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Llanbrynmair toy-maker stays local with help from China

Wales is once again at the bottom of a UK table measuring the strength of the economy.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published gross value added (GVA) figures for 2014.

They measure how much money is generated through goods produced and services delivered.

Timberkits is a toy-maker based in rural Powys in Llanbrynmair for nearly 25 years.

It was founded by husband and wife Eric and Alison Williamson and Eric still runs the company with his daughter Sarah Reast, a designer.

Recently they teamed up with Aardman Animation on a Shaun the Sheep range.

The business creates toy kit designs and prototypes but manufacturing switched to China in an effort to save the company.

Mr Williamson and Ms Reast talked to BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins about the challenge of a local, rural business.

  • 15 Dec 2016
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