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On top of Welsh ICE being named a finalist at the Monmouthshire Business Awards, we are thrilled to share that four of our ICE members have also been shortlisted. Emily Hicks Creative Design, Big Lemon Creative, Impact School Improvement and Help4Wales have all been named finalists in the awards.

This year’s awards have gone ‘back to the future’ with entries accepted from businesses in ‘Old Monmouthshire’  – towns and cities that were part of the county prior to 1965. This meant hat businesses based here in Caerphilly at Welsh ICE could apply for the awards which also covered Newport, Caerleon, Cwmbran, Ebbw Vale and Usk.

Graphic designer, Emily Hicks, founder of Emily Hicks Creative Design will be going up against fellow ICE member, Owen Richards, ‘website guy’ and co-founder of Big Lemon Creative in the Young Entrepreneur category.



Emily Hicks said:

“I was surprised but so happy that I managed to get shortlisted for the business awards. Good luck to everybody else whose taking part!”


Impact School Improvement are finalists in the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category.  Director Finola Wilson said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Monmouthshire Business Awards for Excellence in Marketing. We’ve worked really hard over the last 2 years to reach as many teachers and schools in Wales as possible. Our sketchnotes have been incredibly popular on social media, we may even reach 10k followers on Twitter before September. So few business awards have categories that our kind of business so this, so we are super excited to have been chosen.”


Community interest company, Help4Wales have been shortlisted in the New Business Start-Up category.  Founder, Jemma Shepherd said:

“We were extremely thrilled to received the call informing us we were a finalist in the Monmouth Business Awards, this is a great opportunity and a chance for all our hard work to be recognised. We are looking forward to the event and wish all the finalists the best of luck.”


The award ceremony will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on October 6th and the full shortlist can be found here. Good luck everyone!

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