7 rising stars from North Wales

PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 May 2016

Catfish & The Bottlemen are just one of the acts to have performed at Barn On The Farm prior to making it big

Catfish & The Bottlemen are just one of the acts to have performed at Barn On The Farm prior to making it big


Seven sensational talents from North Wales who we’re sure we’ll be hearing more of in the future

Gavin PrinceGavin Prince

Gavin Prince Entrepreneur
Conwy-based entrepreneur Gavin Prince is the founder and managing director of VeriLet Ltd, a pre-eligibility tenant referencing company that is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
VeriLet provide tenants with the ability to check their eligibility within the UK’s rental market. This unique service helps prevent applicants from losing on average up to £300 in fees per failed tenancy application by enabling them to view their eligibility as a tenant, pre-application.
Gavin is from a small coastal village, Dwygyfylchi, in North Wales and is committed to inspiring the current and next generation of entrepreneurs - he has just achieved number one on Google as ‘North Wales Entrepreneur’ and his passion is to meet new people and learn from their experiences.

Sian Saunders
Director of Holywell-based Daydreams designs , an award-winning creative industry Sian has been marked out as one of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and was last year shortlisted for the Entrepreneur Wales Awards.
Web design and development are Sian’s specialities and with a postgraduate diploma in Information Management, Sian has an extensive project management experience, graphic interior and exterior design. She believes how a website works is as important as how it works.

Emily SpeakmanEmily Speakman

Emily Speakman
From a very young age Emily displayed a flair for art beyond her years and when aged 12 she discovered oils there was no holding her back. In 2013 she won Best Junior in the Seascape boats and waterscape category in the society for all artists (SAA) competition and has scooped other accolades ever since as well as sales of her work. Now aged just 17, her art has been exhibited at the Tate Liverpool and used on the front cover of books. Emily has also supported numerous charities such as Nightingale House, RAF Benevolent Fund, Clatterbridge Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK and The Jon Eggin Trust. Other exhibitions have included, North Wales Open Theatre Clwyd, Business design centre, London and this year her work has been chosen for the Imago Mundi (Map of the World) collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton which involves on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries.

Chef Dion Jones of Carden Park,  winner of the Escoffier Challenge Grand Final in France...Chef Dion Jones of Carden Park, winner of the Escoffier Challenge Grand Final in France...

Dion Jones
Dion Jones has been cooking for less than a decade after making his first forays into the kitchen at his mother’s North Wales cafe.
Now Dion has become Wales’ latest world champion after cooking up glory at the world’s oldest culinary competition.
The 24-year-old claimed the International Escoffier Challenge Grand Final at a glamorous final in the south of France, becoming the first ever Briton to win the award.
Based at Cheshire’s Fishpool Inn in Delamere, Dion has a raft of culinary achievements under his belt including winning the British Escoffier challenge in London 2011 which allowed him to entry the Grand Final. He has also cooked for the Royal Family and HRH the Queen with the Welsh National Culinary team in 2011, winning the Battle for the Dragon Llandudno with the Welsh National Culinary Team and a raft of other accolades which mark him out for culinary success.

Llinos GriffinLlinos Griffin

Llinos Griffin
Llinos Griffin is an award-winning filmmaker based in Llandudno who thrives on making films about Wales’ communities and the people within them.
As a language tutor she also has also taken the Welsh language to the world through her international Skype lessons presented by her company Gwefus - part of a dynamic team of North Wales’ businesses who have created a website for those who travel to North Wales. The business also offers film production services for any business or organisation in the North Wales area. One of Gwefus’ most recent projects, Croesor, the World and I - an exciting new art and film exhibition - will be held at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Maentwrog this summer. Funded by Snowdonia National Park, Cambrian News and RWE Innogy UK, Gwefus has collaborated with local artist, Sian Elen to depict the history of the village of Croesor through the medium of art and film. The work will be exhibited from July 22nd to September 5th.

Chloe RaffertyChloe Rafferty

Chloe Rafferty
Illustrator/designer Chloe lives near Conwy ‘on the North Wales coast with the sea on one side and the mountains of Snowdonia on the other’. She is a professional self employed graphic designer with a degree is in photography, whose work is exhibited
‘My appliqué and embroidered textile artworks and jewellery are made by cutting and layering carefully chosen fabrics on a base fabric. I secure the fabric in place by stitching over the top using free-motion machine embroidery, effectively ‘drawing’ with the machine, adding lines, details and textures, sometimes using different coloured threads and adding some hand embroidery or beading to finish. I don’t use any fabric printing or painting in my illustrations, all the visual elements are found within existing fabric designs.’
Chloe teaches people to use the same free-motion technique that she employs to make textile images - they area a day long and everyone goes home with a finished picture. They are run in The Quilting Bee, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno. Visit her website for further details.

Catfish and the BottlemenCatfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Llandudno rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen are arguably the biggest new band in the UK after taking home a British breakthrough award at the recent Brit Awards.
The indie four piece beat Jess Glynne, James Bay, Years and Years and Wolf Alice to scoop the prize, which was voted for by Radio One listeners.
It’s been an amazing rise to fame for the Bottlemen, ( Ryan Evan ‘Van’ McCann, Johnny ‘Bondy’ Bond
Benjamin ‘Benji’ Blakeway and Robert ‘Bob’ Hall) who have been together for nine years. Their debut album, Balcony gained widespread praise and made the UK album chart top 10.
Now former Rydal Penrhos pupil Rob Hall and his band have just released details of their long awaited second album - they will release The Ride on Friday, May 27 on Island Records.
Drummer Rob, who left Rydal Penrhos in 2011, and the band have also disclosed the full 11-song tracklist, which includes recent single Soundcheck.
Lead singer Van McCann, said: ‘I feel like everybody started thinking too outside the box trying to be arty and different. We wanted to stay inside the box.
‘I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner.’

They play Liverpool on May 28th and Manchester Castlefield Bowl in July and are expected to tour nationally in the autumn.


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