See this year’s categories and past Winners below…
Companies, partnerships and organisations may enter multiple categories.
Please see our Top Tips on writing a winning nomination.
Bear in mind that our judges are guided to assess nominations on these lines:
Clear evidence of business/organisation excellence 50%
Quality of Nomination 15%
Distinctiveness of offering 15%
Click on a category to learn more
The Platinum Award is given to the crème de la crème, stand-out best category winner on the night chosen by our judges. They’ll be looking for a company that has had demonstrated a stellar year with serious impact on the city. That could be through recruitment, awareness raising activity, contribution to local causes and the community or the economy.
2020 Winner: The Goodwash Company / Cwmni Molchi Da
2019 Winner: Hijinx
2018 Winner: Wales Millennium Centre
2017 Winner: City of the Unexpected
From crafts, plays, music, paintings, dance and galleries – Arts make the city so unique, benefitting residents and attracting visitors. Tell us what makes your organisation stand out, showcase and share the creativity of Cardiff.
2020 Winner: Sherman Theatre
2019 Winner: Hijinx
2018 Winner: Chapter Arts
2017 Winner: Sinfonia Cymru
From the Big Night Out to a drink after work, bars are an important part of this city. We welcome nominations for this category from cocktail bars, wine bars, craft beer venues and pubs.
Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals and give a memorable experience to visitors.
2020 Winner: St Canna’s Ale House
2019 Winner: Lab22
2018 Winner: The Dead Canary
2017 Winner: The Dead Canary
The Business Services category is for all companies with a specific B2B offering, selling your goods or services to other businesses. This could be technical support, people-based, catering, a particular item or product-based service (please note: there is a separate category for Legal and Financial companies).
Judges will be looking for demonstrations of the efficiency and effectiveness, repeat business and recommendations, growth and/or positive results in the past year and what makes your service a cut above the rest.
2020 Winner: Visionary Food Solutions
2019 Winner: Illustrate Digital
2018 Winner: New Directions
2017 Winner: DevOpsGroup
We want to hear all about the finest cafés, coffee shops, tea shops and delis. Whether great for coffee, cake, brunch, lunch or simply hanging out, what makes your place special?
Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals, and give a memorable experience to visitors.
2020 Winner: Bigmoose Coffee
2019 Winner: Bodlon
2018 Winner: Compass Coffee
2017 Winner: Brød
The Charity category is open to all local independent registered charities. Nominate your organisation to showcase your cause and the great contribution it makes locally.
The Judges will not be judging based on the value or personal attachment to a particular cause, but how well the charity serves it. Share fundraising success, what this has meant to your charity and how you have delivered this in the past year.
2020 Winner: Welsh Hearts
2019 Winner: City Hospice
2018 Winner: Dreams & Wishes
2017 Winner: BulliesOut
The Civic Award highlights the contribution of an organisation or company which has improved Cardiff this year. Some new initiative which makes our city better or commitment to helping develop others, or notable charitable work. This is open to ANY company in Cardiff.
2020 Winner: FOR Cardiff
2019 Winner: Creative Cardiff
This category is for any creative organisation from marketing/PR agencies, publishers, web designers, designers, TV film and video companies, photographers and makers – and so-oh much more! We want to hear about your success in the past year, new clients, big contracts or work you’re particularly proud of and how you did it. This city is full of creativity and this is your opportunity to write the best pitch ever…
2020 Winner: Beth Morris Workshops
2019 Winner: Cardiff Pottery Workshops Foundation
2018 Winner: 4Wood TV & Film
2017 Winner: Jessica Draws Media
The Education category is for any teaching establishments (schools, classes, colleges and universities) or education-focused organisations (edtech, coaching, courses).
The Judges will be looking for ways you have achieved success with your students in the past year. Have you taught in an innovative way? Any practises that have been particularly effective? Any ways you have used your educated community to impact Cardiff in a bigger way?
Think you could come top of your class? Imagine winning!
2020 Winner: Proactive First Aid Solutions
2019 Winner: Media Academy Cardiff
2018 Winner: Media Academy Cardiff
2017 Winner: Cardiff and Vale College
From festivals, to community, to sporting, to corporate and all in between, events make a huge impact on the culture of a city – share your event successes and you could win this category. This can be an individual event or a series and the judges are looking for overall impact on attendees, success of the past event and measure of this as well as how well executed it was.
2020 Winner: Tafwyl
2019 Winner: RoathRocks
2018 Winner: Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival
2017 Winner: City of the Unexpected
Hair & Beauty
The Hair & Beauty category is open to all beauty and hair salons in the area. Tell us about your great successes and client feedback, and you could be an Award winner! For your entry share how your business has thrived in the past year, how you have attracted new clients and retained existing ones – what makes them come back? What makes your offering stand out and why has it worked?
2020 Winner: Goji Hair
2019 Winner: Simon Constaninou
2018 Winner: Jones The Barber
2017 Winner: Madame Wax
Health & Wellbeing
This category is for any organisation which helps the community improve its health and wellbeing. This could be anything from nutrition, fitness classes or groups, healthcare, dentists, opticians, doctors, surgeries, health clubs and more! Share your results and successes by nominating in this category.
2020 Winner: Mumma Physio
2019 Winner: Friends of Pedal Power Project
2018 Winner: Ace Feet in Motion
2017 Winner: OlsenFitness
Homes & Interiors
The Home & Interiors category is for any business that designs, decorates, furnishes or refurbishes a commercial or private property. Stand-out year, with significant, successful projects..? You could soon be furnished with one of our splendid Awards!
2020 Winner: The Tap End
2019 Winner: Chalkhouse Interiors
2018 Winner: Artisan Interiors
2017 Winner: Project One
Legal & Financial
Calling all solicitors, accountants, banks, lawyers, financial advisors, insurance, legal experts, wealth managers, law firms and more. This category is open to all legal or financial companies in the area, whether supplying services to businesses or consumers.
2020 Winner: Martyn Prowel
2019 Winner: CJCH Solicitors
2018 Winner: Blake Morgan
2017 Winner: Greenaway Scott
Leisure & Tourism
This category is all about enjoyment in the city: venues, accommodation, activities or visitor attractions, whether for tourists, residents or both. The Judges will discuss: How does your offering make Cardiff better? How have your visitor statistics improved in the past year? Did visitors have a great time and can you share their feedback?
2020 Winner: Cardiff Castle
2019 Winner: Bay Island Voyages
2018 Winner: Wales Millennium Centre
2017 Winner: Cardiff Story Museum
The New Business category is for absolutely any business which has started in the city after 1 July 2019. Nominate your new business, celebrate your success, raise your profile – and you could win an Award!
The Judges are looking for a business that’s a potential star of tomorrow, what gap in the market does it fill? How have customers responded? What positive indicators have there been in the past 12 months?
2020 Winner: Wild Thing Café
2019 Winner: Credas
2018 Winner: Amdani Fitertainment Park
2017 Winner: Cheese Pantry
Are people your specialism? Whether recruitment, human resources, developing talent or coaching, if you know what makes people tick and know how to help companies get the very best out of their most important assets, then this is the category for you.
If you’re making a big difference to the property sector locally, this one’s for you. From estate agents and letting agents to developers, architects, construction/building companies and surveyors, tell our judges about your success in shaping Cardiffs thriving built environment and how we use it.
2020 Winner: Vale Consultancy
2019 Winner: Charles James Development & Interiors
2018 Winner: Design Management Partnership
2017 Winner: Howells Solicitors
With so many excellent local eateries to choose from, what makes your restaurant stand out from the crowd? This award is for establishments from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants and anything in between.
2020 Joint Winners: Chapel 1877 & La Cuina
2019 Winner: Milkwood
2018 Winner: Asador 44
2017 Winner: The Classroom Y Dosbarth
This Award is for both offline and online retailers that are based in the city, If your store has had a great year of trading and customer satisfaction, nominate it for a Cardiff Life Award which you could soon have to display in your shop window…
Please note: to qualify as Best Retailer, nominees need to have a physical shop presence in the area, though clearly can cite online sales too.
2020 Winner: Ecoslurps
2019 Winner: Pugh’s Garden Village
2018 Winner: Paperclip
2017 Winner: Leekes
The Sustainability Award is open to any Cardiff company or organisation which has been demonstrably thoughtful in the year about its approach to sustainability – supply chain, transport, products/services, energy: anything. Do you have a new or enhanced initiative? Which practices make your organisation stand out? How have you been changing your business or organisation?
Technology & Innovation
This Award is open to all companies centred on tech and innovation: developers, fintech, biotech, healthtech, app builders, product development, online platforms, designers, tech retailers. Digital focus? Nominate!
2020 Winner: AMPLYFI
This Award is for any company or organisation which has had a significant new Welsh language initiative. This could be specific to a company (from menus to websites to funding team training: anything) or an organisation (such as a campaign or educational initiative). Anyone who has played a part in promoting the use of the Welsh language in Cardiff.
2020 Winner: The Goodwash Company/Cwmni Molchi Da