Finalists at the National Eisteddfod Gorsedd y Dreigiau are Gareth and Sian Powell, who are launching a wigwam accommodation business at Llanelidan, near Ruthin; Owen Derbyshire of A*Seren, a new educational tutoring business in Cardiff; Jonathan Fry of Event Rater, a new Cardiff-based business measuring consumer satisfaction in the events industry; and Bleddyn Williams of Red Pivot, a new extreme sports company currently creating high-spec skateboards in Chepstow.
Last year’s overall winner was Welsh salami and sausage producer Saloni from Boncath, Pembrokeshire, while Gwynedd sports event organiser Always Aim High Events Ltd and Nefyn brewer Cwrw Llŷn were finalists
The dragons’ panel will include Elin Rhys of Telesgop; Eryl Williams of Asbi Golf, Caerphilly; Janet Davies of Prysg, Cardiff; and last year’s winner, Carwyn Adams of Saloni.
“Yet again we’ve been impressed with the standard of entries and each of the finalists has come up with some unique and challenging business ideas,” said Alun Jones, Chief Executive of Menter a Busnes. “The panel of judges will consider each of their business plans and ideas for growth, ensuring the finalists are quizzed and challenged thoroughly on how they would use the investment prize to take their business forward.”
Alun Jones, Chief Executive, Menter a Busnes
Menter a Busnes is an independent business development company designing and implementing a range of programmes and commercial services to support the economic development and growth of small, medium and large businesses, organisations and individuals.
It also provides support and development for entrepreneurship, skills and innovation and delivers business support programmes and services on behalf of national and regional organisations.
Established in 1989, Menter a Busnes has offices in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Holyhead and Bangor and has a subsidiary business, Mabis, which provides additional commercial services to small, medium and large businesses, organisations and the public sector.