a tourism boom thanks to FOR Cardiff producing 106 events and offers, thousands attending the Night Market and businesses enjoying increased custom. An innovative scheme to attract footfall!” | @cityofarcades_




“Proud Penguin have overseen large growth in its turnover and onboard almost 2,000 clients in 2022. Kindly educating people with expert financial advice to live their best lives.” | @penguinwm

Hair & Beauty


Keep the Faith Social Club

“Took a huge leap of faith forward to become more than just your everyday barbershop into a creative self-care studio. Impressive reviews and thousands of visitors!” | @keepthefaithsc

Health & Wellbeing


Oasis Cardiff

“Oasis has succeeded as a safe haven for many asylum seekers in need of education, training and emotional support. Expanded its provision, with its Mindspring sessions a huge favourite.” | @oasiscdf

Sponsored by: Safehands Recruitment

Homes & Interiors


The Tap End

“Something special has started at The Tap End! Offering a complete service with its own builders and fitters resulted in its highest spend on a single bathroom.” | @TheTapEndDesign



Alun Jones Family Law

“A law practice offering tailored expert services with an ambitious team! Has exceeded turnover year-on-year, increased its headcount significantly and undertook a successful rebranding.” | @ajfamilylaw

Leisure & Tourism


The Parkgate Hotel

“This exciting new hotel has transformed into one of Cardiff’s finest luxury destinations, welcoming over 80,000 guests complete with Michelin Guide-listed restaurant and popular spa.” | @ParkgateHotel

New Business



“A year well spent developing and perfecting its seasonal menus. Since opening the restaurant has been fully booked, rising from a much-loved pop-up to thriving business.” | @corarestcardiff

Sponsored by: 13Fields

People Services


Hoop Recruitment

“Hoop hit new heights bringing massive UK wide businesses into the Welsh economy, with its standout contract covering over 48,000 organisations. Recruiting fast, effectively and happily.” | @HoopRecruitment



Design Management Partnership

“Received critical acclaim for its vital efforts completing hotel project, Parador 44. Other standout achievements in its 2022 portfolio include Fontygary Leisure Park and Llanerch Vineyard.” | @dmp_cardiff

Sponsored by: Park Plaza



Matsudai Ramen

“Matsudai opened Wales’ first Ramen restaurant and gained rave reviews for its ramen kits with MasterChef Champion Tim Anderson. Bringing something unique to Grangetown!” | @matsudairamen



Cardiff Farmers Markets 

“A traditional, highly-valued market by its customers! Embraced the local traders with over 100 producers across its three regular markets and pop-ups for students at university sites.” | @cdffarmersmkts



Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen

“Forage holds sustainability in its core, which this year began to bear fruit! With smart installation of its 120kwh solar array, the farm is now essentially self-sufficient.” | @foragefarmshop

Sponsored by: Lexus Cardiff



Wales Interactive

“Innovators of state-of-the-art interactive games and movies and increased its potential user base by hundreds of millions thanks to its evolution of new WIST scripting technology.” | @WalesInter

Welsh Language



“Terrific Tafwyl welcomed 31,000 weekend visitors, with even more viewers watching live via S4C. With over 40 artists performing, this was the most diverse Welsh language line-up yet.” | @tafwyl

Sponsored by: Cardiff Rugby