freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Dr. Richard Theo named Entrepreneur of the Year at inaugural Cardiff Business Awards

Published on 23/09/2015

Richard Theo, MD of ActiveQuote Ltd. has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural Cardiff Business Awards. ActiveQuote Ltd. was also shortlisted for the Financial & Professional Services Business of the Year.

Backed by organisations including Natwest, City of Cardiff Council and the Cardiff Business Club, the Cardiff Business Awards were set up to celebrate the successes of businesses and entrepreneurs based in the capital.

A total of 48 finalists from a wide range of sectors were shortlisted across 14 categories including SME of the year, Start Up Business of the year and Technology and Innovation business of the year.

Richard was up against Andrew Cooksley of ACT, Steve Dimmick of Dimmick’s and Andrea Callanan of Sing and Inspire. The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at Cardiff City Hall on Friday night.

Winners were selected by a judging panel, which included Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, founder of the Wales Fast Growth 50 awards, Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development at City of Cardiff Council and representatives of award sponsors.

Richard Theo is an entrepreneur with a passion and enthusiasm for technology that has driven him to establish and grow a string of successful technology-based start-up companies, including ActiveQuote, SoftSwift and Avantis Systems Ltd. Richard was also founder of Zushi, Wales’s first conveyor belt-based sushi restaurant.

Richard Theo, Managing Director at ActiveQuote said:  “It’s a thrill and an honour to be recognized in this way alongside such admirable and inspirational Welsh businesses and business people. I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve achieved, particularly the success of ActiveQuote over the past 6 years, which I would attribute in part to the supportive and creative environment the Welsh Government has created for small businesses.

Cardiff Business Awards founder, Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said:

“We were overwhelmed at the amount of entries we received for the inaugural Cardiff Business Awards, and at the quality of the businesses that were nominated. Everybody we interviewed had a unique story to tell about their business success and journey, and picking the winners was a very tough task for our panel of judges.

“It was fantastic to be able to recognise and publicly reward the very deserving winners, and we look forward to seeing their businesses grow and develop.”

The full list of winners was as follows:

  • Entrepreneur – Richard Theo of ActiveQuote
  • SME - Orchard Media
  • Start Up Business - Action Petz
  • Creative and Digital -Yard Digital
  • Technology and Innovation - Genesis Biosciences
  • Young Businessperson - Nick Saunders of the Depot
  • Retail - Tiger Stores Cardiff
  • International Business – IQE
  • Financial and Professional Services – Deloitte
  • Green Business - SMS PLC
  • Business of the year – IQE
  • Tourism Hospitality Award – Wales Millennium Centre

Highly commended by the judges were Nata & Co, TB Davies and Fareshare Cymru. Henry Engelhardt, Chief Executive of Admiral, also received a special judges award for his contribution to the economy in Cardiff.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2015

Categories:  ActiveQuote
Dr. Richard Theo named Entrepreneur of the Year at inaugural Cardiff Business AwardsRichard Theo, MD of ActiveQuote Ltd. has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural Cardiff Business Awards. ActiveQuote Ltd. was     tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member

Friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble even when i needed to make a small change, excellent service.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...