A&B Cymru Awards 2018

A&B Cymru Awards 2018

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25 Years of Awards Success

The Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru Awards marked its 25th anniversary at a sparkling ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 25 May.  The best in business/arts partnerships were awarded trophies specially commissioned from Caernarfon based artist, Ann Catrin Evans.  

Acting stars Di Botcher, Hannah Daniel, Mark Lewis Jones, Richard Mylan, Suzanne Packer and Will Thomas presented the awards to the winners, along with soprano Rebecca Evans, former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, designer and conservationist Anna Ryder Richardson, and the Welsh Government’s Culture Minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, AM.

Thanks to sponsorship from University of South Wales, guests at the black tie ceremony were entertained by talented performers drawn from across the country. These included Band Pres Llareggub, as well as Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Amy Wadge who performed with almost a hundred members of Only Boys Aloud.  

For a quarter of a century, the Awards have encouraged, acknowledged and celebrated exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts and the categories continue to reflect the broad spectrum of work undertaken by A&B Cymru across the country.

Winners at this year’s prestigious ceremony included a social housing provider, an umbrella group of small businesses in Aberystwyth and a university school of medicine, along with some of Wales’ leading companies. Each had clearly defined objectives for partnering the arts – enhancing brand, reaching specific target markets, playing an active part in the community or training and developing staff.

Full details of all winners and finalists can be found along the left-hand side of the page. 

The award winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in practical art forms, sponsorship and the aims of the private sector.  They were:

Ken Grayson, CEO of Anglesey based Peninsula Home Improvements; Karen Hodge, Trustee of the Hodge Foundation; Karen MacKinnon, Director and Curator of Artes Mundi; Joanna Rees, partner at Blake Morgan LLP; Jeremy Salisbury, Owner and Director of Salisburys Chartered Accountants, St Asaph; Grant Stephens, Owner and Director of Cardiff based Grant Stephens Family Law and Stephen Thornton, Public Affairs Manager at Valero Pembroke Refinery. 

A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones said:

“Marking the 25th Anniversary of these awards is a real milestone and the quality of entries we received this year was particularly exciting and inspirational.

A&B Cymru believes passionately in the arts’ unique capacity to unite communities and improve lives. We have witnessed the positive impact that partnerships between arts organisations and businesses can have, not only for each other but the communities in which they operate and the wider Welsh economy. It is an honour to celebrate so many excellent companies and arts organisations working together across Wales in innovative, and often humbling, ways.

I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors and partners for their continued support of our work and these awards. We simply couldn’t do it without your vision and commitment.”

The Awards’ principal sponsor was global energy company Valero, supporting the ceremony for the 9th year.  Refinery Public Affairs Manager, Stephen Thornton, said:

“It is once again a great pleasure for Valero to return as principal sponsor in this 25th year of the Arts & Business Cymru Awards. Pembroke Refinery has been proud to work in partnership with Arts & Business Cymru for nine years, and each year this incredible ceremony provides a further demonstration of the power of creativity and community that comes as a result of the arts world and the private sector working together. Wales is incredibly fortunate to have an organisation like Arts & Business Cymru to draw all these efforts together, and this year’s awards yet again show the wealth of benefits that can be enjoyed when businesses put the arts at the heart of what they do.”

The A&B Cymru Awards also benefits from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including Cardiff Airport, Carrick Creative, Celtic Spirit Company, The Darkley Trust, FlightLink Wales, Flower Lodge, Freshwater, Glamorgan Brewing Company, Intercity Removals, Llanllyr Source, Mari Thomas Jewellery, Park Plaza Cardiff, Spindogs and Sunmagic. The Awards’ media partner is Orchard.

For further information about the Awards, please contact contactus@aandbcymru.org.uk