Case Studies

05 December 2018
Having first brewed beer as a student forty years ago, Phil Chadwick now owns his own nanobrewery – Bragdy Môn – Anglesey Brewhouse.   Smaller even than a microbrewery, Anglesey Brewhouse, with its workforce consisting of Phil, his wife Karen, and son Adam have aimed to produce quality over quantity beer since September 2017 at Rhostrehwfa, Anglesey.   The company now intend on relocating to new premises at Llangefni Industrial Estate by Christmas following an “unbelievable” twelve months where the demand for the product has completely outstripped their limited supply.   “Customers were pre-ordering with us, meaning that the product was sold before it was even
24 October 2018   In just 12 months, friends and business partners Jacob Milner and Mike Cooke have developed their initial idea of making small batches of premium Welsh mead into a profitable and award-winning business, nestled on the borders of the Snowdonia National Park.   During the company’s first stages however, neither of them knew exactly what to do with their idea. “With no connections, trade experience, branding, or any sort of graphical representation, the company didn’t really exist,” admits Mike.   Through word-of-mouth from two different sources, the duo was introduced to Cywain, and to Haf Hughes, the project’s Bee Development Manager and Honey Cluster Lead.   “Once
12 October 2018
Llaethdy Llŷn has been bottling quality milk in Pwllheli since August 2016. However, when they first contacted Cywain in October 2015, the future of their family farm was hanging in the balance.   “It was impossible to make a living when the price of milk was as low as it was. It’s a very difficult thing, getting up in the morning, knowing that you will be making a loss that day. As we saw it, we only had two options; to give up completely or to try our hand at something different.”   Following a recommendation by Farming Connect, Sion and Nia Jones contacted Cywain
14 June 2018
New Welsh goat’s milk enterprise – Goatylicious – is the combination of a life-long love of goats and generations of skill.   Carmarthenshire farmer, Laura Seddon, has been helped in her new business by Cywain – a project which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the food and drink sector.   Goats have played a pivotal part in 31-year-old Laura’s life, from her grandfather’s farm in Kent to Talley near Llandeilo where her family now farms.   Says Laura, “As a family, we’ve always had goats, my mum had her first goat when she was 17. I’ve grown up with goats – in fact, you could
13 March 2018
  Blossoming Clwyd preserve producer Mewn Picil brings a touch of local sweetness and spice to the dinner table with a range preserves.   Administration officer, Bethan Batty has been making jams and chutneys for friends and family for a number of years. She then ventured into selling her products at local fairs and Christmas markets, which encouraged her to set up her business.   With Cywain’s help, Mewn Picil is taking its next business steps.   Llansannan based Bethan makes her preserves in small batches using local produce as it comes into season with main production usually starting in September and running through to December.   With labelling