Wales STEM Award 2020




Concrete Canvas Ltd (CC) is “thrilled” to have been crowned a winner at the inaugural Wales STEM Awards on Thursday, November 12th in a virtual ceremony hosted by Sian Lloyd.

The South Wales-based company was among 42 innovative companies to be named finalists in this year’s highly anticipated awards, which celebrated those making a difference to and championing
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) in Wales.

CC was named a winner in the STEM International Business of the Year and STEM Company of the Year (26 – 250 employees) categories, which aimed to recognise a STEM business that exports a product or service outside of the UK and a company that has demonstrated outstanding and consistent achievement, particularly over the last twelve months, respectively.

Further information on the categories can be found here.

Co-Director, Will Crawford said:

“It is great to win STEM International business of the Year for a material technology which is manufactured in Wales and sold to over 80 countries around the World. With offices in Milan, Belgium, Durban, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and the UAE, which are all headquartered out of Pontyclun, South Wales. It is a fantastic honour and will mean a huge amount to everyone in the business, those involved in R&D, production, the International sales team and our sales partners promoting & selling our technology around the World. Thank you very much.”

On winning the second award, Will added:

“These awards will mean so much to everyone back at the factory and in the office because it is a STEM award and it relates to the heart of the company. I hope these awards will inspire the next generation of engineers. It is a real, real honour to win the Company of the Year award as well as the International Business of the Year award. Thank you and congratulations once again to all of the other finalists and winners.”

See CC’s highlights from the Awards.

Head judge Louise Bright, founder of the Wales Women in STEM network, said:

“We would like to offer a huge congratulations all of the winners of the very first Wales STEM Awards. The calibre of those nominated for the awards was second to none, we were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received.

“We would also like to congratulate all of those who were shortlisted, we really feel that all of the finalists represent some of the most progressive organisations and individuals at the forefront of STEM innovation in Wales.

“We are very much looking forward to the future of the Wales STEM Awards and the future of the STEM sector in Wales.”

Co-Founder Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said:

“While it was a shame that we weren’t able to celebrate the awards in person, we are extremely happy that we were able to celebrate virtually. I would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those shortlisted. Your work is incredibly important, and we thank you for your contributions to STEM in Wales.

“When we launched the awards at the tail end of 2019, we could never have predicted that a global pandemic would scupper our event plans, while at the same time, shine a global spotlight on the
importance of STEM in our lives.

“In the last Year, science has allowed researchers to study the virus, technology has allowed us to work from home effectively, engineering has enabled us to build ventilators and convert buildings into hospitals, and mathematical modelling has helped the government and health professionals look at the spread and potential impact of the virus.

“Not only have STEM skills been vital in the fight against the virus, but they will continue to be essential as we recover from the crisis and we’re proud to be shining a spotlight on our innovators in Wales.”

The Wales STEM Awards were launched last Year in a bid to recognise the innovative STEM work being undertaken in Wales, address the diversity gap and skills shortage, and inspire and raise the aspirations of the next generation.

Co-founded by communications agency jamjar and Grapevine Event Management, the inaugural awards were supported by headline sponsors GS Verde Group, which comprises law firm Greenaway Scott, corporate finance boutique Verde Corporate Finance, and patent attorney firm Alchemie IP. Other sponsors included Box UK, Business News Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, CPS Group, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Development Bank of Wales, Haus, Rolls-Royce, and Valero Energy.

The nominated charity partner for the awards was Cancer Research Wales, which is dedicated to developing life-changing treatments, diagnostic techniques, and research for people with cancer.




Concrete Canvas Ltd. was incorporated in the UK in 2005, it manufactures three award winning products, Concrete Canvas®, Concrete Canvas Shelters™ and CC Hydro™. These products were developed to exploit a unique material technology invented by Peter Brewin (MEng) and Will Crawford (MEng) whilst studying Industrial Design Engineering at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art in London.

Concrete Canvas Ltd’s core material technology enables the supply of unique construction solutions that are extremely fast, easy to install and environmentally friendly. The company prides itself on innovation, quality and responsiveness to our customers’ needs.

The primary markets for Concrete Canvas Ltd are in the civil infrastructure (road and rail), mining and petrochemical sectors where CC is used for erosion control applications such as channel lining, slope protection and bund lining. The company has grown rapidly since 2005 and has sold its products to over 80 countries around the world.


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