Introbiz Scoop Win at Business Wales Awards

31 January 2017

Business Wales Awards

Introbiz have won the Mentee of the Year 2017 award at the Excellence in Mentoring Awards Dinner hosted by Business Wales. The Dinner was held at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday, 26th January and welcomed over 100 business people who’d also been shortlisted for an array of mentoring awards.

Tracey and Paul Smolinski, founders and managing directors of Introbiz, have been mentored by Mark Wilcox, founder of Business Step Up for the last 2 years and through his expertise and advice, have learned a great deal to take back into growing Introbiz. Today, Introbiz is Wales’ leading professional business network and since launching 8 years ago, the network has grown considerably with 250 members from a range of industries and sectors, 50 events a year ranging from business breakfasts, ladies lunches, socials, and business clubs as well as hosting Wales’ biggest business Expo annually in Cardiff. The aim is to connect businesses, from corporate companies to SMEs, to their target audiences.

Business mentors are experienced, successful business people who understand what it feels like to be in business. A mentor can offer businesses experience, enthusiasm and skills to benefit their mentees. They can also give guidance in developing and improving their businesses, help with difficult decisions, brainstorm ideas for new products and services, building confidence and work on personal development.

Having worked in the Marketing and Management industry for over 35 years, Mark Wilcox launched Business Step Up and is now actively involved in assisting businesses grow with the assistance of government funded programmes, specialising particularly where support is needed with people, processes and planning. He’s worked all over the UK offering his expertise, including Scotland, North Midlands, London, Bournemouth, Dorset, the Southwest and Wales, where he now resides with his family.

Answering why he nominated Introbiz for the Mentee of the Year Award for 2017, he said; “I have been truly privileged to work with both Paul and Tracey since 2014 and was honoured to nominate them for the award.

“They demonstrate professionalism in every way and are dedicated to helping businesses, including start-ups and SMEs to promote their products and services for growth and profit this through their events. I am thrilled that their passion, drive and commitment has been recognised and I’m sure that this award will be the first of many.”

Tracey and Paul said; “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Mentee of the Year Award for 2017. We never thought we’d win but we’re thrilled to have been nominated by Mark. We’ve learnt so much to benefit Introbiz through Mark and we’d urge all businesses to consider having a mentor. We’d like to thank our staff for all their hard work, as well as our members, sponsors and everyone who’s supported us over the years. Your support means a great deal.”

To find out more about the Introbiz you can call the team on 02920 291002 or email

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