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ISSUE 226 / AUTUMN 2020 / £3

ISSUE 226 / AUTUMN 2020 / EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

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CELEBRATING THE BEST IN THE CITY, PENARTH & THE VALE



EDITOR’S LETTER

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e’re back, baby! We’re so incredibly happy to say that after having to postpone the printing of Cardiff Life for several months due to obvious reasons, we – like many other independent businesses in the city – are back up and running! Oh, and, one other thing, I’m the new editor. Hi! I can’t wait to get stuck into the city and meet as many of you as possible. I’m from Wales originally, but I’ve been gallivanting for a few years; the plan was always to come back to the land of my fathers, though. And now here I am, and I couldn’t feel luckier. Hearing words like ‘lush’ and ‘cwtch’ again makes my heart feel warm and cosy. I’ve teared up while writing this actually. To be given the chance to celebrate, support, and write about this amazing city is such an unbelievable privilege. Cardiff, I love you. In this, our first post-Great Pause issue, we’re going to celebrate the many positives that have come out of a so-far challenging year. There’s a plethora of new, independent businesses which have emerged in Cardiff over the past few months – offering everything from Laurent-Perrier parties (socially distanced ones, of course) to letterbox gift packages. Some of them already had their ideas in the pipeline, while others were inspired to launch as a result of the pandemic, and in this issue we’d like to introduce you to a varied selection of them. There are far too many to fit them all on our pages this issue, but keep an eye out on our Instagram feed where we’ll be highlighting as many of them as we can. Indies help make our city unique, diverse and interesting, and they need support now more than ever, so let’s be sure to applaud these hard workers who are committed to our city and show them the love they deserve. Our cover, featuring the Manic’s Together Stronger lyrics, is an insight to what you’ll find throughout this mag. We’re in this together, and we’ll win if we unite. #Cardifftogether Hope you enjoy.

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yma ni yn ein holau! Ar ôl gorfod rhoi’r gorau i argraffu Cardiff Life am sawl mis am resymau amlwg, rydym yn falch iawn o ddweud ein bod ni – fel llawer o fusnesau annibynnol, lleol eraill yn y ddinas – wedi ailafael yn ein gwaith! A’r newydd arall yw mai fi yw’r golygydd newydd. Helô bawb! Rwy’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at ddod i adnabod y ddinas ac at gwrdd/sgwrsio â chymaint ohonoch ag sy’n bosibl. Rwy’n hanu o Gymru yn wreiddiol ac wedi bod ar dramp ers rhai blynyddoedd, ond fy mwriad bob amser oedd dychwelyd i hen wlad fy nhadau. A dyma fi! Rwy’n teimlo mor lwcus. Mae clywed geiriau fel ‘bach’ a ‘cwtsh’ unwaith eto’n gwneud i fi deimlo’n gynnes ac yn gartrefol. A dweud y gwir, mae ambell ddeigryn wedi dod i’r llygad wrth ysgrifennu hwn. Mae cael y cyfle i ddathlu a chefnogi’r ddinas ryfeddol hon ac ysgrifennu amdani yn fraint enfawr. Caerdydd, rwyt ti’n golygu cymaint i fi. Yn y rhifyn hwn, sef ein rhifyn cyntaf ar ôl yr Hoe Fawr, byddwn yn dathlu’r holl fanteision sydd wedi deillio o flwyddyn a fu’n heriol iawn mor belled. Mae peth wmbredd o fusnesau annibynnol, newydd wedi dod i’r amlwg yng Nghaerdydd yn ystod yr ychydig fisoedd diwethaf, sy’n cynnig popeth o bartïon Laurent Perrier (gyda phawb yn cadw pellter cymdeithasol, wrth gwrs) i becynnau rhodd y gellir eu rhoi drwy’r blwch llythyrau. Roedd rhai ohonynt wedi bod yn datblygu eu syniadau’n barod, tra cafodd eraill eu hysbrydoli i lansio eu busnes oherwydd y pandemig. Yn y rhifyn hwn, hoffem eich cyflwyno i ddetholiad amrywiol ohonynt. Maent yn rhy niferus i’w cynnwys i gyd ar dudalennau’r rhifyn hwn, ond cadwch lygad ar ein tudalen Instagram lle byddwn yn rhoi sylw i gynifer ohonynt ag y gallwn. Mae siopau annibynnol yn helpu i wneud ein dinas yn lle unigryw, amrywiol a diddorol ac mae angen cefnogaeth arnynt yn awr yn fwy nag erioed. Felly, gadewch i ni wneud yn siŵr ein bod yn canmol y gweithwyr diwyd hyn sy’n gymaint o gefn i’n dinas, a’n bod yn rhoi iddynt y gefnogaeth y maent yn ei haeddu. Mae ein clawr, ac arno eiriau Together Stronger y Manic Street Preachers, yn rhoi syniad i chi o holl gynnwys y cylchgrawn. Rydym yn yr argyfwng hwn gyda’n gilydd, ac mewn undeb mae nerth. #Caerdyddynghyd Mwynhewch y darllen.

Winging it: Artist Sera Wyn shows us her cameraless photography on page 10

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Issue 226/Autumn 2020 COVER These Manic’s lyrics remind us we’re better and stronger together, even in crazy times.

FEATURES

10 BIZ KIDS Meet the locals who braved launching

exciting new businesses during lockdown

55 AWARD SEASON All the winners of this year’s Cardiff

Life Awards

THE ARTS

21 INTRO A Portrait of Britain Awards’ winner

captivates us

22 WHAT’S ON Arts, shows and activities, it’s all going

on in Cardiff

SHOPPING

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33 SHOP INTRO A focus on object art 34 ED’S CHOICE Home office accessories to dazzle 36 FIND ME IN THE HUB Explore all that Castle

Emporium has to offer

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INTERIORS

43 ECO HOME A Cardiff Met lecturer shows us style

on a budget

FOOD & DRINK

50 TASTY BITES A few newsy morsels for you to

chew on

51 SEND NOODS A to-your-door ramen service 52 RESTAURANT We delve into the secret gardens of

The Botanist

BUSINESS

67 CARDIFFWORKS News, views and inspiring

interviews with the region’s professionals

PROPERTY

75 PROPERTY NEWS Our pick of the most interesting

stories on the scene

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78 SHOWCASE Croft Mawr in Dinas Powys is the host

with the most

REGULARS

6 SPOTLIGHT News on: scooters in the city, LGBT

films and Welsh Baftas

26 WYBURN & WAYNE A extended version of the

usual column (you’ll see why!)

82 CARDIFF LIVES Hollyoaks’ Nathan Sussex makes

his villainous comeback

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SPOTLIGHT

Absolutely dragulous inspiration

Film

WHAT A DRAG

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BBC’s Keeping Faith star Eve Myles is turning a larger-than-life Cardiff drag fundraiser into an indie feature film The event, Dragged to Church, which took place in December 2018, was organised to raise funds for Cardiff church St Andrew’s URC in Roath, and saw drag queens do their sassy thing to save the church’s roof from falling into disrepair. And now, St Andrew’s and the team behind Dragged to Church (who, by the way, won a Cardiff Life Award last year) will feature in the new project from Eve’s production company, Empty Room. The uplifting film, due to be released in 2021, will be inspired by this true story of two very different communities who came together in Wales to help save their beloved local church in dire need of repair. And guess who was behind the original project? Only Cardiff Life’s own columnists: the radio presenters Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney! For more: www.voxpictures.co.uk/empty-room-productions

Transport

THE SCOOT LIFE

E-scooters are go for newly established Cardiff-based brand GOiA. Under new rules announced by the UK Government’s Department for Transport, e-scooters are now allowed on roads across the UK as part of a rental pilot scheme. The business hopes to have the e-scooters in place within the city in the coming weeks as a key component of future micro-mobility. The technology chosen for the e-scooters is some of the best available; it includes a docking system and can be controlled via GPS, allowing speed limit restrictions on Jarrad Morris, who the product and the ability to heads up GOiA, disable it if needed, ensuring proving life’s a hoot when you scoot maximum safety. Wales can expect many international companies to try and capture the Welsh market so GOiA is hoping to take the lead and push forward with local authorities across the country. It has also ensured its docking stations are compatible for e-bikes in the future. “Wales has a huge opportunity to lead the way in micro-mobility and build on excellent schemes such as Nextbike in Cardiff,” says Jarrad Morris, who heads up GOiA. “We recognise the work that local authorities are putting into clean air strategies and improving micro-mobility in green, sustainable ways, and as a Welsh business we want to be part of that.” For more: www.goia.city

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Love is love at Cardiff’s Iris Prize

LGBT

PRIDE AND JOY

Thirty five international filmmakers are set to compete for £30,000 prize money as the organisers of Cardiff’s Iris Prize have announced the shortlisted films in competition for the world’s largest international LGBT+ short film prize. In 2017, the festival, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, was promoted by BAFTA to A-list festival status, alongside Cannes and Sundance, and it continues to be the only LGBT+ short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. UK audiences can join in the experience for the first time in the festival’s history, by watching all the nominated shorts for free online, ensuring it reaches a wider audience than ever. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival runs from 6 to 11 October, with all screenings, talks and events available online for free. For more: www.irisprize.org


Steve’s pictures of Cardiff during lockdown capture a moment in history

Photography

PICTURE THIS

Musician Steve Parry has travelled the world with his music; he’s currently in DuranDuranish (a Duran Duran cover band) and Higher-on-Maiden (an Iron Maiden cover band). But his other passion, although hobbyist, is photography, and during lockdown he started taking pictures of Cardiff on his regular once-a-day exercise breaks. He created an Instagram account – @Cardiff_covid.19 – to document the bare streets and sights. This has been the only time in our living history that the country has been ‘closed’, and Steve says it feels strange to have captured a moment in history. “I’ve always loved apocalyptic movies,” says Steve, who lives in Cardiff Bay. “I thought I would like seeing the streets so bare, but it was a bit too weird. I sort of miss the calmness now though! I’m so glad I took the pictures; I have always liked documenting stuff with my photos, and now they will be online forever for future generations to see into these crazy times. “It’s great to see local business bouncing back now though. Spillers – the oldest record shop in the world – is due to open soon, and also all the businesses within Cardiff Indoor Market are great.” For more: www.instagram.com/cardiff_covid.19

A very different ceremony format will be tried this year

Charity

CHAIN REACTION Awards

ONTO A WINNER

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced the nominations for the British Academy Cymru Awards, honouring excellence in broadcasting and production within film and television in Wales. The ceremony will be broadcast on BAFTA’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 7pm on 25 October 2020 and will be hosted by The One Show’s Alex Jones for the first time. “The Welsh media industry continues to go from strength to strength and I am really looking forward to working with BAFTA on an exciting new format of ceremony to celebrate those creatives who are excelling in their craft, performance and production fields,” says Alex. Angharad Mair, chairwoman of BAFTA Cymru, adds, “We are proposing a very different ceremony in terms of format this year, but when it comes to the creative work celebrated, this is the pinnacle of another fantastic year of production. This year has not been easy for the television and film industry, but we have continued to offer support for those working in our industry.” TV series His Dark Materials leads this year with nine nominations, followed closely by BBC One drama The Left Behind, which was filmed in Cardiff, and BBC’s Keeping Faith. Among the actors and writers nominated are Rob Brydon, Anthony Hopkins, Ruth Wilson and Russell T Davies. For more: www.bafta.org/wales

Over the past month, Oasis Cardiff has been running its Cycle Cardiff #ShareToRepair campaign. The main aim of the project is to work alongside refugees and asylum seekers to upcycle bikes and give them the independence to explore their new city and to help them integrate into the local community. The majority of Oasis’ clients live in and receive support from organisations in one area of Cardiff, which means they are unlikely to explore and enjoy other areas of the city. This campaign aims to tackle the issue by providing free bikes and regular bike maintenance for the clients, giving them social mobility and independence as well as a sense of belonging. The aim of the fundraiser, which will run until 30 September, is to raise £4,000 so that this project may run for up to 12 months. For more: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/cycle-cardiff A wheely good idea

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

A welcome sight Residents at a Cardiff care home are being reunited with their loved ones for the first time in more than six months thanks to a newly-designed ‘Covid-proof’ family visitors’ area.

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taff at Tŷ Llandaff, an ‘all-inclusive’, residential, nursing, palliative and respite care home in Conway Road, Pontcanna, welcomed back visitors in emotional scenes at the home. A ‘Family Visitor Pod’ inside the home has been designed to defy the pandemic and allow its residents to have face-to-face contact with their families. The ground floor Library Room has been converted to a dual accessible area with a large vinyl screen and partition. Tŷ Llandaff has remained free of Covid-19 for the duration the crisis of the pandemic and there are strict infection control guidelines being followed, including use of PPE by staff. All visitors are required to wear face coverings and have to have their temperature taken on arrival. Tŷ Llandaff was one of the first care homes in Cardiff to close its doors on March 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak before the national lockdown was introduced 10 days later. The home did so in order to create a ‘cocooning environment’ for its residents and keep those in their care safe.

Margaret Price in the Pod

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Tŷ Llandaff family liaison officer Paul James said, “Residents and families who used the Family Visitor Pod really enjoyed the visits. There have been tears of joy and lots of laughs as some close relatives have not seen their loved ones for months and months. Many of the relatives and residents have complimented us on the pod itself, saying it’s a great addition, a lovely comfortable area and super that it is indoors and out of the rain or sun.”

“THERE HAVE BEEN TEARS OF JOY AND LOTS OF LAUGHS AS SOME CLOSE RELATIVES HAVE NOT SEEN THEIR LOVED ONES FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS.” Tŷ Llandaff service manager Lisa Cristina said, “All the staff at Tŷ Llandaff have worked extremely hard to keep our residents safe and that is why we are so pleased to commence visits again in our Family Visitor Pod. “We’ve been keeping things as normal as possible at Tŷ Llandaff and keeping our residents busy but we know the importance of family connection. Naturally, residents have missed their loved ones and it gave them so much joy to see family members in person after so long without seeing each other.” ■ For more information about Tŷ Llandaff call Lisa on 02920 600 100, email info@tyllandaffcare.com or visit www.tyllandaffcare.com

Geoff Richardson in the Pod

Shirley Briant in the Pod

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THEY GOT LOCKED DOWN, BUT THEY GOT UP AGAIN Meet the locals who braved launching exciting new businesses during – and because of – lockdown By Lisa Evans 10 I CARDIFF LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

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es, lockdown was tough for most of us, but rather than looking back, we want to focus on what’s inspiring and special in our ‘new normal’ world. What we’ve found amazing is how so many incredibly varied, creative new businesses arose during – and, in some cases, because of – lockdown. From a free-flowing champagne brunch club, to a letterbox gift company, a number of exciting ideas have been brought to life with a lot of hard work and commitment – despite the unfortunate circumstances. We spoke to the people behind some of these creative new ideas.


BUSINESS IS BOOMING

FOOD & DRINK The Peninsula Club

Luxury events in Cardiff – think bottomless Laurent-Perrier brunches – are the name of the game at this club, run by Abbie Ryan and Elinor Martinez. Elinor and I started the company two months ago...

We met in the Caribbean over a decade ago while working on-board a P&O cruise ship. Little did we realise that our brief encounter would become the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Our careers have taken us all over the world, yet we have remained the best of friends and have continued to enjoy our joint passion for having a bloody good time – more often than not with a glass of champagne in hand. It’s always 5pm somewhere in the world, and so The Peninsula Club was born…

It’s a lifestyle brand which hosts luxury events – such as LaurentPerrier brunches, rosé receptions, exclusive networking events, and pop-up events featuring live music, free-flowing alcohol and exquisite food – currently running between The Old Custom House and Le Monde in Cardiff. The events are soon to be in other venues too, and there are future plans for a members’ club. www.thepeninsulaclub.co.uk

Bells & Roses

‘A little bit of happiness through the post’ is how Daniella Scotton describes her letterbox gifts business which she runs from her home in Grangetown. It started by wanting to send care packages to my loved ones during lockdown…

and that’s where my ‘hug in a mug’ boxes idea came from. People couldn’t see or hug one another so I thought why not send a hug in a mug in the post with tea, coffee and hot chocolate boxes – feat cookies, chocolates and more. In total I’ve sold just over 2,500 boxes which includes corporate orders for Duedil, Costello Medical and more. This has been such a positive to come out of lockdown...

Before lockdown I was always on the go with my two girls [Bella and Rosie – you can see where she got the business name] and I spent so much time out with them. Lockdown made me slow down, reflect and gave me the push and confidence to try something new. www.bellsandroses.co.uk

The Peninsula Club’s foodie bashes look epic

Even more deliciousness…

HEAVY HAND BAKES

The baking biz was started by Amy Davies, from Riverside. “I’m obsessed with anything cookie!” says Amy, who has 12 years’ experience in the hospitality and catering industry and has now started supplying all of the Kin + Ilk sites across Cardiff. “I’m not a natural baker so I began practicing in lockdown, experimenting with lots of different cookies – not knowing this would be a business one day.”

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PIERHEAD HAMPERS

Penarth-based Sue Lee set up a to-your-door hamper service featuring Welsh foodie favourites – from bara brith to Welshcakes, many of them from local suppliers – and is expanding her range to include non-edibles and personalised gifts. www.pierheadhampers.com

JOLLOF HOUSE PARTY Roath-based musician Tumi Williams’ Afro Cluster/

Skunkadelic gigs were all cancelled due to Covid, so he started a new business, a celebration of Nigerian Street Food. The vegan menu features tasty treats such as three-bean jollof rice and plantain fritters. www.instagram.com/jollof_ house_party

TY MELIN BAKERY

Angharad Conway – who used to work for Rick Stein – and her partner Lance Gardner – who was taught by master baker Richard Bertinet in Bath – say the bakery was a long time in the making.

“The demand for homedelivered baked goods took us by surprise over lockdown as we outgrew our little production unit in Adamsdown within three weeks,” says Angharad, who lives in Cardiff Bay. “We’re relocating our production to a bigger unit on the outskirts of Usk, and our online shop opens every Saturday at 9am for delivery the following Friday. We have also been delivering our unique and most popular product – croissant bombs – nationwide.” www.tymelinbakery.com

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BUSINESS IS BOOMING

“Lockdown had a positive impact on me; all you need is a good idea and courage”

ARTS

Sera Wyn

After aspiring for a decade to launch her own business, artist Sera Wyn, based in Ely, tells us why lockdown happened to be the ideal springboard for her. What I do is often described as cameraless photography.…

I specialise in old photographic processes, such as cyanotypes and lumen prints. I work with rare photographic papers and chemicals to create prints featuring Welsh plants and already-dead insects and animals, allowing the natural materials to leave their outlines when exposed to the sun. I launched my business after trying for ten years…

I was amazed at the support I received during lockdown, with initiatives like the artist support pledge on Instagram, and galleries and businesses actively seeking to support artists online. I had the time and space to be able to think creatively again…

Which in turn helped me put myself back out in the public eye. Lockdown encouraged many people to support creatives and that has really given me a boost. www.serawyn.co.uk

Even more arty amazements…

PEGGY SUE PAINTS

Penylan’s Sarah-Jane Outten began to paint the things she was missing during lockdown: the ocean, nature and buildings. “I shared my work on social media and people wanted to buy it,” she says. “I now have an online store; my Cardiff landmarks painting has been the most popular so far.” www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ Peggysuepaints

SAID WITH NOTES

left: Sera Wyn’s unusual cameraless photography; above: Peggy Sue’s Cardiff landmarks painting

Lea White’s stationery business designs everything from wedding invitations and cake toppers to personalised gift boxes and greeting cards. “Being made redundant definitely gave me the courage and push to focus on Said with Notes,” says Lea, who’s based in Newport. “I have now registered as a sole trader, taken part in Business Wales webinars and I’m now on my way to writing a business plan.” www.saidwithnotes.co.uk

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ELLIE WILLIAMS DESIGN

“I started my at-home freelance graphic design business at a time when no one in the country was allowed to leave their house, so it worked quite well for me,” Says Cardiff School of Art and Design student Ellie Williams. “I carry out work such as branding, logo design, typography, stationery design, as well as social media templates and wall décor.” www.elliewilliamsdesign.com

ONE LOVE PRINTS

This LGBT-themed business, run

by Emily Powell, initially started out making prints for people going through fertility treatment. “This naturally flowed into other LGBT and Pride-inspired prints,” says Emily, who makes the digitally created prints at her home in Cardiff. “As a gay woman, I want to empower others whatever their background or experience. Our art is a reflection of our experiences and we love the idea of connecting with others to create a community of strong women.” www.linktr.ee/oneloveprints



BUSINESS IS BOOMING CREATIVES

Oli&Pip

Louise Jennifer Millinery

Louise, from Llandaff, creates luxury handmade hats and headwear for women who love to stand out.

Becoming a mum led Julie Pearce, who works at her home in North Cardiff, to launch a business featuring everything baby.

I took redundancy from BBC Wales at the beginning of 2020…

I had become quite frustrated trying to design my son’s nursery and playroom…

The plan was to start my business – hand-making standout hats for weddings, races and special occasions – this year. Once Covid hit I just became drained of positivity. All events you’d wear a hat to were cancelled. But after a few weeks in lockdown I found myself designing as a way to escape. It was a very uncertain time for businesses, but I thought why not launch?

I had nothing to lose, my studio is at home, and, if nothing else, I got to build up my samples ready for next year. So, from that point, it all came together pretty organically. Lockdown hindered the business financially, but my gut told me to just keep hatting...

Looking at it positively, to have the time to focus has been wonderful and has helped the business. It’s expanding already into a bridalwear range, and I offer a remake service where clients can come to me with special garments or fabrics that they would like transformed into headwear. www.louisejennifer.co.uk

Hatters gonna hat: Louise Jennifer Millinery’s designs certainly stand out

I had to search across so many websites, buying one piece here and another there; so I decided during lockdown that this was the ideal time to teach myself how to build the website that I wished had been around when Oli was born. With absolutely zero experience in building a website, it wasn’t without its challenges…

but with the help of the shopify platform as a basis, and YouTube tutorials on repeat, I surprised myself with what a couple of months work could achieve actually. I now source products from all over the world, sampling, then importing goods. The business is what I hoped it would be…

We offer everything from nursery and room decoration to teething and weaning accessories. It’s been a strange few months, having a tiny baby in lockdown, spending maternity indoors, and no mum-and-baby classes, but having a real focus has been a bit of a sanctuary really, a distraction from all of the uncertainty going on around us. www.oliandpip.com

Even more creative loveliness…

RICHKINS WOODCRAFT

With 25 years’ experience as a chef, Martyn Watkins set up the woodwork business alongside his wife Debbie. “We make bespoke handmade items, such as serving and chopping boards, and we supply five-star hotels, top-end restaurants as well as making handmade gifts,” says Martyn, whose shop you’ll find at The Boneyard in Canton. www.richkinswoodcraft.com

BABY TURBAN CO

The accessories brand, based in Pontyclun and run by Francesca Griffin, creates headwear for baby and mum. “We created turbans in lockdown as a high-fashion accessory for the Instagram mummas to twin with their minis,” says Francesca, whose business was featured in Vogue three months after she set it up. “I’ve sewn 800 turbans by hand.” www.babyturbanco.com

FRYER’S WORKSHOP

Guy Fryer, from Fairwater, is by trade a theatre technician and carpenter. Theatre was the only world he knew since graduating from RADA in 2008. “I had to think about how to use my skills for another purpose, which is why the idea of a workshop came to me. I craft custom objects – for example, building and repurposing home and garden furniture.” www.fryersworkshop.uk

BLOOMFIELD HANDMADE FOR DOGS

Michela Bloomfield loosely set up her pooch-themed business years ago as a hobby alongside her main business Plum Cleaning, in Penarth. Sadly, over lockdown, she had to close Plum and make her staff redundant. The silver lining was that she was able to get stuck into Bloomfield like never before. “I make and sew dog collars, leads, beds and other accessories,” she says. “I revamped my online shop, improved my marketing, attended a lot of webinars to learn more about social media, and I started to sell more online than I ever have done.” www.Etsy.com/uk/shop/ Bloomfieldhandmade

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BUSINESS IS BOOMING FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE MadeMae Designs

Llantrisant-based maker Elly Snow paused her love of creating after having her second child, but then lockdown freed some space for her to reignite her passion. I make artificial flower wreaths…

They are mainly used for front doors but could decorate internal doors or walls, and they are all handmade in my living room. Through lockdown, I noticed on my walks lots of people were painting their front doors and making their houses look nice…

I saw a lot of rainbow-type decorations, so I thought I could take out my old stash of flowers and make a rainbow wreath celebrating the NHS. Then a few of my friends were asking about it and wanted one, so I decided to start up my old Instagram and Etsy account. It’s just me making them in the evenings and when my girls nap in the day, so it’s more of a hobby, but as I’m a stay-at-home mum it’s been quite a nice way to make a little bit of money. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mademae

this image: You grow, girl. Mason Blooms’ dried flower

bouquets are bloomin’ marvellous; right: Elly Snow rose to the occasion when setting up MadeMae

Even more floral beauties…

THE LITTLE GREEN CORNER

Penarth-based Bethan Woods started her business when she struggled to buy flowers during lockdown. “I realised quickly that there was a market for plants that didn’t have a hefty delivery charge and could be safely delivered to people’s doors during an uncertain time,” she says. “Everyone was taking more interest in their homes and gardens and I’m not surprised seeing as we were confined to them. I took this opportunity to create this little business in which I sell plants, flowers and bespoke pieces.” www.instagram.com/the. littlegreencorner

MASON BLOOMS

Canton’s Tanya Mason-Hawes has begun to create dried flower bouquets and domes. “I felt like I had more head space and time to get this up and running, and more importantly, I was inspired!” she says. “Life slowing down really helped, and gave me the focus to do something I love.” www.masonblooms.com

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BUSINESS IS BOOMING HEALTH AND BEAUTY The Gallus Beard Co.

Don’t hate him because he’s beardyful. Douglas Knight founded his Canton-based beard business after making his own blends for himself for years. I had been making beard products for personal use anyway…

All of the concoctions were natural and organic, and then I started adding essential oils. I then started selling them…

Having been furloughed from my main job during lockdown, I suddenly found the time to focus on the beard range. I make everything from beard oils to wash, butters, and balms at home. See page 72 for more. www.gallusbeard.com

left: Don’t accept resting itch face, try

some soothing Gallus Beard blends;

above: Actress Emily Tucker’s online

training subscription is a HIIT

Even more health and beauty experts… CHANGE COACHING SOLUTIONS

Louise Bricknell, from Heath, had been planning to launch her lifecoaching business, and she didn’t let the pandemic stop her. “I just needed to ‘pivot’,” she says. “I held my sessions via Zoom; some clients prefer it as they don’t need to travel. Covid prompted people to reflect on the way they live, and guiding them has been so fulfilling.” www.changecoachingsolutions. co.uk

LYNCHPIN

Although she founded her Dinas

Powys-based business in 2015, lockdown led Tanya Lynch to flip her focus from marketing consultancy to start-up coaching. “People are losing their jobs and are ready to take the leap into self employment,” she says. “Lockdown has had a positive impact on me and I want to show others that they can succeed, all they need is a good idea and courage.” www.lynchpin.wales

CATHERINE DEMAID

Cowbridge-based Catherine turned her attention from business coaching to divorce coaching due to a spike in breakups over lockdown. “I already had divorce coaching

clients, having gone through the experience myself, and that was coupled with being a professional coach for 20 years,” she says. “During Covid, the demand for separation coaching increased; clients were desperate for emotional support.” www.instagram.com/ catherinedemaid_divorcecoach

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CROWLEY AESTHETICS

Husband and wife duo Damian and Sophie Crowley set up an at-home health and wellbeing business in Pontprennau. “I am a nurse practitioner with an interest in dermatology, and Sophie is a sports therapist,” says Damian, “so we wanted to start a clinic offering treatments such as full

body massages and facials.” www.crowleyaesthetics.co.uk

THE EV TRIBE

Cardiff-based Pobol Y Cwm actress Emily Tucker set up The EV Tribe, an online training subscription, during lockdown in the hope of helping people during a difficult time. “At first the sessions were free,” says Emily. “It’s now turned into a business thanks to my clients’ support. The tribe subscribers get five instructor-led HIIT and resistance sessions a week; the page is a catalogue of workouts and it’s like having a PT in your pocket. There are also weekly challenges and live Q&A sessions.” www.ev-training.co.uk

JEWELLERY

Duxford Studios

Jewellery designer Esme Rogers-Evans hand-makes her creations – inspired by the human form – from her home studio in Llandaff. Winning a start-up award during lockdown was what pushed me to officially launch my brand…

I then decided to officially become a sole trader. I’m now in contact with some online platforms like BYW, which is based in Cardiff, so that I can network with other business owners, creatives and customers to build awareness of my brand. I’m inspired by the human form…

The debut collection, Memento Mori, is inspired by the Latin theory of the reflection left and right: Esme

creates heirlooms inspired by the human form at Duxford Studios

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Even more pretty things... ALICAT JEWELLERY

KELZO JEWELLERY

“Our LGBT family-run business creates quirky, unusual jewellery,” says Kelly Allen, who founded the Cathays-based business alongside her Wife Zoey. “The process of creating patterns and shapes and using our hands is really relaxing, and when other people showed interest in our pieces, we decided to push it. We sell a Pride collection alongside our seasonal and rebellious products, and 20 per cent of Pride collection profit goes to an LGBTQ charity.” www.ourtransitionallife.com/shop

© ALE X LLOYD JENKINS

Alicat was set up during lockdown after owner Alexandra Joseph – known to her friends as Ali – tentatively tested the market last Christmas. Based just outside Cowbridge, the brand focuses on timeless jewellery for 21st century eclectic living, with Ali sourcing vintage and extraordinary pieces – often referred to as regal, estate jewellery – from all over the world. “I can sell jewellery for you, can source pieces for you or can get pieces designed and made especially for you or your loved ones,” she says. www.alicatjewellery.co.uk

top: Alicat Jewellery’s founder is a real gem; right: Mourning Assembly’s secondHAND creations

example, I made a bracelet out of a coin gifted to a lady by her father, which had her date of birth on it.

on mortality: “Remember, everything must die”. I’ve always been interested in the idea that death is a real leveller – it makes us all equal. And for me, it’s the fire in my belly that makes me create. The collection focuses on elements of all of us – bones, teeth, hands – without which we wouldn’t live as we do. www.duxfordstudios.com

Also, during lockdown, I’ve co-founded the local art collective ‘Umbrella’…

We are an artistled group who are socially engaged and community focused. Find us in the Capitol Centre where we hope to hold many exhibitions, workshops and talks and engage the community. www.etsy.com/people/ paisleyrandell

Mourning Assembly

Lockdown afforded Paisley Randell Shillabeer, whose studio is based in the Capitol Centre, the time to craft jewellery which transforms used, broken and abandoned items into glorious designs. My personal art practice revolves around objects and our relationship with them…

I use pre-loved, found objects, the ‘second hand’ and retail rejects to make new work. I’m concerned with waste, consumption and fast fashion; my work makes use of the used and re-homes the abandoned. All the pieces are unique and I often do custom work. Recently, for

Even MORE lockdownborn businesses… VEST & ARMOUR

Freelance costume designer Lindsay Bonaccorsi, based in Whitchurch, designs and prints T-shirts for children as an accessible alternative to fancy dress costumes. www.instagram.com/ vestandarmour

HAUS

Haus looks after landlord portfolios and helps clients

start their own portfolios. “We combined the skills of interior designer Jak Bjornstrom and my background in property management to create the company,” says co-founder Chris J. Birch. “Lockdown had a huge impact and for a while, we thought this company may die in its infancy, but we’ve now opened our first dedicated office on North Road, and our second is about to open in Cowbridge.” www.thebirken.haus

AILSA CLARE PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

Cardiff-based Ailsa Clare underwent a career change this year – from retail to photography. She now provides a specialist service that offers clients creative product photography and styling for independent brands, designers and makers. www.ailsaclare.co.uk

SECRET CINEMA SOUTH WALES

closing, so this new business started offering the full cinema experience at home – featuring top-of-the-range projectors, 100-inch screens and slick sound systems in your living room, for nightly and weekend hire. “It’s perfect for birthday celebrations or just a weekend hanging out with friends and family,” says owner Matt Roberts who’s based in Caerphilly. www.instagram.com/ secretcinemasouthwales

Lockdown meant cinemas

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THE ALBANY GALLERY TIM FUDGE 1st - 24th October 2020 View images on our website www.albanygallery.com

74b Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RS | T: 029 2048 7158 | E: info@albanygallery.com Gallery open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm


THE ARTS S N A P S H O T S O F C A R D I F F ’ S C U LT U R A L L I F E

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP Two Cardiff photographers’ pictures were selected as winning images for this year’s Portrait of Britain Awards. Paul Roberts’ One Match, featuring a homeless football player, was chosen, as was Ayuub (pictured), by Curtis Hughes. Here we chat to Canton-based Curtis about his work. “The subject of the photo is Ayuub, an asylum seeker from Tanzania who I met last year at Oasis Cardiff – an asylum seeker and refugee charity in Splott. He has an open heart and a warm energy that captivates everyone he meets. “When I took this portrait, he was awaiting a decision on whether he could remain in the UK. I asked Ayuub to choose a place and clothes that made him feel most ‘himself ’. He chose this African kaftan to wear and Bute Park as his location. The water is a representation of Ayuub’s struggles, along with other asylum seekers who are awaiting their Home Office decision. They are drowning in a failed system that can be overpowering and out of their control. “I was so happy to see Ayuub’s reaction when I told him his image had won. He has been very supportive in my vision to bring his and others’ stories to light and I’m very grateful to call him my friend. “I feel completely thrilled and truly grateful that my image won. The competition is very prestigious and has thousands of entries, so to be chosen as one of the winning portraits fills me with huge elation!” www.portraitofbritain.uk / www.curtishughesphotography.com

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WHAT’S ON

HALF TERM GETAWAY

The Celtic Manor Resort is family activity central – with two swimming pools, adventure golf, adrenaline-pumping ropes courses, tree-top net adventures, archery, wildlife walks and 2,000 acres to explore and amuse the young and young at heart. Is an October half term adventure calling perhaps? The Celtic Manor; www.celtic-manor.com

26 September – 23 October

You have to be young at heart to enjoy all that The Celtic Manor has to offer

PLAYS / FILM / PERFORMANCES 6 – 11 October

THE IRIS PRIZE Thirty-five international filmmakers will compete for £30,000 prize money as the organisers of Cardiff’s Iris Prize, an LGBT+ Film Festival, have announced the shortlisted films in competition. UK audiences can join in the experience for the first time in the festival’s history by watching all the nominated shorts for free online, ensuring it reaches a wider audience than ever. www.irisprize.org

8 October, then weekly

HEART OF CARDIFF The Sherman Theatre has announced its new audio series Heart of Cardiff, inspired by the people and communities of the city. Following a search across Cardiff for writers with stories to tell about their community, neighbourhood, and heritage – resulting in 100 submissions – 10 pitches were selected to be developed into original audio theatre experiences, which will be made available on the website on a weekly basis. www.shermantheatre.co.uk

13 October and 3, 24 November

SINFONIA Sinfonia Cymru celebrates 25 years with 25 concerts. They will return to live performances in 2021 with

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these 25 free performances across Wales, but, for now, they’re presenting an online series called In Conversation – a first-hand insight into Sinfonia Cymru’s musicians, artists and friends, which orchestra leader Caroline Pether will host. www.sinfonia.cymru

25 October

BAFTA CYMRU This will be a virtual event for the first time ever, so glad rags and champagne in your living room are perfectly acceptable. The ceremony will honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film and television in Wales and will be hosted by The One Show’s Alex Jones. www.bafta.org/wales

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY & EXHIBITIONS Until 10 October

NEIL CANNING EXHIBITION Neil is an artist synonymous with bold abstraction. He gained early success painting semi-figurative landscapes in his native Oxfordshire, before moving to Wales in 1990, and he’s been exhibiting with Martin Tinney Gallery since 1991. This latest exhibition, which may be viewed in the gallery by appointment, is inspired by the impressive scale and sweeping dynamic of the Welsh landscape. Martin Tinney Gallery; www.artwales.com


WHAT’S ON

SILVER LININGS

PHOTOGR APHED BY MILTON H. GREENE © 2020 JOSHUA GREENE

above: Garn Fawr by Neil Canning, who’s exhibiting at Martin Tinney Gallery left: The Becoming Richard Burton exhibition features the actor’s never-displayedbefore personal objects below: Don’t forget to Wear it Pink on 23 October

Wales Millennium Centre has announced its closure until January 2021, but the team is still looking at the positives and is determined to come out stronger on the other side, as Graeme Farrow, the centre’s artistic director, tells us… “We lost 85 per cent of income overnight when we closed our doors in March until at least January 2021, and that has had huge implications for our staff and all the people we work with. This crisis, however, has also forced us to consider the type of organisation we want to be when we reopen, to build on plans we have been making with young people, artists and communities. We are working on our longer-term ambitions to collaborate across the arts and cultural sector and beyond to build a more creative, flexible and inclusive vision for the future. This will hopefully also include positive physical adaptations to the building and site. So, for now, we are focused on ensuring that when we fully reopen, audiences, artists, young people, communities are at the centre of this building. And we will focus on creating work and events that hold onto some of the hopeful things that have come out of this pandemic to connect people and contribute to building a better future for Wales.” www.wmc.org.uk

7 November – 11 April, 2021

BECOMING RICHARD BURTON This exhibition follows the remarkable story of how Richard Jenkins became Richard Burton, the international star of stage and screen. It will feature Burton’s diaries, papers and personal objects – displayed for the first time – from the Richard Burton Archives held at Swansea University. National Museum Cardiff; www.museum.wales

ACTIVITIES Various dates

CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL WHITE WATER Cardiff International White Water has reopened for pre-booked visitors to enjoy activities such as white water rafting, canoeing, SUP and gorge walking. Customers are asked to arrive dressed ‘paddle ready’ (swimwear worn underneath clothing), so that they can quickly change into the wetsuits provided. Watkiss Way, Cardiff Bay; www.ciww.com

FOOD AND DRINK

Until the end of October

STREET FOOD CINEMA Cardiff’s first dedicated drive-in movie and street-food experience has released a new run of movies, including a Halloween horror film festival. Expect to watch movies –such as Saw, Ghostbusters and The Exorcist – from the comfort of your car while food and drink is delivered to your window. Splott Market drive-in; www.streetfoodcinema.co.uk

3, 10 & 17 October

OKTOBERFEST DEPOT will be bringing you the Bavarian Beer Festival Oktoberfest in their fully authentic beer hall. DEPOT 2020; www.depotcardiff.com

4 October

FLOW & FEAST This wholesome seasonal party features Flow (yoga for all levels) and Feast with Penylan Pantry, creatively put together using seasonal organic produce. There will be a large focus on sustainable living with supporting brands like Westlands, Rude Health,

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WHAT’S ON Lululemon, Leaf Envy and more. DEPOT 2020,Williams Way; www.depotcardiff.com

OTHER

Until 27 September

WYE VALLEY RIVER FESTIVAL Due to the pandemic, the festival has evolved its original plans, with event organisers reimagining the festival so that it can be experienced through podcasts, films, workshops and livestream sessions. www.wyevalleyriverfestival.co.uk

Selected dates from 10 – 31 October

being the first woman to commentate on men’s football to climbing up the ranks of the fire service. www.warriorwomencollective.co.uk

23 October

WEAR IT PINK Breast Cancer Now’s biggest fundraising event Wear it Pink will see people across Cardiff dressing in pink and raising funds for breast cancer research and support. Since 2013, around 390 women in Cardiff and Vale have been diagnosed with breast cancer every year. That’s why the money raised from wear it pink is vital. www.breastcancernow.org

PUMPKIN PICKING Find pick-your-own fun for all the family at Cardiff’s Pumpkin Picking Patch where 55,000 pumpkins in every shape and size grow across a huge 13-acre site. You’ll also find crafts, activities and food and drink. Pumpkin Picking Patch, Culverhouse Cross; www.pickingpatch.com

12 November – 23 December

15 October

LUMINATE A little further afield, but Luminate, the magical light trail, returns this year with tickets now on sale. Margam Country Park; www.luminatewales.com n

WOMEN DISRUPTING The Cardiff-based Warrior Women Collective’s upcoming online event features a panel of women who are disrupting in their own way – from

CARDIFF CHRISTMAS MARKET The market has confirmed its return but it’s subject to change due to potential Covid-19 restrictions. www.cardiffchristmasmarket.com

19 November – 24 December

top: Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about: Cardiff’s pumpkin-picking patch is waiting for you; above: Comedy king Chris Ramsey will be giving all he’s got at St David’s Hall

2021 ANNOUNCEMENTS/ TICKETS ON SALE NOW 14 March, 2021

ANTON AND ERIN – SHOWTIME Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, on their new tour coming for 2021. Showtime is a glittering celebration that pays tribute to some of the world's greatest icons of entertainment. Expect stunning costumes, fabulous live vocals and a highenergy West End dance ensemble. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

25 March, 2021 THE SLOW READERS CLUB The band’s fifth studio album, 91 Days in Isolation, which they wrote in lockdown, is out on 23 October, and it won’t be too long until audiences will be able to experience their unmissable live shows once again, with the band set to hit the road for their rescheduled run of UK and European tour dates in spring. The Globe; www.globecardiffmusic.com 24 April, 2021

THE STRANGLERS The final full UK tour In Memory of Dave has been rescheduled to 2021 including a

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venue change from Cardiff Motorpoint to The Great Hall. The band promises a set that will be covering tracks from their extensive catalogue spanning over 45 years.  The Great Hall; www.gigsandtours.com

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CHRIS RAMSEY His tour should have been starting this month, but Chris Ramsey has rescheduled his biggest ever stand-up tour for next year. St David’s Hall; www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

12 May, 2021

IDLES A band long revered for the power of their live shows, Idles are one of the most exciting bands around with relentless energy and a huge sound. Passionate, political and darkly comedic, they’re back with their third album, Ultra Mono. Motorpoint Arena; www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk

21 May, 2021

FONTAINES D.C A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C has been

one of the best-received albums of 2020 so far, debuting at #2 on the UK charts. They’ve recently announced Cardiff as part of a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, most of which have which have already sold out. Cardiff Great Hall; www.fontainesdc.com

10 July, 2021

DEPOT IN THE CASTLE After an incredible 2019, the event returns to Cardiff for its fourth year, and 2021 will see some of the biggest acts in the world headline that phenomenal castle stage. The headliner has been announced as Kaiser Chiefs. Cardiff Castle; www.depotcardiff.com

12 October, 2021

ERASURE Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) are back to celebrate the release of their 18th studio album. Taking inspiration from pop music through the decades, they’ll bring warmth and a brilliant brightness, connecting us to our pasts and our futures, creating beautiful places where our imaginations can roam. Motorpoint Arena; www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk



ART

HEART TO ART We chat to local artist Nathan Wyburn about his NHS collage – made up of hundreds of headshots of NHS staff – which has made headlines globally

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By Lisa Evans

f you’re a Cardiff Life fan, you’ll know our columnists Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney (Wyburn & Wayne) pretty well by now. In fact, you don’t even have to be a reader of our magazine; if you live in Cardiff, or anywhere in Wales, or the UK really, you will have likely heard of them. Come to think of it, even people in America would have heard of them. They are, you see, doing amazing things… If you don’t know that Nathan is one of the most talented, inventive local artists alive, then where have you been? He has been busy during the pandemic working on some incredible pieces to shine a spotlight, thank and celebrate people who went (and who are going) above and beyond to help others. One of those artworks was assembled by using more than 200 photographs of NHS workers. Nathan turned the pictures into a collage of a nurse wearing a protective mask with the words “thank you” underneath – an iconic image that will symbolise the NHS and the pandemic now and in the future. It gathered press all over the country, graced the front covers of newspapers, was placed on ITV This Morning’s opening credits along with an interview over Skype with

“I’ve been more inspired than ever to make art that boosts moral” LEFT: A close-up of the NHS collage that delivers a striking and clever bigger picture; ABOVE: Nathan with some of his other incredible portraits

Eamonn and Ruth, and even reached the states, and was spoken about in the New York Post and on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. “It’s been an incredibly strange few months,” says Nathan. “Creatively, I feel like I’ve been more inspired than ever to make art that boosts moral and has a message. Probably none more so than the NHS Thank You collage. “It was inspired by the emotional first Clap for our Carers, and the fact that most of my friends, including Wayne, work for the NHS. I was worried for them, there was so much confusion at the beginning and I felt like my friends were going to war every single day. I wanted to show appreciation in the best way I know how, and that’s via art.” So how did he create the piece? A Facebook call-out for images of NHS workers meant he was sent over 200 photos to digitally collage into this image. And, as he’s a patron for the Cardiff & Vale Health

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Nathan’s NHS artwork gets us right in the tear ducts


ART Charity, they commissioned it to be printed on a huge scale outside all health sites. “This was such an honour,” says Nathan. “It then got picked up by other health boards and displayed in the same way. We then put it on T-shirts and hoodies and raised thousands to give back to the charity.” Along with the NHS artwork, amidst the pandemic he created a tribute to Colonel Tom Moore – the centenarian who single-handedly raised £33m for NHS charities. Inspired by the Colonel’s walking feat, Nathan walked in paint and used the footprints of his trainers to create a huge portrait. Nathan also celebrated the work of Marcus Rashford and his free school meals campaign by collaging a likeness of him which was made up of collaged images of children who benefit from the scheme. n To keep up to date with the Radio Cardiff DJs Wyburn & Wayne follow them on Facebook, Twitter @WyburnWayne and Instagram @wyburnandwayne

Nathan’s fingerpainted portrait of Gareth Thomas hopes to help erase the stigma surrounding HIV

above: Nathan’s artistic mediums include coffee, marmite and burnt toast; left: The scale of the NHS artwork can be seen here

AN OPEN BOOK Nathan’s new book called POP tART is a celebration of a decade of his artwork, including images and quotes from the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey, Mariah Carey and Prince Charles, and all those unusual resources he uses to create art, including Marmite, Pizza, lipstick kisses and Caviar. You can buy Nathan’s book from www. nathanwyburnstore.com

As a frontline worker at the Heath Hospital, Wayne (the other half of Wyburn & Wayne, and pictured in Nathan’s NHS artwork) contracted coronavirus in the early stages of the pandemic. Here he shares his experience… “2020 started off so well. Plans were made, holidays booked and there were exciting projects to look forward to. How things changed. By the time Covid-19 reached our shores we had already seen the devastating impact it had on other countries. I work in the Heath Hospital UHW on an acute stroke ward and we knew that the spread of the virus was about to affect us all in healthcare. “Our NHS trust in Cardiff went to extraordinary measures to make the hospitals as safe as possible and to accommodate many more patients. But the fear of going

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to work during the first few weeks of the pandemic was indescribable. Our usual busy hospital was now deserted and warning signs hung on every door and wall. “I was one of the first members of staff to contract the virus, soon many more would get it. Unfortunately, I’m asthmatic and it affected my breathing, but nothing was scarier than the thought that I may have passed it on to a friend, colleague or family member. “Phoning my mother to tell her I had tested positive was particularly tough because it was at the start of the pandemic and the news was focused on the death toll and not the recoveries. It took five weeks to fully recover and I was keen to get back to work; I have never been prouder to be part of the NHS. Watching colleagues get sick was tough and a constant worry but the teamwork was exceptional.

“We saw great support from our communities, and Nathan’s artwork really lifted spirits. To be part of a piece of art recognised worldwide was a real honour, and the way people responded to it really made us all feel appreciated.”



#CARDIFF TOGETHER GREG INGHAM

After the Great Pause… Reality has been outsourced and today’s heresies are tomorrow’s orthodoxies. So how have we been changed? What might change further from here? Our chief exec GREG INGHAM offers his take on the pandemic…

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n the worst of times, people show their best. We should be proud of this city. It’s been touching to see the good that people and organisations have been doing. How much will endure, we cannot know. But the world of Cardiff has seemed a better place in these continuingly-weird tough times – one of the many paradoxes of the pandemic. Here’s my take on what’s been happening:

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LOCKDOWN MADE EVERYTHING LOCAL We’ve fallen in love anew with this city; wandered its locales unhurriedly, had our thoughts washed by serenity, beauty. There is limitless fascination in the free beauty of vistas, of parks, of the palimpsest of forgotten layered histories inked with obscure buildings, odd nooks, quirky remnants. Park the outside world, the national world: this inspirational place buoys the soul, rewards us, makes us feel so fortunate to live or work or play here. We have been bequeathed grandeur from centuries-back, enduring creativity paid forwards. As we start afresh, remember the joys of experiencing Cardiff on foot. Don’t forget that spring

sensation. Make it a lasting holiday romance, a love affair with this city. And those love letters to our city need writing – and we will, issue in, issue out with Cardiff Life

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VENERATE THE INDIES We’ve learned to appreciate yet more the distinctive, thoughtful offerings of our indies as they’ve supported others or cleverly pivoted to new ways, responding with ingenuity, humanity and plain decency. Our trust is better granted locally – in people and places we know, we can evaluate directly. The big shift is under-way towards re-evaluating and re-discovering our communities, friendships and the importance of our cities to us. We’re all responsible. Local responsibility, local living, local eating, buying, exploring, enjoying – with shared experiences increasingly mattering much more than physical products.

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HERE COMES THE HYPERLOCAL People working from home will be buying more from shops, cafés, restaurants within a 10-minute walk of where they live. It’s hyperlocal time. There will be fewer days in the office. Not just short term, but permanently. Many like working

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from home: lunchtime walking distances will matter more.

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THE GREAT PAUSE IS ALSO THE GREAT ACCELERATOR Another paradox: this time of contemplation, of monastic slowness has also seen rapid change. How we work (much more distributed, infinitely more trusted), greater sense of purpose, of better health, interest in local provenance, increased trust in local and regional brands Vs national, better regard for the value of family and friendships, deeper regard for care workers and teachers and greater green/ climate emergency awareness. Multiple changes, at least short term but potentially profoundly. Let the Great Pause also be the Great Accelerator.

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, NOW Expect a surge of home improvements as our homes have been over-lived in and perhaps over-scrutinised. Paradox: our homes will become havens once more, our personal worlds of interiors. Yet we will also develop a better accommodation with working from home. Just as nature has been busy reclaiming swathes of cityscapes in lockdown, so domesticity will reclaim our hybrid working homes. Spruce-ups, improvements, new designs, new aestheticisms. Or a reworking to allow better home-working. Or even a move to

places with more space, trading longer commutes from outlying villages and towns for fewer days travelling to that quaint twentieth century legacy construct, an “office”.

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FURTHER APART YET CLOSER STILL Another paradox of the pandemic is that we have never been further apart yet closer together. That’s due to technology. We’ve all seen inside homes we wouldn’t have entered, all know more about more people. But it’s also because in our otherwise atomised world, we have all shared the same existential experience – all been in the same storm albeit in different boats.

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THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN This has been a tough time. But this too shall pass. Enduring good can come out of these unimagined, unchartered experiences which we’ve all been facing, personally and of course professionally. This Great Pause may not usher in all of the hoped-for caring, softer, more thoughtful, decent society. But it will change us, and has already. Let’s take our learnings from these times. Let’s try to emerge as better people… Idealistic? Sure! But what positive change has ever happened without first having hope? #Cardiff Together – always…



MORGAN After 10 years in the Morgan Arcade, Morgan has moved to 75 Pontcanna Street. We will be open on Saturday 26th September with our full range of womenswear and menswear.

New location, the same beautiful clothes. 75 Pontcanna Street, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9HS 02920 344833 ď‚Ž sales@morgan-shops.com morgan-shops.com ď‚Ž morgan_shops


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Object art – the curation of found and collected objects – fascinates artist and architect Katherine Jones, who lives in Canton. She believes that beauty can be found in the most common and familiar things, and it’s these artefacts that she will gather, compose and assemble into bespoke boxes or coffee tables (as pictured). “People often tell me that they save mundane, everyday items and trinkets that hold fond memories, but they are not sure what to do with them,” says Katherine. “When these ‘ordinary’ items are displayed, they are transformed into a rich and textural whole. The boxes often juxtapose natural and man-made artefacts, combined within a uniquely crafted frame. They capture a place and time through craft and making, and have been popular as bespoke

commissions, making each box personal, relevant, evocative and highly emotive. “One of my favourite recent commissions was a diptych called Mamgu’s Boxes. The two boxes reveal treasured possessions of writer and performer Sian Harries’ late grandmother – from rose-patterned handkerchiefs and bottles of talcum powder to chipped ornaments and handwritten notes. I worked closely with Sian to learn about her grandmother and we made the boxes to showcased these memories.” Prices start at £95 for a commissioned box; to turn the box into a coffee table, it would be an approximate additional £150. For more, see www.katherinemgjones.com www.mediaclash.co.uk I CARDIFF LIFE I 33


POTS AND FRAMES, FROM £4.50 Hit me with your best pot! Add a little bit of luxe to your home office with these beautiful finishing touches. From Stwff-Stuff, 50 High Street, Cowbridge; www.stwff-stuff.co.uk

WORK IT OUT More and more of us are working from home, so here's our pick of neutral home office additions…

WELSH SHEEP FOOT REST, £110 Ewe-nique and exclusive to The Welsh Gift Shop, this woolly little footstool, handmade in South Wales, is baaad to the bone. Online only, from www.welshgiftshop.com

FOUNTAIN PEN, £230 A bit of a mouthful but the Montegrappa Ducale Murano Abstract pen is a thing of beauty; some would even say it’s ink-credible. From The Pen and Paper, 13-17 Royal Arcade; www.penandpaper.co.uk

DARK BRUSHED AND BURNED OAK FLOORING, FROM £75M2 Available in solid and engineered options, this flooring is created using a unique process that authentically ages each board in the same way as decades of wear – an ‘absolutely floorless’ alternative to reclaimed wood with none of the risks. From Broadleaf Timber, 71, Eastgate, Cowbridge; www.broadleaftimber.com

FARRINGDON MAGAZINE RACK, £40 Store all your back issues of Cardiff Life (you still have them all, right?) neatly in this wall-mounted, bold, simple charcoal-finished magazine rack. Online only, from Lisa Valentine Home, based in Penylan; www.lisavalentinehome.co.uk

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ED’S CHOICE ALOE VERA, £18.99 “Aloe you vera much,” said me to my houseplants. Cardiff’s Bethan Woods’ newly started plant business delivers fresh lovelies like this to your door. Online only, from Penarth-based The Little Green Corner; www.instagram.com/ the.littlegreencorner

TRAVERSE LAMP BARREL, £60 Loving the hand-cut glass shade and brushed stainless steel base on this lamp. Can I get a watt watt? From Athena Interiors, 47 Llandowlais Street, Cwmbran; www.athenainteriors.co.uk SHELVING UNIT, £2,500 A visually pleasing display always lifts the spirits, doesn’t it? Swoon-worthy shelf styling is all the rage, too, with #shelfie still trending on social media, and this gorgeous unit is the ideal blank canvas to style. From Chalkhouse Interiors, 3 Bessemer Close Workshops, Cardiff; www.chalkhouseinteriors.co.uk

DALSTON OFFICE CHAIR, £179 Chairing is caring, and this ergonomic plywood seat in oak veneer would be a suave addition to your WFH space. From West Hampton, Penny Lane, Cowbridge; www.westhampton.co.uk

COTSWOLD WICKER UNIT, £109.95 Be quick on the drawer with this double storage unit, ideal for files, documents and your secret stash of getme-through-the-day chocolate. From The Place for Homes, Unit 1, Sutton Road, Llandow, Cowbridge; www.theplaceforhomesltd.co.uk

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HUB LIFE The Castle Emporium is a lovely little hub of one-off eclectic businesses based in a magnificent converted 1920s cinema. Here we meet a handful of the indie shop owners…

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roudly independent, individually brilliant and stronger together: that’s the motto at The Castle Emporium on the legendary Womanby street. The hub of close-knit but varied independent shops nestle inside a beautiful, tall, curved-ceilinged building which was once a 1920s silent movie cinema. Enter and you’ll find edgy, cool and unique shops set in an indoor market-style layout over two vibrant floors. Under one roof you’ll find everything from a speciality coffee hut with an indoor lawn, to an art gallery, a tattoo studio, a barbershop, a skate store, a radical bookshop, a nail studio and a holistic haven.

EMILY MICHAEL

Co-owner of The SHO, and manager at The Castle Emporium Tell us about your business…

It’s a gallery, shop and studio with lots to inspire and tools to create. We cater for art and design appreciators and individuality seekers, bringing together collections of contemporary design, gifts for the home and stuff we love. We also stock a range of art supplies and offer a custom framing service. What do you love about Castle Emporium?

I love that it houses lots of like-minded businesses together under one roof, which gives the place authentic character and a great atmosphere. It’s one of a kind and set in a beautiful building. What are the challenges of being an independent?

Knowing that you have to figure everything out for yourself and not being able to switch off at the end of the day. Running a shop means I have many roles, and it really is a case of learning and improving with every new challenge that comes along. It can be scary but pretty rewarding when you get it right. And the positives?

A sense of ownership and achievement, and the freedom to shape and tweak the business is inspiring and very fun. It’s a great creative outlet, and seeing the business grow and develop makes us very proud. Set over two vibrant floors, you could while away hours at The Castle Emporium

What’s new?

The SHO now has a sister shop next to it: Frankincense & Purr, which we have been working on, selling incense and magical goods.

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above: Emily from The SHO Gallery; right: Mike of Cardiff Skateboard Club

A few words about your fellow traders…

After running our shop on our own for the first five years, we really appreciate having an in-house community of fellow indies. We all come from a mix of backgrounds but are entrepreneurs at heart that have ended up together, and between us there’s a great deal of varied talent and skill. It’s good to know there’s a friend close by to talk to who understands. What’s new?

Now that the bulk of the makeover in The Castle Emporium has taken place, the new units are filling up nicely with even more additional businesses. Since coming back post lockdown, we are glad and very grateful that there seems to be a new found appreciation for local, small and independent business. It almost feels like a conscious shift has taken place with more and more people seeking out and choosing to shop ethically and support places like ours. We hope to see this continue and increase as more workplaces and offices also reopen in central Cardiff. www.thesho.co.uk

MIKE RIDOUT

Manager of Cardiff Skateboard Club What do you love about the hub?

It’s a great space for small businesses trying to get a foot in the door so to speak. With the crazy price on rent and rates in the city centre, without The Castle Emporium having a physical space for ourselves and many others, it would be next to impossible. It’s also amazing to have such a diverse cross section of services, hospitality and retail business under one roof.

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“I love that it houses lots of like-minded businesses together under one roof ” SOFIA NIGRO

Owner of The Barber Room

What are your thoughts on The Castle Emporium and the area it’s in?

I love the quirkiness and vibe of the whole street and emporium. Being a part of a collective of other independent business is great. Womanby Street is so well known for its great music scene. The emporium gives small businesses a chance to be creative and express themselves. Tell us about your clientele…

People on the Cardiff independent business scene like to support each other. We also get a lot of support from the LGBT community as I have an inclusive space where everyone is welcome no matter their gender. How do you feel being a business owner?

Sometimes it’s difficult as I work alone a lot of the time so to manage my day can be high pressure. Having said that, I have total freedom to do things my way. A few words about your fellow traders…

Being one of the longer-standing traders, I have developed a close friendship with the others, and it’s awesome to have new traders coming in with fresh business ideas. Any events planned as a group?

We often organise events such as illustration clubs and small acoustic gigs, but I’d like to try and organise an event within the barbershop to try and get people talking about mental health, especially as male suicide rates are so high. @the_barber_room_cardiff Sofia’s female-run Barber Room is an inclusive space

Who do you cater for?

Primarily skateboarders. The scene in Cardiff and South Wales is pretty strong and we’re all closely connected. We like to think of ourselves as a hangout spot first, shop second. We’ve got a bench to sit on, loads of free magazines and the TV’s always got skate videos playing for anyone who just wants to come and chill. That’s not to say that we don’t actually sell stuff though. Obviously it’s the skaters buying the hardware, but we also do clothing, and most of the brands we sell are exclusive to us in Cardiff. What’s it like running an indie business?

Having to be quite self-reliant is a challenge; for example, there’s no IT department to call if the Wifi is playing up. You have to be the sales person on the shop floor, while also dealing with the marketing, social media, events planning, buying and accounting. But there’s freedom to do what you want; there’s no waiting around for head office to approve something, and you can be way more reactive to new things happening. One of the best bits is you get to put money back into the scene and support it from the ground up. A few words about your fellow traders…

We all try to support each other and spread the word about each other’s businesses. www.cardiffskateboardclub.com

THE CASTLE EMPORIUM’S HISTORY A few original features remain in The Castle Emporium which reveal the early days of this building as a cinema, such as its domed ceiling and fantastic acoustics. The Castle Picture Theatre opened on or just after 20 November 1913 and closed in 1921, and it only ever screened silent movies. There was just one screen with 700 seats. There’s still a plaque commemorating the first public broadcast in Wales on 13 February 1923, from the radio station 5WA, an indirect ancestor of BBC Radio Wales. It broadcast from a tiny studio at the former Castle Picture Theatre. Since its closure, the building has been used for many purposes including a garage in 1930, a camping shop in the 80s, a warehouse, and later on it was briefly CFQ (Cardiff Fashion Quarter), but it’s been housing independent businesses since 2015.

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“We’re located on one of the most integral streets in the Cardiff music scene” ALEX FINLAYSON

Owner and barista at FinCo Coffee Tell us about your business…

It’s an independent specialty coffee shop which opened in 2018. What do you think of the area you’re based in?

To be able to come to work in the heart of Cardiff on such a distinctive street with all its history is special. It’s also nice meeting various musicians that play at the venues along Womanby Street, both locally and internationally, and the people that are fans. How do you find running an independent?

The biggest challenge for me was making the decision to go for it and leave a job and the obvious security that provided financially. Now I’m a little way down the track, the challenges are costs and thinking of ways to increase the number of visitors. The most important thing to me is when guests give positive feedback about the drinks. A few words about your fellow traders…

It’s quite inspiring to see the young community of independent traders here in The Emporium putting themselves and their businesses out there and doing so well. n @finco_coffee left: Si at Head Above the waves; below: Alex of FinCo Coffee

SI MARTIN

Founder and director of Heads Above the Waves Tell us about your business…

We’re a social enterprise that supports young people struggling with their mental health, particularly working with people who self-harm. We promote positive, healthy and creative ways of dealing with the bad days, and we fund our work through ‘merch with a message’; all the items we sell in our shop (and online) are designed by creatives from around the world to help inspire conversations around mental health. This allows us to create literature, run our website and deliver school workshops where we give young people the chance to try the stuff we’re suggesting, and explore the emotions they’re experiencing. What do you love about being in Womanby Street?

The two of us who run HATW (Hannah Morgan is the other director, who also runs the Team Up! club night) are both firmly rooted in the alternative music scene, so being located on one of the most integral streets in the Cardiff music scene means a lot to us. What’s it like to be your own boss?

Our biggest challenge has been not being able to be in many places at once. HATW is currently just the two of us, so we’ve been lucky enough to be helped by a bunch of amazing volunteers to keep the shop running while we’re off in schools, meetings, conferences, festivals, and all the other stuff we need to do. It also means we can focus on people and have meaningful and supportive conversations rather than just ticking boxes and talking about numbers. But that being said, if anyone wants to fund us externally, we wouldn’t say no! www.hatw.co.uk

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Have you seen a cooler team though?

This place is proudly independent

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

The newest arrivals to The Castle Emporium are‌ STILL HANDS An inclusive private tattoo studio run by Zak Thomas, who specialises in both handpoke and machine tattoos. @stillhandstattoo SHELFLIFE A not-for-profit radical zine and bookshop, specialising in feminist, anti-racist, queer and DIY publications. www.shelflifebookshop.com TROPIGAZ A plant paradise run by Gary Blackburn who either grows the plants himself in his own tropical greenhouse in Cardiff or imports them from the best growers in the Netherlands and Denmark. www.tropigaz.com

The Castle Emporium is back open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Womanby street, Cardi, CF10 1BS; www.thecastleemporium.co.uk

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INTERIORS

WASTE OF SPACE Want a home makeover but can’t justify the expense? Cardiff Met lecturer Sian Elin says it can be done on the tiniest of budgets Photos by Keith Davies Photography

INTERIOR 1 •T he bold wall takes its cue from Miami-inspired geometrics. • The painted chair and table were given a new lease of life. • The shelves were cut from waste MDF found at B&Q – creating a layered effect popularised by a renewed interest in expressive Modernist Art. • Painted ceramics found in the bin made for a lively display. • A cushion was made using waste fabric from Orangebox, Cardiff.

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ith so much focus on eco interiors across the design industry, led by a concern for climate change, an increase in sustainability and also recycling, it is becoming easier to buy consciously for our homes. It can still be expensive though, so Sian Elin Thomas, a senior lecturer who specialises in surface pattern design, textiles, and interior styling at Cardiff Metropolitan University, decided to develop a new project to teach her students how to style a room using waste materials.

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•A key colour palette this season, warm tones of terracotta give this interior a comforting edge. • Vases, bottles, and jars from the scrap store Re-Create in Cardiff were upgraded to decorative pieces with a new coat of paint. • The hand of the maker is evident in the hand-knotted rug using waste fabrics from Orangebox. • A chair found outside has been painted to fit the scheme. • An old cake box has been transformed into a lightshade.

“I wanted to show how to build and create an interior set, but the extra special thing about the rooms was that everything was made using scraps that were found or donated to us by local companies,” explains Sian. “The aim was to spend zero money. It’s great proof that you can create beautiful schemes on a budget, with a real emphasis on sustainability. “We are becoming more aware of the importance of environmentally responsible building and interior design,” she adds. “That’s why we focused on creating sustainable interiors that utilised waste materials donated by Cardiff-based companies. Students learned how to create products that were either upcycled or recycled and the importance of a ‘circular economy’: an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources.”

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INTERIOR 3 •T he solid-coloured geometric shapes and contrasting lines create a lively backdrop that is optimistic and engaging and reminiscent of Miami Art Deco. • The ‘Memphis’ inspired geometric shapes on the wall have been lasercut using scraps of wood, adding a playful 3D element to the space. • Donated Orangebox fabric offcuts and oversized wooden spools from Re-Create have been used to design unique lighting and seating with on-trend colourful and oversized fringing.

“It’s proof that you can create beautiful schemes on a budget”

She adds that interior design can have a big impact on the environment because it involves the use of often mass-produced materials, therefore, it’s important to consider how to reduce the environmental impact on our society. In turn, students discovered that exciting outcomes can be achieved with repurposed materials and how to incorporate eco principles in their interiors. “Sigma 3 Kitchens donated waste wood which was transformed into striking flooring in all of the project’s interiors,” says Sian. “John Lewis and Orangebox donated old stock and fabrics which we used to make on-trend cushions, unique lighting, a hand-knotted rug and an upholstered stool; and we also used scraps being thrown out by B&Q and previously owned objects from Re-Create at Ely bridge. Colourful walls were created by using and mixing damaged paints from WJ Gardner, and students also discovered the joys of upcycling existing items such as chairs, tables, vases, mugs, bottles, jars and even a cake tin which became a light.”

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INTERIORS She explains that due to our increased concerns about the environment, the decorative aspects of the products we are putting into our homes are changing, too, from colours and patterns to materials. “As an antidote to our over-reliance on digital technology, there is a growing urge for the outdoors, and interiors are responding with natural earthy tones, calming spaces, organic rounded shapes, and natural materials. Having said that, consumers also want to have a voice and express their individuality, and not purchase products that are in mass production; celebrating a dynamic approach to sustainability is being reflected in bold colours, expressive designs, and playful hand-crafted products. “What’s clear is, biophilic design – which brings outdoors elements indoors, restoring the connection between humans and nature – is at the fore.” n www.cardiffmet.ac.uk

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INTERIOR 4 •O ld stock furnishing fabrics from John Lewis were used to make cushions, and a cardboard drum covered in a duvet became an upholstered stool. • Round wooden offcuts found at Re-Create were cut in half and painted to create shelves. • An old pot and mug were painted to match the scheme. • A wine bottle was given an interesting tactile element by wrapping string around it and filling it with dried flowers.



Putting a face to the name… Meet the team from award-winning THE TAP END BATHROOMS

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n a nutshell, this team loves bathrooms. Here, the Cardiff Life Awards 2020 winner tells us what they think makes a great calming sanctuary, how to elevate its finish, and what the trends of the moment are. Is it better to keep it timeless and neutral? Or should we go bold and creative with colours and patterns? Here, the members of the team give us their thoughts...

“It is our unrivalled passion for creating beautiful spaces which sets us apart from other bathroom stores. For us a bathroom is not just another room; It is a space which requires careful planning and consideration so that you can relax after a hard day at work, wash away your worries or prepare yourself for the day ahead. It is about so much more than a necessary room. It is about how form and function meet to create personal and unique spaces that our clients will love for years to come. Our team has three designers, all extremely passionate about what they do, put simply… we love bathrooms!” Lynda Rees, Co-creator

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“My favourite designs all have neutral palettes with warm white lighting. I love using simple elements in a timeless way. The more layers of lighting, use of mirror and tone on tone the better!” Justine Bullock, co-creator and designer

“Projects where the client is open to something interesting are a personal favourite of mine. I like to play with introducing colour and pattern into a scheme, whether that is with tiling, paint or accessories. You can really personalise a room by doing this.” Daniella Fantini, designer You can read reviews, all from genuine clients, via our Houzz account, Facebook and Google. We pride ourselves on our service and products and are always thrilled to hear from clients about their experience. If you are embarking on a bathroom project, we would love to hear all about it, contact us in store to see if we may be the right fit for you. ■

“Natural stone and woods are a go to for me. Using natural products, or as close to, makes for a spa like finish. I love the calming and serene effect this look has on the atmosphere of a room. Even small touches of limestone, marble or wood can elevate the finish of a room.” Zoe Curtis, designer

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FOOD & DRINK SNAPSHOTS OF CARDIFF’S FOOD SCENE

DEJA BREW

What a team at the Taff’s Well Inn

KIN + ILK specialty coffee shop has opened a permanent site in St David’s after their pop-up went so well. It went so well, in fact, that what was meant to be a twomonth temporary Christmas stint in 2018 turned into a month-by-month extension all the way up until lockdown. They’re back with a caffeinated bang now, and there’s a gorgeous refurb to top it off. “Our latest fit-out at KIN + ILK St David’s was the result of a collaboration with some great local tradesmen and brands,” says Haydn Darke, director. “The design was conceived in house and is based around the minimal Scandi interior design that we all know and love. We collaborated with Will Sampson, our go-to carpenter; Cardiff Granite for our quartz bar; and John & Jane branding and design agency for their Grid 45 Exhibition and awesome graphic design work. We move quickly, work started on 10 August and we opened on the 22nd.” For more: www.kinandilk.com

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

KIN + ILK looking brewtiful

In the most wholesome of twists, The Taff’s Well Inn unexpectedly became a charitable community hub for the majority of this year, and it’s now back in business. The pub became a focal point for locals following extensive flooding in the area earlier this year, as Marsha Ward, who bought the inn with her husband last year, explains, “The floods hit in February and the community was devastated. We decided to do all we could to help. My 16-year-old son was rescuing families from their homes and bringing them to the pub; we became a community centre for food, clothes, warmth and solace. “The floods subsided, and we started trading normally again but then Covid hit. Again, we decided to help the community and delivered food to those who were selfisolating or shielding, as well as offering an afternoon tea delivery service to cheer customers up. “Now, we have a new chef, a new menu and a new colour on the walls, and we’re really excited to welcome one and all.” For more: www.thetaffswellinn.com

WATER YOU LIKE A drive-in Halloween horror film fest is on the way

THRIVING DRIVE-IN Some positive news from the independent events and hospitality sector: Cardiff’s Street Food Cinema drive-in is extending its run into September and October. After a successful month of screenings, Street Food Cinema, Cardiff’s first dedicated drive-in movie and street-food experience, is set to continue. For October, the team is planning a Halloween horror film festival, featuring classics such as Scream, Cape Fear, Ghostbusters and The Exorcist.

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“Our concept combines drive-in cinema with a local independent street food offering,” says founder Matt The Hat Lawton. “We’ve had a great run so far, almost every showing was a complete sell-out. After a spring and summer of having to cancel events, it’s been great to be able to get back out and give customers a taste of what they’ve missed. We’ve been able to offer an event that’s naturally socially distant but doesn’t feel like it’s compromised by safety measures. Everyone stays in their cars, and food and drinks are delivered to your window.” The drive-in site is at Splott Market, and a ticket for one car costs £30. For more: www.streetfoodcinema.co.uk

Cardiff businesses have joined a bottle-refilling campaign to tackle the rise in plastic pollution. Coordinated by City to Sea and funded by the Welsh Government, Refill works by connecting people looking for drinking water with Refill Stations via a free app. Participating cafés, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle. The app has been downloaded over 300,000 times and there are now almost 30,000 Refill Stations across the UK. In Cardiff, consumers can refill at over 280 different venues, including Kin+Ilk, Lufkin Coffee and Ripple Living; the message is loud and clear: Cardiff businesses Cardiff venues are are backing refills. making a splash For more: www.citytosea.org.uk


SEND NOODS Matsudai Ramen has taken Cardiff by storm with its ‘assemble-at-home’ ramen kits which sell out in minutes. Here we speak to founder James Chant…

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or Matsudai Ramen in Cardiff, a ‘pop up’ business model – which involved taking over the kitchens of existing restaurants and feeding multiple sittings in one night – lockdown meant that the business came to a complete stop. But by switching to a new model and offering ‘assemble-at-home’ ramen kits for home delivery, founder James Chant has been able to breathe new life into his business, and even invest in permanent premises and an extra member of staff. “When I started Matsudai Ramen as a nomadic supper club, the idea was to spend most of 2020 ‘popping up’ in other people’s restaurants, and to build brand awareness by trading at food festivals and summer events,” says James. “Until March, it was all going to plan; pop-up tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale, and I regularly had queues stretching out of the door for the limited number of walk-in spaces available. “I was just a few weeks into a kitchen takeover in Roath when the lockdown came into effect, so it was a real blow to have to bow out early when we had such momentum, but the lockdown gave me time to reflect, come up with a plan, and launch the ramen kits.”

James’ first batch of frozen, assemble-at-home ramen kits sold out in a single day (over 400 portions), and that’s when he decided to take the plunge and invest. He found a 520sq ft industrial unit in Taff’s Well which he has since converted into a fully functioning prep kitchen. He also took on a fulltime chef and a part-time delivery driver and has now expanded his range to include fresh ramen kits, too; these offer a chance for people to try a different ramen style each month. “The response to Matsudai has been mind-blowing, to be honest,” he says. “I’ve been a guest on a cult podcast called Way of Ramen a few times, and they said they’ve had ton of messages from people who’ve opened ramen pop-ups after listening to my original interview on that podcast, from the US to the Philippines and multiple instances in the UK. It’s pretty crazy to think of the impact it has as a force for creativity, and for encouraging

people to just get out there and do it.” Matsudai showcases different kinds of ramen from around Japan – from superrich tonkotsu and tori paitan broths to more delicately balanced shio and shoyu bowls, and hearty, umami-stuffed miso bowls, and there is always a vegan/vegetarian option available. Each frozen kit costs £7.50, and contains broth, tare (complex seasoning), aroma oil and a bundle of specially paired noodles. Fresh ramen kits are available as regular specials, these cost £20 for two. Each fresh kit comes with handmade noodles and a full array of authentic toppings (e.g. the latest kit came with sliced chicken breast chashu, menma (bamboo shoots), naruto (cured fish surimi), nori (seaweed) and ajitama (a seasoned boiled egg). For more: www.matsudai.co.uk

JAMES’ TOP TIP FOR EATING RAMEN

When your bowl arrives, take in the aroma, savour a sip of the soup, then get it down as quickly as you comfortably can. There’s nothing sadder for a ramen cook than a bowl that’s been left to sit and disintegrate. So, don’t try to be polite, slurp away as noisily as possible! Itadakimasu!

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THE BOTANIST

The Botanist is no wallflower. Here’s what Lisa Evans thought of the 2020-opened ‘secret garden’ concept restaurant

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t started with a seed, an idea to create a secret garden of food and drink, a place where antiquities, trinkets and an abundance of bountiful greenery decorated every inch and corner, and resident botanists would craft unusual concoctions. Now, there are Botanists scattered in cities across the UK, with Cardiff’s wondrous branch on Church Street having opened in February this year, and, honestly, it’s a delight for all the senses. It’s a new building, so it’s only ever housed The Botanist, and its newly-finished sparkle is evident. The first thing you’re struck by is the unbelievably luscious, luxe and leafy décor, not to mention its substantial and beckoning roof terrace and its secluded private dining room. The spectacular space feels open and airy, and, thankfully, the food is on par with the look of the place, too. The cooking is bright and colourful, and the menu’s

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inspired by the deli, grill and rotisserie. Tempting starters include baked camembert, Cumberland Scotch egg, and hot boards, but we chose lightly battered calamari – the freshest we’ve tried in a long time – with crème fraiche and sweet chilli dip; salt and pepper onion petals – an alternative to the classic rings (oh lord, these are a musttry); and marinated olives. For mains, we had to try the dish The Botanist is famed for: the hanging kebab. Kebabs may be best known to Brits as end-of-the-night sinful grub, but these ones were rather classy. I went for the sweet chilli-marinated crispy halloumi version. It came presented hanging above properly seasoned chips and was a party in my mouth. My dining mate had the bang bang cauliflower served with rice noodles and sweet chilli salad, which she said had a dreamy kick of fire. The staff are cool cucumbers, and so friendly. It wasn’t just a case of ‘can I take your order?’, actual connections


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and laughs were had – Jay, the business development manager, who sat with us, even made me snort out loud, to my dismay. We didn’t have dessert because we were so full, but if I did have room, the option I would have jumped on would have been another hanging kebab, but this time made up of doughnuts, chocolate brownies, strawberries, candy floss and pink chocolate sauce – how heavenly and magical does that sound? Of course, we had to try some of the liquid libations. The cocktail list is the stuff of dreams, and almost all of the drinks have a twist on the classic – for example, there’s an Old Fashioned on the list but it’s served with chocolate bitters, and the Pornstar had pineapple juice and rose cordial in the mix. There is such an energetic, buzzy, celebratory yet laid back vibe here. It’s a place you want to doll up for, meet friends at, laugh all night and indulge in sublime social times. It doesn’t have one of those atmospheres where you feel you have to whisper, in fear of disturbing the other diners. It definitely isn’t a wallflower. It wails with grooviness, it palpitates with hipness, and even after having to close soon after opening due to lockdown, it has still managed to blossom into something spectacular. n

“Kebabs may be best known as end-of-thenight sinful grub, but these ones were rather classy”

DINING DETAILS The Botanist, Unit 5-10, Church Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BG; 02920 130053; www.thebotanist.uk.com We ate Calamari with crème fraiche and sweet chilli dip; salt and pepper onion petals; marinated olives; crispy halloumi hanging kebab; bang bang cauliflower noodle salad Vegetarian options A good selection on the menu – from vegan sharing boards, to yellow curry and halloumi burgers Head chef Marc Sloper Prices Starters and small plates: £3.25 – £6.95; mains £9.95 – £19.95; desserts £4.50 – £7.50 Drinks Incredible botanical cocktails are the staple here Service/atmosphere Super friendly and helpful, and the vibe is buzzy and hip Décor Luxe, leafy and Instagrammable to its core Disability access Yes, lift to all floors

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This year, as every year, we celebrated the best of Cardiff’s businesses, but, for obvious reasons, we held the ceremony virtually for the first time ever…

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LIVE AND ON ZOOM AND PRE-RECORDED AND IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, ON ONE SUMMER’S EVENING THE CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS HAPPENED THIS YEAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE. HERE WE REFLECT ON A SINGULAR, JOYOUS, UPLIFTING EVENING FOR CARDIFF…

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e’ve never been further apart yet closer still. The pandemic had separated us unduly, perplexingly, by the time of the Cardiff Life Awards (virtual, this year). Undaunted, the night unfolded in true uberglam style – a joyous, moving, even defiant celebration of Cardiff, perturbations notwithstanding. Loud, long and lovely were the celebrations. Truth is, no one knew quite what to expect (us, in similar truth, also). It was virtual but vital – and watched by over 3,500 Cardiffians plus untold more on Facebook. Where Awards night was the typically the province of 450 tightlyclustered into City Hall, with thousands nosed-pressed on the outside watching in on social media, these Awards were free to all. The shape and the emotions changed; suddenly family, friends and colleagues could all see the triumphs live in shared wonderment. The format was a live presentation in a bespoke studio with inserted films from sponsors and luminaries – then the drama of live reveals of finalists and winners. At this point, in the dog days of summer, no other awards had been attempted in this way, freighted with myriad baleful opportunities for the tech or the timing or the temperament to fail. But this is Cardiff – and the spirit prevailed in a truly uplifting night. It made us at Cardiff Life feel yet more proud, yet more motivated,

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yet more happy to celebrate the enduring excellence of Cardiff. And we were particularly impressed by our sponsors. That’s the sort of thing you have to say? Well, up to a point. But this year, stepping up to the plate to support a wholly new virtual awards took some faith. There’s an old phrase, “By your actions now shall you be judged later.” So time to salute those who kept the faith in Cardiff, standing up for our city in the very depths of the pandemic – led by platinum sponsor Marsh Commercial, and category sponsors, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Life, For Cardiff, Genero, Hawkins Thomas, Park Plaza, Regus and Savills. Tough call, well played. And the winners..? Exultant celebrations with their families and friends, bright shards of light amidst the then darkness for those crowned. But the real winner was Cardiff – always… Jane, Greg, Lisa and the Cardiff Life team We know they’re blurry, but we had to include these images; they capture the pure joy on the faces of young ’uns watching their mum, Beth Morris, win a Cardiff Life Award. It was this moment when it all made sense. And crazily, wildly made no sense. Just google “Beth Morris Workshop Twitter”. Hit play – and play loud! 10.2K views, too! And next year? Well, anyone can win. Sure it’s been a completely, utterly, totally [insert adjective of choice here] year. But so has it been for everyone. Nominate your company via the Awards site (it’s free). And you too, like Beth, might be a winner…


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CATEGORY WINNERS

ARTS

WINNER:

SHERMAN THEATRE

BUSINESS SERVICES Sponsored by

CHARITY

Sponsored by

WINNER:

VISIONARY FOOD SOLUTIONS

WINNER:

WELSH HEARTS

BAR

CAFÉ

CIVIC

WINNER:

ST CANNA’S ALE HOUSE

WINNER:

BIGMOOSE COFFEE

WINNER:

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EVENT

BETH MORRIS WORKSHOPS

WINNER:

TAFWYL

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Sponsored by

WINNER:

WINNER:

MUMMA PHYSIO

EDUCATION

HAIR & BEAUTY

WINNER:

PROACTIVE FIRST AID SOLUTIONS

WINNER:

GOJI HAIR

HOMES & INTERIORS Sponsored by

WINNER:

THE TAP END


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LEGAL & FINANCIAL

WINNER:

MARTYN PROWEL SOLICITORS

Sponsored by

NEW BUSINESS

WINNER:

WILD THING CARDIFF

RESTAURANT

JOINT WINNERS:

CHAPEL 1877

LEISURE & TOURISM

PROPERTY Sponsored by

RESTAURANT

WINNER:

CARDIFF CASTLE

WINNER:

VALE CONSULTANCY

JOINT WINNERS:

LA CUINA

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WINNER:

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

WELSH LANGUAGE

WINNER:

PLATINUM AWARD

ECOSLURPS

THE GOODWASH COMPANY/CWMNI MOLCHI DA

ALL HAIL THE JUDGES! Claudia Le Gros Founder and managing partner, Le Gros Solicitors

Dean Euden Business Development Manager, WSET

Giovanni Malacarino Owner, Giovanni’s

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Jo Evans Project development officer, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

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AMPLYFI

WINNER:

THE GOODWASH COMPANY / CWMNI MOLCHI DA

All decisions about these awards are made by a panel of impeccably independent judges, chosen afresh each year from every area of Cardiff business life. Many different businesses types and sizes are represented, and individual judges leave the room each time a category directly relevant to them is discussed. With a record number of nominations, the decisions each year are harder than ever.

Karen Jones Director, TSR Legal Recruitment

Rakie Ayola Actor

Richard Davies General manager, Chapel 1877

Rory Fleming Centre manager, Morgan Quarter

Steve Williams Former PE teacher, Whitchurch High School


MEET THE FINALISTS ARTS

• Hijinx • National Dance Company Wales • National Theatre Wales • The Other Room • Sherman Theatre • Snowcat Cinema at Penarth Pier Pavilion • tactileBOSCH • Wales Millennium Centre BAR

• The Bootlegger • Cardiff University Students’ Union • Elevens Bar & Grill • The Golden Cross • Lab 22 • The Tiny Pub Company (trading as St Canna’s Ale House) BUSINESS SERVICES

• Business Step Up • Chatterbox Communications • Emotional Fitness • Genero • The HR Dept Cardiff, Newport and Monmouth • Illustrate Digital • Savills Energy • Steer IT Solutions • Tidy Studio • TSR Legal Recruitment • Visionary Food Solutions

CHARITY

• The Autism Directory Charity • Cardiff City FC Community Foundation • Cardiff Women’s Aid • Dreams and Wishes • LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity • Rubicon Dance • Welsh Hearts CIVIC

• Cardiff City FC Community Foundation • Cardiff Metropolitan University / Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd • Cardiff University Students’ Union • FOR Cardiff • GoodGym Cardiff and The Vale • Penarth Town Council • Refill Cardiff • Sherman Theatre CREATIVE

• Bengo Media • Beth Morris Workshops • Bright Collie • Ffotograffiaeth Clare Harding Photography • Jammy Custard Animation • Nathan Wyburn Artist • National Dance CAFE • 200 Degrees Coffee Company Wales • Oh So Small • bigmoose coffee Productions • Bute & Co Coffee • tactileBOSCH House • The Crepe Escape • Tidy Studio • The Early Bird • Wild Thing Cardiff

EDUCATION

• Beth Morris Workshops • Cardiff Metropolitan University / Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd • CCW-Training Academy • Media Academy Cardiff • Proactive First Aid Solutions • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama • Urbasba EVENT

• Ale Trail Company • City Hospice • Cleverchefs • ClubBrunch • Dragged 2 Church (RoathRocks) • FOR Cardiff • Mission Control • RHS Flower Show Cardiff • Tafwyl • Warrior Women Events

HEALTH & WELLBEING LEISURE & TOURISM

• Evolution Kickboxing Academy • Horn Development Association CIC (HDA) • Laguna Health and Spa • The Llandaff Clinic • Mumma Physio • Operation Fitness • Penarth Physiotherapy Practice & Pilates Studio • Pontcanna Dental Care • Restore Dental Group

• Boulders • Cardiff Castle • Cardiff International White Water • The Exchange Hotel Cardiff • Hide at St Donats • Hotel Indigo, Cardiff • Insole Court • Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff • The Royal Mint Experience • voco St David’s, Cardiff NEW BUSINESS

• 13Fields • Cloves Dental HOMES & INTERIORS • The Coconut Tree Cardiff • Adam Elliot • Cook Stars Cardiff Bespoke Kitchens North and West and Furniture • EcoSlurps • Chalkhouse • Fratelli Kitchens • The IAD Company • Nightingale HQ • Kutchenhaus Cardiff • Pure Wealth Management • MWH Heating and • UISCE Plumbing • Wild Thing Cardiff • Sigma 3 Kitchens • The Tap End • Topstak HAIR & BEAUTY PROPERTY • Amaryllis salon • Antea Photography • Brooks Aesthetics • CARGO® LEGAL & FINANCIAL Clinic Medi-Spa and • F irst Line Family Law INTERIORS Beauty • Charles James • GS Verde Group • Craig Paul • Hek Jones Solicitors Developments & Interiors Hairdressing • Insight Law • Goji Hair • JNP Legal Solicitors • Haus • Trojan Group • Haus of Dolls • LimestoneGrey • Vale Consultancy • Josh Lee Hair • Lux Family Law • Kelvie Men’s Salon • Marsh Commercial • MWAH Cardiff • Martyn Prowel RESTAURANT • Simon Constantinou Solicitors • Chapel 1877 Bar & at O.Constantinou • Penguin Wealth Restaurant & Sons Planners • Ciliegino • Skin and Face • Quality Solicitors J • The Dough Thrower Clinics A Hughes • Heaneys • Robertsons • Holm House Solicitors Restaurant • Keyif Restaurant

• La Cuina Restaurant • Restaurant James Sommerin • Ty Madeira • Vegetarian Food Studio RETAILER

• Anaphase Store • Brooklinde Designer Goldsmiths • The Card Shop • EcoSlurps • Penny Lane Vintage • Sigma 3 Kitchens • Tap End TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

• 13Fields • AMPLYFI • Box UK • Nightingale HQ • Wagonex WELSH LANGUAGE

• Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd / National Museum Cardiff • Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru / Wales Millennium Centre • The Goodwash Company / Cwmni Molchi Da • Tafwyl • The Tiny Pub Company (trading as St Canna’s Ale House)

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Next year’s Cardiff Life Awards take place on 11 March. Sponsorships are now available via mark.george@ mediaclash.co.uk and nominations will open in October. It will be a much-needed opportunity for Cardiff to come together – and to celebrate the excellence of this city. www.cardifflifeawards.co.uk

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Build it up VALE CONSULTANCY’S thoughtful engineering solutions are for everyone, even if you don’t know it yet...

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ale Consultancy is a local civil and structural engineering consultancy founded in 2001. We have grown steadily over the years and we are now a team of over 17 highly qualified specialists based just off junction 35 of the M4. We have recently celebrated an incredible milestone of overseeing 10,000 projects with a team trip to London. We provide high-quality innovative and thoughtful engineering solutions to companies, architects and residential clients in the Cardiff and South Wales region, as well as further afield. We work on a range of engineering projects from small residential extensions to large multimillion-pound developments. Matt and Jon, our directors, work hard to retain a small-enough-to-care but largeenough-to-deliver ethos, leading by example, creating a good working environment that encourages innovative thought, underpinned by sound engineering expertise. Our clients get to know our team throughout their projects, giving us the foundation to form trusting, long-lasting relationships. A large amount of

our work is generated from word of mouth recommendations as well as many repeat clients that have been with us for years. We say with confidence that almost anybody could make use of our services as structural and civil engineers whether they know it or not. It could be a home owner requiring a small internal change to their property, a developer wanting to turn a derelict building into a new set of flats, or a housing association looking to develop a brownfield site into new homes. We can provide a service to them all. We doubt that there are many streets left in Cardiff and the surrounding area that we have not yet provided an engineering service to and if there are any, we aim to cross them off the list in the next few years. To receive recognition for the work Vale Consultancy has done in this geographical area has been a wonderful accomplishment. We are also ISO9001 accredited and members of Constructionline. Let’s make something great! Do you have a project in mind? Why not give us a ring and see if we can help your ideas become a reality? n

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A will and a way HARDING EVANS SOLICITORS on why it's best to prepare for the worst

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arding Evans Solicitors is a well-established regional law firm which delivers a specialist range of legal services to commercial and private clients. They have over 110 staff including 10 partners and 70 fee earners. Originally based in Newport, South Wales they have expanded significantly in recent years and now have an office in Whitchurch, Cardiff. They hold Specialist Help Quality Marks for 10 of their services and are one of only a few firms in Wales to hold and maintain such a high number of Quality Marks. Afonwy Howell-Pryce, Associate at Harding Evans tells us more. Tell us about your firm in a nutshell... Harding Evans is one of Wales’ top 10 law firms. We deliver a specialist range of legal services to commercial and private clients from our offices in Newport and Cardiff.

What are your specialist areas? Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and Trusts. What are your favourite and the most challenging parts of your job? My favourite part of my job is meeting people, understanding their needs and requirements and achieving the best result for the client. This, however, is also the most challenging aspect as my area of law is very emotive given that I’m often dealing with people who have lost loved ones. With your knowledge of this field, can you share any general tips that you think our readers should know? Preparation is key and don’t be afraid of dealing with your affairs. If you are prepared for the worst, then, as a general rule, you can enjoy the good times even more, safe in the knowledge that your estate and assets will be distributed as you wish and your loved ones will be provided for after your days. ■

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Wills & Probate Solicitors who care Our trusted team of Wills & Probate solicitors can help you manage your personal affairs and those of your family, in the most personal, sympathetic and professional way. Dealing with all issues relating to Wills, Trusts, Tax, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection, we will work closely with you to ensure your and your family’s wishes are followed. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

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From delicious tapas & a glass of Catalan wine, to a tailored Mediterranean feast, at La Cuina we have a dish for everyone, offering sunlight in a glass and sunshine on the plate.

We won the Cardiff Life Awards for Best Restaurant 2020! Thank you to all of our team, our customers, the producers and the suppliers who week in and week out make our project possible.

La Cuina Restaurant, 11 Kings Road, Canton/Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9BZ Tel. 029 20190265 – Bookings: www.lacuina.co.uk Open Wed - Sat: 5.30-9.30pm

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It’s the city’s business

CARDIFFWORKS CARDIFF Indies, unite

Ever feel like you want to support independent shops but don’t know where to go so you nip to the chain stores for ease? Well that needn’t worry you anymore because Cardiff Indie Collective has the answer. The collective of independent businesses around the city has completed a crowdfunder to build a website that will showcase small independents in Cardiff to make shopping locally for gifts, art, homeware, wellbeing and food and drink a doddle.

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he founder of Cardiff Indie Collective is Rhian Pitt, a small business owner in Cardiff who, a couple of years ago, started Cardiff Gift Exchange on Instagram, which was launched a few days before Black Friday as an alternative for small businesses who couldn’t compete with the chain stores. “We had our own ‘Green Friday’ where we swapped our services and products between us

and discovered some new businesses and made some new friends along the way,” says Rhian. “And Cardiff Indie Collective sort of came from that really. It felt like there were all these self-employed/sole traders – many working from home, with no colleagues, often full of self-doubt about their work or their business – so it felt really important to create a community in which they could feel a part of something and feel supported by others. Rhian explains, “The crowdfunder had around 40 businesses, including Pettigrew

Bakes, Eartha Store, Carta & Wood and Ameow Designs, offering rewards. We reached above our target so we have enough to build the website, get some loyalty cards printed and do the marketing. “The website, which will be finished in November, will be first and foremost a directory to help people shop locally – it’s Cardiff’s answer to Amazon! (Got to aim high, right?!). So many people want to shop locally but don’t know where to start so it is a go-to place where they can search through the local indies for what they need,

before resorting to chain stores. “The loyalty card will be able to be used in participating businesses who will each set their own offers and discounts,” she adds. “Local indies will be holding events and workshops – such as meet the makers and arts trails – for the general public, and there will be events for businesses, such as networking, and workshops to help with marketing, web analytics, tax and all the things we don’t always know when we start a business.” For more: www.cardiffindiecollective.co.uk

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ADULT PLAYGROUND Barry business BRAWD Health has expanded to include outdoor and private container fitness facilities within Goodsheds development. Owner Mark Lloyd, AKA Coach Lloydy who brought beach bootcamps to The Vale, unveiled the new outdoor gym facility on Barry’s waterfront. “We all know that we should exercise and move more, so bringing fitness into the heart of Goodsheds will make it a more well-rounded experience with the wealth of shops, stop-offs and eateries on offer”, says Mark. “Our beach sessions continue to grow in popularity as people increasingly choose to train outdoors in the fresh air due to Covid restrictions. You’d be amazed by the number of people who join us every week on Barry, in all weathers, and to date we have never had to cancel a session.” BRAWD Health, which this year celebrates six years in business, has developed the custom all-weather rig alongside Loft Co. Known as The Trên Station, its eight bays are available to hire

with or without equipment and will deliver a wide range of diverse classes which will include strength, yoga, kettlebell and suspension training. This cutting-edge facility will also be available for hire for local personal trainers.The classes will be open to members and non-members on a pay-as-you-go basis. “We are fortunate to have been able to transform a dedicated outdoor space into a training facility with all the equipment needed to get people boot-camp ready,” adds Mark. “In many ways it’s like a playground for adults.” The second stage of the phased Goodsheds project will involve the launch of The Locker: BRAWD Health’s private container gym facility, opening in September, which houses premium fitness equipment for those wishing to exercise alone or with up to three friends. For more: www.brawdhealth.com

“WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRANSFORM A DEDICATED OUTDOOR SPACE INTO A TRAINING FACILITY”

this image: Go on, lads! Could you ask

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GOOD SPORT

The Bluebirds Charity has launched a new fundraising challenge... Cardiff City FC Foundation launched this season’s Bluebirds Home and Away challenge in mid September. There are two options to choose from: home or away; for the ‘home’ option the charity needs your help to fill Cardiff City Stadium. There are 33,334 seats in the bowl, so they want you to complete 33,334 steps, one for each seat, that’s almost 15 miles. You can take steps or climb stairs, it’s up to you, and you can take on the challenge yourself or assemble your team to tackle it together. For the ‘away’ option, while the Bluebirds can’t travel to the away games, you can still support the boys by completing the distance virtually. There are 23 away games to choose from and you can walk, run or cycle – select your squad or challenge yourself to the full distance. With the championship season set to finish on 8 May 2021, aim to complete your challenge during this time. Your involvement will help them continue to support children, young people and families to achieve their full potential, even during the pandemic when the need for some of their services is rising. It’s free to register, and they ask that you pledge to raise £75 (or £150 if you’re part of a team), then send proof of your completed challenge and they’ll send you an exclusive Cardiff City FC Foundation pin badge and certificate. For more: www.cardiffcityfcfoundation.org.uk

Presenting all of Cardiff’s finest

CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS RETURN The Cardiff Life Awards are back following the innovative success of this year’s virtual celebrations, with the organisers planning a highly-memorable, unmissable event for 2021 after the recent times following the pandemic. 2019 saw the best Cardiff Life Awards yet: quality nominations, diverse set of finalists, excited sponsors and many magic moments. Plus a sold-out attendance of over 450 with plenty on the waiting list. And 2020’s was a massive virtual celebration (see page 55). The 2021 Awards are already highly supported, with the initial roster of sponsors including Platinum Sponsors Marsh Commercial, and Category Sponsors which include: Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Life, FOR Cardiff, Genero, Hawkins Thomas Wealth Management, Park Plaza, Regus and WSET. Sponsorships are now available for the new awards season. The awards are backed by a six-month high-profile, all-channels, integrated media marketing campaign, peaking in March. In 2020, the awards were trending on Twitter in the UK once again, such was the massive interest in congratulating

the winners. The Cardiff Life Awards will be held on 11 March at City Hall, with the all-important nominations opening this November. MediaClash event organiser Annie Miekus says, “We were thrilled that so many businesses enjoyed the Awards last time round with so much positivity and support from the full array of Cardiff’s organisations. We understand that 2020 has been tricky for many but there’s been plenty of good done throughout the city and we can’t wait to come together and celebrate all your kindness, collaboration and business achievements next February!” Information for businesses on How to Win a Cardiff Life Award will be available via the website. “We’re keen for all companies to put the best possible case forward for a Cardiff Life Award. Our comprehensive online top-tips will guide businesses through what the judges are looking for and explaining how the Awards work,” Annie adds. For sponsorship enquiries, contact Mark George, mark.george@mediaclash.co.uk For more:www.cardifflifeawards.co.uk

HEAVY DUTY

Will you support the boys?

True grit

Econ Engineering – the UK’s leading manufacturer of gritters, snow clearance and highway maintenance vehicles – has invested more than £2m into a new service hub and parts distribution centre in Cardiff. From its new base in an industrial park on Brindley Road, the engineering hub will act as a parts distribution centre and will undertake one-off services, as well as scheduled maintenance tasks. For more: www.econ.uk.com

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Employment Law Q&A – Flexible Working Requests Sarah Alford of BERRY SMITH LAWYERS explains...

● A meeting should be arranged to discuss the request as soon as possible; however, if an employer wishes to accept an employee’s request a meeting is not necessary ● Employees should be allowed to be accompanied by a work colleague at any meeting to discuss their request ● The meeting should take place in a suitable private location. ● The employer should consider the benefits of an employee’s request against any adverse business impact of implementing the requested changes. ● The employer should inform the employee of its decision in writing within three months from the date on which the employee made their request (or such longer period as the parties may agree). ■

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in my flexible working request? Yes, you will need to make the request in writing and set out: ● The date of the request ● Whether you have previously made a flexible working application and, if so, when ● That it is an application made under the statutory procedure ● Specify the change(s) applied for and the date on which it is proposed it should become effective ● Explain what effect, if any, you think making the change applied for would have on your employer and how, in your opinion, the effect might be dealt with ● If you’re making a request in relation to the Equality Act 2010, for example as a reasonable adjustment for a disability, then this must be stated within the request. 3. Does an employer have to follow a procedure when considering flexible working requests? Yes, the Acas Code sets out a number of recommendations that employers should follow:

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ver the past six months many employees have been working from home as a result of the pandemic, which has led to many expressing an interest in working from home on a permanent basis. As employers attempt to bring employees back to the workplace over the coming months it is expected that many will see a rise in the number of flexible working requests. We set out below some frequently asked questions regarding statutory flexible working requests. Please note that the information set out below may differ where contractual provisions concerning flexible working requests exist.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS ETC COME FLY WITH ME

Cardiff Airport has confirmed its CEO Deb Bowen Rees will be stepping down and chief commercial officer Spencer Birns has stepped up as Interim CEO. Cardiff Airport chairman, Wayne Harvey says, “I would like to thank Deb on behalf of the whole airport team for her leadership over the past six years. Spencer will be taking over the reins at a very challenging time.” www.cardiff-airport.com

HIGH NOTE

The UK’s leading contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales has announced Elayce Ismail as artistic associate to take the lead on their new programme of work called New Directions. The programme sets out to achieve real change for the company, in terms of the diversity of those they work with and commission and for the future of opera. www.musictheatre.wales

SCHOOL OF LIFE

Cardiff Council has appointed a new director for education and lifelong learning. Melanie Godfrey will join the organisation in November following a handover over from Nick Batchelar who is retiring after more than seven years in post. www.cardiff.gov.uk

DRAMATIC NEWS

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced Jonathan Munby as its new director of performance. “The world is changing and so is the industry,” says Jonathan. “I feel it’s time for a radical and progressive look at how a classical training responds to the 21st century. And Chinonyerem Odimba, the award-winning Bristol-based playwright, screenwriter and poet, has become the college’s first writer-inresidence for the coming academic year. www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Jane Hutt MS, patron of the Credit Unions of Wales joined the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff Dan D’Ath to unveil the new flagship branch in Cardiff

UNION IS STRENGTH The city’s new Credit Union branch has been unveiled; the member-owned Cardiff & Vale Credit Union has opened a flagship branch in the heart of the Welsh capital, bringing affordable loans and ethical savings to the city centre. The launch of the new branch in Working Street, just off the Hayes, comes months after Cardiff was named one of the top 10 ‘payday lending hotspots’ in the UK. The study showed a staggering 74,000 payday loans were issued to people in Cardiff, with a collective value of over £17.5 million in just one year. Chief executive of Cardiff & Vale Credit Union Leanne Herberg urged local people not to fall

victim to high-interest lenders and instead access affordable loans ethical and ethical savings by using the credit union. “We know that Cardiff people will be appalled to see our city cited as a high-interest lending hotspot, but most won’t realise that there is something we can all do individually to tackle this,” she says. “Our credit union offers loans of up to £15,000, including lower value loans which aren’t typically available affordably elsewhere. By saving and borrowing with us, everyone can contribute to keeping money in the local economy for the benefit of Cardiff people.” For more: www.cardiffcu.com

BACK IN BUSINESS Throughout the Great Pause, we’ve been running free Cardiff Life Business Clubs – panel sessions with stories about how companies and charities are navigating these rough waters where we’re all in the same storm but in different boats #CardiffTogether. And our new Cardiff Life Business Surgeries will provide deep dives into key business areas such as legal, finance, tech and digital. All are available on our new Cardiff Life YouTube channel. Thanks to all who have contributed, for your wisdom and candour: both much appreciated in these unusual times. To be on the invitation list, contact events@mediaclash.co.uk

CARDIFF LIFE BUSINESS CLUB SPEAKERS Adrian Field, FOR Cardiff; Alistair Darby, SA Brains; Andy Eagle, Chapter; Anthony Gruppo, Marsh Commercial; Beth Morris, Beth Morris Workshops; Daniel Rees, Savills; Dave Brown, W2 Construction; Jane Cook, Talk to Jane PR; Juliet Gamlin, Invest in Cardiff; Kasim Ali, Waterloo Tea; Lee Skeet, Bones Entertainment; Linda James, BulliesOut; Rachel Fleri, Specialist Security; and Shumana Palit, Ultracomida Group.

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“INDEPENDENT STORES OFFER A REAL SENSE OF CONTRIBUTION TO A COMMUNITY” have rocked a beard at one time or another. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa and Ryan Reynolds’ beards are always on point. Closer to home, you’ve got sportsmen like Joe Ledley and Jake Ball who are really flying the flag for big beards! A special mention needs to go to Tom Hardy just for being Tom Hardy. Current beard trends?

The big lockdown beard! Those of us who went without access to our barbers for months will, I’m sure, back me up.

Douglas Knight The founder of Canton-based beardy business The Gallus Beard Co on making his own beard blends, his favourite indies and his man crushes Where did the idea for your business come from?

I had been making my own beard products for personal use for years as I found it difficult to find what I wanted on the high street. I wanted to go natural and organic, so I did my research on carrier oils and their health benefits, eventually settling on a blend of sweet almond oil, golden jojoba oil and argan oil. From there it was just a case of experimenting with organic essential oils to find scent profiles I enjoyed. When did you launch?

I had always toyed with the idea of going to market, but, being busy in a full-time job, had never done anything about it. During lockdown, after being furloughed from my job in digital marketing, I suddenly found the time.

Were you put off by how uncertain things were for businesses?

Not really. Identifying trends is a big part of my job and I saw how ecommerce, especially during lockdown, would quickly become the most convenient way for people to engage with brands and products – lifestyle, health and beauty even more so because of the lack of access. So would you say lockdown threw you a silver lining?

Well I would never have had the time to start a brand from scratch if it wasn’t for lockdown! It also, definitely, provided me with a focus away from what was happening due to Covid. Where’s the name from?

Gallus is a Scottish word for

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reckless, daring or bold. I’m a proud Scotsman but I’ve been in Cardiff for 20 years so it feels like home. How are your products made?

They are all organic and handmade here in Cardiff. I make them at home, in small batches. The beard oils are vegan and, over the coming months, I have plans to expand our range to beard wash, butters, accessories and merchandise. In the public eye, whose beards do you admire most?

One of the great things about beards is that they’re so versatile. You’ve got the opportunity to freely experiment and, if it’s a disaster, shave it off and start again. So it’s no surprise that, over the last few years, most male celebrities

What things do you love most about Cardiff?

Its sense of itself. Cardiff is a completely different place now than it was 20 years ago when I moved here. Back then it was still trying to find its identity after the closure of heavy industry. Now it’s got a thriving arts culture, is a media hotspot and has some of the best independent stores and restaurants in the whole of the UK. The street food scene in particular is doing some really exciting things. What are your favourite independent businesses?

I’m a big fan of Capello – that’s where I go when I need a beard trim. Keep the Faith Social Club and SWYD are brilliant, too. I’m also loving the organic T shirts from Rhinwedd at the moment, and, as I’m a huge coffee nut I’ve got to give a mention to Hard Lines Coffee in Canton. Why should we all be supporting the independents?

Because we need to. Independent stores are able to offer amazing creativity, quality of produce and a real sense of contribution to a community. You just don’t get that with big high street stores. www.gallusbeard.com




PROPERTY P L A C E S T O L I V E , W O R K A N D P L AY

Financing deal Down by the bay: Bayscape Living provides luxury apartments on flexible terms

Novello Law’s Talia Atkins

THAT’LL BE THE BAY

Novello Law has completed a landmark financing deal for the Bayscape Group of companies in a multi-million-pound deal. The financing facilitated the transfer of the final 27 apartments in the Bayscape Phase I development from Bayscape Ltd to its Bayscape Residential sister companies, and marks the launch of Bayscape Living, a new private rented sector scheme at Cardiff Marina. Bayscape Living provides luxury apartments on flexible terms, along with lifestyle services including a concierge, a private roof garden as well as benefits with local businesses, wellness instructors and events from movie nights to barbecue evenings. The financing was secured with lenders Hampshire Trust Bank, Interbay Funding Limited, Just Cashflow and Hambros Secured Lending. Novello Law acted for Bayscape Ltd and led the transaction, with Talia Atkins, partner and head of commercial property, assisted by Rhoslyn Baker. Berry Smith LLP acted for Bayscape’s sister companies. “Completing this complex refinancing with multiple lenders and thirdparty involvement during these challenging times is a testament to our core philosophy of partner engagement with clients and flexibility,” says Talia. Christopher Odling-Smee, director at Bayscape adds, “We are delighted to complete this financing deal which marks the last step in the transition of Bayscape from developer to residential landlord and the launch of the Bayscape Living brand. The take-up has been excellent with all apartments let at completion. The team at Novello Law has been instrumental in coordinating and driving the transaction forward. We look forward to the development of Bayscape Phase II under the Bayscape Living brand and with the assistance of Novello Law.” For more: www.bayscapeliving.com

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PROPERTY Investment

Build it and they will come: CCR will provide homes for all the region

HOME FREE

A new £45m Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Investment Fund is set to unlock stalled housing sites for a development. The fund has been launched to help stimulate the housing market in areas where there has been little new housing development. Called ‘Homes for all the Region,’ it is intended to deliver 2,800 new homes across the region’s 10 local authority areas. The fund is divided into two sub-funds: a Housing Viability Gap Fund of £35m, and an SME Finance Fund of £10m. CBRE’s Investment Advisory team, part of Capital Advisors, will support the CCR in managing the Fund. “The housing viability gap funding is an investment requirement that has been needed for some time to unlock allocated residential sites across the region to assist with the delivery of new homes,” says Nicola Somerville, CCR’s head of inclusive growth and business development. “But the funds are not only about delivering new houses. For us, it is about the creation of new communities, engaging with new supply chains and providing equality of opportunity for existing residents and new, the ability to access good quality housing in an area of their choice.” For more: www.cardiffcapitalregion.wales

Development

THE NEXT STEP The second phase of the development of Cae St Fagans at Plasdŵr has just been launched and will deliver a range of two- three- and four-bedroom homes near Cardiff. Plasdŵr – which has two other developments in addition to Cae St Fagans – is creating a community within a delightful country park setting, far from the congestion of the city, yet within easy commuting distance. A huge amount of planning and investment is going into Plasdŵr, including £40m for education and over £27m for transport improvements, to create a vibrant, self-contained and sustainable garden city designed around the needs of its residents both now and in the future. For more: www.plasdwr.co.uk

Cae St Fagans sitting pretty

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The prestigious awards will run on 29 January

Awards

CHANGE UP The highly-successful Cardiff Property Awards are back and with a change of date to 29 January, next year. Nominations are now open for the awards; entry is free and any business working in the Cardiff property sector can put themselves forward. The event will be held once more at The Exchange Hotel. Hundreds of companies are involved so far, whether as sponsors, nominees or attendees. No matter in what capacity a business takes part, this unique event is definitely not one to be missed with a room full of Cardiff’s finest leading figures. “We are delighted to be producing the Cardiff Property

Awards again,” says event organiser Annie Miekus of MediaClash. “It is more important than ever that companies come together to celebrate excellence and generate business once more.” The Cardiff Property Awards hosts the largest gathering of property professionals in the city. Sponsors backing the awards are category sponsors: Cardiff Life, Marsh Commercial, Sanctuary Financial Planning, TSR Legal and Willmott Dixon. Sponsorships are now available for the January event. All tickets are valid for the new date of 29 January. For more information on entering a nomination, and to find out more about tickets, see the website. For more: www.cardiffpropertyawards. co.uk


Home security

Safety is key

ON GUARD

A CGI of what will be...

Coming soon

LISVANE LUXE

Work to prepare land in one of Cardiff’s most sought-after neighbourhoods for luxurious new homes is now underway. Magor-based Edenstone Homes has acquired a four-acre site, south of Lisvane Road. The land already benefitted from planning consent, but the independent homebuilder made some minor amends to the plans. Groundworkers are now on site carrying out preparatory work and will soon be laying the foundations for the properties. The first homes at the development, known as Beaufort Gardens, are due to be released for sale next month. Along with 35 new homes, in a choice of four- and five-bedroom designs, the development will also bring investment of almost £200,000 to the local area. “CF14 is one of Cardiff’s most sought-after postcodes, and when it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than this part of Lisvane,” says Martin Taylor, managing director of Edenstone Homes. “Our exclusive collection of detached family homes will enjoy an unrivalled position in the heart of the village and on the edge of mature woodland.” For more: www.edenstonehomes.com

A nationwide campaign that raises awareness of the importance of home security is returning for another year. National Home Security Month kicks off in October. Launched in 2013 and backed by high-profile supporters, including lead sponsor Yale, NHSM provides advice and information on how people can keep their homes, possessions and loved ones safe. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘You call it home, we keep it secure’, encouraging homeowners to use trusted security products. For more: www.homesecuritymonth.com

Affordable homes

GREEN LIGHT

Plans to build 48 affordable apartments on City Road in Roath have been given the go ahead. Linc Cymru Housing Association, which has properties across South Wales, has been given the green light to start the redevelopment at the former Riley’s Snooker Club site. The proposals at the brownfield site involve the provision of a seven-storey building and a four-storey building to become residential one-bed properties alongside two commercial units. www.linc-cymru.co.uk

HOUSE RULES

Two local experts share their current views of the city’s property scene James Thomas of SAVILLS CARDIFF “The uncertain economic backdrop and the finishing of the furlough scheme at the end of October means short-term price expectations remain cautious, though buyers are willing to take a longer-term view on pricing. That is underpinning activity across the prime markets. “Many predicted that the immediate shift in priorities seen in April was just a response to lockdown, and would be short-lived, but Savills’ latest major survey highlights greater commitment from people to make real changes. “Buyer determination to avoid compromise on lifestyle factors has intensified over the summer, boosting the appeal for a more rural lifestyle. Garden and outside space has become more important and there is a greater desire for separate home working spaces. “Keeping buyer and seller expectations on pricing aligned will be key to maintaining the summer momentum through the autumn and beyond.” www.savills.co.uk

Nigel Palmer of REDROW HOMES SOUTH WALES “Since lockdown has been eased, we have actually seen an increase in visitor numbers to our sites compared to the same period last year. It seems that home movers’ priorities have shifted to include a desire for a home with both more indoor and outdoor space. “While it is very difficult to predict how the market may be affected by the ongoing situation, it seems that the demand for quality new homes in great locations will continue, particularly as customers are still able to take advantage of extremely competitive mortgage interest rates and the Help to Buy scheme. “We have also seen a change in how prospective buyers are viewing new homes. While we have introduced stringent rules to our working practices and social distancing throughout sites, an increased amount of our communication with customers has become virtual and we are seeing larger number of visitors having their first interactions online before visiting a sales office.” www.redrow.co.uk

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CROFT MAWR

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ith electric gates and a sweeping driveway, the feeling of luxury starts from the moment you enter Croft Mawr’s grounds. Stepping into the fantastic reception hall with its Tunisian limestone floor, the scale and beauty of the home becomes instantly apparent. I can feel my upper lip tighten with envy because I will never live here, but I’m simultaneously taking mental snapshots of the décor so that I can simulate it in my own abode. The spectacular family home is not only spacious and versatile but there’s such a feeling of privacy with the house standing in one acre of beautifully maintained


PROPERTY

HOUSE NUMBERS Guide price £1.7M Square footage 4,955 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 4 Gardens Generous and beautifully maintained Where Croft Mawr, Pen y Turnpike Road, Dinas Powys, CF64 4HG Savills, 2 Kingsway, Cardiff; 02920 368 900; www.savills.co.uk

gardens that offer the duality of seclusion and farreaching views. You don’t feel cut off from the world – after all it’s only just outside Cardiff – yet you feel nestled in your own secure little section of the world. There’s a luscious lawn with a nice variety of pretty plants, trees and shrub borders, and the enchanting raised sun terrace sweeps around two elevations of the property with unparalleled views over the Bristol Channel and the islands of Flatholm and Steepholm. Inside, the room that I looked at with most covetous eyes was the kitchen, but having said that, even the cloakroom impressed me. The expansive kitchen has been beautifully fitted by the current owners and has granite worktops, a Crema Marfil tiled floor and a wood-burning stove. There is an ample bespoke central island and the breakfast area is spacious and allows you to do a dressing gown waltz over to the rear terrace for al fresco delights whenever you please. Off the kitchen is a gorgeously large hall with plenty of natural light and doors to a stone-walled decked patio with views over the dazzling gardens. At the end of this

delightful hall is a spacious utility and separate drying room, because everyone needs a drying room. The formal dining room, with its large sash windows, must have hosted many a dinner party during its lifetime; it palpates with merrymaking. This is a house you’d need to host Christmas in. You’d have plenty of room to sleep your guests, too, as there are six very big bedrooms. In the master bedroom there’s a dressing room, countryside and sea views from the marvellous full-length windows, and a luxe en suite. The second bedroom features a dressing room and an en suite too, two bedrooms share ‘Jack and Jill’ en suite facilities, and the other two bedrooms share a whopping family bathroom. And if guests wanted to work off their turkey, then it would be no problem because there’s an enormous fully fitted gym at their disposal. But, let’s be honest, they’re going to spend their time slumped on the sofa in the quaint living room watching Gavin & Stacey reruns while gorging on cheese. See you in December, yeah, Croft Mawr?

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

Showcasing the best stays in Wales Chris J. Birch and Jak Bjornstrom from HAUS have teamed up with Moira Jones to tell us more about holiday stays in Wales

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or most, missing out on your summer holiday was thankfully all we had to be concerned with during the last few months. But, with travel outside the UK become ever more difficult to navigate, the return to UK Holidays and weekend getaways is quickly coming once again. Local Cardiff company owners Chris J. Birch and Jak Bjornstrom have teamed up with Moira Jones to bring quality and affordable Welsh holiday homes to the attention of the world through their purely Welsh booking platform: Holiday Homes Wales. We caught up with the three over the lockdown to chat about what Wales means to so many people. Let’s talk about your business firstly. What brought you into the holiday home arena? Jak - We were searching for great spaces for a client through another company and, usually, the best spaces we found were also holiday homes. But they weren’t being marketed in the best way, so we all got together and decided to change that. Moira - Holidays in Wales are so vital at the moment. Showcasing the best of Wales and attracting people to Wales with our fantastic attractions and epic scenery is a vital part in helping the recovery from the last few months. Holiday homes are a great way to see the sights and not be restricted with hotel style rules. How do you guys operate? Jak - For us, it’s a personal service, so we visit

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each property ourselves and check it’s suitable, safe and styled for the guests that we tailor our company towards. They always need to be the best that Wales can offer and give our guest the best possible experience so they’ll return time after time. And are you seeing that at the moment? Are guests returning to Wales? Moira - Oh definitely. We’ve been asked by multiple guests if they can come back. Because we have homes in Cardiff, Cowbridge, Saundersfoot, Milford Haven, Brecon et cetera, these guests can still book through one source but have a different place to stay every time. It’s benefiting our guests and our property owners too. Speaking of property owners, how does that process work? Do you ask for people’s homes or do they approach you? Jak - It’s a little of both really. If we see something truly special and feel it fits well on our platform, we’ll ask if we can market it. But mostly, clients with properties they’d like to use as holiday homes approach us to market their homes for them. Moira - Usually, they’ve tried Airbnb or other platforms and now they’re looking for an increase in revenue so they approach us. The best part of our service is we’ll market the home on 30+ platforms, including Airbnb, and integrate them into our own. So our clients’ homes stand the best chance of maximum occupancy. It works really, really well.

How’s the future looking for the company and its growth? Chris - At the moment, we’re exclusively partnering with booking.com, the largest property platform in the world in providing holiday homes in Wales and we’re bringing yachts, long boats, glamping pods, more traditional country cabins, lodges and more on board every week so things are really looking great. We’ll still be on the most popular platforms and our own, but we’ll have the backing of a property monolith to get our properties the best exposure possible. And if people wanted to book a holiday home or add their home to your platform, what should they do? Jak - Our website has a fantastic system to book your holiday home directly with a secure payment system and we send a keyless entry code so there’s minimal human interaction for the purposes of the Covid-19 rules. Moira - And if there’s a home that’s perfect for advertising on our platform, get in touch with any of us and we’ll pop out to meet you at the home and get the process started. ■

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Open Haus Chris J. Birch from HAUS tells us more about how they’ve kept their doors open during lockdown

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he world of the estate agent has taken a few knocks in the last decade in Wales. From the introduction of stronger control methods including RentSmart Wales to the tenant fee ban, Brexit and now the potential recession on the horizon. These are unsettling times for some. But not for the owners of Haus. This new, Private Client Estate Agency is about to open its doors to not just one, but two new offices during these difficult times. We caught up with co-founder Chris for a socially distanced coffee and chat on what motivated him and co-founder Jak to open their doors when so many were closing theirs.

So Chris, here we are in your new Cardiff Central office on North Road and we’re surrounded by builders converting lighting and fitters putting up signage. What’s motivated you and Jak to setup a Business when so many are closing right now? I can really understand what you mean, but honestly, the world hasn’t stopped turning. People still need to buy and sell their homes, people still need to rent out their homes and landlords still need a hand managing their properties. The business still exists, it’s just a little more challenging than it’s been in the past. Haus was started as a full-on estate agency in February but we’d been managing properties for several years before that. When the lockdown hit, we took stock, evaluated and pushed forward. It’s a really bold move and I really applaud that. Tell me, what is a ‘Private Client’ estate agency? Where does the difference lay? Our complete aim is to maximise the return of a landlord’s portfolio. Having a dispassionate eye and a mind purely on the figures means we’re in the best position to look at a portfolio and see what’s best to sell, what’s best to renovate or convert and what’s best to switch from a regular rental to a short-term rental or holiday home. We work solely for the landlords’ interests. We give them the figures and the advice to maximise their rental yield and source good tenants for their properties. The ‘Private Client’ element is because we work for a select number of landlords. We always want to grow our network, but it needs to be done correctly and only when there’s room to fully manage another portfolio.

So you only take on landlords as clients? We have a fantastic array of clients. They’re not always landlords. Sometimes, they’d just like someone to sell their home for them or rent out their single property. The difference is that we take the time to look after the home and the client. They get an excellent write up when they’re up for sale as well as some excellent photography and viewings by video call or in person. It’s the care and attention to the property that brings clients back to us. With so many estate agents closing doors, dropping staff numbers and being bought out by larger corporate entities, is there room for another agency? Well, we definitely think so. Being independent is key for us. We want clients to know that although we’re a company, we aren’t reportable to a larger entity, we work for our clients. I completely understand others who are downsizing, but they’ve had an excellent run at pulling high rates from their tenants and landlords through up-front fees and stealth fees, like charging contractors commission for work carried out on their landlords homes. People are wise to these tactics now and it’s forcing the less reputable agencies to rethink their approach. We’ve never been involved in those tactics and we came in after the fee ban, so everything we earn is earned correctly and, most importantly, ethically. ■ 372 North Road, Cardiff CF14 3BP; 02920 100 742; www.Agency.haus

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“It felt amazing to be named as villain of the year”

© CL AIRE COUSIN

I’m set to make a dramatic return to Hollyoaks in September… Buster will be back and will come face-to-face with one of his victims. The scenes are very intense indeed, and we will see Buster play his manipulative games once again.

NATHAN SUSSEX The Cardiff-based actor on bagging a role in Russell T Davies’ new drama Boys, and his return to Hollyoaks this month Nathan is a really nice guy, but on screen he’s played one of soap’s most sinister roles: Buster Smith in Hollyoaks – which won him Best Villain at the British Soap Awards. And this month he’s returning to the harrowing role. You’ll also soon see him in new Channel 4 series Boys, in which Years and Years creator and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies will explore the lives of three young gay men affected by the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Nathan, who lives in Roath, will be on screen beside an allstar cast, which includes Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris and Olly Alexander.

Channel 4’s Boys is a beautiful story… It’s about friendship, love and overcoming fear and prejudice, all set against a fantastic 80s soundtrack. I play Pete Burrows; he’s an activist who works on a gay switchboard and tries to educate and raise awareness of the danger of AIDS. He befriends some of the lead characters as he embarks on his own personal fight. There’s an incredible all-star cast… It was an amazing opportunity to work with them. Most of my scenes are opposite Olly Alexander of Years and Years; he was a real joy to be around. I am a huge fan of Russell T Davies, too, so I jumped at the chance to play this role.

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Sounds odd, but it felt amazing to be named as villain of the year… I had only been in Hollyoaks for a year and it was such an honour. I honestly didn’t expect to walk away with the award, especially as I was up against some longestablished villains. The best part about being an actor is… when you have been told you’ve got a part. You can wait quite a while before you get a yes. The most challenging part is the other side of that, which is coping with long bouts of unemployment. TV is great, but radio is a lot of fun, too. It is very spontaneous and you can end up talking about all sorts of things; Carol Vorderman is great to work with and we really bounce off each other. I’ve lived in Cardiff about eight years… I’m based in Roath. What I love about Cardiff is how close everything is; I like to walk everywhere and it amazes me that I can be in Roath one minute and in the Bay the next. And the businesses are amazing... My favourite restaurant is Cafe Citta; they do the most incredible

Italian food I have ever tasted, perfect for a date night. My new favourite local is the Mackintosh Sports Club in Roath, they transformed the bowling green during lockdown and allowed locals to drink around the green, it feels like such a community hub. And as for shops, I love having a little nose around Beti Biggs in Pontcanna. I’m a sucker for a view… I absolutely love standing on the bank of Cardiff Bay on a clear, quiet day and taking it all in. I also often run around Roath lake, which has become one of my favourite spots in the city. My most treasured possession is… An old battered leather belt which I have had for so many years; it has been everywhere with me and I get a little bit panicky if it ever goes missing. Something not many people would know is… I once had a job interview at Buckingham Palace to work for the Queen. I’m proud that… I taught Carol Vorderman how to shimmy! If I owned Cardiff for a day and could absolutely change anything… I would pedestrianise it so everyone could enjoy it more. n

Channel 4’s Boys will likely air in early 2021.