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UnLtd* support social entrepreneurs people who want to make a difference to the communities they live in people with a Big Idea. When we explained to them that we wanted to show everyone in the UK that off-the-wall imaginative thinking could make a success in the new 'Ideas Economy' even against the tide of job losses in the manufacturing sector (without having doctorates in rocket science!) they were very interested and asked to hear more. When we then told them that we were also going to set up a zero-pollution manufacturing operation to illustrate this point they really sat up and listened. When we said we were going to make paper out of sheep poo they gave us a Millennium Award. Special thanks have to go to UnLtd*'s Director or Awards for Wales, Gareth Bickerton, who showed complete faith in the project from the outset and was able to completely key in to the particular regionally specific issues faced by a project like ours here in Wales. Many thanks also to Professor Martyn Williams (Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship London Business School) who reviewed the business plan and made sure we were asked all the Hard Questions.
Many thanks to Ian and Leanne the great people at
who crafted such a first class web presence to deliver the vision. We just love the website - thanks everyone for putting up with us while we changed our minds three times, er, every other day!
"Sheepy" logo design by: Jake Smith: www.JacubSmith.co.uk
A big thanks goes to John Lloyd, managing director of Wincilate Ltd. for his support in assisting us with locating premises at Aberllefenni Slate Quarry situated in the famous Snowdonia National Park and to all the craftsmen who have assisted us in the preparation and restoration of our beautiful mill (re)named the Twll Golau Paper Mill (The Hole of Light Paper Mill)after the famous Cavern of Light caves above us. John Lloyd also sourced a superb craftsman by the name of Inigo Jones who has hand-carved our superb local slate sign which hangs proudly outside the mill.
Thanks a-plenty to Richard T. Evans of the WDA who has been an enthusiastic supporter of the project. There's lots of support out there for new businesses in Wales, especially those with innovative ideas and/or an environmental angle, but finding the right access points can be a bit tricky - Richard was a reliable and well-informed guide on this unfamiliar territory and has helped us access all the specialist help we needed.
We are very grateful to Helen Watkins and the Textiles department of Cardiff School of Art & Design, UWIC, for their advice and support. We look forward to building a long term association with the School on the foundations laid.
Wan Chai, manager of Elephant Dung Paper in Thailand was kind enough to allow us to have a look around his paper mill and see how he made his paper, all the way back when we were just wondering if Sheep Poo PaperTM could actually be done in Wales. Thank you Wan Chai.
Thanks go to Jim Patterson who has been an invaluable source of advice and information. Jim is a fourth generation papermaker and his own paper mill in Watchet was an inspiration to us in terms of designing our processes and choosing our equipment.
Joanna Gair, the manager of The Creative Paper Mill in beautiful Tasmania could not have been more helpful, from tips on how to maintain equipment to comprehensive advice on how to run a successful papermaking business. Joanna is originally from Wales (just outside Swansea) and although we can’t imagine why anyone would want to leave beautiful Wales we are certainly sure that Wales’ loss is Tasmania’s gain.
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