With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’re celebrating the inspirational stories of five of our incredible producers whose businesses, in one way or another, were shaped and inspired by motherhood and family.
Fi Evans set up her confectionery businesses, Siocled and Sugar Dough Cakery to work around her children and family life. A busy working mum with three daughters, Fiona had always been passionate about baking and one day realised that she could turn her hobby into a business, and an outlet for inspiring others to bake. Her home baking kits are perfect for trying with the kids – a brilliant family holiday activity to try this Easter!
Mel Constantinou is a mother of two and founder of Baked By Mel. A single mum finding it difficult to balance childcare and the need to provide for her family, Mel started baking from home. Her mother and grandmother had always been passionate cooks, and thus this was a natural progression. Slowly but surely, Mel developed a loyal customer base within her local area. A few years later Mel and her family moved to the Vale of Glamorgan and so she needed to develop a product that would be easy to post to her customers. Mel’s Bara Brith was born. Based on her Welsh grandmother’s fruit cake recipe, Mel’s Bara Brith has achieved enormous success, having received numerous awards as well as having been enjoyed by royalty!
Cath Butler is a mother or two who took over her family’s business in 2016, having worked on the farm since 2005. Established in 1878 by Catherine’s great-grandfather, Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher has been consistently producing the finest quality Welsh meat and PGI meat boxes; a tradition that Cath is proudly continuing. Keen to maintain another family tradition, Catherine regularly draws in the help of her two children when they’re not in school, both happy to pitch in with the family business and follow in their mother’s footsteps.
Michael Beynon, founder of Coalpit Welsh Cakes, has developed a recipe passed down through generations of his family from his great-grandmother. She would bake fresh Welsh Cakes for his grandfather, who worked in the coalmines in Ammanford, and place them in his lunchbox for a lunch time treat. Michael’s unique twist on the traditional recipe is his nod to his family’s rich heritage, taking the much-loved recipe from his great grandmother and creating deliciously quirky Welsh Cakes using the very best local ingredients.
Charlotte Bates, founder of Good Carma Food set up her plant based and free from food business in honour of her mother Lynne, who sadly passed away in 2013. In a bid to help her mum enjoy a healthier diet by offering a tasty but healthy alternative to dairy cheese without sacrificing on flavour, Charlotte developed a range of cheese style products that are now enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike, all across the country. The delicious vegan alternative to cheese and cheese spreads!