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Hurns boss Connie Parry wins Welsh business woman title

Connie Parry
Connie Parry said she aims to make Hurn Wales' 'number one brewery'

A woman who is leading the family brewing firm she joined as a teenage school leaver has been named Wales' businesswoman of the year.

Connie Parry, chief executive officer of Swansea-based Hurns Brewing Company, landed the top title in the Welsh Women Mean Business Awards (WWMB) in Cardiff.

Hurns employs more than 60 people and has the Tomos Watkins brand of beers.

Ms Parry was 16 when she joined her brother in the business, which had been started by their grandfather.

She entered the best manufacturing business run by a woman category for her work with the firm, which began manufacturing lemonade, ginger beer and cordials.

The Tomos Watkins brand of Welsh beers and lagers is now exported to Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Russia and Europe. The brand was taken over by Hurns in 2002.

Hurns also has an independent chain of pubs across Wales.

'Obstacles'

Ms Parry said: "I'm hoping the next five years will see Hurns become the number one brewery in Wales.

"We are aiming to produce more products in our portfolio, hopefully ensuring more shelf space in bars, restaurants and supermarkets.

"I'm really proud of how far the company has come over the years, it has taken a lot of hard work and we have overcome a lot of obstacles but it has definitely been worth it."

The awards took place on Thursday night at a hotel in Cardiff, in conjunction with International Women's Day celebrations.

There were 11 categories in total and the guest speaker was Debbie Moore OBE, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios.

The WWMB awards have been established by Shram Events, run by entrepreneur and former Welsh Woman of the Year (2003), Sarah Cornelius-Price.



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