HRH The Prince of Wales presents 2017 Awards to Welsh businesses set up by over 50s

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Founder and President of PRIME Cymru, met with people aged over 50 who have set up their own businesses in Wales with the charity’s help, and presented the winners with awards at PRIME Cymru’s Award ceremony. In front of a delighted audience of 120 guests in Craig-y-Nos Castle, Powys on 11th July His Royal Highness said:

I am really so impressed by what PRIME Cymru is able to achieve…to enable people to fulfil their dreams after they have had very often a difficult time being made redundant or whatever…

His Royal Highness went on to say,

In Wales, more than 1 in 3 of all older people over 50 to retirement age are currently not working, and this is a total of around 210,000 people…Research shows that around one third of all those currently economically inactive [and aged over 50] would actually like to work, and that’s the point. But bespoke services for the 50 plus age group to assist with addressing what are often multiple barriers, is not always so easy to find, which is another reason why PRIME Cymru I think is of such importance.

I particularly want to congratulate all the people who won the awards today and also wanted to say all those who haven’t won an award are equally important and are making a huge contribution to the life of the economy of Wales. Llongyfarchiadau.

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The Prince of Wales presented the four over all winners in the four categories with a cut glass vase at the ceremony.

The 2017 PRIME Cymru Awards were Sponsored by Warren Davies Property 


PRIME Cymru 2017 Award Winners and Finalists

The winner of the New Business Award was Nic Williams from Llandrindod Wells.
Nic’s business supports people in their home and lifestyle by doing gardening, decorating, dog walking, cleaning, de-cluttering and accompanying people on outings. She is inundated with requests for her services and her thriving business has made her feel happier than she has ever felt in her life.

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The winner of the Growth Business Award was Dave Marchant from Pencoed with his business Coedcae Services.
Dave Marchant gave up a lucrative job in IT to start Coedcae Services, doing all kinds of tree surgery and woodland management and supplying locally sourced kiln-dried logs for firewood. The business has expanded dramatically in the past year and as well as taking on bigger contracts for golf courses and large woodlands, Dave is now looking for new premises.

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The winner of the Green Business Award was Alex Holland from Machynlleth, for his business Mental Rentals.
After being made redundant Alex decided to set up a business using his home in the Cambrian Mountains. Mental Rentals is unique holiday rental accommodation rented via Air B&B that includes a boat set 750ft above sea level. Everything is made from upcycled or recycled materials, powered using solar panels and heated by antique wood burners using wood from local farms. Alex also won the prestigious Shed of the Year Award in 2013.

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The winner of Mentor of the Year 2017 was Rob Challenger, a PRIME Cymru Mentor from Neath Port Talbot
Having worked in banking for the past 20 years, Rob was looking for a new challenge, something that would help his own personal development whilst giving something back. Becoming a PRIME Cymru mentor offered him the opportunity to empower people to see a future, through giving up a little bit of his time.

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