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Honey firm buzzing to be named best enterprise in Wales

By Sue Austin | Newtown | Business | Published:

A honey producer from Newtown has been named the best entrepreneur in Wales.

Hilltop Honey marketing manager Lowri Jones with First Minister Mark Drakeford

Scott Davies set up his Hilltop Honey business with a hive in his back garden and five jars of honey that he took down to shops in Caersws.

Today the company is based in purpose-built 14,000 sq ft premises in Newtown and supplies honey to major superstores and exports its products. It has a turnover of £4 million.

The company was honoured at a special ceremony presented by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford.

It was named the best enterprise in the national St David Awards held in the Senedd, Cardiff, last week.

The awards recognise the great achievements, deeds and extraordinary contributions made by people from all walks of life across Wales.

Hilltop Honey won the Enterprise category for starting-up an ethic-conscious business from scratch after noticing a gap in the market.

It was the first company to go to market with an organic Fairtrade honey and now all its products are available in reusable glass jars or 100% recyclable bottles. The company donates 25% of its profits to a children’s charity.

Mr Drakeford said: “Our St David Award winners really are everyday saints – they’re the people in our communities who are working for change. They are the organisations supporting others to achieve their dreams and they’re the people who find themselves in unprecedented situations when they’re walking down the street.

“The St David Awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional stories and inspiring talent we have across Wales. Each and every finalist embodies the essence of Wales – they are life-changers.”

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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