Welsh retailer Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been awarded Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year in the second annual Finance Awards Wales.

The ceremony was held at Cardiff’s City Hall on 5th April, and and hosted by Timothy Rhys-Evans MBE. The awards were established in 2017 to recognise the achievements of Wales’ expanding finance sector – the fastest-growing in the UK.

Matthew Hyde, MD of Finance Awards Wales, says: “In a changing world, and especially in times of uncertainty, one thing is sure - people are the difference. Finance Awards Wales celebrates the talented finance professionals of Wales and recognise the crucial role they play in the Welsh economy and in the organisations they represent. The standard and number of entries exceeded expectations and those who walked away with their awards are deserved winners.”

After a thorough and detailed interview process, the Leekes Retail and Leisure Group were announced as winners of this category and feedback from the judges included comments about how the team successfully manage to deal with complex issues across the group's business, which includes four Leekes Retail stores, The Vale Resort hotel and Hensol Castle, as well as a new gin distillery project.

Mike Fowler, financial director at Leekes Retail and Leisure Group, comments: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, but to win this award is such a fantastic achievement to the team as a whole. We have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months to maintain the highest standards that we strive for as a business, and to be recognised by industry experts as the Best Finance Team in a medium and larger business truly demonstrates the hard work we have put in.”