Aber First Awards

The Awards are designed to acknowledge best practice and excellence, and to recognize hard work, outstanding contribution, and high standards displayed by individuals, organizations and businesses in the Menter Aberystwyth area.

There are ten awards in total each designed to reward a different category of outstanding performance together with a further Overall Business of the year Award. Up to three finalists in each category are selected through a rigorous process of application, short-listing and final judging by an independent panel of experts. Applications can be made by either the business itself or its customers/clients.

The 2016 Menter Aberystwyth Gwobrau Cyntaf Aber First Awards Evening took place at the Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth on Friday 1st July with around one hundred guests from local businesses and organisations eager to find out who were the winners in the ten Award categories. Ioan Guile, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, kept the audience entertained and engaged throughout the presentations.

There were some new categories in 2016 as well as the more established favourites. Businesses and organisations in the Menter Aberystwyth area were able to enter the category most relevant to their business and who could demonstrate excellence in it. There was also the Cambrian News Business of the Year Award for the most outstanding winner overall.

The Business of the Year Award went to the ever popular Treehouse who also won the Green Award. MusicFest was the winner of the Arts Award; No 21 was named the winner for Outstanding Levels of Customer Service; Agnelli’s gained the Award for the Best Aber Welcome and Polly’s for the Best Shopping Experience. A social enterprise category saw Mind Aberystwyth as the winners of the Making Life Better Award. Being ‘on-line’ is important to us all and this year Arad Goch were named as the winner of the Best On Line Experience. The newest category this year was the Wedding Bells Award for all those involved in wedding supply and this was won by Calon Wedding Planning. The Welsh language is an important part of our culture and the popular BBC series Hinterland won the Award for Keeping the Language Alive category. Kerry Ferguson of Gwe Cambrian Web was named as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.