Success Through Innovation Finalists

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Dawn Meats is a premium meat processor and supplier of choice for a range of leading supermarket, foodservice and restaurant businesses. Established in 1980, Dawn Meats is an industry leader with annual revenues of over €1bn, employing over 3,300 staff in 12 countries and exporting to over 40 countries. A family owned business, Dawn Meats remain true to its farming heritage through the close relationships forged with over 20,000 farmers in the UK and Ireland. Processing more than half a million cattle, 800,000 sheep and 300,000 tonnes of meat products per annum, Dawn Meats works with some of the world’s leading food companies who are attracted by our commitment to sustainability and quality.


Guide Dogs Cymru is based in Cardiff, with a smaller operational office in Colwyn Bay. It offers a range of personalised mobility solutions to people with sight loss throughout Wales, and works to break down barriers to ensure blind and partially sighted people can get out and about on their own terms. Services include training guide dogs and providing ongoing support for their owners; supporting and advising on access refusals, where guide dog owners are refused entry or discriminated against; top-up training; teaching orientation skills; advice on dog welfare; and supporting owners whose guide dogs have been attacked. We also train volunteers as sighted guides as an alternative solution for people who wish to get out and about.


Managing Director, Leon Window, started select Security in 2010 after spending the previous decade working his way up in the security industry, from apprentice to project manager, for one of the biggest security specialist firms in the UK. Select was established in response to a gap in the market for rural and agricultural security systems. The company has since branched out into providing high-tech systems for industrial, public sector and commercial clients, as well as high-end bespoke systems for residential customers throughout the UK. Select operates from two offices, one in London, and a head office in Goytre, South Wales. The company employs 14 members of staff and supports a wide range of local suppliers.


Thermal Compaction Group is a green business based in Cardiff. We are a specialist group of companies offering unique patented recycling products to offer cost effective sustainable solutions to waste management problems both in the UK and globally. We are a young company that has spent the last few years in Research and Development of our machinery. We are now bringing the results of that research and development into the waste and recycling market.

20 January 2017

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