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7th August 2015

Andrea Callanan, Founder of Sing & Inspire, Shortlisted for Inaugural Cardiff Business Awards

Andrea Callanan from Sing & Inspire announced for inaugural Cardiff Business Awards


ISSUED 07/08/2015

Andrea Callanan from Sing & Inspire has been announced as a finalist for an award ceremony that recognises and celebrates the best companies in the city.


The company has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the year at the Cardiff Business Awards, which aims to put the spotlight on individuals and businesses that have played a crucial role in establishing the city as a thriving centre for economic activity.

Backed by organisations including Natwest, City of Cardiff Council and the Cardiff Business Club, the awards focus on the successes of businesses and entrepreneurs based in the capital.

Companies and business people from a variety of backgrounds entered the awards. Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, founder of the Wales Fast Growth 50 awards, Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development at City of Cardiff Council and Barry Evans of NatWest Bank selected Sing & Inspire to be a finalist, and the company will now be interviewed against 3 other finalists. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Cardiff City Hall on 18th September.

Andrea Callanan, Director of Sing & Inspire said: ‘I am honoured and delighted that my fantastic team nominated me for this award and to be shortlisted as a finalist is really wonderful’

The event is being organised by local company Grapevine Event Management. Its founder, Liz Brookes said:

“We are delighted to announce our shortlist, which includes a host of talented businesses and individuals who have achieved significant commercial success and made Cardiff the thriving economic city it is today. We received many strong entries and it was very difficult to whittle the nominees down. However, we are delighted that our finalists demonstrate the talented business people and businesses that make Cardiff such a great place to work.”

Barry Evans, Regional Director at Natwest – the main sponsors of the awards – said:

“NatWest is delighted to be among the principal supporters of the Cardiff Business Awards. Cardiff is a vibrant city with a strong enterprise culture which we work hard to support. Our various initiatives designed to benefit the business community of the capital include the launch next year of an accelerator hub in association with social enterprise Entrepreneurial Spark.”

In addition to the award sponsors, a number of Cardiff’s entrepreneurial communications businesses such as Brighter Comms, Cleartech Live and Bluegg are also providing support for the event.

Those interested can read more about the Cardiff Business Awards here:

The shortlisted companies and individuals are as follows:

Creative and digital business of the year (sponsored by the University of South Wales): Atticus Digital; Effective Communication; Liberty Marketing; Yard Digital
Entrepreneur of the year (sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University): Andrew Cooksley (ACT); Richard Theo (Activequote); Andrea Callanan (Sing and Inspire); Steve Dimmick
Financial and professional services business of the year (sponsored by Welsh Government): Activequote; Deloitte; Eversheds; Quantum Advisory
Green business of the year (sponsored by Wales Enviromental): ECO2; Fareshare; SMS plc; Wardell Armstrong
International business of the year (sponsored by Brighter Comms): Colin Jones Clarke and Hartland; Genesis Biosciences; IQE PLC; Zipporah
Retail business of the year (sponsored by Blake Morgan): Nata&Co; PA Black; Specsavers; Tiger Stores
SME of the year (sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College): CPS Group; Liberty Marketing; Orchard Media; TB Davies
Start-Up business of the year (sponsored by Cardiff Council): Action Petz, Compare my move, Crafty Devil, Tiger Stores, Trakcel
Technology and innovation business of the year (sponsored by Cardiff University): Genesis Biosciences, IQE Plc, TrakCel, Yard Digital
Tourism and leisure business of the year (sponsored by First Great Western): St David’s Hotel; Park Plaza; Cardiff Devils; Wales Millennium Centre
Young businessperson of the year (sponsored by Eversheds): Nicholas de Figueiredo (Capital Law); Nick Saunders (Depot); Lloyd Morgan (Rockadove)

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