Hello again! Who’s ready for another installment of small Welsh businesses? I know I am. Once again, if I miss any of your faves please let me know in the comments below or by messaging me on social media and I’ll be sure to check them out.
Just a reminder that this is a spin-off of my Small Business Spotlight series. It isn’t replacing it in any way, it’s just a nice little accompaniment to it.
As a bit of clarification, I don’t order these posts in any particular way. Each business is chosen at random and I order them in the post at random too. We don’t play favourites here, I just want to be able to share some fantastic Welsh businesses with you all!
Emma creates adorable hand-felted decorations from her home in North Wales. The whimsical decorations would easily brighten up any home year round and her customers rave about them in her Etsy reviews!
In addition to décor, she’s also a dab hand with garlands, earrings, and much more.
Based in Aberystwyth, Anwen is a full time teacher and crafter on Etsy. She makes intricate designs with sheep’s wool in addition to her infamous “Hapys fy Myd” t-shirts, jumpers, and greetings cards.
Her designs are available in both English and Welsh, making for the perfect gift year-round.
Mari Gwenllian began Hiwti after the heartwarming reaction her mother had to a handmade broc on Montgomeryshire. Since then, her business has bloomed into a body positive artwork haven. She still makes the brocs, but also has a wide array of body positive artwork which she prints on t-shirts, tote bags and more.
Her business also has a planet positive message behind it. All printing inks are water-based and eco friendly, the packaging is recyclable and/or compostable, and her canvasses are all made by hand using fabric and wood.
Kelsey founded Well Scented Wax in 2018 from Bridgend in South Wales. What originally began as a hobby soon blossomed into it’s own small business! Her wax melts are colourful, sometimes sparkly, and come in a wide variety of scents.
In addition to wax melts they also have bath bombs, candles, burners, and sink fizzers.
Run by Elin, Walia Bach sells Welsh language prints and banners on Etsy. Their designs are contemporary, simple, and effortlessly elegant. They also have a great variety of kids prints that would really brighten up any nursery or play room!
Zoë is a teacher turned crafter from Newport in South Wales. She specialises in personalised gifts as well as crochet crafts and Christmas decorations.
I especially love the personalised hand sanitizer pouches – who says you can’t look cute and stay safe during a global pandemic?
Based in Bodfari, North Wales, Little Olive and Pip specialise in personalised wire word decorations, hangings, and hand felted goods. I think the wire decorations would be great for a cute, personalised gift – especially for any little ones in the family.
Sophie founded Hestia Scents with the ethos that you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability – and she’s absolutely nailed it. Their products are 100% vegan, cruelty free, contain soy-based wax and come in recyclable packaging.
Although she states that she can do better in terms of sustainability – aiming to be 100% eco friendly by 2023. She even writes about ways to reuse and repurpose your Hestia candle jars once they’re used up over on her blog.
Coastal Vintage is a shop I’ve walked past more times than I can count, but I’ve never made the time to actually go in! I think I know I’ll be far too tempted by all the vintage goodies on offer. It’s the same reason I had to delete the eBay app last month – I can’t help myself!
They’re an Aberystwyth based boutique specialising in vintage & retro clothing and accessories for all genders. They also sell a variety of antique goods.
They’re a husband and wife team who took the leap into the world of business four years ago and haven’t looked back since!
Rhian is a Cardiff-based jeweler specialising in contemporary design. Her designs are inspired by the vast solar system as well as geometric shapes.
I love the simple elegance of the earring designs, and think they’d make an effortlessly chic accessory to any outfit. My favourites are the big brass hexagon earrings. She also has necklaces, bracelets, and cards available.
Hannah runs Crafty Little Hive in South Wales and makes small-batch wax melts and clay home decorations. I particularly enjoy the honeycomb shaped wax melts, which are available in a variety of scents.
Her products are vegan friendly, soy-based, CLP compliant, and planet positive (which I love!)
As the name would suggest, Aberdashery is an Aberystwyth-based haberdashery. They’re the go-to in town for any crafter – you name it, they sell it. Fabric, scissors, buttons, looped trims, thread, sewing kits… They’ve got it all!
I was somewhat of a regular when I was doing my art GCSE as I was doing a lot of Tracy Emin inspired work that warranted a LOT of fabric.
Hannah founded Design House Wales after years of creative study and a passion for design. Her work has a timeless and elegant focus, and is “rooted in modern minimalism” according to her website.
Design House is a multi-faceted consultancy offering business [re]branding, interior design, floorplans, graphics and web design. You name it, they can design it.
Based in Barry, Homemade Wales and Beyond is an independent seller of almost everything and anything you could imagine. From art to jewellery and even sweet treat hampers. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special, chances are you’ll be able to find it here!
In addition to their brick and mortar shop in Barry, you can also shop their stock online.
Based in Snowdonia, North Wales, Cathryn Cariad specialises in unique handmade chocolates gifts, truffles, and bars. The level of skill that must be involved in the making of these products is honestly quite astounding… Where do you even begin with making a chocolate stiletto heel?! It’s a mystery to me.
Sarah Bunton established her business 9 years ago and has since won a multitude of awards for her artisanal chocolate products. She’s won not 1, not 2, but 12 prestigious Great Taste Awards in that time, and continues producing luxury chocolates from her workshop in Devils Bridge, Mid West Wales.
Once again, thanks so much for taking the time to read this post! Hopefully I’ll see you again soon for another installment of amazing small Welsh businesses.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.