Newport-based startup BEMAN Candles has been named as the Rising Star at the
Wales finals of the StartUp Awards 2023 on the 22nd of June.
Founder Ricki Takooree created the brand BEMAN Candles to begin his mission to encourage personal development and wellbeing through the use of QR code candles.
The StartUp Awards were established in 2022 to highlight the success of StartUps across nine UK nations and regions, and to celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy.
The Wales final was held at Depot in Cardiff and saw 35 different awards given out to new
businesses in categories such as Graduate StartUp of the Year, Business to Business Services StartUp of the Year and Social Enterprise StartUp of the Year.
Helen Bierton, Chief Banking Officer at Starling Bank says:
“Congratulations to all our StartUp awards winners and finalists in Wales - what an inspiration
We’re celebrating the successes of family run businesses as well as individual
entrepreneurs and partnerships. Together they are a welcome boost to the Welsh economy
creating job opportunities and developing skills to drive growth.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, creator of the awards, said the events have celebrated the best new firms in the UK and recognised the amazing entrepreneurial talent across the nation.
“In the second year of the Wales Startup Awards, we have seen yet again the incredible
contribution of new businesses to job creation, innovation, and prosperity across the whole of
this entrepreneurial nation. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to read the stories of those
individuals from across Wales who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risk to launch
their own venture, especially at a time when the economy is still fragile after the Covid