Fri 30th September, 12.30pm,
Radisson Blu, Cardiff

The Top Business Awards in South Wales

Will you make
the List?

The coveted list of the best businesses this region has to offer, based on customer service, innovation, purpose, culture, development, impact, integrity, recommendations, reviews and results achieved.


Craig Palfrey

Financial Planner & MD


Craig is a multi award-winning top rated Financial Planner and has certified financial planner status, a level only achieved by 1% of financial professionals.

An international speaker, business author and member of the Million Dollar Round Table, he is passionate about sharing the benefits of good financial planning and helping people live their best lives, by making smarter financial decisions.

Caroline Smith

Brand Strategist | Smudged Brand Management


Caroline is an experienced marketing professional with a proven track record of helping B2B organisations in sectors such as manufacturing, professional services, education, and tech optimise their brand and go from bland to in demand.

She has been a marketing professional for nearly 20 years with many of these years focused on brand strategy for both emerging and established organisations helping them unlock all elements of their brand to find their full potential. And through her career, she has been lucky enough to work with some ground-breaking organisations to help them build a purposeful and cultural lead brand that wins both hearts and minds.

Mel Evans

The Voice of the Customer


Mel is a customer experience expert and works with businesses of all sizes with key clients in Wales such as Bluestone, Cardiff Airport and The Royal Mint.

Mel’s key objective is to provide insight on how a business can maximise and improve sales by understanding what their customers want and need, helping her clients to put the customer at the heart of their business. 

This includes employee engagement, feedback solutions, specialist survey work, customer experience reports, sector insight and customer experience training.

Neil Lloyd

Business Growth Director


Neil is founder and director of Zokit, working with ambitious owners, directors and leaders of purpose-led businesses to achieve strategic growth.

He has a wealth of experience running enterprises across multiple sectors and has also written for national publications, taught on university undergraduate and postgraduate business programmes and advised teams in FTSE 100 companies.

He’s a judge for several business awards each year and lives in Cardiff, where he often hosts business development and networking events.

Stephen Thompson

Commercial Law Expert
Darwin Gray


Stephen is a partner and also head of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial teams, undertaking a wide range of work including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, investments and group restructures.

Sectors of particular expertise include life sciences, nursing homes, manufacturing, veterinary practices and also hospitality.

Stephen also advises on a wide range of commercial issues including franchising and intellectual property and insolvency related legal issues.

He is a sought after conference speaker and contributor to newspapers, radio and television.

Ray Lang

Sales & Operations
BizSpace Cardiff


Ray is an experienced business centre manager with a successful career spanning retail and commercial environments at all levels.

Skilled in negotiation, business planning, sales, market research and management, Ray oversees the £multi-million property and operations of one of Cardiff’s most exciting business communities.

As well as being an active member of the regional business scene, Ray is regularly invited to deliver expert talks on a wide variety of topics relevant to business growth.

Nikki Shefferd

Finance & Tech Adviser
N S Accounts & Technology


Nikki specialises in financial growth, enabled by the latest technology.

A digital accountant supporting businesses with everything from management accounts to bookkeeping, VAT and payroll.

Nikki is a Gold partner with Xero and is an experienced award judge as well as award winner for her own company.

Our Sponsors

Winner in 2019

We are delighted that we have won! It’s been very special. It was a surprise when I found out the team had nominated us – it was the award I most wanted to win! …and then we also won the Business of The Year!

Emma del Torto

Managing Director, Effective HRM

Winner in 2020

When Home-School Tutoring Cardiff and Newport won an award, it was both an honour and a pleasure. It is amazing to be part of Zokit, the support they provide is great!

Kate Stanbury

Area Advisor/Owner, Home-School Tutoring: Cardiff and Newport

Winner in 2021

Winning the Zokit Business Award has raised my profile across new markets leading to more opportunities to grow my business. It’s been a fantastic experience!

Kenny Edwards

Managing Director, Datum