25 producers celebrate Menter a Busnes 25th birthday

11 December 2014

Produce from 25 food and drink producers from across Wales has been used to create an unique hamper to celebrate a special year for one of the leading independent economic development companies in Wales, Menter a Busnes  The business advice company is celebrating 25 years since the company was established, back in 1989. As part of the celebrations, 25 food and drink producers, who have benefitted from the Cywain project (one of Menter a Busnes’ projects), have created a hamper of produce to celebrate each year the company celebrates.


Cywain Manager, Myrddin Davies explains: “As Cywain is a project set up by Menter a Busnes to bring added value to food and drink, we were keen that our businesses were part of the celebrations. Cywain has advised and assisted nearly 1,000 groups and businesses to bring added value to their produce over a 5 year period.”


With offices in Bangor, St Asaph, Cardiff and its headquarters in Aberystwyth, Menter a Busnes has numerous support programmes for businesses, entrepreneurships, skills and innovation development under its wings.


Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes Chief Executive said: “Cywain has kept true to Menter a Busnes’ original principle by ensuring the client is the main focus of the support delivery. This means that the team work in partnership with a number of organisations and sponsors to ensure we fulfill our clients’ expectations and add value to their end product. One of those that have been fundamental to Cywain’s clients in north Wales is Llangefni’s Food Technology Centre at Coleg Menai.”


Cywain clients have been busy preparing for one of their busiest times of the year, the Christmas period. Local people have been urged to not only support the Shop Local Saturday campaign on recently but to continue throughout the period and ensure their Christmas and New Year fayre includes the best local food and drink available.


Nigel Jefferies of Cwt Mwg, Anglesey said: “We have been preparing for our busy period and have been urging local people to support local Welsh businesses in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Our festive hampers have been filled with traditionally smoked products, and we are keen to wish Menter a Busnes many happy returns as it reaches this important milestone in its history. Without doubt, Cywain’s Menter a Busnes project has been fundamental to the success of our small business here in Anglesey.”


The 25 businesses supplying goods to the birthday hamper are:

1.       Y Cwt Caws, Dulas, Anglesey

2.       Cwt Mwg, Dulas, Anglesey

3.       Barcut Veal, Llangernyw, Conwy - Barcut rosê veal produced locally in Llangernyw, succulent and sweet meat www.barcutveal.co.uk

4.       VDeli, Llangain, Carmarthenshire

5.       Cwm Farm, Pontardawe, Swansea

6.       Selective Seafoods, Tudweiliog, Gwynedd

7.       Dylan’s, Porthaethwy, Anglesey 'Dylan's' chefs have shared the restaurant’s secrets by launching a brand new range of sauces to accompany fish, www.dylansrestaurant.co.uk

8.       The Pembrokeshire Beachfood Company, Pembrokeshire

9.       Fferm Ffwrnais, Bwyd Cymru Bodnant, Conwy

10.    Cwrw Llŷn, Llwyndyrys, Pwllheli, Gwynedd

11.    O’r Maen, Llanrwst, Conwy - wholemeal digestives with wheat home grown at Cae Melwr Farm, Llanrwst and home baked a mile down the road in a traditional bakery, Scilicorns, Llanrwst www.ormaen.co.uk

12.    Pant Du, Penygroes, Gwynedd

13.    Conwy Goat Meat, Trofarth, Conwy

14.    Mermaid Seafoods, Llandudno, Conwy

15.    Cemmaes Bay Lobsters and Crabs, Benllech, Anglesey

16.    Big Hand Brewery, Wrexham

17.    CRYMS, Llwyndyrys, Y Ffôr, Pwllheli

18.    Eat my Flowers, Corwen, Denbighshire - Sarah Hughes produces delicate sugared flowers using plants grown in her garden, www.eatmyflowers.co.uk

19.    Castell Gwyn, Llandudno, Conwy

20.    Toffi Toffee, Deiniolen, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

21.    Arbennig Glutten Free, Maenan, Llanrwst, Conwy – Sue Morris suffers from allergies including gluten and after realising how difficult it was to source gluten free food, she began developing her own gluten free meals such as quiche, lasagne and curry.

22.    Treddafydd Organig, Llithfaen, Gwynedd

23. Siop Fferm Yerbeston Gate, Cresselly, Pembrokeshire

24. Hootons Homegrown, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey

25. Home Farm, Overton, Wrexham


Cywain project was spearheaded by Menter a Busnes set up to bring added value to primary produce within the agriculture sector.  The project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.


Cywain Fisheries, developed by Menter a Busnes, is funded through the European Fisheries Fund with match funding from the Welsh Government. 


For more information regarding seeking support from Cywain visit: www.cywain.com

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