Finance Awards Wales 2019
400 people from the Welsh finance community
City Hall, Cardiff
To recognise, attract and invest in the talented finance professionals working in Wales.
After a successful first year for the Finance Awards Wales back in 2018, this April saw the awards second year celebrating talented finance professional across Wales. The Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Wales’ expanding Finance sector – the fastest growing in the UK and home to some of the most exciting and innovative players in the industry.
To organise a black-tie event for 400 finance professionals with a three-course dinner, awards presentation and entertainment at Cardiff City Hall.
Before the Awards
Having worked closely with the client on the inaugural Finance Awards Wales in 2018, we already had a well-established idea of how they would like the ceremony to be brought together for the 2019 awards.
From the launch of the awards back in October 2018, Grapevine’s role was predominately to liaise with suppliers, the venue, maintain entries and to keep guests updated with information regarding the night itself.
Grapevine collated all the award entries and once shortlisting was done, contacted all the finalists to arrange their interview date and time. 45 interviews took place over 3 days by a panel of judges.
Before the awards, as well as getting the certificates printed and trophies ordered, we worked with the client to produce the programme book and the table plan ready for the night.
On the Night
The format of the night was a drinks reception on arrival, followed by a three-course meal then the awards presentation. To kick start the evening, we heard from talented male singers that make up ‘Ymlaen’ – a branch of ‘Only Boys Aloud’. They were a perfect fit for entertainment as The Aloud Charity were the chosen charity for the evening. After hearing from the principal sponsors – Recruit 121 – it was then over to Tim Rhys-Evans OBE to host.
A successful award ceremony with 400 people in attendance, 13 awards were handed out with Principality Building Society winning the Financial Services Team of the Year award. Post awards, there has been media coverage in Business News Wales, South Wales Argus and Wales 247.
An incredible £1536 was also raised on the night for The Aloud Charity.
It will be interesting to see where the finalists and winners of the Finance Awards Wales 2019 will be in the next 12 months and as for the awards themselves, we hope to see you there in 2020 – whether that be as finalists, sponsors or even just to cheer on those in the Welsh finance sector.
To find out more information on the awards and winners, visit the website today.
If you have an idea for a corporate celebration that you would like help with organising, contact us today to find out more on how we can turn your ideas into a reality.