By Daniel Hunter

Entries are now open for the inaugural Entrepreneur Wales Awards, the awards that acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of Welsh entrepreneurs and businesses in Wales.

The first Entrepreneur Wales Awards, in association with Natwest, Redrow, Cardiff Council and Fresh Business Thinking, has 16 award categories aimed at Welsh businesses of all sizes across a wide variety of industries.

The categories are:

- Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year
- International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year
- Retail Entrepreneur of the Year
- Digital Entrepreneur of the Year
- Eco Entrepreneur of the Year
- Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
- Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year
- Social Enterprise of the Year
- Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year
- Micro Business Entrepreneur of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
- Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
- Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year
- Entrepreneurs' Champion of the Year
- Expat Entrepreneur of the Year

Francesca Russell, founder of the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, said: "Entrepreneurship is thriving in Wales. And the Entrepreneur Wales Awards are all about celebrating the hard work our entrepreneurs put in and the stories of their success."

Alix Popham, former Welsh rugby international and Entrepreneur Wales Awards partnerships manager, said: "We've got so many reasons to be excited, not just for the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, but for entrepreneurship as a whole in Wales. There are so many people taking matters into their own hands and starting their own business. I can't wait to take a look at the entries and read their fantastic stories."

For more information and to enter the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, please visit the website: www.entrepreneurwalesawards.com