Countdown is on with two weeks left for entries to the South Wales Argus Business Awards

The countdown is on until the closing date for this year’s South Wales Argus Business Awards.

Entries close in just under two week – on October 16 – so there is still time for Gwent businesses to make sure they are in with a shot at winning one of the 14 awards up for grabs.

The exclusive invitation-only awards event will take place on November 24 at the University of South Wales Newport City Campus.

This year the awards are being jointly sponsored by Newport City Council and the University of South Wales and there are 14 categories – including some new ones – for businesses based anywhere in Gwent to enter.

The closing date for entries is October 16, 2022, and we have made it nice and easy for businesses to get their entries to us.

The categories are Business of the Year, sponsored by the University of South Wales and Newport City Council; Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by Cintec; Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Gwent Police and the Gwent police and crime commissioner; Lifetime Achievement Award; Best Place to Work Award; Family Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year (151-plus employees); SME Business of the Year (10 to 150 employees); Micro Business of the Year (one to nine employees); Start Up Business of the Year; Ethical Business of the Year; Diversity and Inclusivity Award, sponsored by Monmouthshire Building Society; Customer Service Award, sponsored by Western Power Distribution; and Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by LOCALiQ.

South Wales Argus editor Gavin Thompson said: “With less than two weeks to go there is still time for businesses from all sectors across Gwent to get their entries in.

“There is a category for everyone and the judges can’t wait to get together to put together our shortlist.

“The last few years have been tough for businesses from all sectors and it will be great to be able to get together and celebrate some of the fantastic businesses of all size we have here in Gwent.”

Cllr Jane Mudd, leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are very proud to join the University of South Wales as joint lead sponsor. As organisations we already work together on many projects to improve the skills and development of our city and we are pleased to extend this into the awards arena.

“I wish everyone entering the awards luck and applaud all our local businesses who are exemplars of creativity, initiative, strength and adaptability.”

Dr Ben Calvert, vice-chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “USW is proud to sponsor this year’s South Wales Argus Business Awards, as Newport’s university.

“Our campus in the heart of the city is a hub for local businesses and we are delighted to play a key role in helping economic development in the region through innovations like our newly opened Startup Stiwdio, where we help to nurture and grow entrepreneurship talent, and our USW Exchange, which is a one-stop shop for businesses to access personalised support and expertise.

“We put partnership and collaboration at the heart of everything we do – from equipping our students with the skills, knowledge and experience to be professional from day one to working with industry to help tackle some of the biggest global challenges through our research and innovation. The University of South Wales is helping to change lives and our communities for the better.”

The awards evening will see guests welcomed to a Champagne and red carpet reception before the auditorium-style awards ceremony takes place. There will also be a Q&A session with influential business people before the awards are announced.

If you or your business would like to join us as a sponsor of one of the award categories please contact Cathy Parsons, head of events on 07977 967777.

* To enter go to or go to and fill in the form. You and your business can enter as many categories as you want. There is a strict word limit of 500 for each entry and we are also asking you to supply an image and a logo for your business along with contact details.

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