CAIS has been named Business of the Year at Conwy Business Awards 2017.
We took the top prize at the annual gathering of the best and brightest in business in Conwy County Borough in recognition of the quality, breadth and reach of personal support services now delivered by CAIS throughout Wales.
Chief executive Clive Wolfendale said the awards ceremony at Venue Cymru had been a “fantastic evening”, with board members and directors joined by members of staff.
“To win the Business of the Year of the award, the actual main prize – the best film award at the Oscars, if you will – right at the end of the evening was both unexpected and simply wonderful,” he said.
“We have won social enterprise awards in the past, and other awards for our various services – but this was in competition against many strong, well-established businesses in the fields of tourism, leisure, IT and so on, and points towards the comprehensive nature of what we are doing right now.”
Clive said the award shows CAIS makes a positive impact in communities across Conwy and further afield, proving it is part of the solution to social problems caused by mental illness, substance misuse and other issues.
“For me, what is really special about this is that it marks a contribution by everybody in the organisation – the people who run the cafes, the people who deliver the counselling services, the folks who do the mentoring, all our teams who run our residential services, and everything to do with CAIS, including those in the back office,” he added.
“So I just like to think of it like this: every individual who has made a step towards recovery, or who has supported that journey has been recognised by this award.”
CAIS is a registered charity, with any surplus reinvested in our projects in the communities we serve. Judges recognised our sound business principles and practices, growth and impact in reaching their decision.