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Welsh ICE will be representing Wales as a finalist at the Great British Entrepreneur Wales Awards in the Entrepreneurial Co-working Space of the Year category. The awards are all about celebrating the wonderful stories that entrepreneurs have, and helping them on their journey to success.

The Co-working Space Award is a new category for 2016 that identifies and celebrates the best places for entrepreneurs and start-ups to launch, grow and thrive. Welsh ICE was featured in a list of the top 100 co-working spaces in the UK which automatically entered us into the awards. The public was then invited to vote for their favourite co-working space which was narrowed down to the eight with the highest votes.

Regarded as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Awards celebrate the contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs and their impact on the economy.

CEO and founder of Welsh ICE, Gareth Jones was thrilled with the news;

Gareth Jones

“Putting ICE on the map at a national level has been one of our objectives for 2016, and this takes us one step closer. When people think of these kinds of spaces, they usually imagine city centre co-working offices with a bunch of people comparing their seed and series A size. At ICE, we work to create an environment where people can grow companies of all shapes and sizes, fully connected to the global markets but with the beautiful backdrop of Caerphilly”

Celebrating entrepreneurs who embody a spirit of disruption, innovation and enterprise, the Awards will recognise business leaders from multiple industries across the 20 awards categories.

Previous winners have included Julie Deane MBE, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt, co-founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, founder of Lad Bible.

Nick James, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “This year we have yet again enjoyed an increase in the amount of entries for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and every single category is fiercely contested. There is no doubt that Entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the UK despite any uncertainty over Brexit.”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards will culminate at the Gala Final, taking place on Tuesday 22 November in the Ballrooms of the prestigious, Lancaster London Hotel.