Nominations for the West Wales Business Awards 2019 have opened

The event recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

The event, run by WalesOnline along with sister papers the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star, recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the event will take place on Friday, January 18 at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.

There are 10 categories for the awards and a shortlist of three will be selected from each category and one of the winners will be chosen as the overall Business of The Year.

Businesses must work or be registered in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire. Closing date is 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

The categories are:

  • Agricultural
  • Manufacturing – large business (Sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Manufacturing – SME business (sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Retail
  • Services (sponsored by LTC Mobility)
  • Tourism & leisure (sponsored by Norwave)
  • Training & development
  • Construction
  • Small Business
  • Food and drink

For full details about each of the categories please visit

Chris Hewitt, our new Board Chair

 Bev Pold the retiring ChairAntur Teifi is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Hewitt as our new Board Chair. He takes over from Bev Pold who served as Chair for three years.

Mr. Hewitt’s career path includes 20 years working for Royal Aerospace Establishment, standing as a candidate in the 1999 Assembly elections and subsequently representing the Association of Teachers & Lecturers in the Assembly and Welsh Government. He served as a non-executive director of the Ceredigion & Mid Wales NHS Trust for five and a half years until 2008 and has been a JP for over 13 years. He is a trustee of Cardigan Castle and is the current Treasurer of the Cadwgan Trust.

The new Chair takes over the role at the beginning of a milestone year for Antur Teifi which, in September 2019, celebrates 40 years supporting businesses both in its heartland of the Teifi Valley and across Mid and North Wales.

2019 will also be a milestone year for other businesses across the UK as the date for leaving the EU gets ever closer. As small to medium sized businesses are waiting to see what challenges will face them in the coming years the Board of Antur Teifi under its new Chair is confident that the experiences of the past 40 years will stand the organisation in good stead in its work of supporting businesses.

Chris hewitt, Cadeirydd newydd y BwrddMr. Hewitt noted

“It’s an honour and a privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to become Chair of the Board in Antur Teifi’s 40th year. Much has been achieved over the past 4 decades and I would particularly like to thank our retiring Managing Director, Dewi Williams, for his enormous contribution over the last 12 years. It will be a challenging time, for Antur, with a new Chair and a new Managing Director, but Antur’s strength is in its staff, and its reputation, and I’m sure that the organisation will enter its 5th decade with confidence and with the energy to face any challenges that the future may bring.

I would also like to thank  the retiring Chair, Bev Pold, for her contribution over the years and for providing a steady hand on the tiller.”