20 07, 2017

Welsh Learner of the Year finalist looking forward!

Richard Furniss, Senior Consultant in Egniol’s Bangor office has reached the final of the annual Dysgwr y Flwyddyn (Welsh Learner of the Year) competition, held as part of the National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol), which this year is being held in Bodedern, Anglesey.

Having started learning Welsh in 2005 whilst attending Bangor University, Richard has continued on with evening courses in Llangefni and Bangor, passing several exams in the same period and gaining a GSCE (2nd Language) equivalent qualification. Richard is currently studying on the Meistroli (Master) course in Bangor and is aiming to complete his A-Level (2nd Language) exam in Summer 2018. Richard said of the competition” It’s a fantastic honour to be involved in Dysgwr y Flwyddyn, let alone reach the final. It was a big shock when my name was read out in the Semi-Finals, the level of Welsh spoken by the other competitors was so high, I felt privileged just to have reached the Semi-Finals. Learning Welsh has helped me working with clients in north Wales and outside of work with my in-laws as well. I’m looking forward to the next step although it feels like I’ve achieved a lot already in getting this far. I have to say a huge thank you to Egniol for their continued support and for the members of the team who speak Welsh for allowing me to practice with them; I also have to thank my wife and in-laws for their support over the past 10 years, it’s all helped with developing my language skills.”

As part of the process, Richard and the other competitors attending the Semi-Finals in Anglesey, completing an interview with this year’s judging panel before a nervous wait to find out who the finalists would be. Profiles of the four finalists, along with more information on competition and the Eisteddfod itself can be found at the following link: Dysgwr y Flwyddyn 2017

S4C’s Dal Ati! (“Keep at it!”) program were filming during the Semi-Final and have visited the Egniol offices as part of the programs which will be shown during the Eisteddfod week in early August, along with the final itself.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Richard a phob lwc ar y Maes!

6 07, 2017

Catching Dragons paddle their way to 4th place

Egniol once again entered a team of hardy souls into the St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge, held on Llyn Padarn, Llanberis on Saturday 1st July. The weather held for the majority of the day as the now annual event saw 22 teams each raising over £1,000 in sponsorship whilst competing on the lake to set as fast a time as possible.

Egniol’s “Catching Dragons” team set the fastest time in rounds 1 and 2, only being beaten by Colwyn Bay Canoe Club by the narrowest of margins in round 3. Such fast times saw the team improve on their 6th place finish from 2016 and progress to the final 4, just as the weather began to turn. Hopes were high of returning at least a podium finish.

Unfortunately, a repeat of Egniol’s 2nd place finish in 2015 was not to be had, with the crew suffering a near collision and capsize in the final. In spite of coming close to an impromptu dip in the lake, Catching Dragons finished only 4 seconds off the winners. This bodes well for the 2018 event, especially given the number of first time rowers in the boat!

Many thanks to all involved including Caroline for her chef skills on the BBQ. To Carys, Steph, Harry, John, John and Matt for bolstering team numbers and Brian for his fantastic effort on the drum! Thanks to Peter, Steph and Anna for the refreshments and to Richard for keeping some sort of organisation on the team.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, including our valued clients. We’ve already raised over £1,000 and we are always aiming to raise as much as possible. For more information, visit:


Dragon Boat Team Photo

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