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Cardiff GrandFest held to help preserve older crafts

A festival celebrating older people’s crafts has taken place in Cardiff in a bid to ensure the skills are not lost.

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Win £5,000 in the ebay for Business Awards 2017

ebay offers a global customer base of 171 million… selling online opens up a whole new market of opportunities…

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Pembrokeshire-based family run business, National Weaving Company, finds ways to grow with support from the Welsh Government’s Business Wales service

The National Weaving Company was set up in the 1980s by Christine Astley and her daughter Louise, to provide high-quality British made products with exceptionally quick delivery times and customer service…

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The graduate who went from indulging a hobby to selling her bath bombs to Harrods

Charlotte Ridgwell bought a craft kit and made her very first bath bomb while recovering from a broken leg – now she’s supplying Harrods…

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These talented Welsh people make beautiful things that you need to have in your home

From Welsh hat cushions and gorgeous glass work to paintings and sketches of our country, there’s definitely space for these…

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Carmarthenshire Rural Net.Works: support for arts, crafts, gifts & alternative food sectors.

Local organisation CETMA has had a very busy week with the launch of its new LEADER funded project.

The social enterprise has been awarded LEADER funding to deliver an innovative new project, Carmarthenshire Rural Net.Works.

The project brings together professional craft makers and speciality food businesses in the region to promote, support and develop their businesses through collaboration and mentoring.

The project is hoping to support these sectors in improving their marketing and supply chains by working in collaboration, and finding cost efficient ways to manage this. Which in turn will lead to the creation of new job opportunities, as well as providing work placements to help students gain an insight into this industry.

The first few months will see the project team of Anna, Michelle and Izzy visiting and contacting local craft and alternative food businesses, setting up networking groups and looking at ways the project can support them.

Jonathan Williams, CETMA Managing Director said:

“CETMA recognises the contribution made to the Welsh economy by the craft and alternative food sectors, and the project aims to address some of issues faced by these small businesses through working collaboratively.”

Anna Sadler project co-ordinator of Net.Works said:

“I’m extremely excited about getting to know local crafters and business owners and finding new ways of working together to create new opportunities.”

CETMA would love to hear from any local business wanting to get involved in the project. You can contact Anna at or telephone on 01554 772 056.

To find out more about CETMA and the work it does, please visit

_This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural
Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded
by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh