Live

Some thoughts and photographs about live music, by my girlfriend. Coincidentally, we share an early live music experience; despite her being a Dartford lass, and me being a northerer. And that shared experience was brought to us by a band from the Midlands, somewhere in the middle (natch)

Welsh business, Halen Mon salt and taking the plunge into self-employment

A thought provoking and informative piece about self-employment in North Wales

Moel Faban Suppers

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There’s no doubt that Wales is a nation of self-employed and small business owners. My partner, when he first moved here from Leeds and started to get to know people, would ask what they did for a living and was constantly met with a series of unexpected responses.  “I’m a…poet, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, vegan cake maker, photographer, musician, mushroom grower, actress, chakra dance teacher, gong therapist, outdoor instructor, silversmith, the voice of the Welsh Peppa Pig!…. finally he asked me if I knew anyone with a ‘normal’ job?

Err, the answer to that is probably no. But I do know an extraordinarily large number of self-employed people.

Figures from a House of Commons Briefing paper 2016  report 5.5 million businesses listed in the UK with 99% of them being small to medium-sized, although 96% are considered micro businesses (employing less than 10 people) while the number of sole traders has…

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