I have just closed the annual Fast Growth 50 list for 2011 and following an enormous amount of interest, it is very different to what we have seen in previous years and reflects the changing face of the Welsh economy. Certainly, the overall turnover of the fifty firms will give many people something to think about. Now the real work begins, including writing the 50 profiles and organising the 2011 gala dinner which, judging by last year's response, looks set to be another sell out with over 450 people attending.
As it is open to only the sponsors and the fifty companies, here are some of the comments from those who attended the 2010 gala dinner to give you an idea of what I think (obviously!) is the best business awards ceremony in Wales.
I just wanted to say a personal thank you from myself and everyone associated with Smart. The evening last night was exceptional (not just because we were on stage..!) and demonstrated that Wales does have a vibrant business community, your goal of raising awareness and the profile of this has certainly been achieved! I cannot wait to get back to work on Monday with renewed enthusiasm and to tell our employees about their recognition from FG50, I am sure it will act as a catalyst to us all and help us push Smart to the next milestone.
Smart Solutions, Fastest Growing Firm in Wales, 2010
Just wanted to say, on behalf of the whole Trojan team, how much we enjoyed the awards dinner on October 29th. The new features – the fire-eater, the rope climber and the magicians, as well as a really first class group, combined with the awards process, made it truly a night to remember.
Malcolm Rash, Trojan Electronics
On behalf of all the guys please accept our sincere thanks for a truly great night. As always we were the last to leave with the exception of a couple of "die hards" in the bar who really should have gone to bed hours before! Apart from a great night our team found the whole event very inspiring and has made them determined to No 1 in FG50 awards in the future. Once again sincere thanks and congratulations to you and the FG50 team. It was just brilliant!!
Kim Beynon, Celvac.
Just a quick note to say thank you and congratulations to you and your hardworking team on a great event last Friday! We really enjoyed the evening and We are going to make the most of being part of the elite Fast Growth club and will hopefully make it again next year– it’s a proud badge of honour to wear.
Clare Jenkins, Tewdric
Many thanks for getting us to the presentation last Friday, it was a fabulous evening from what I remember. I hope you get commission for every bottle of wine sold, if so you’d be well rewarded.
Kerry Thomas, Sinclair Finance and Leasing
I just wanted to show my gratitude for a fabulous night last Friday. My guests and I enjoyed the evening very much indeed. It must have been loads of work for you and your team organising all that but, it was a perfect night. Congratulations to you!
Malcolm Evans, Kids at Play
Congratulations on a great evening. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We'll endeavour to keep our name on the list and also aim even higher.
Owen Roberts, Tracesmart