A Llanidloes businesswoman's tireless community work has been recognised as one of the best in the UK and Ireland.

Trudy Davies, of Woosnam & Davies News, scooped the Service to the Community award at the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA) which recognises the achievements of independent news and convenience retailers.

“It doesn’t seem real and it hasn’t quite sunk in," Trudy said. "I'm doing a happy dance in my head every time I think about it.

“It is amazing to bring this Independent Achievers Academy award back to my little mid Wales home town of Llanidloes . Without my community’s, family and friends support it would never have been possible."

Trudy, who is also a Llanidloes town councillor, is a serial award winner and nominee for her work in the community.


She is currently a finalist in the community category at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Awards; it is the first time that the Long Bridge Street shop has been recognised by the FSB.

Trudy's fundraising for a life-saving defibrillator in Llanidloes by selling plants has also bagged a nomination for Community Initiative of the Year at The Convenience Awards 2022.

In October, Trudy was a runner-up for the Royal British Legion Covid-19 Community Award for her "individual impact".

The Independent Achievers Academy Awards Gala Dinner in Birmingham was the first time the event has been held in person since 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking after the awards night, Trudy said:"A big thanks to all at Newtrade Media for putting on a fantastic event IAAcademy Awards ceremony.

"I picked up a lot of knowledge from Rachel Bridge speaker and presenter of IAA. What a great speaker with super tips on how to start a business with no money.

"It sure was a great evening and I felt really good to get back together after the break due to Covid, and celebrating with wonderful inspirational retailers. Congratulations to all of the finalists and all who made the Top 100 list - you're all amazing retailers!"