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is an environmental consultancy
based on over 10 years experience
managing the natural environment,
countryside access and heritage
projects with our parent company
Menter Môn - the enterprise and
environmental agency for Anglesey,
North Wales.
“We are living through challenging times for economic
growth. In both the private and public sector economic
development models, the traditional routes to job creation
and economic growth, are struggling to move forward.
There is however an alternative - the third sector which offers a third way of
developing the economy and thankfully we have good examples in North Wales
of community and social enterprises who are trading their way to success,
creating jobs and opportunities in the process.
Social enterprises are altruistic entrepreneurs who can step up and make things
happen. It is crucially important in times of recession, but equally in periods of
growth, that the third sector is given the resources to bring sustainable
economic benefit. There are motives other than profit for economic growth, and
as long as social enterprises work to established business principles they can
have a great influence on all of our futures.
Agoriad is a good example of social enterprises seeking to forge a path to
sustainability in the market place. This is the task all social enterprises face,
both new and existing; to move into markets which are stressed and make them
work better. With less of a profit motive, and more of a social benefit model,
several sectors of our economy can still experience growth”.
Gerallt Llewelyn Jones
Managing Director of Menter Môn Cyf
Ecological Surveys
Code for Sustainable Homes
Environmental Impact Assessments
Interpretation Planning
Project Management
Monitoring and Aftercare
01248 725700
Menter Môn as an organisation has attracted in excess of £40 million of grant funding
from various sources for a range of activities since it was established almost twenty
years ago. It continues to fund community projects, support local initiatives and
businesses on Anglesey and is a champion of Social Enterprise on the Island.
Menter Môn Cyf • Annog Cyf
Llangefni Town Hall, Bulkeley Square, Llangefni,
Anglesey LL77 7LR • Tel: + 44 (0)1248 725700 •
MARCH • 2014
Designing and creating high
end furniture at the heart of
CLICk The heaDIngs To go
sTraIghT To The sTory
the Island
“When the world gets
more challenging - you need
to innovate”
Local businesses to benefit
from superfast broadband
Tom Vousden Design is based in Llangefni and is receiving
acclaim for its beautiful furniture, design and quality of
manufacture; its range of bespoke clients continues to increase.
In September 2013 Tom exhibited a new range of contemporary furniture at the
London 100% Design Show and it generated exciting trade interest for this
young Anglesey designer and craftsman.
Lili - the Fairy who lives in
the woods
The Anglesey
Car Canopy tent?
Why choose an
electric bicycle?
An adventure in making
in Wales
Ogi Môn is truly a
Welsh Pasty
Llaeth Môn
- Milk for Anglesey
Dylan’s - Looking to expand
its product range offer
“Workplace Compliance
has never been so easy
and rewarding!”
We live in challenging times
Newsletter images and content
© Menter Môn 2014
unless otherwise stated
Examples of Tom Vousden’s craftmanship and attention to detail.
Tom established his business in Llangefni after finishing a Three Dimensional
Design course at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011, his style had
attracted a number of clients wanting bespoke pieces of design, manufacturing
quality and uniqueness.
Continuing to develop his skills as a designer/maker Tom now creates high-end
home furnishings using quality materials. His use of modern technologies and
techniques within the manufacture alongside his hand making skills is retained,
to include the authenticity that has always been a hallmark of his craft.
Tom Vousden: “My furniture aims to provide comfort, quality and longevity
based on good contemporary design. Menter Môn has been a big help by
enabling me to develop my products and business. My objectives are to widen
my product range and further develop and expand my creative and
manufacturing techniques”.
ConTInueD on page 3...
In steven Johnson’s 2010 book, ‘Where good Ideas Come From: The natural
history of Innovation’, he references the intriguing ability of Daphnia to
respond to challenging times like drought, the onset of winter, or other
environmental disturbances by altering its method of reproduction.
Thursday 13th March 2014
at Llangefni Town Hall
Bulkeley Square, Llangefni,
Anglesey LL77 7LR
Young Persons
Development Projects,
Bauhaus Projects
and Partners Projects
10.00am - 5.00pm
This microscopic crustacean, commonly called a water flea, reproduces itself in
hospitable times through parthenogenesis (that is, asexually). During the phase of
asexual reproduction, every offspring is an exact genetic copy of the female parent. To
deal with the challenges of a changing environment, the female Daphnia switch and
begin to produce male offspring enabling sexual reproduction to take place. The benefit
of sexual reproduction in Daphnia is that the eggs fertilized in this way are stronger
than those produced asexually making them better able to withstand the harsher
environment. The presence of males also enables the sharing of genetic material which
can help strengthen the Daphnia population.
Johnson writes that, “when the world gets more challenging - scarce resources,
predators, parasites - you need to innovate”. Innovation in this case is the ability to
change from doing what is already being done by connecting in new ways in order to
adapt to new situations. Connecting to share new genetic material can be a risky
endeavour since it introduces the possibility of bad combinations or errors that are
then passed on to future generations. However, it is also essential to the survival of
the Daphnia.
Although the link between the Daphnia and economic regeneration may not be obvious
at first, there are obvious lessons to be learnt. Menter Môn was established to deliver
the EU LEADER programme in 1995 which actively encouraged new approaches and the
taking of risks in the rural economy. In an increasingly risk averse environment where
the use of public money is rightly scrutinised, LEADER continues to support projects that
would struggle to gain mainstream funding support due uncertain outputs and
likelihood of failure.
Menter Môn continues to be a champion of innovation, over the years we have
encouraged and helped our innovators, entrepreneurs and local businesses to introduce
new products and to explore new markets and to meet the challenges of a changing
commercial world.
as the world gets more challenging we need to adapt to survive, just like the Daphnia.
Bring us your ideas and ambitions, we’re here to help.
Dafydd Gruffydd
...ConTInueD From page 1
Tom’s furniture design is beautifully
simple and features stunning grain
joints in the carefully selected timber
he uses. These pieces launched at the
London Show incorporate hand
turned oak buttons and hand dyed
local wool by Iona Challinor
( with
colours inspired by Parys Mountain,
here on Anglesey.
Menter Môn is supporting Tom and Iona
through Axis 4 of the RDP for Wales.
superfast broadband is being rolled out across Wales
through the superfast Cymru project annog is a key delivery partner ensuring that
businesses in gwynedd are among the first to benefit.
Making sure businesses understand, identify, maximise and ultimately profit
from the opportunities that superfast broadband and new technologies present
is a key objective of both Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council.
To complement the roll-out of superfast broadband, Annog will be delivering a
programme of business support from December 2013 to April 2014 in those areas
of Gwynedd where superfast broadband is now available.
activities will include:
• Provision of business information via the Business Wales website and enquiry
• A series of 8 workshops - run across the county during January, February and
March 2014
• Access to specialist business advice - identifying tailored ‘digital exploitation’
action plans for 40 local businesses
• An event providing superfast broadband knowledge to local business support
• A programme of feedback and insight into business attitudes and the adoption
of superfast enabled technology
The project is funded and coordinated by Welsh Government and Gwynedd
Council. Specialist support is being delivered through Annog Cyf under the
management of Peninsula Enterprise. To discuss the support available contact
Zoe Pritchard at the Annog Porthmadog Office on 01766 514057 or Alternatively visit
“ My objectives are to widen my
product range and further develop
and expand my creative and
manufacturing techniques.”
Check out more of Tom’s unique
design and furniture build on
to raise children’s awareness of the
environment, the Welsh countryside and
small birds and creatures”.
Sue added: “The stories are themed upon
an ‘Eco’ fairy and are based in woodlands
on Anglesey. As well as being my home, I
felt that Anglesey, with its beautiful
natural environment would make the
perfect setting for my stories”.
“Menter Môn Project Manager Jane Davies
had the vision to see the potential in my
project from the outset and has
supported me to develop my ideas from
handwritten manuscripts into six fullyillustrated books”.
The six books will be available in both
Welsh and English soon and with the help
of Menter Môn, Sue is currently
developing the Lili brand further with a
number of exciting upcoming products.
Inspired by the beautiful countryside
and wildlife surrounding her home on
anglesey, sue Williams has written
an enchanting series of children’s
books which capture the wonderful
and touching adventures of ‘Lili, the
Fairy who Lives in the Woods’ and
her woodland friends.
over the past 18 months, Sue has
developed six beautifully illustrated
bedtime stories which are aimed at
children aged between the ages of five
and eight years old.
Her talent for story telling came from
being a mum-of-three, whose children
loved to hear original stories at bedtime.
However the idea for Lili the Fairy, who
looks after her woodland friends, came
from Sue’s own interest in the nature
and wildlife.
“I’ve always loved the pleasure that
nature provides - little birds, the
woodland and so on - and I know most
young children do too,” Sue explained. “I
also know many little girls love fairy
stories, and that’s how my ideas began to
develop further. The books are intended
Sue Williams: “I've always loved the
pleasure that nature provides”.
Daniel Bryant and his family are keen campers and
tour regularly across europe and the uk.
He has identified a niche market for the production of canopy tents that are
attached to the car. Work has now commenced on building the prototype with a
company on the Island. The project is also looking for further space to develop
the prototype as the base requires a fibreglass mould to be made.
Branding is being developed and a contractor has been procured to investigate
the manufacture. Daniel will be attending a European tent show to source the
most up to date materials.
Menter Môn will work with Anglesey based businesses to promote the use of electric vehicles
on the island. The aim is to support them to establish electric cycle hire provision on the
island linked to a network of established cycle routes. Signage will be established along these
routes along with charging points at suitable locations such as cafés and tourist attractions.
Menter Môn would be interested in hearing from any Anglesey based business that would be
interested in collaborating to provide electric cycle hire provision or charging points. We can
provide a package of financial and specialist advice in order to support these activities.
electric bicycles eliminate most of the hurdles that
conventional bike owners face, from that sinking feeling you
get at the sight of a steep hill to concerns about getting hot
and bothered on your way into work. They’re also surprisingly
cheap to run, very quiet, and can even help keep you fit.
Basically, they make bicycling fun again.
There are a lot of benefits of electric bikes for commuters; but they
are also great for leisure cyclists;here’s a few:
get yourself fitter: electric bikes make journeys, especially those
involving hills, less daunting than they would be on a conventional
bike, and even power-assisted cycling is much better for you than no
exercise at all!
money saving: in everyday use, it only costs a few pence to fully
charge the battery on an electric bike. Every time you choose to
“take the bike”, leaving the car at home, is a big amount of petrol and
money saved.
no license, moT or specific insurance.
easy to “refuel”: find a mains socket, plug in, wait a bit - and away
you go.
Faster than the car! for shorter journeys, you could find it’s quicker
to get there by electric bicycle than by a car or even motorcycle. You
don’t get stuck in traffic and there’s no driving around looking for
somewhere to park.
go further: the assistance provided by an electric bicycle will extend
the range that you’re able to cycle before you get tired, it’s an option
for journeys that you might formerly only have considered by car.
Stefano Tinti /
enjoy the cyclist’s shortcuts: since electric bikes can be ridden on
cycle tracks and other designated cycle-specific routes, you can full
take advantage of the same shortcuts and lack of congestion that a
regular cyclist can.
Less sweaty effort: you’ll have to put in less effort riding an electric
bicycle compared to a conventional bike, especially up hills or into
headwind, so you’re less likely to end up sweaty.
Quiet ride: the motor on an electric bicycle is almost silent, meaning
that you can enjoy the sounds of the countryside.
All in all, you can enjoy the bike and continue to use it as you get
older and you can improve your fitness levels - the technology is
improving all the time and there are some great choices out there.
Now we are in the 21st century, we must be aware of our natural
resources and try to limit their usage. Cars are extremely harmful to our
environment to reduce greenhouse emissions and protect our
environment; we must turn our attentions towards alternative methods.
Electric bikes are one of these favorable methods as they boast zeroemissions technology. By choosing to cycle rather than drive you will
be contributing towards a cleaner and safer environment.
Don’t forget that the cost of running a car far exceeds the cost of an
electric bike.
The AA state that: The cost of running a car per mile (including petrol,
tyres, service labour costs, replacement parts, parking and tolls) for
the lowest band car is 17.5p per mile.
So as the average mileage is about 8000 miles a year, it will cost the
average commuter £1400 per annum. Then on top of this you need to
add the cost of insurance, tax, breakdown cover and calculate the
yearly depreciation of your vehicle and any finance costs.
Electric bikes only cost from 3 - 7 pence to fully charge, leaving you
with a potentially terrific annual saving, as well as saving money on
fuel, how about on gym membership fees as your fitness levels would
increase substantially solely through riding the bike?
As part of Axis 4 product development, there is a focus on creating
behavioural change within energy production or reduction of usage.
With this in mind there is to be an expo early in 2014 to promote the
use of electric vehicles, starting with electric bikes. The Expo will
bring together a number of bike types fit for any member of the
family including trikes and electric mountain bikes, for enjoying the
ride down rather than tolerating the struggle up!
originally from the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire, hannah studied a
Ba in Fine art Textiles at goldsmiths College, London and an msc in
Light & Lighting at the Bartlett, university College London.
She worked as an architectural lighting designer for 6 years before being drawn back
to making. Combining design skills gained in architectural lighting and a love for
pattern and perforations she is working on a range of products from the domestic to
architectural scale.
Drws y Coed is the project name for an adventure in making in Wales that focuses on
the micro manufacturing opportunities provided by digital technologies. The Ffiws
studio was the ideal resource to make this happen, with product development funding
from Menter Môn allowing prototyping of products, brand logo creation by Love igloo
of Caernarvon and product photography by Rolant Dafis from Aberystwyth.
“ I’m interested in
working with
architects and
local woodwork
specialist to
develop some
larger work.”
Menter Môn also funded attendance at the 100% Design show at Earls Court, which
was an invaluable chance to meet industry contacts and launch designs to the wider
world. This has led to further valuable exposure such as being featured in the Icon
magazine product section and in iPad app magazine.
Happy with the development of the plywood lamp design Hannah is currently
prototyping solid welsh hardwood screens to take her work to larger scale and which
also features local materials. “Having made two welsh hardwood screens so far I’m
really interested in developing this into a bespoke installation service at an
architectural scale. I’m interested in working with architects and local woodwork
specialist to develop some larger work”.
Some of the design relate to North Wales history such as the Merddyn Gwyn lamp
showing archaeological finds from Anglesey which is on display in oriel Ynys Môn or
The Ty Croes lamp which has pattern based on a blanket on show in Bangor museum
that was made in the 1840’s at Ty Croes Farm on Anglesey.
The Ty Croes lamp (pictured),
along with Hannah’s other
work, can be viewed at
Drws y Coed lamps are currently being exhibited in Ruthin Craft centre’s illuminate
show and Hearth & Home in oriel Myrddin Gallery, Camarthen and the Mostyn gallery
Shop Llandudno.
Hannah Wardle: “The support funding has made such a difference to my ambitions of
creating and making my work on a commercial footing here in North Wales”.
a little time a go the Daily express
ran a story claiming that the baker
and businessman oliver Booth had
launched an audacious bid to claim
the famous pasty for Wales.
ogi môn is a sea side catering truck, a familiar site at the beaches on the
south side of anglesey. The business has come up with a local pasty called
‘ogi môn’ and menter môn are supporting the business with 100%
commissioning to bring the product to market.
The Food Tech Centre has been commissioned to develop recipes and carry out tests
regarding shelf life and heating/freezing guide lines and the ogis are ready to go and
are really delicious!
Nicki and Bethan (the owners), chose a local
design company as their packaging and branding
consultants, Menter Môn are also fully funding
this aspect, the longer term aim is to expand the
offer of local Welsh ogi Môn to retail outlets and
local businesses.
The pasty sources all local produce and meat where
possible. The flavours currently being developed are
Welsh Beef & Local Ale and Local Lamb & Mint.
He said, “The earliest known recipe
for a Cornish pasty in Cornwall dates
back to 1746 when the pies were
served as lunch to tin miners. But Mr.
Booth claims the earliest prototype
was served to workers building the
cathedral in St Davids, Pembrokeshire,
in 1181.
The typical Cornish pasty, baked in
the shape of a torpedo, is filled with
beef, sliced potato, swede and onion.
But the traditional pasty contains
Welsh lamb, Welsh leeks, redcurrant
jelly and currants.”
However, his claims are being
disputed by the Cornish Pasty
Association, which insists there is a
“wealth of historical evidence”
supporting Cornwall’s claim to
inventing the pasty - we don’t want
to take sides but can confidently
announce that the new Ogi Môn
pasty is truly delicious and
mouthwateringly good ...and very
much Welsh!
agri/Food product Development
a local farming couple Llinos and Iwan huws from penrhos Bodedern,
contacted us enquiring about support to set up a pasteurization unit on
their dairy farm.
The objective is for them to milk their own cows and pasteurise on site in order to supply
local outlets on Anglesey. In order to launch this new product on the Island they will need to
build a new unit next to the dairy to pasteurize and bottle the milk. We introduced a specialist
from ADAS to help with the logistics of the project, the equipment and the business and
financial planning.
once the building plan and the equipment are identified they will apply for funding through the
Rural Loan Fund available through Leader. The Agri Innovation programme will fund any training
and courses for the Huws to attend in order to deliver the process effectively. We can also fund
the branding and provide a packaging consultant in order to bring the product to market.
Dylan’s restaurant in menai Bridge approached menter môn looking
for some help, with the commercialisation of some of its food
products, currently offered on its menu.
Dylan’s objective is to expand the offer of a range of products not just at the restaurant,
but as a stand-alone brand at other commercial and retail venues.
A number of development products were discussed and the list below has been chosen
for the affinity to the Island and North Wales and uniqueness in the market:
• Dragon Sauce
• Drunken Mussel Sauce
• Mariniere Sauce
• Tomato Relish
• Beer Mustard
The Food Tech Centre was chosen to review recipes, to scale up recipes into final
packaging, to analyse product shelf life, and to provide advice on labelling and
ingredient declarations. The successful Dylan’s brand is to be retained for packaging
with design work to be completed for each specific product.
Dylan’s already has a range of
products on offer as it looks to
expand its sales and customer
choice further.
We have been working with keith Fitton, helping to set up a project which has a
very wide appeal for HR and other areas of Management.
has been established and is attracting interest from the commercial world.
- Keith Fitton
“During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I worked as an engineer
in the aircraft parts manufacturing industry. I later
moved in to management and consultancy work.
over the years of working with workplace regulations I gained
valuable hands-on experience which gave me the knowledge
and deep understanding of how management systems needed to
be designed and implemented. The key features of the systems
included Health & Safety Policies, Employment Contracts,
assessments, work instructions, letters and reports etc. that
promoted a culture of compliance, efficiency and productivity to
the workforce”.
Quality Manuals, Inductions, Training and Risk Assessments etc.
They are also able to report a hazard or request a holiday etc.
This is assisted with access to a library of templates which relate
to their designated responsibilities”.
Through Platform-C any UK company can easily and very cost
effectively achieve compliance in all areas of Health & Safety,
Employment Law, Environmental Standards and Quality.
“I implemented systems in over 400 companies throughout the
UK and had mixed results. Those who used their systems
benefited from the prevention of accidents and disputes. In the
less likely event of a tribunal or health & safety prosecution
their systems provided a first line of defence. They were also
able to tender for more lucrative work.
Those companies that
did not use their
systems remained
exposed to
prosecutions, insurance
hikes, and stagnation
of productivity. The
main reasons for them
not using their systems
was that traditional
methods of manually producing, communicating and storing
documents were too slow and expensive”.
This prompted the need for the system to function on a webbased platform.
In 2012 we enlisted a website developer and business partner
Brian Smart.
In June 2013 Platform-C was completed and tested by a group of
“Platform-C is an on-line “cloud” utility that connects people in
the workplace. It is the easiest and most effective way to
manage workplace compliance. Each worker within a company
has secure access in to the system where they can view and
verify vital information such as H&S Policies, Staff Handbooks,
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