The EGO® is delighted once again to be the main sponsor for the fantastic Gwobrau Cyntaf Aber First Awards which are being held on the 28th June 2019 in the Great Hall at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The Awards, organised by Menter Aberystwyth, recognise the best practice and excellence displayed by organisations, businesses and individuals in the Menter Aberystwyth area.

The Awards are an established annual event, having begun as a two-yearly event in 2008. The awards are not only for business – they recognise and celebrate the contributions made to our area by individuals and other organisations, through awards open to volunteers and the Community Contribution Award.
This year the existing ten categories are increased to twelve, with some completely new categories, while established favourites such as the Welsh Language Award remain. New for this year is the ‘Rising Star Award’ to celebrate and recognise those who go the extra mile – volunteers, employees or apprentices.
We’re very excited about the Public Choice Award, new this year. We’d love to celebrate the fantastic events that happen in the Menter Aberystwyth area, and we’re asking the public, not our judges, to decide. There is a list of candidates on the website, or you can nominate others.

Businesses and organisations can nominate themselves for an award, as well as receiving nominations from others.
Nominations can be made on the Menter Aberystwyth website (menter-aberystwyth.org.uk) and will close on May 10th, after which a panel of judges has the unenviable task of determining a shortlist of three entrants from each category, and a winner from those three. Those shortlisted will be informed after the judges have made their decision, and the winners announced at the ceremony in Old College, Aberystwyth on 28th June 2019.
Hannah Bunting, Chair of Menter Aberystwyth, comments:
The Aber First Awards is a brilliant opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate what makes us good. It gives us the chance to give businesses the occasion to shout about their success; for people who work in different sectors to help us see what they are capable of; to acknowledge brilliance when it comes to the events that happen in our town; and also give credit to some of our community heroes. Aberystwyth an incredible place to do life – let’s celebrate. Get nominating!


Mae’r EGO wrth ei fodd unwaith eto i fod yn brif noddwr i’r ffantastig Gwobrau Cyntaf Aber sy’n cael eu cynnal ar y 28fed Mehefin 2019 yn y Neuadd Fawr yng Nghanolfan y Celfyddydau. Mae’r gwobrau, a drefnir gan Fenter Aberystwyth, yn cydnabod yr arferion gorau a’r rhagoriaeth a ddangoswyd gan sefydliadau, busnesau ac unigolion yn ardal Menter Aberystwyth.
Mae’r gwobrau yn ddigwyddiad blynyddol sefydledig. Nid ar gyfer busnes yn unig y mae’r gwobrau hyn – maent yn cydnabod ac yn dathlu’r cyfraniadau a wneir i’n hardal gan unigolion a sefydliadau eraill, drwy ddyfarniadau sy’n agored i wirfoddolwyr, a’r dyfarniad cyfraniad cymunedol.
Eleni, cynyddir y deg categori blaenorol i ddeuddeg, gyda chategorïau cwbl newydd, tra yn cadw ffefrynnau fel y wobr Yr Iaith Gymraeg. Yn newydd ar gyfer eleni mae “Gwobr Seren y Dyfodol”: gwobr i ddathlu a chydnabod y rhai sy’n mynd y filltir ychwanegol – gwirfoddolwyr, cyflogeion neu brentisiaid.
Rydyn ni’n gyffrous iawn am wobr y Dewis Cyhoeddus, sy’n newydd eleni. Byddem wrth ein bodd yn dathlu’r digwyddiadau gwych sy’n digwydd yn ardal Menter Aberystwyth, ac rydym yn gofyn i’r cyhoedd, yn hytrach na’r beirniaid, benderfynu. Mae rhestr o ymgeiswyr ar y wefan, neu gallwch enwebu eraill.
Mae busnesau a sefydliadau yn enwebu eu hunain ar gyfer gwobr, yn ogystal â derbyn enwebiadau gan eraill.
Gellir gynnig enwebiadau ar wefan Menter Aberystwyth (menter-aberystwyth.org.uk) a’r dyddiad cau yw 10 Maifed ac ar ôl hynny mae gan banel o feirniaid y dasg annymunol o benderfynu ar restr fer o dri ymhob categori, ac enillydd. Bydd y rhai sydd ar y rhestr fer yn cael eu hysbysu ar ôl i’r beirniaid wneud eu penderfyniad, a bydd yr enillwyr yn cael eu cyhoeddi yn y seremoni yn yr Hen Goleg, yn Aberystwyth ar Fehefin 28ain 2019.
Dywedodd Hannah Bunting, Cadeirydd Menter Aberystwyth:
Mae Gwobrau Cyntaf Aber yn gyfle gwych i ddod at ein gilydd fel cymuned a dathlu’r hyn sy’n ein gwneud yn dda. Mae’n rhoi cyfle inni roi achlysur i fusnesau i weiddi am eu llwyddiant, pobl sydd yn gweithio mewn sectorau gwahanol i’n helpu i weld beth y gallwn ei gyflawni, i fod yn wych o ran digwyddiadau yn ein tref ac yr ydym hefyd yn cael rhoi clod i arwyr cymunedol. Mae Aberystwyth yn le anhygoel i fyw – pam ddim dathlu. Enwebwch!


THE 2019 CATEGORIES ARE:


THE GREEN AWARD – this award will champion businesses, organisations or individuals who have taken significant steps in recent months to improve their sustainability, and are implementing environmentally friendly practices. Even if the change is simple, we’d love to hear about it.
SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AWARD – a chance for some of our fantastic stores to shine. Open to any business selling goods and services to the public, we want to hear about the best shopping experiences in the area.
FOOD & DRINKS AWARD – we want to celebrate the culinary delights on offer in our area. Open to anyone working with food and drink.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD – do you know somebody or a business/organisation who goes the extra mile to help our local community?
CELEBRATING NEW BUSINESS AWARD – opening a new business or venture can be difficult, so we want to celebrate the achievements of our business start-ups (3 years or less).
PROMOTING THE ARTS AWARD – open to anyone who helps promote visual or performing arts – including groups, societies, venues and promoters.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER AWARD – this award is open to all and any type of businesses who help make a wedding a day to remember. From venues to stationery, hairdressers to caterers, we want to know!
WELSH LANGUAGE AWARD – Celebrating the promotion and support of the Welsh language in the area.
RISING STAR AWARD – An award to celebrate those who go the extra mile – volunteers, employees or apprentices.
BEST ABER WELCOME AWARD – A leisure and tourism based award to recognise contributions made by business and community to make Aberystwyth a great holiday destination.
MILESTONE OF THE YEAR AWARD – Recognising significant milestone(s) or achievements by established businesses or organisations in the past 12 months. Shout out about it and let us know!
EVENT OF 2018 – a new award for 2019, we want you, the public to choose your event of 2018! Vote for 3 events in total on our website.
OVERALL WINNER – a judges’ choice of the overall winner from the 12 awards.

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