Businesses have a central role to play in the Net Zero Wales ambitions, said Economy Minister,  Vaughan Gething as he announced Welsh Government sponsorship for a new Excellence in Sustainability category in this year’s Powys Business Awards.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Excellence in Sustainability Award, which aims to recognise those companies that are leading the way to a low carbon, low waste and sustainable future,” said the minister.

“We all have a role to play in the decarbonisation of Wales and achieving net zero, meeting the challenges of climate change and delivering a greener and fairer future.

“Our businesses are central to our Net Zero Wales ambitions, to drive more innovative and greener working practices which can both reduce environmental impact and increase businesses competitiveness.”

He went on to say that the Welsh Government was pleased to be supporting the Powys Business Awards, which celebrate success and showcase the very best business talent across Powys.

“Our mission across Wales is to create better jobs in stronger businesses and narrow the skills divide for a stronger economic future that is built by all of us, by taking a balanced approach to support sustainable economic development that works with the strengths of the region to protect and promote thriving communities,” he added.

Showcasing the diverse range of successful enterprises in the county, Powys Business Awards are organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG) with support from sponsors. 

The awards, which also include a second new category - Sole Trader, sponsored by Powys County Times - are open to companies, organisations, social enterprises and charities.

In addition to the new awards, this year’s categories are: Start up Business Award sponsored by EvaBuild, Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by MWMG, Micro Business Award (fewer than 10 employees) sponsored by Welshpool Printing Group, Growth Award sponsored by EDF Renewables, Small Business Award (under 30 employees) sponsored by Wipak, Social Enterprise/ Charity Award sponsored by Myrick Training Services, Small Business Growth Award sponsored by W. R. Partners, Technology & Innovation Award sponsored by CellPath and People Development Award sponsored by NPTC Group of Colleges.

From the category winners, an overall Powys Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Powys County Council, is chosen. In addition, the judging panel can make a discretionary Judges Special Award to recognise an outstanding achievement by a business or person who is not one of the category winners.

Entries must be received by Sunday, July 30 and the awards presentation ceremony will be held on Friday, October 20 at The Hafren, Newtown . Entry forms may be completed online or downloaded at .