A Newport-based business has been named the ‘Winner of Winners’ at this year’s Welsh Business Awards, organised by South Wales Chamber of Commerce, in association with the University of South Wales.

Convey Law, a Stow Hill-based specialist legal conveyancing company, triumphed in the Commitment to Skills and People Development category, before being named as the overall winner, after being picked from the winners of 10 categories at an award ceremony held at the National Museum of Wales.

Convey Law employs 80 members of staff in Wales, and aims to expand this by 30 per cent in 2016.

Over the past three years, the business has earned record profits, with the £5 million turnover achieved in 2015 seen as a direct result of the focus on team development.

Last year, Convey Law became the first conveyancing company to enter The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for, as well as the first company of its kind to achieve the coveted Gold Investors in People accreditation.

Judges at the Welsh Business Awards were impressed by the company’s innovative approach to business and dedication to staff training, giving room for employees, such as paralegals, to progress into fully qualified conveyancers.

On accepting the award, Lloyd Davies at Convey Law, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been acknowledged as the ‘Winner of Winners’ at the Welsh Business Awards. Our mantra is to give every individual the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and our increased profits prove that creating a supportive culture for staff is key to commercial growth.

“It is a true honour to have received this prestigious accolade, and our win will show businesses across Wales that investing in people is crucial for success.”

In addition, Cwmbran-based business, Spear Europe, was a joint winner with Rhondda-based Welsh Hills Bakery in the Success through Overseas Trade category, sponsored by Atradius.

The company employs around 170 staff and is a successful supplier of pressure sensitive labels to the UK and European drinks industry, achieving 75 per cent of its revenue through export trade.

To develop its international sales, Spear Europe expanded its team, employing multi-lingual support staff, with a greater focus on meeting the need of overseas clients. Defined regions were targeted and investment was put into research to understand the requirements of the different export markets.

Following these efforts, Spear Europe’s total export revenue has grown 23 per cent over the past two years.

Matt Davies at Spear Europe, said: “Our recent progress overseas shows that the manufacturing sector can really play an important role in the Welsh economy, driving trade growth and providing great employment opportunities.

“Over the past two years, we have implemented a variety of initiatives focussed on delivering customer value across Europe, and we are delighted that these efforts have led to this success at the Welsh Business Awards.”

Keith Palmer, chief executive of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “All of the winners, including Convey Law and Spear Europe, have shown an unflinching commitment to driving their businesses successfully over the last year.

“All of the 36 businesses that made the shortlist, as well as those who have been crowned winners, should be proud of their achievements in 2015, as they have not only strengthened the local economic landscape, but demonstrated that Wales is a true contender in a global marketplace.

“I would like to thank the University of South Wales for supporting this event for another year, all of the category sponsors and everyone who has worked tirelessly to make these awards one of our best ever.”

Now in their fourteenth year, the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Business Awards reflect the efforts of businesses and individuals throughout the whole of 2015. The awards took place at the National Museum of Wales on Thursday 25 February and were presented by former Blue Peter presenter, TV host Gethin Jones.

All winners will now be encouraged to submit entries to the British Chamber of Commerce Awards in spring this year. Welsh businesses have traditionally performed well against UK-wide competition and a number have successfully secured a share of the prize money which has been as much as £50,000.