The Wales transport sector is the backbone of the Welsh economy directly employing more than 40,000 people and supporting thousands more through the wider supply chain. Keeping our country moving across more than 1,000 miles of trunk roads and motorways, the sector boasts a vibrant hub of industries including logistics, recovery, haulage and public transport. The Wales Transport Awards will celebrate the nation’s outstanding achievements throughout the industry’s sectors with the winners announced at a gala dinner in the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel In November 2019.

Our Judges

  • Photo of Denise Lovering

    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.

  • Photo of Gavin Edwards

    Gavin Edwards

    Managing director of The Caldicot Group, one of the UK's leading vehicle recovery and maintenance agencies specialising in roadworks and vehicle recovery. Operating a UK and pan-European network that supports more than 500 businesses

  • 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 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 Scott Waddington

    Scott Waddington

    Chair of Transport for Wales. He was the Chief Executive of privately owned Welsh brewer and pub company, SA Brain for 17 years. Scott was Chair of the CBI for Wales during 2010 and 2011. He was Wales Commissioner to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills for 5 years from April 2012 and chaired the Wales Employment and Skills Board.

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    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 co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards. Speaking about the awards Liz has said “the levels of success, ambition and achievement being shown by so many firms in Cardiff continues to cement the city’s place as a leading commercial centre for the UK.”


  • How many categories can I enter?

    You can enter up to 3 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 the 31st December 2018.

  • 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 between the 30 Sept - 4 October 2019. 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 £90+vat, a table is £900+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?

    No refunds are available.

  • 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 £105 and for double occupancy will cost £115. 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 4th October 2019 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.