I stepped into the world of business in 2013, and before that I’d worked in hospitality for 8 years. Without a doubt, the hospitality business taught me a lot of the skills I needed to run my own business, as well as juggling my jobs with studies – GCSEs, A Levels, BSc and finally an MSc.
In 2013, Gwe Cambrian Web began, a joint business venture with my partner Emlyn. We spotted a gap in the market in terms of bilingual (Welsh) website design and developers. The business grew very steadily year on year, and by 2015 I was able to leave my “full time” job, and plough all of my efforts into Gwe Cambrian Web, and setting up my own business, Discover Your Wales.
In 2016, an opportunity for an office move arose, and we opened the Aberystwyth Business Hub where we remain today. By this point, I’d really started getting stuck into digital marketing, passing a Shaw Academy Digital Marketing course with a Distinction. Having graduated University in 2014, I was also getting more involved in the local community.
Roll on to 2019, and my passions are firmly set: enabling small businesses, digital marketing, social media. I am full of energy and driven about everything I do in my day to day. One of the best things about running a business for me is the constant learning. From a young age I always loved learning, and working in tech and digital means you never know everything. I attend digital and social media conferences (check out my blog over 2020 for these) across the UK as well as making sure I’m always on top of latest changes and new platforms.
Community-wise I’m now a Board Member of Menter Aberystwyth, organising community-led events (as well as a new event for 2020, Aberystwyth’s own Business Conference), and also a member of 3 choirs.