The transport sector in Wales is the backbone of the Welsh economy. The work of those from within this sector, keep the country supplied with a huge range of goods. The transport sector also supports a large variety of local companies in the supply chain and provides numerous jobs for local communities.

The inaugural Wales Transport Awards in 2019 brought together businesses within the Welsh transport community to recognise and celebrate the nation’s outstanding work throughout the industry’s sectors.

 In 2020, the Wales Transport Awards will continue to celebrate the best in the industry with a gala dinner to be held on Friday 9th October at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

This year we will be raising money for Cancer Research Wales, one of the leading cancer charities in Wales who are dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for cancer. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Liz Brookes 

Grapevine Event Management 

Founder of The Wales Transport Awards

Our Judges

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    Denise Lovering

    Head judge for the Wales Transport Awards and former chair of the Welsh Freight Council. Having joined Bedwas-based Glenside Commercials Ltd in 1994, Denise played a leading role in building and growing the business from a team of 4 people with a turnover of £100,000 to a workforce of almost 100 with annual sales exceeding £13 million today.

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    Marie Daly

    Marie has more than 22 years’ experience, mostly working in human resources, across several industries. Following the successful launch of Keolis Amey Manchester’s Metrolink network, she was brought to Wales to be part Keolis Amey Wales’ ambitious vision for the complete transformation of rail services across Wales and the Borders, on behalf of Transport for Wales. A passionate people person, Marie believes in creating environments that people will thrive in, for both work and travel. She has a particular interest in innovation and inclusion across the transport industry.

  • Photo of Dr Andrew Potter

    Dr Andrew Potter

    Andrew Potter is a Reader in Logistics and Transport at Cardiff Business School and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He also provides regular commentary to the Welsh media on transport issues.

  • Photo of Sally Gilson

    Sally Gilson

    Head of Skills, Freight Transport Association 
    Sally has worked for FTA for seven years, focusing on skills, apprenticeships and raising the profile of the logistics sector. Sally has helped create new qualifications and develop the Trailblazer Apprenticeships for LGV drivers and Transport Managers. 

  • Photo of Liz Brookes

    Liz Brookes

    Liz founded Grapevine Event Management in March 2011 and it is now one of the most well recognised corporate events companies in Wales delivering high quality creative and innovative events. Liz is the founder of the Wales Transport Awards. 


  • How many categories can I enter?

    You can enter up to 2 categories.

  • Is my company eligible to enter the Awards?

    The businesses main base must be located in Wales and the business should have been trading for a minimum of 12 months on or before the 9th October 2020.

  • What’s the judging process?

    All shortlisted candidates will be called to attend an interview with a panel of judges. The interviews will take place W/C 13th July 2020. We try and be as flexible as we can with the interview dates and these will be advertised in advance.

  • How long is the interview?

    The interview should take no longer than 15 minutes, a 10 minute presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A. No computer aids are allowed. 

  • If I/my company is shortlisted, do I get any free tickets to the Awards night?

    Everyone is asked to purchase tickets from the website in advance of the evening. Priority is given to shortlisted companies and sponsors first but it is on a first come first served basis so get you are advised to book early to guarantee the tickets you require.

  • How much are tickets?

    Tickets are £95 +vat, a table is £950 +vat. Payment must be made prior to the event.

  • What is included in the ticket price?

    The ticket price includes a drinks reception starting at 6.30pm and a three course dinner with coffee prior to the awards ceremony.

  • How do I book tickets for the Awards?

    Tickets can be purchased via the Booking link.

  • Are tickets refundable?

    Cancellations of any places received up until one month before the event (9th September 2020) shall incur a 50% cancellation charge. Any places cancelled from the 10th September 2020 will not be refunded. Read our full T&C’s here.

  • Someone that was coming can’t any more, can someone take their place?

    Yes, just let us know so who they are and if they have any dietary requirements.

  • Where are the Awards held?

    The Awards are held in Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel, 24-26 Newport Rd, Cardiff CF24 0DD.

  • Is there accommodation reserved at the hotel for guests?

    Yes, however it is limited. If you wish to book a room for the night of the awards, a classic bedroom for single occupancy will cost £99 and for double occupancy will cost £109. These rates are inclusive of VAT, service, full Welsh breakfast, WIFI and use of the health and leisure club. 

    To book a room, please call the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel on 02920 43500. Upon booking, please quote the Wales Transport Awards as this price is exclusive us. 

    Please note that if you are intending on using this offer, please do so by the 11th September 2020 as after this date, the rooms will be release to the general public.

  • What is the dress code?


  • Can I pre-order wine?

    A pre-order wine list will be sent out once you have confirmed your table booking. This needs to be returned to Mercure Cardiff Holland House directly.

  • How do I get in touch about media enquiries?

    For media enquiries please contact Liz Brookes, Grapevine Event Management,, 02922676706.