The Denbighshire-based fence post manufacturer, which processes more than 100,000 tonnes of wood annually, won the Wales’s Best Family Business category in the Family Business United at the May Fair Hotel.

Clifford Jones beat off competition from nine other businesses from across Wales to win the prize. The company makes over four million wooden fence posts a year at its bases in Ruthin and at Gretna in the Scottish Borders is also known for its innovative and eco-friendly approach to the business.

“When we saw who we were up against we didn’t think we had much chance so we were amazed and delighted to have our name called out,” said chairman Richard Jones.

“We truly are a family business as I and my sister Sarah are involved on a daily basis and my three sons are now stepping in as well so we hope to be around for many more years.”

The business now employs over 70 staff at two bases, turns over more than £10 million a year and has made major investments not just in the laminating plant but also in a computer-controlled timber engineering machine, production lines, drying kilns and biomass energy.