The WalesOnline 35 Under 35: The best young entrepreneurs and professionals of Wales in 2018


Meet the best young entrepreneurs and professionals of Wales in 2018.

Young women on this list come from a variety of backgrounds, work in a number of sectors and represent almost every corner of the country.

Paul Rowland, chief editor of Media Wales, said: "The WalesOnline 35 under 35 is a great platform to show the rising stars in the Welsh economy, across the private, public, education sector. and of the third sector.

its launch in 2014 many of those who made lists, both for men and women, continued to achieve even greater success. "

WalesOnline e Western Mail editorial Sion Barry added: "For any economy to thrive it needs a steady stream of young talents, to drive innovation and ambition in a wide range of industries.

" I have no doubt that WalesOnline's number 35 Under 35 of this year will further highlight that the future is very bright for Wales plc. "

Carolyn Brownell, Head of Marketing and Communications for FOR Cardiff sponsors, said:" FOR Cardiff is committed to supporting economic development and encouraging students to stay in Cardiff after graduation.

"By supporting initiatives like 35 under 35 and outlining the incredible talent and innovation that is in Wales, we can help show what Cardiff has to offer and really put the city on the map as a place to live , work and create an ambitious young professional. "

We have cheated a little and there are a little over 35 as we have doubled on some occasions when a company had co-founders.

If you are not happy not to be on the list or to think of someone who should be included, you can enter them for the 2019 class. Entry will be available soon.

1. Elena & Sofia Costa, Costa Sisters Productions, 27 and 31

The videography of the two sisters behind Costa Sister Productions is strongly influenced by Americana. Non-traditional, bizarre, and humanist marriages with a fun and informal atmosphere are firing.

They travel the world and prize-winning couples have more than 15,000 followers on Instagram. They have become mentors, hosting workshops to teach entrepreneurs how to brand and market their business. They are not limited to photographing weddings, but to shoot for alternative motorcycle events, clothing brands and music videos.

2. Jenny Evans, Founder Jenny Kate, 23 years

Cardiff Met's 23-year-old woman founded her home-decor company Jenny Kate with designs inspired by the natural world. Jenny won the national Entrepreneurship award from the universities of Santander in the post-revenue category, with the managing director of Santander who later purchased his entire portfolio.

Jenny plans to hire two people to help with the day-to-day running of her business. Jenny Kate will be an online store, with her aspiration to be supplied to major home goods retailers.

3. Amy Sheldrake, Carapace Slate Founder and Director, 33

Amy, along with her partner Martyn Lucas, is trying to change the roof industry. Their Carapace slate product is a snap-fit ​​slate tile that allows you to install a Welsh slate roof up to 90% faster than a traditional slate roof. Amy has spent hours working to perfect the card and grow the company in a position where she will meet the first orders in February 2019.

Carapace Slate has received large Innovative grants in the UK and has received private investments from Development Bank of Wales and another private investor.

4. Emma-Jayne Morris, MayzMusik Performing Arts Academy Principal, 32

MayzMusik was founded in 2000 by the mother of Emma May Williams, and Emma took over in 2009. She has since expanded the academy into three studies, six teachers and more than 200 students (with a constant waiting list for classes).

Emma is also the president of a local theater company and is an active member of many of the other companies and is one of many people at the forefront of saving the Abergavenny Theater district from sliding under the radar.

5. Melissa Selmin, founder Melissa Selmin designer / artist, 32

Melissa has received more nominations than anyone else in the 35 years 35 of this year. In the last year Melissa developed her artistic activity.

He has performed at KKIN + ILK cafe bar and most recently participated in an installation at the Plaza Building stadium in collaboration with Naissanace Capital Real Estate, Stride Treglown and Channel 4 showcasing what it represents. Melissa has thousands of followers on Instagram and has created an international customer base in a short space of time.

6. Laura Jones, Founder and Director AdminPro, 26

Laura moved from the frozen sausage packaging to Peters Pies to make her way up the ladder of administration in law firms. Laura then joined a finance company and worked quickly from the head of administration to the office manager. This year he founded his outsourced administration company.

AdminPro offers a service for companies that do not require or do not have the resources to employ full-time or even part-time administrative staff. His five-year plan is to recruit and get AdminPro employees to assist freelancers and small businesses directly in large companies.

7. Heidi-Louise Griffiths, Founder Maykher, 34

With over 12 years working in the fashion industry and following her experiences in third world countries, Heidi founded Maykher in 2016. The company helps to support and educate girls and also provides sustainable job opportunities for women all over the world.

Heidi completed a £ 5,000 crowdfunder for activities in 2016 and has since participated in outlets such as Cosmopolitan, has won awards such as the ETB for the year 2018 at Wales Awards of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and more recently, with the House of Fraser in Cardiff.

One of Heidi's most important accomplishments since the foundation of the business was to fund the education of the Guatemalan girl, Irma, in her training in 2018. [19659012] 8. Sarah Williams, Systems architect Sorbet, 33

Sarah is part of Sorbet's founding team and using her experience gained on both GoCompare and Dezrez, almost by herself she designed her own software systems from scratch. Sarah has been involved in the recruitment and continuing education of the other developers of the company.

Sarah also wanted to give back and give opportunities to students in the area. He encouraged the other team members to follow his example and as a result the Sorbet team regularly held talks at The National Software Academy in Newport.

9. Catherine Butler, Managing Director Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher, 33

Catherine is the fifth generation owner of Hugh Phillips Gower Butchers, founded in 1878. She is the only woman in Wales to own a slaughterhouse and holds a full slaughtering license . Catherine provides customers with products of Welsh origin, from local farms, processed in the slaughterhouse and sold to the store in the Swansea market.

10. Louise Rengozzi, Crunch Simply Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, 35

Last year Louise helped secure contracts with major universities for the Swansea-based digital company. She is described as an integral part in strengthening Crunch's relationships with other organizations in Swansea, in particular Swansea University, UWTSD, Techhub and TedX Swansea of ​​which Crunch is a friend's sponsor.

11. Tino Dzaro, CEO Tino & # 39; s Cafe and Bar, 28

Tino, a native of Zimbabwe, moved to the UK with his 17-year-old family. A few years later she came to study aerospace engineering at Swansea University and fell completely in love with the city. After graduating, she wanted to stay so long that she made the decision to abandon a career in aerospace and open her own business.

Tino opened in 2013 and had to undergo a huge learning curve. He introduced monthly evenings, was the first coffee / bar to introduce a payment in money and more recently launched an external catering service.

12. Megan Drysdale, Owner Drysdale Properties, 25

In October 2016, Megan created Drysdale properties without financial support or landlords / tenants. Within the first seven months Megan has created a portfolio of over 30 managed properties, now over 60. Megan's goal is to increase its portfolio of managed properties and set up its own real estate agency.

13. Cara Bendon, Consultant Brand Cara Bendon, 31

Cara left Lampeter to work in advertising in London, managing the accounts for Hotel du Vin, Malmaison and Supernanny at the age of only 23. But two years he suddenly lost his father, and the impact led her to decide to start her own business. He passed Prince's Enterprise's Trust program and set up his own branding consultancy in 2013. He has since expanded the business to a full branding agency, working with six other freelancers. He runs his business from Peckham, in the south of London, is an active speaker in the city and a frequent commentator of print brand issues, including BBC Radio Cymru.

14. Carly Thompsett, Founder Anaphase Store, 29

Carly, who fought dyslexia and disamboxia throughout her life, moved to Cardiff in 2013 for a new life and started her business through the Prince's Trust. She is very open on her first year of non-sale, but from her second years she flew away, met Prince Charles, was invited to Buckingham Palace, was selected for numerous awards.

15. Emma Gilroy, director and director of residential property JCP Solicitors, 35

Emma joined JCP Solicitors as a 24-year-old apprentice attorney, who became a salaried member at age 31 and an entrepreneur of this year. years. Emma runs a team that runs over £ 1 million a year. It also has responsibility for business development, managing relationships with local real estate agents and other leading existing job providers. Emma is focused on developing technology to streamline processes and improve customer experience.

16. Carrie Anne Roberts, Foundress Mere Souer, 27

Carrie Anne Roberts started her activity Mère Soeur from her apartment after the birth of her son, River. The brand was created on Instagram and Carrie sells products such as clothes, pins and mugs. At the start of this year, Carrie accused a great US fashion giant of copying his design. Although he was not successful, he showed the power of his 40k + followers on social media to support his campaign.

17. Jessica Shipman, NatWest Cymru Regional Director, Corporate and Commercial, 34

Jessica stepped up in the banking sector, becoming director in 2016, at the age of 32, the youngest woman in this role in the region and one of the youngest in the United Kingdom.

Since 2016, NatWest Cymru's commercial and business team has grown, has recorded a record number of business transactions and customer service scores are at the highest levels. As a mom of one with the number two coming, Jessica has spoken at numerous events that have inspired women with her success story and leadership leadership.

18. Rhiannon Williams, founder Babanod Bambŵ, 21 years

Rhiannon, 21, founded Babanod Bambw, a company with sustainability in mind, which trades non-biodegradable materials used to make disposable diapers with bamboo grown on farms Ugandans.

Rhiannon's entrepreneurial idea came to her during an ethically sustainable business module during her zoology course, which she is studying at Bangor University. His inspiration comes from the desire to face the global waste pollution crisis, of which disposable diapers play a huge role, as well as the influence of his mother who had tried to use reusable nappies when Rhiannon he was a child.

19. Cariann Emanuelli, M anaging director of Wize Virtual Admin 29

When his mother left a company career to create a business process consulting firm, Cariann thought he could improve the business by introducing a service of virtual administration

The aspect of the virtual administration of the business has been so successful that it has passed the advice, changing the name of the company into Wize Virtual Admin. Last December, Cariann took her mother's place as director of the company.

Last year, Wize Virtual Admin won the Zokit Business Evolution Award and the Caerphilly Business Awards. Cariann was also recognized as a finalist at the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, the South Wales Business Awards and as one of the Business Insider Rising Stars.

20. Jessica Blackler, Founder Jecca Makeup 22

Jessica founded Jecca Makeup at the beginning of 2017 after having refined her art at the Delamar Academy in London, where she studied makeup, hair and prostheses for TV , film and fashion.

Jecca Makeup is a vegan and gender-free makeup brand that supports the LGBTQ + community by working with charities and promoting beauty rather than gender. The company has customers all over the world and has gained international recognition for the quality of its makeup and its support in dealing with the transgender stigma. Jessica also offers makeup lessons for the trans community, many of which are not full-time transgender, and therefore lack confidence when applying makeup.

The company now sells its growing product offering worldwide and has recently been contacted by the giant retail Walmart.

21. Toni Leigh Hall, Managing Director Banter Cards & Banter Gifts, 30

Toni had tried some different ideas before founding Bantercards. The business of the greeting card, which is not for the faint hearted, was a huge success.

Toni appeared in the BBC program Young Welsh and Pretty Minted and frequently talks about entrepreneurship. He launched a subsidiary Banter Gifts. This year the company will move from Cardiff to a larger venue in his hometown, Barry.

22. Michelle Pearce, co-founder and chief investment officer Wealthify, 29

Towards the end of last year Wealthify, the "robo" investment services company co-founded by Michelle, saw the insurance giant Aviva acquire majority stakes.

The fintech The company was launched in Cardiff in April 2016 by the award-winning technology entrepreneur, dr. Richard Theo and Chartered wealth manager Michelle, with the goal of attracting millennials and those who are new to investment. For a minimum investment of £ 1, customers can invest in one of five diversified investment plans through ISAs and general investment accounts.

23. Hannah and Sophie Pycroft, Founders Spectrum Collections, 30 & 29

Barry's sisters now have a company worth £ 12 million, which has agreements with Hollywood studios Paramount and Disney. This year, Spectrum Brushes has published a collaboration with Disney for the Little Mermaid Collection, last year their Paramount agreement saw a collection inspired by Mean Girls that sold out.

The Spectrum Collections are a vegan and cruelty beauty brand and sell their multi-colored brushes and brush sets all over the world. The brand has a cult following (over 264,000 followers on Instagram), with fans uploading photos of their colorful purchases online so quickly that they do not need a large marketing budget.

24. Sarah John, co-founder and owner Boss Brewing, 32

Sarah is co-owner and the face of Swansea's rapidly expanding Boss Brewing company, and stands out as one of the few women competing for consumers and retailers.

The company, which started in 2015 with Roy Allkin, a business and life partner, now employs 25 people in three locations; the brewery opposite the Liberty Stadium, its bar next to the old Landore cinema and their bar in the city center, Copper.

25. Sara Ifan, Senior Architect at Powell Dobson and South Wales Chair for Women in Property, 30

Sara is a senior architect at Powell Dobson and South Wales Chair for Women in Property. Sara is passionate about opportunities for women in construction. As a Senior Architect for Powell Dobson, his recent focus has been on redevelopment projects, private residential projects and affordable prices.

Sara, who was named Young Achiever of the Year in the 2016 Constructing Excellence Wales Awards, also serves as a construction ambassador and contributes extensively to events that promote industry to young people.

26. Charlotte Williams, Founder Khepri Props, 21

Charlotte is a student of Coleg y Cymoedd and founder of Khepri Props, she creates stage covers and costumes from iconic movies, with her portfolio ranging from complete armor, helmets Iron Man, Gloves from Batman and even an 8-foot pit designed for production at the Blackwood Little Theater.

After a period as a BBC costume intern, where he discovered his passion, Charlotte's first creation was a pair of space boots, which he decided to put on the Etsy online market, not anticipating the level of interest he would receive. It was then that Charlotte decided to turn her hobby into a serious business venture and in the last four years has seen orders for her tailor-made items quadruple, with many of her business coming from the United States.

27. Harri Coleman, Founder Fabric, 33

Harri is a basic social worker, with no experience managing a business before starting Fabric. Fabric is an award-winning company that is making a positive difference for 16 and 17 year olds who are being treated or fostered.

Fabric supports young people by providing them with a safe and secure home, while assisting them to develop the semi-independent life skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood.

Harri had to learn and develop entrepreneurial skills while going ahead, while having to maintain her professional career and reputation within the social work arena. Harri put all her savings and borrowed money from relatives and friends.

He made a significant break to realize his dream of making a difference for the young and reduce it by a further 50% in the initial stages to ensure the financial sustainability of Fabric.

28. Shakira Obaid, Sales Director, Oldwalls Collection, 29

Shakira has resigned as director of her communications agency, Seren7, to focus on the growth of the Oldwalls Collection. In addition to hosting numerous weddings, this year's political leader and former First Lady Hillary Clinton stayed at the headquarters of Swansea University.

Shakira recently won the Young Business of the Year award at the Swansea Bay Business Life Awards.

29. Poppy Johnson, Founder POJO Creative Ltd and Faces of Poppy, 25

Poppy owns POJO Creative Ltd, a marketing and management agency for social media specializing in creative strategies, and Paces Faces, a & # 39; make up artistry company based in Bangor.

He created both activities when he was only 22 years old and Poppy organized the North Business Awards for North Wales youths every year, which are proving more popular each year. It is also a model for Big Ideas Wales – A project funded by the Welsh government that enters schools to encourage young people to consider self-employment as a viable option.

His next goal in his career is to open a Bangor-based creative academy for the likes of photographers, hairdressers, make-up artists and advertising professionals.

30. Siwan Reynolds, Founder Cardiff Meditation, 24

Siwan founded Cardiff Meditation following a personal battle with epilepsy, which saw her spend years looking for ways to reduce convulsions, before finally discover the benefits of meditation and awareness.

Psychology at the University of Exeter, Siwan spent his free time testing the way he could decrease the number of crises he was having, also looking for ways to successfully reduce the amount of medication that was being held to take to manage your condition.

Now a Siwan graduate has also qualified as a meditation instructor with the British School of Meditation and is eager to share the benefits of mindfulness with others by offering sessions to both businesses and pupils in schools.

31. Caryl Hughes, Farmer, 27

The farms of Caryl Hughes in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog with his family, who have been cultivating for generations. At the start of this year he represented not only the Welsh sheep industry but also the growers across the country when he helped Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) to incorporate PGI Welsh Lamb into the scene Belgian culinary in the magazine Culinaire Ambiance.

Caryl is a familiar face in Welsh agriculture; having previously held the role of Young Ambassador of the National Sheep Association and currently holding the chair of Montgomeryshire YFC.

32. Ellys Evans, Head of events Orchard, 26

Ellys studied set design at the Royal College of Music and Drama. From a work experience, Ellys has progressed to Orchard to lead the events. She has been involved in organizing sports events, royal visits and international music festivals.

33. Sara Williams, Wales Hub Manager – Carers Wales, 31

In the last six years, Sara has been employed by a series of charities to manage corporate partnerships between companies and the third sector.

Between 2015 and 2018, Wales supported colleagues based in Tesco stores to raise £ 1 million for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation and raise awareness of the work of charitable organizations.

Sara now works in Carers Wales to recruit members of the new employers for Carers, Wales Hub. This hub, to which organizations sign up to become members, will support organizations across Wales to truly invest in their staff and become workplaces for those who work.

34. Sophie Taylor, Head of Financial Operations, Cardiff and Vale College, 31

Sophie took over the role of finance manager in Cardiff and Vale College last year. He has always had a strong interest in the public sector and in his role is responsible for the day-to-day management of the financial team, as well as ensuring a strong financial control environment and supporting the organization through a period of rapid growth and change.

By directing a newly formed team, in the last 18 months he has started a series of projects to improve the processes. Alongside this, Sophie is part of the ICAEW South Wales Society and has created a Younger Members subcommittee, which leads a newly qualified ACA group to create a social and technical events program in South Wales that caters to up to 10 members. years after the qualification.

35. Ceri Gillett, Founder This Welsh Mother, 34

Last year Ceri opened website to help moms chat and share information.

Ceri stresses the creation of things that mothers want and how many people asked her about self-employment and freelance, she started offering workshops on retribution on which to base herself to teach women entrepreneurial skills and digital.

This Welsh mother trained four moms who now work for the site as a freelancer.

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