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 industry 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.
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 here in Aberystwyth too.
Without a doubt, 2020 was a huge year for our business, and for me too. With the pandemic, we looked at ways to adapt the business, take advantage of the huge leaps to digital that many businesses were taking and ways to support small businesses during what was, and still is, a very difficult time. With a lot of hard work and energy, huge amounts of learning and networking the business grew and by June 2021, we’ve now employed 2 members of staff which is super exciting for us.
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. During 2020 I passed the Facebook Blueprint Digital Marketing Associate exam, and in 2021 the Facebook Blueprint Community Management exam. It’s important for me to keep growing, keep learning and keep developing.
I’m delighted to be a part of the Lifelong Learning department at Aberystwyth University, and teach 3 modules for their online cohort – Creating Podcasts, Social Media Marketing (Welsh) and Enterprise.
Community-wise I like to keep busy and it’s so important for us as a small businesses too. I’m a Town Councillor here in Aberystwyth, Governor for Ysgol Plascrug, and director for Menter Aberystwyth and Radio Aber. I have very recently been elected as Llywydd (President) for the Ardal Aberystwyth Rotary.