Castell Howell has grown to become Wales’ leading independent food service wholesaler, servicing the length and breadth of Wales, the Border Counties and the South West of England. An award winning family run business proud of their rural roots, and believe in secure, sustainable and fair supply chains – which is why supplying and promoting regional produce is one of their core values.

Ambition North Wales aims to improve the region’s economic, social and environmental well-being. Responsible for delivering the £1 billion North Wales Growth Deal investment, the organisation seeks to create opportunities for people to gain new skills and develop rewarding careers, for businesses to grow and for communities to prosper. All whilst being champions of the Welsh language, culture and heritage and in line with the well-being goals for Wales. Ambition North Wales is a partnership of the region’s six Local Authorities, Universities and Colleges.

BC investments is a company focused on supporting Food and Drink Start-up businesses. The company is headed up by Bob Clark who has a lifelong interest in the sector.

BIC Innovation specialises in helping ambitious food and drink businesses scale up in a sustainable way.  Our team of industry specialists have a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, offering expertise in strategy, finance, sales & marketing, export, R&D & innovation, operations to help our food and drink clients achieve their growth ambitions.


Cambrian Training Company is one of the leading providers of apprenticeship training and support to the Hospitality industry in Wales, with over 25 years experience and 600 learners. We support businesses across Wales to transform their workforce alongside empowering apprentices to gain knowledge and experience through our programs.

Cywain is a project that is managed by Menter a Busnes – an independent, not for profit company that supports the development and growth of businesses in Wales.  Cywain works with growth-minded food and drink producers to harness their potential through expert support, networking opportunities, collaboration and by strengthening links between businesses and the supply chain. Our areas of focus include helping to develop vision and capacity within businesses, adding value to products, improving sales and targeting new markets for Welsh produce.


Food Innovation Wales, supported by Welsh Government, brings together three food centres of excellence dedicated to encouraging the development of the food and drink sector in Wales. From start-ups to established companies, Food Innovation Wales provides technical and commercial support on all aspects of food and drink manufacturing.

Welsh food and drink is at the forefront of the market, with a global reputation for excellence, having one of the most environmentally and socially responsible supply chains in the world, with a range of award winning and Protected Food Name products increasing annually.

Hugh James is a Top 100 UK law firm, the largest headquartered in Wales, and employs over 550 staff. The full-service firm works with a vast range of individual and business clients and, over the years, has built up a strong reputation in the food and drink sector, advising many of the region’s leading producers.

Industry Wales is, with its specialist aerospace, automotive and electronics, software and technology forums, helping to grow Welsh technology and manufacturing businesses, globally.

The forums, with a combined membership of approaching 400 leading Welsh companies, provide a range of services to support companies already established within Wales and to attract and support companies that are seeking a world class location for their business.

The fast-growing Jones Village Bakery is setting new standards in the food industry, combining traditional craft bakery skills with the best equipment to make market-leading baked goods in volume for the biggest names in British retail and food service, as well as exporting to Europe. They overcame the loss of their flagship bakery in a devastating fire by building one four times the size of the original.

Print Sponsors: Kilsby & Williams is a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Newport acting as commercial business advisors offering strong relationships and substantial partner involvement.   We look after businesses ranging from sole traders to large companies including those in international quoted groups. Our clients are spread throughout the United Kingdom. We are open to all clients who need our skills. We deliver a commercial, dynamic and personal service to our clients tailored to meet their needs delivering intelligent honest tax solutions and our assurance service and business advice is both astute and rigorous.

You can’t always outspend your competitors. But you can outsmart them. We’re category consultants. We’ve been operating in the food and drinks industry for over 30 years, working with both market leaders and challenger brands. We help find your edge with category and consumer insights. We’re focussed on creating value.

Menter Môn is a social enterprise that collaborates with the public, private and community sector to deliver real change for the benefit of communities.  It achieves this through adding value within the energy, food, agriculture, language, and technology sectors.  It also joins the dots.

A Welsh recycling technology business based between Llandudno and Deeside – Polytag is a marketing, and sustainability platform in one. Offering brands never-before-seen data on packaging lifecycles and tools to optimise and incentivise recycling. With clients including Ocado, Co-op and Aldi… you’ll be in good company and Polytag look forward to working with Welsh brands to recycle more, together!

S4C is Wales’ only Welsh language public service tv channel broadcasting content across the UK, with some programmes available throughout the world. In addition to being the home for Wales’ sports and cultural live events, S4C also commissions original drama, factual and children’s content.  From the weekly farming show Ffermio to a number of food and cookery shows, S4C aims to reflects the Welsh farming and food production industries and is proud to support The Welsh Food and Drink Awards.

Venue Sponsor: Visit Conwy is the official tourism brand for Conwy County; where Snowdonia meets the sea. Our history, culture, attractions, landscape, food and drink, entertainment and festivals make us a must visit destination. We receive around 8 million visitors annually and support thousands of jobs within the tourism and hospitality industry

Business News Wales is a highly targeted news and information platform working in collaboration with over 60 organisations across Wales. With no political views or editorial agenda, our goal is to create the number one source of business news in Wales creating a level playing field for every business no matter of size.

We are a design agency built on clear thinking with a clear strategy, we love working with like minded people, solving problems creatively and passionately.

CLEARTECH Live provide Conference and Event Production Services, Creative Video, Interactive Technologies, Live Streaming and Event Management.

Grapevine Event Management delivers high quality creative and innovative events for corporate clients throughout the UK and beyond. We offer bespoke corporate event planning, management and production supported by effective marketing and communications strategies that fulfil our clients aims and objectives.

Chosen Charity: Trussell Turst support a nationwide network of food banks and together provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.