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Beekeeper's hobby becomes award-winning mead firm

A man who quit his construction job to turn a beekeeping hobby into a business venture, has won an award.

Matt Newell, 30, from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, launched his business, Wye Valley Meadery, a year ago.

He uses honey from his beehives to make mead - an ancient alcoholic drink - which is on sale across the Wye Valley.

Mr Newell owns 130 hives, each containing roughly 60,000 Welsh honey bees.

He has won the Prince's Trust NatWest Enterprise Award for transforming his idea into a "sustainable business".

  • 20 Oct 2019
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