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ESTnet Awards 2014

auditorium_borderThe electronic and software technologies sector in Wales turned out in their hundreds to celebrate the achievements of their peers and the sector as a whole at the ESTnet Awards 2014, which took place on 27 March at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff.

Edwina hartThe second annual Awards were attended by more than 370 representatives from the industry in Wales and were joined by Mrs. Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

The evening celebrated the extent of world class technology-led activity taking place in Wales, in an industry that employs over 24,000 people in over 600 companies who collectively generate a turnover of over £7billion.

ESTnet Managing Director Avril Lewis said:

“The evening was a fitting celebration of the hard work put in by electronic and software technologies companies in Wales over the last 12 months. Technologies designed, developed, manufactured and integrated in our small country can be found in smartphones, electronic power steering, and some of the world’s most sophisticated military equipment. The ESTnet Awards are a platform to celebrate those achievements and inspire others to follow.

My congratulations to all who entered, especially the shortlisted companies and victors. Thank you too to our esteemed panel of judges and our many partner organisations, without whom none of this would be possible. I look forward to working with you all in the new membership year.”

Chris_jones2The evening was hosted by S4C’s Chris Jones. Entertainment was provided by String Mania, Bravo Singing Waiters, harpist Megan Morris, harpist flautist Alex Griffiths.

Others to address the audience included Chair of the Judging Panel Dr. Steve Welch, and Ian Menzies, Chairman of the ESTnet.

The National Cricket Centre at the SWALEC Stadium was spectacularly transformed for the occasion. Photos of the evening are available on the ESTnet Flickr channel.

For a full list of winners, plus videos of all shortlisted companies, please click here.