Businesses from all over Gwynedd flocked to Portmeirion on St David's Day to network with colleagues from the business community.

The theme was success in a rural economy, a subject which struck a chord as tickets for the event sold out well in advance.

The keynote speaker, Robin Williams from Brighter Foods was joined by Llinos Rowlands from Gwin Dylanwad Wine, Dolgellau and Iwan Trefor Jones from Gwynedd Council. The event was hosted by Rhianwen Edwards, Busnes@LlandrilloMenai's head of employer engagement.

Robin spoken about how Brighter Foods has turned its location in rural Snowdonia into a business strength. Speaking at the event Robin explained:

When I told people of our plans to build a business in Tywyn they thought I was mad, and told me that companies would not come. We've found that this is simply not true, when a new customer comes to visit Brighter Foods we break the ice by heading out to Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock), which stands at the foot of the Dysynni Valley - this demonstrates the company's connection to and pride in our region.

We feel honoured to be located in Tywyn, and we are lucky to have a loyal workforce. We've proved those who doubted us wrong. Brighter Foods now employs over 260 people and we count companies such as Slimming World and Kelloggs amongst our customers.

Iwan Trefor Jones from Gwynedd Council gave a closing statement explaining how Business Support is evolving in an era of austerity. Business Support is a priority with support available for Tendering, Business Training and more. There is also a focus on Marketing Gwynedd as a place to do business, local procurement and events such as Gwynedd business week.

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