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Machynlleth 'soap' star in line for Prince's award

Published date: 10 July 2017 |
Published by: Owain Farrington 
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A SMALL business owner in Machynlleth has been nominated for a Prince’s Charity award after operating for less than a year.

Ex-teacher Llinos Griffiths has been shortlisted for the award thanks to her soap making business, Dyfi Naturals.

Ms Griffiths said: “I was still teaching this time last year. I had been teaching in Machynlleth for 16 years when the opportunity came for me to leave and I started my own business.

“I only started trading in October.

“I had the invite last week but I found out about it four or five weeks ago.

“I didn’t know what to think, I have only been operating for less than a year. I was over the moon.”

Ms Griffiths was nominated for the award by PRIME (Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) Cymru, a charity that supports people aged 50 and over to become economically active in Wales.

The award ceremony will be held later this month near Ystradgynlais.

Llinos’ soaps can be spotted around Machynlleth and also online.

She said “I usually sell at farmers markets and I have sold a few through Facebook.

“They are made from natural ingredients.

“I also make them in different fragrances. Some are shaped like cupcakes, for Valentine’s Day I made heart shaped ones and I also made some special eggs designs for Easter.”

Happy to see a community member find business success, Machynlleth County Councillor Michael Williams said: “After taking early retirement to start up a small business, Llinos has been so successful.

“It’s fantastic to see she has been shortlisted for a Prince of Wales award.”

 

For more on Dyfi Naturals, search for the business on Facebook, and for more on PRIME Cymru, visit: www.primecymru.co.uk

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