Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams, founders of Siwgr a Sbsis, attended a reception in 10 Downing Street celebrating food producers and farmers across the UK on the eve of their 35th business anniversary.

The event was hosted by Rt Hon Steve Barclay, the Secretary of State for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who thanked those attending on behalf of all those across the UK who promote national food security and local community employment and strength.

The business started and still run by Rhian and Rhian employs 23 people, working from their 5000 sq ft bakery in Llanrwst.

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They were accompanied by Robin Millar, the MP for Aberconwy, having been invited to attend in recognition of all the hard work they have put into their bakery business over the last 35 years.


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Friends since school Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams launched Siwgr a Sbeis in 1989. The business started in a small shop in Llanrwst – where they baked and sold their cakes with a team of just three. They cleaned it up themselves with a £10,000 grant from the Welsh government. The business makes a wide range of award-winning cakes, desserts and savoury quiches and its reputation has spread across Wales.

Commenting on the reception Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams said: “We have come a long way in 35 years since we took the window out of the shop in Watling Street to get the oven in! Even as youngsters, we had an interest in food and starting our own business, but we have had to work hard as well as raise families along the way. We are very much part of the community. It has been a privilege to work with so many people over the years, and we are very lucky to have a fantastic team at the bakery.

Attending the event at 10 Downing St. was truly a memorable experience.”

Following the reception, Mr Millar said: “I was delighted to be able to invite Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams to the reception at 10 Downing Street.

"Recognising the successes of Sigwr a Sbeis in this way isn’t just about their products and business. It is also about the hidden things – the decisions, the business relationships and work behind the scenes – which have all helped the business grow into what it is now and its place within our local community.

"It was a real pleasure to meet them having heard so much about their products from so many. My thanks to them both for the contribution they have made to our local economy here in Aberconwy.”