2015 Winners - Welshpool drives manufacturer named Powys Business of the Year

A successful Welshpool-based company, which is world leader in the design and manufacture of variable frequency drives to control electric motors, has been named Powys Business of the Year for the second year running.

Invertek Drives Ltd collected the coveted accolade at the annual awards dinner, held at the Officers Mess, Derring Lines in Brecon, last Friday (30 September).  They also picked up the award for Technology and Innovation, sponsored by RES, and the International Trade award, sponsored by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group.

The awards, organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group and sponsored by Powys County Council, celebrate excellence in business across the county.  240 guest attended this year’s awards ceremony with TV weather personality Derek Brockway compere for the evening.

Cllr Avril York, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, congratulated all 37 finalists in the award categories, saying they represented everything that was good about the county’s businesses.

“All 37 finalists were winners in my eyes but special congratulations go to our award winners at this year’s Powys Business Awards,” said Cllr York.
“Powys County Council is committed to working with the business sector. I call on the Welsh and UK governments to invest in supporting businesses here by investing in infrastructure improvements.
“With representatives of both the Senedd and the UK Parliament attending the awards, I urge them to tell their colleagues of the excellence that was on display and help us to support them by improving skills and infrastructure in the region.”

An independently owned company established in 1998, Invertek Drive Ltd employs 190 people worldwide, including more than 160 at its Welshpool headquarters. It has doubled its turnover to £22 million in the last five years and exports more than 90% of what it manufactures in Welshpool to 80 different counties worldwide.

Announcing the winner Judge Bob Millard congratulated the company for clearly having its strategic eye on the wider opportunities.

More than 90 per cent of the products made in Welshpool are currently exported to 80 countries worldwide and the business has subsidiary companies in Germany and Poland and trading operations in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Innovation is a key driver of the company’s success and it has recently opened additional production and logistics facilities in Welshpool to ensure to meet growing global demand for its products.

The award judges said ‘this is a company that has not been afraid to invest heavily in personnel and research and development and to push the technological boundaries that drives its business to further its ambitions for profitable growth’.

Invertek’s Sales and Marketing Director, Rhydian Welson, said: “I am delighted we have achieved such success and to be named as overall business of the year was very much the icing on the cake, especially as this is the first time that one company has received this award for two years in a row.

“We are very committed to being based in Powys as our plans for a new factory at our existing Welshpool site show and it is rewarding to be recognised by our local business community.”

The Judges’ Award went to William Watkins from Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company which also collected the Manufacturing Award sponsored by Myrick Training Services.  The company has expanded from 2,000 bottles per hour to 22,000 per hour.

Bringing unique processes and cutting edge technology to the sector and continuing to expand their product range from flavoured waters to sports isotonic drinks.  This year they will have the capacity to produce over 300 million bottles.  Radnor Hills have demonstrated a strong sales performance, a commitment to development and investment in new technology

Guests were treated to entertainment by the Gurkhas Demostration Company and a performance by Sgarmes a bilingual and unique close harmony singing group based in Aberystwyth.

The other winners were as follows:

Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Welsh Government

Joanna Morgan, Radnor Preserves, Caersws

Start-up Business Award sponsored by The County Times

Mid Wales Holiday Lets, Rhayader

Micro Business Award sponsored by FSB

Hilltop Honey, Caersws

Growth Award sponsored by Finance Wales

Quartix, Newtown

Agricultural Business Award sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

NFU Mutual Welshpool

Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality Award sponsored by NPTC Group

Dan Yr Ogof The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Brecon

Social Enterprise/ Charity Award sponsored by Mid-Wales Housing Association Ltd

Crickhowell Resource & Information Centre, Crickhowell

Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd

Plant i Limited, Machynlleth

Team Achievement Award sponsored by The Cambrian News and The Brecon & Radnor Express

Stadco Powys, Llanfyllin.

The other category finalists were as follows:

Entrepreneurship Award

  • Ashford Price, Dan Yr Ogof The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Abercraf

  • Bryn Evans, Fresh Inns & Fresh Cakes Limited, Garthmyl

Start-up Business Award

  • The Duck’s Nest, Presteigne
  • Turvec Solutions Limited, Welshpool

Micro Business Award

  • Monty’s Brewery Montgomery
  • Sporting Hares, Berriew

Growth Award

  • CellNass, Newtown
  • Sharp Clinical Services, Crickhowell

Agricultural Business Award

  • Agri Advisor Solicitors, Welshpool

  • MWMAC Limited, Rhayader

Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality Award

  • Cantref Adventure Park, Brecon

  • MacDonald Plas Talgarth Resort, Machynlleth

  • Welshpool Air Show Limited, Welshpool

Social Enterprise/ Charity Award

  • Dulas Limited, Machynlleth
  • Hope Church, Newtown

International Trade Award

  • Quartix, Newtown

  • Sharp Clinical Services, Crickhowell

Technology & Innovation Award

  • PixelHaze, Builth Wells
  • Plant i Limited, Machynlleth

Manufacturing Award

  • Compact Orbital Gears, Rhayader
  • Sanderson's Fine Furniture & Joinery Ltd, Four Crosses

Excellence in Customer Service Award

  • Nailed It!, Welshpool
  • Victoria-Lynn Hair & Beauty, Builth Wells

Team Achievement Award

  • Cellpath Limited, Newtown
  • Trax JH Limited Newtown