BBKA member Katie Hayward is the overall winner of the Welsh Startup of the Year.

Katie is based on Anglesey island and only started trading as a commercial beekeeper in June 2016.

The Welsh Startup Awards recognise fledgling companies and individuals.

Katie also won best Green Startup and best North Wales Startup prizes.

Why she won

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, chairman of the judging panel, said: “Having only started trading in June 2016, Felin Honeybees are deserving winners of the Wales Start-Up of the Year Award. In just over a year, the company is the embodiment of how one person’s passion can drive and influence change."

Where Katie keeps her bees 

Katie’s family has farmed on Anglesey since 1532 and the farm has been gifted to the National Trust.

She and her 4 team members manage hundreds of hives at various locations including 3 National Trust properties at Penryhn Castle, Plas Newydd and the Vainol Estate and also on Welsh Wildlife Trusts .

Her latest product is Chilled Bee Pollen, traditionally used as a holistic remedy but increasingly being used by the hospitality trade as a protein-rich food additive or floral-scented flavouring.

Katie recently received a Masters Degree in Entomology focussing on the honeybee.