Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns used a major awards ceremony to hail the nation’s business owners as “the great engines of growth for the future that we are building for Wales”.
Cairns addressed an audience of over 900 business leaders and entrepreneurs at the Wales Fast Growth 50 dinner at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. The awards ceremony celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and recognises the achievements of the most dynamic companies in the country.
Since its inception, it is estimated that the businesses featured on the annual lists have created 40,000 jobs and generated an estimated £22 billion for the Welsh economy. Previous winners have included aircraft and spares services firm Aerfin from Caerphilly – also recognised in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list in 2017 – and Wrexham based Village Bakery.
Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said: “Small businesses are the great engines of growth for the future that we are building for Wales. Without you we wouldn’t have some of Britain’s biggest, best, most dynamic and most exciting companies proudly promoting the ‘Made in Wales’ stamp on their products and services all around the world.”