Carmarthenshire Tech Company BCC IT managing director Hywel Ifans was recognised as Technology Leader of the Year at the prestigious 2018 Wales Technology Awards, held at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday May 4th. Over 400 guests representing Wales’s largest tech companies, SMEs and ambitious start-ups gathered at the annual event to see eight other companies join BCC IT to receive their accolade. These included AMPLYFI, Capital Network Solutions, DevOpsGuys, Signum Health Ltd, Silvertel, We Build Bots, and Wales Interactive.
The 2018 Technology in Wales Awards champion the achievements and innovation made by the diverse Welsh technology sector and is powered by the ESTnet, the network for Wales’ technology sector.
Addressing the evening’s guests, ESTnet managing director, Avril Lewis, said:
“This evening is a true celebration of the outstanding successes of the Welsh technology sector, and the limitless opportunities it will explore and create in the future.
“Our winners exemplify the collaborative, enabling, and enterprising nation we know Wales to be. Their successes demonstrate how our sector is essential for the economic growth of our country, the creation of new opportunities for the next generation, and preparing Wales for the challenges of tomorrow.”
Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, joined the evening to honour the achievements of the companies that are driving the future of Welsh tech in Wales. Speaking at the event he said:
“The sheer range of technological innovation here in Wales is breath taking. It ranges from the most advanced algorithms of Artificial Intelligence to the way technology is influencing the construction of traditional products like cars.
“The UK Government is doing all it can to nurture and cultivate the technology sector. But in an industry that moves at breath taking speed, events like the Wales Technology Awards allow us to pause and measure just how far we have come, celebrate our technology milestones and the vital contribution they make to the Welsh economy.”
Hywel’s passion, enthusiasm and pervasiveness has had an impact on the business and wider industry. He joined the company in 1997 and his IT expertise and dedication saw him rise through the ranks to become managing director in 2002. Today, he steers one of the few bilingual Welsh IT companies, supporting hundreds of businesses and organisations, including some of Wales’ largest companies.
ESTnet summarised: “In addition to BCC IT’s remarkable growth under his tenure as managing director, judges were particularly impressed with the volume of praise Hywel received in his nomination. Many credited his genuine dedication to developing his team, providing a personal service to customers, and encouraging businesses in rural areas to see that with the right infrastructure and IT support in place, you can achieve success. A message he regularly shares as a go to IT expert for multiple S4C and BBC Radio Cymru programmes.”
Hywel said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to be recognised as Technology Leader of the Year. I’ve always said that if I can “make it” in business, then anyone can, so hopefully this award will inspire others to work hard, believe in themselves and have the confidence to drive our industry forward. I’d like to thank our clients for their continued support and my amazing colleagues for their unrivalled commitment and dedication.”
This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel comprised of some of the UK’s leading business and technology experts, and chaired by one of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs, Ashley Cooper.
The Awards was supported by the industry’s most influential companies and experts, including, headline partner GoCompare, Barclays Eagle Labs, BeTheSpark, Capital Law, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Careers Wales, Cazbah, Cinemerse, Coleg Gwent, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, CPS Group, IQE plc, Genero, MHA Broomfield Alexander, Mobilise Cloud, Newport Wafer Fab, Smart Solutions, Sony UK Technology Centre, Welsh ICE, and Wynne Jones.