Powys awards supports growth at local firms
The launch of the Powys Business Awards, which took place
recently, gave one of the competition’s long standing sponsors
Finance Wales, a chance to catch up with their category winner from
2015 - Mitchell Meredith.
“We’re proud to sponsor the Growth award again,” explained
Investment Executive Gaynor Morris. “Over the last two years I have
met some great businesses operating in a wide variety of sectors
throughout Powys – progressive companies like Mitchell Meredith. It
really is an exciting competition.”
Finance Wales has supported the Awards since it started in 2009,
helping to decide the criteria for awards as well as being part of
the judging panel.
“The Growth category at the Powys Business Awards is a real
benchmark for organisations in the region,” added Gaynor.
“Entrants need to show how they’ve maximised opportunities
available to them. They must be competitive within their sectors
and show substantial business growth. Innovation and good customer
relations were key for last year’s winner”
Last year’s award winner was Welsh accountancy firm Mitchell
Meredith, they were delighted to receive the Growth Award at the
2015 Powys Business Awards, Director, Ian Mitchell explained “This
was our first year of entering the awards and the judging process
was a challenge and very thoroughly conducted. We are fortunate in
having won three awards in 2015, including Independent Firm of the
Year in Wales at the British Accountancy Awards. Our success was
achieved substantially by having a loyal and committed workforce.
Our growth is continuing in 2016 with the opening of an office in
The winner of 2015’s Start-Up of the year, Great Escape and
Fitness, was also supported by Finance Wales micro loan team. That
loan helped the fitness firm open a new gym and spa in Welshpool’s
historic Art Deco cinema.
“Having successfully run gyms in Welshpool for a number of years
I decided the time was right to branch out on my own. With my
wife’s background in health and beauty we decided together we could
offer something unique to the local area,” explained Christopher
Greatorex, who runs Greats Fitness alongside wife Stacey.
“Finance Wales were there to help. They worked with us and
invested £25k in our company to help us get off the ground. Now
we’re going from strength-to-strength. Business is great and we’re
able to offer a great experience to our customers.”