Skateboard business is taking off for Chepstow brothers

BROTHERS IN BUSINESS: Morgan and Bleddyn Williams from Chepstow with one of their highspec skateboards made in their garage

BROTHERS IN BUSINESS: Morgan and Bleddyn Williams from Chepstow with one of their highspec skateboards made in their garage

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TWO brothers from Chepstow are preparing to launch their own skateboard manufacturing business after scooping £4,000 in a Dragons’ Den-style competition.

Morgan and Bleddyn Williams, of Beech Grove, impressed the judges, pitching their own sports company Red Pivot to make and sell highspecification skateboards.

The prize means the brothers, at 23 and 20 respectively the youngest entrants in the National Eisteddfod competition, can now press ahead with plans to turn their dreaminto reality on August 25.

Sports Science graduate Morgan came up with the idea of making his ownskateboards as he couldn’t find one he liked. He began making prototypes while at university and worked on the project from the garage at his home, making the boards for friends who had said they liked his when he was carrying it around.

Morgan found his brother could lend a helping hand with skills learned from studying for a physics degree, so the pair pressed ahead to turn their ideas into a business.

Then Bleddyn found out about the Gorsedd y Dreigiau competition, run by Menter a Busnes and the Welsh Government, while reading a Welsh language newspaper and thought it would be fun to enter.

But, because of the high standards set, neither expected to walk away with the first prize last week.

“We were a bit shocked when we hadwonas some of the entries were really good,” said Morgan. The brothers have enlisted the help of friends Richard Willis and Rachel Matovu to join them in their venture.

In the next week, they hope to move to a unit in Caldicot to take it forward.

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