Three Welsh Businesses Share their Stories

16 Jun 2010

Land of song, rugby and poetry  –  Wales is less often seen as a place to do business. However, all over the country, individuals are carving a living for themselves running private businesses.  Syniad Da  (Good Idea), a new series of books by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, tells the stories of successful Welsh businesses in the hope of encouraging the entrepreneurs of the future.

Three Welsh Businesses Share their Stories
The first three books in this affordable series showcase three very different companies. The first, entitled  Byw Busnes  (Living Business) is by the owner of the second-hand car business Ceir Cymru Gari Wyn, the second,  Busnes ar y Buarth  tells the story of Village Dairy/Llaeth y Llan and the third,  Y Gwalch, yr Inc a’r Bocsys  tells the publisher’s own story of setting up Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.

Myrddin ap Dafydd of Gwasg Carreg Gwalch said,  "There are plenty of business books out there in English, from  ‘get rich quick’  guides to the autobiographies of billionaires.  I thought there was a gap in the market for Welsh companies to tell their stories and pass on what they’ve learnt about doing business in Wales over the years."

Whilst the books on Gwasg Carreg Gwalch and Llaeth y Llan give anecdotal advice throughout, Gari Wyn’s book is divided into sections addressing all aspects of running a business, from the questions you should ask yourself before deciding to strike out on your own to formulating business plans, employing people, dealing with customers and even paying taxes.  

Gari Wyn said, "Before writing the book, I spent quite a lot of time researching and reading different business books.  Although they were very interesting, I found it quite hard to relate them to my own experience of doing business. The advice wasn’t all that relevant to individuals living in Wales and less densely populated areas.  The majority of them didn’t address the problems which can arise in a small bilingual country.  I hope that by sharing my story – the mistakes as well as the triumphs, I can offer that uniquely Welsh business point of view."

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