FUEL has been recognised at the ninth Cardiff Business Awards, winning Leisure & Hospitality Business of the year at the 2023 Cardiff Business Awards.

Alongside 18 other winners, FUEL took home the title, after demonstrating exceptional commitment to provide an outstanding experience for visitors, tourists and business travellers.

The Cardiff Business Awards were set up to celebrate the best businesses in Cardiff and the vast potential that exists within the capital city of Wales.


Hosted by broadcaster Jamie Owen, the awards ceremony, which took place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel Cardiff, brought together companies and individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of business achievement.


The ceremony saw finalists from across all sectors in the City compete for 18 awards in a variety of categories, ranging from Start-Up of the Year to Employer of the Year.


FUEL has been operating in the city since 2006 when owner, Rob Toogood, began hosting alternative club-night events in various venues around the city, before finally taking up permanent residence on Womanby Street, right opposite Cardiff Castle. FUEL has since become world renowned for its weekly live music shows and club-night events. 


Rob Toogood:- “Naturally, I was delighted to hear the news that FUEL has won another award. It just goes to show that both our venue and the team behind it are doing a winning job!”

Chair of judges Louise Harris, co-founder of Tramshed Tech, said: “We are privileged to be a part of this community that continues to push the boundaries of innovation and industry. The stories of determination, strength, and success we encounter within these awards are nothing short of inspiring”.


Co-Founder of Cardiff Business Awards, Liz Brookes, Director of Grapevine Event Management said: “The sheer talent of the businesses and entrepreneurs that enter the awards year on year is nothing shy of incredible and we’re incredibly lucky to have such a thriving business community right on our doorstep, they all deserve to be congratulated on their achievements.  I would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those shortlisted.”



The Cardiff Business Awards is organised by Grapevine Event Management. Euroclad Group was this year’s headline sponsor, alongside category sponsors ACT Training, Box UK, Cardiff Council, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Celsa Steel UK, Felicitas Consultancy, FSEW, Heath Windows & Doors, Landsec, Ogi, University of South Wales, Visit Cardiff, and Stills.


Darren Stewart, Commercial Director of Euroclad Group, headline sponsors of the awards said “We all thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Cardiff Business Awards. Being caught up in our own day-to-day business we often miss out on discovering and interacting with the others out there who are also key contributors to Cardiff’s standing and economical success. This process has allowed me to meet so many innovative and diverse businesses, all of whom have shown me an immense passion. Having gained insight, and now knowing what these businesses are contributing to our city, they are all winners in my eyes and I give them my best wishes for their continued success.”

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