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We are Ddraig Valley, a new business setting up in South Wales. Our idea is a simple yet ambitious one and that is to provide our service in the form of a unique farm park, you can read more about us on our about page.

We plan on delivering an amazing service that values its customers, our service will create a special connection to the brand, something many business we found during our market research have forgotten about over the years. We have a passion that has shone through to many people we have pitched too and this passion will eventually become the business we are striving to become.

To keep updated with our journey you can find us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have something you like to ask us in private you can contact us via email, the address is found below.

Top 5 Moments of 2016

Hello Folks. So, this will be first of a number of website posts for you guys, they will span quite few topics and we figured that it would a great idea to not only introduce you guys to some of our favourite moments to do with the business! So in no particular order and bang on trend, here is our Top 5 Moments of 2016

5. Test Town 
Just over a year ago, we competed in a local competition called Test Town, the premise of the event was to try to rejuvenate town centres by allowing new businesses to test out their idea in a totally risk free environment. We won our local test town and for that we got to compete in the finale up in Glasgow. While we didn't win, it gave us a real understanding and confidence that we can run our business.

4. Contracts 
If you aren't in the loop, you may not know that we have actually been working on setting up Ddraig Valley Farm Park for a good 3 years, we had explored numerous options and sadly, none of them really ideal. So, we approached Bridgend College with our business plan and from there we were able to obtain land from the college and start building the business. Something we are beyond grateful for happening.

3. Representing our Business 
Throughout the year, some of our favourite moments have been representing our business, we have only done this on a small scale, there is actually nothing we love more then discussing our work and getting people involved and passionate about what we do.

2. Falling into place 
I realise that this is quite a jump to go from talking about our business to talking about the work load. one of our favourite things and that is why we have added it, is seeing weekly how everything develops, how our ideas change and everything finally falls into place. We have reached a pivotal moment where there is so much to do, but it is just not these huge tasks that were once there and it is those small tasks that bring everything we've done together. It wouldn't be fitting to ignore the growth of what we've done.

1. Finishing the First Milestone
As soon as the contracts were signed, we started work straight away on what we endearingly call the site. The first place we started was going to be our opening and picnic area, it isn't only the first place we started, but the first area to be finished and probably our favourite area. the area was not initially going to be used but a change of plans meant we had to utilize it, which took a good few months to do. Despite everything we have done during the time spent setting up the business, it was the first physical sign of it and for that it was always going to be number one on our list. This is our favourite picture, even without the picnic tables, it's just a lovely spot!

The Test Town Feedback Blog

Test Town was fun as you should already know, anyway, we got into contact to the runners and other contestants on our idea and what they thought of Ddraig Valley! The stuff said was purely amazing. Here is some of them, be sure to check them out.

Back in Wales - The Test Town Finals

Well, we are now back in Wales, we unfortunately did not win but the experience has been something we will remember quite some time.

The winner was the fab guy behind Panda's Kitchen. A well deserved winner we see going far but what does this mean for us? We still have a journey to continue on, a difficult one of course but we will continue on it.
To the fellow competitors at Test Town we hope this will not be the last for you and we wish the very best in your business ventures with some true characters we truly do hope you all get what you want out of life.

To the Carnegie UK Trust we would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to test our business up in Glasgow and we would wish to thank the team, especially Jim, Gina & Kirsty.

Lastly we would like to thank Ruth Rowe, a person of tremendous talent who got us on this road in the first place.

Two Pencoed-based businesses gearing-up to compete in TestTown 2015 grand final

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Ddraig Valley Farm Park and Fy Fferm Siop are gearing-up to join 12 other finalists in the Carnegie UK Trust Test Town 2015 grand final which will be held in Glasgow’s Historic Saltmarket and The Briggait from the 25 - 27 February 2016.

The new start-ups from across the UK and Ireland will descend on Glasgow's historic Saltmarket to compete in the final where the winner will receive the title of 'UK entrepreneur of the year’ and £10,000 in business start-up funding.

Ddraig Valley and Fy Fferm Siop represented Wales in the TestTown 2015 competition held in November which has been hailed as Britain’s biggest regeneration and enterprise challenge.
Geraint Robson said: “We are really keen to make Bridgend proud in this competition. We’re taking all our passion for animal welfare and education and planning on making it a fun experience in Glasgow.

“We decided to mix things up a bit and focus on animals that are quite often forgotten in the animal world. We’re focusing on showcasing some of our favourite stock including reptiles and insects, which truly represent our brand. As well as unusual animals, we will also be offering some of the best produce Wales has to offer with our competition partner Fy Fferm Siop.

“We plan on setting-up a 3 x 4 metre gazebo, containing the whole experience. We will be going all out in order to take our visitors to whole different continent by playing with lighting and sound. We will also have a small area set-up for children to colour-in an animal or draw their own.
“We are also including a projector and projection screen to show all the amazing animals in action as well as revealing some ‘top secret’ information that TestTown will be the first to see!”
Working with the hosts, Glasgow City Council and City Property (Glasgow) LLP the grand final will see participants trade out of pop-up shops and spaces to compete for £10,000 investment into their business idea. From luxury chocolate, to circus acrobatics, beautiful textiles/ craft, to hip-hop- TestTown is guaranteed to be a unique shopping experience!

Jim Metcalfe, TestTown Programme Leader at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “Conditions are still tough for town economies across the country, and young people are particularly affected. TestTown is all about helping people to harness entrepreneurial flare at the local level. It provides an opportunity to connect town centre entrepreneurs with the challenges facing the high street, making them real partners and contributors to improving local communities.”
“It is hoped that the TestTown regeneration challenge will also go some way to helping bring the area back to its former glory.”
For more information on Ddraig Valley Farm Park visit: or the TestTown grand final visit:

Stock and Produce!

As you all know and should know by now, the grand final for Test Town is being hosted in Glasgow's famous Salt Market over a long weekend at the end of this month.

We really just wanted to update you on some new stock we just got in. As well as showcasing our idea, we just could not pass up this opportunity to showcase some of our favourite items! Our all time favourite has got to be these!

We absolutely adore these sand animals and we especially love the dragon! They don't quite resemble our mascot, Llewellyn, but I am sure he will be pleased with the representation anyway. With that in mind, one of our furry companions absolutely adores one piece of stock in particular, can you guess what that is?

If you guys happen to like these or have any recommendations for things you'd like to see sold at test town or even in our future endeavors, let us know! On that note, if you hadn't noticed, we also now have an instagram!