C3SC wins at the 2023 Cardiff Business Awards

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C3SC has been recognised at the ninth Cardiff Business Awards, winning Third Sector Organisation of the Year at the 2023 Cardiff Business Awards.

Alongside 18 other winners, C3SC took home the title, after demonstrating the ways in which we help those in need, bringing about real social change, raising awareness and campaigning on key issues affecting local communities.

The Cardiff Business Awards were set up to celebrate the best businesses in Cardiff and the vast potential that exists within the capital city of Wales.

Hosted by broadcaster Jamie Owen, the awards ceremony, which took place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel Cardiff, brought together companies and individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of business achievement.

The ceremony saw finalists from across all sectors in the City compete for 18 awards in a variety of categories, ranging from Start-Up of the Year to Employer of the Year.

C3SC was set up in 1997 to develop and support the third sector in Cardiff. We are a member-led organisation with over 1,300 members who have benefited from our services including advice and support ranging from governance to finance, volunteering, funding, planning, training, participation, influencing policy and more. We are committed to increasing the knowledge and skills of the sector as it evolves and faces different challenges so that community groups and voluntary organisations in Cardiff can make themselves sustainable while meeting the needs of their communities.

The Award really was a whole team effort, with Ebed Akotia and Callum Jones signposting the opportunity, Sheila Hendrickson-Brown finalising the application with contributions from the Team, Ebed and Sheila representing C3SC at the selection interview, and with Anna Ros-Woudstra and Kailee Carella attending the awards ceremony on behalf of the team at C3SC. Anna and Kailee reported, “We were so pleased to see representation from C3SC member organisations during the event, including Innovate Trust who were among the three finalists for the Third Sector Organisation of the Year category.”

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, CEO at C3SC said “C3SC’s achievement would not have been possible without the contributions of the dedicated staff, volunteers, trustees, members, and community groups that work tirelessly to make Cardiff a better, fairer place and all those who support us. This award is for them – and you!”

Chair of judges Louise Harris, co-founder of Tramshed Tech, said: “We are privileged to be a part of this community that continues to push the boundaries of innovation and industry. The stories of determination, strength, and success we encounter within these awards are nothing short of inspiring”.

Co-Founder of Cardiff Business Awards, Liz Brookes, Director of Grapevine Event Management said: “The sheer talent of the businesses and entrepreneurs that enter the awards year on year is nothing shy of incredible and we’re incredibly lucky to have such a thriving business community right on our doorstep, they all deserve to be congratulated on their achievements.  I would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those shortlisted.”

The Cardiff Business Awards is organised by Grapevine Event Management. Euroclad Group was this year’s headline sponsor, alongside category sponsors ACT Training, Box UK, Cardiff Council, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Celsa Steel UK, Felicitas Consultancy, FSEW, Heath Windows & Doors, Landsec, Ogi, University of South Wales, Visit Cardiff, and Stills.

Darren Stewart, Commercial Director of Euroclad Group, headline sponsors of the awards said “We all thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Cardiff Business Awards. Being caught up in our own day-to-day business we often miss out on discovering and interacting with the others out there who are also key contributors to Cardiff’s standing and economical success. This process has allowed me to meet so many innovative and diverse businesses, all of whom have shown me an immense passion. Having gained insight, and now knowing what these businesses are contributing to our city, they are all winners in my eyes and I give them my best wishes for their continued success.”

The winners of Cardiff Business Awards 2023 are:

Outstanding Contribution to Cardiff – Landsec Group

Cardiff Business of the Year – Afanti Media

Construction Business of the Year – Rio Architects

Creative Business of the Year – Afanti Media

Digital Business of the Year – Populate Social

Employer of the Year – John Lewis

Entrepreneur of the Year – Rachel Fleri, Specialist Security Co.

Family Business of the Year – Ceaton Security Services

Financial & Professional Service Business of the Year – Hoop Recruitment

Green Business of the Year – FSEW

Innovation Business of the Year – Virtus Tech

International Business of the Year – Conexus DX

Leisure & Hospitality Business of the Year – Fuel Rock Club

Manufacturing Business of the Year – BCB International

Retail Business of the Year – The White Company

SME of the Year – bedigital

Start-Up Business of the Year – Fizz n Flour

Technology Business of the Year – Vindico

Third Sector Organisation of the Year – Cardiff Third Sector Council

Young Business Person of the Year – Ben Miles & Matthew Read, The Clothing Culture


Highly Commended at the Cardiff Business Awards were:

Construction Business of the Year – Lattice Build Technology

Creative Business of the Year – Dragon Post Wales

Family Business of the Year – Ivor Thomas Funerals

Green Business of the Year – Ethical Boutique

Retail Business of the Year – Oliver Bonas

SME of the Year – Bulk Branded

Start-Up Business of the Year – ntitle

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