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Graduate from Cardiff University and a very high achiever academically. Studied degree level maths when still in high school and graduated with a first class degree in Journalism. Always had a very entrepreneurial spirit – set up a Maths and English tutoring network when I was in sixth form. Pursued a career in international sales and business development after university and quickly became a leader in my field. Responsible for a network of agents that I delivered sales coaching to. Started my microbrewery Boss Brewing Company from scratch in April 2015. Launched the retail arm of the Limited company Copper in August 2016 when I took over a former hairdressers and converted it into a craft beer bar. Also a Mother to a 14 month old little girl Esme.


My name is Daniel Shepherd; I am an enthusiastic, driven and focused individual trying to achieve success in life and business by being an entrepreneur. I began CanDo Laundry Services at the age of 19 after completing my first year of university in Business Management/Marketing, but after completing the first year I saw an opportunity to begin my own venture in the textile industry. I started with domestic washing machinery and a little plan of what I wanted to achieve in life. After 4 years I am now at full capacity with commercial machinery and contracts for many hotels, factories and private hospitals. The quick growth has led to build a team of 10 members of staff. I am exceptionally driven towards success and the need to benefit local communities by ways of local employment and enterprising activities. My motivation stems from simply wanting to achieve what some may say is unachievable, to prove those who have elements of doubt, wrong and provide an example of hard work does really pay off.


Scott started Illustrate Media in 2010, when he was just 19 years old. Before that, he had worked as a shift manager in the Holiday Inn chain, as a regional manager for CPS Midlands, a parking control solutions company and also for 3 years as the Media Director for TCC Life in Wigan. Illustrate began with just Scott, based out of his home in Wigan, when he was asked to make a couple of websites by friends. One thing led to another and before long, he had started to build a portfolio of clients and a network of partners that were leading to more and more work. In 2013, Scott asked Kyle Nel, his friend and business partner, to come on board as Technical Director. In October 2014, Illustrate made the move down to the Coal Exchange, in Cardiff Bay where they added a Design Director, Melin Edomwonyi, and Illustrate has been growing ever since.


I am the Technical Director and Co-founder of Wales Interactive the biggest games developer/publisher in Wales. I have been nominated 32 times and won 19 awards personally and for the business including a BAFTA Cymru in 2013. I have developed many critically acclaimed games over the time we have been running including the first Welsh language console title Master Reboot and Infinity Runner. I have also personally directed produced and designed our Flag ship title Soul Axiom, which has been featured by Microsoft Nintendo and Sony, in Tokyo TGS, San Francisco GDC and Cologne Games Com to name a few. Apart from running a successfully games company I have been pioneering the games industry in Wales. This has been integral in the success of the company and the Games Industry in Wales as a whole, I have been a key figure in advising Governmental policy’s on Digital Development, encouraging growth in the sector and providing advice and support for new company’s starting and moving to Wales which has culminated in the Welsh Games Development show 5 years running with over 800 attendance.

20 January 2017

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