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What a night for local businesses

Created on 09/10/2017 @ 10:26
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We’ve said it time and time again, but it’s always nice to get official proof that the Welshpool area is home to some top class businesses.

On Friday night, several local companies were recognised as ‘the best’ at the Powys Business Awards, with one receiving the top accolade.

Trax JH Ltd based in both Newtown and Welshpool, was named the Powys Business of the Year 2017, and was also presented with the International Trade Award, sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, at the gala event held at The Hafren in Newtown.

As one of Europe’s largest producers of wheel balance weights in the automotive industry, Trax JH Ltd won following substantial increases in turnover, profit and new business.

Another big local winner was SWG Construction (Build and Renovate) who won the Growth Award, sponsored by Finance Wales.

The Start-Up Business Award was won by Meifod-based Soccerholics R Us.

The awards, organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group and sponsored by Powys County Council, celebrate the best of and excellence of businesses throughout the county.

The event’s MC’s were BBC Wales Today and X-Ray presenter, Lucy Owen, and her television presenter husband Rhodri Owen.

More than 230 guests attended the event to see 12 awards presented to a range of small, medium and large businesses out of a total of 30 finalists.

Trax JH Ltd designs and manufactures balance weights to a range of clients, including GM/Opel, Nissan and Renault, meeting their strict technical regulations.

It has developed production lines designated for clients and has secured new business over the past three years that has seen a significant increase in turnover and profits.

A representative of Trax said: “We have grown considerably this year. We have won new contracts and introduced new business systems. I wish to pay thanks to every single employee at Welshpool and Newtown without whom we wouldn't be here today accepting this incredible award.”

Winners of the Powys Business Awards 2017 were:

Start-Up Business Award (sponsored by The County Times) – Soccerholics R Us, Meifod

Oustanding Apprentice Award (sponsored by FSB) – Matt Price, Compact Orbital Gears, Rhayader

Entrepreneurship Award – Nick Sanders Expedition Centre, Machynlleth

Growth Award (sponsored by Finance Wales) – SWG Construction (Build and Renovate), Welshpool

Excellence in Quality Management Award (sponsored by Myrick Training) – Plant-i, Machynlleth

International Trade Award (sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors) – Trax JH, Newtown/Welshpool

Small Business (Under 30 employees) Award (sponsored by NPTC Group) – EvaBuild, Newtown

Social Enteprise/Charity Award (sponsored by Mid Wales Housing) – Llangoed Hall, Brecon

Micro Business (Under 10 Employees) Award (sponsored by The Cambrian News and Brecon & Radnor Express) – Varleys of Newtown, Newtown

Judges’ Award – Station Couriers, Newtown

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