Llanrwst Bakers are Investors in People

14 September 2010 10:35:02 BST

The icing on the cake for Llanrwst bakers ‘Siwgr a Sbeis’ as they celebrate 21 years of successful trading this year is to also have been granted the prestigious Investors in People Award.

To commemorate their achievement, the business’s co-owners and founders Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams were presented with their award plaque this week by Gareth Jones, Assembly Member for Aberconwy.

“Small businesses like Siwgr a Sbeis are the lifeblood of our rural economy in Llanrwst and the Conwy valley,” said Aberconwy AM Gareth Jones. “Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams have made a huge contribution to that economy in the way they have grown their business to this standard and become a major local employer and it’s a fitting tribute to their hard work that Siwgr a Sbeis has won this award. It’s a significant achievement for any business to meet the high standards of ‘Investors in People’ but especially so for such a small business. It’s an award they and their staff should take great pride in and I’m very pleased for them.”

Rhian Owen, Rhian Williams and staff of Siwgr a Sbeis receiving their Investors in People award plaque from Plaid AM for Aberconwy Gareth Jones.

Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams were school friends and fellow students at a confectionery and catering college in Wrexham before they set up the business in Llanrwst together in 1989. Housed since 2006 in a state of the art purpose-built 5,000 square foot factory employing more than 20 staff in Parc Ty Gwyn, Llanrwst, Siwgr a Sbeis has won numerous awards since and has become the leading manufacturer of true home-grown cakes and confectionery for the retail and wholesale markets throughout Wales and the North West.

Rhian Owen said: “We’ve developed Siwgr a Sbeis as a business which delivers the highest possible standards, both in terms of our products and the staff we employ. This Investors in People award is a tribute to the commitment of our staff as much as it is to the high quality of the training we provide. It's been very much a team effort.”

Co-owner Rhian Williams added: “We’re grateful to Gareth Jones for presenting this award to us. It’s the icing on the cake for all of us as we celebrate our 21 years in business this year. Any business can only be as good as the staff it employs and I hope this award show our own commitment to seeing Siwgr a Sbeis go from strength to strength.”