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Over the past 250 years, Powys has been the home for a remarkable set of innovators, social activists and businesspeople who have changed the face of Wales and had influence around 
the world.

These include:

  • Laura Ashley and family - textile, home furnishing and fashion pioneer and significant rural employer.
  • Robert Owen - philanthropic social entrepreneur and reformer, education reformer and creative genius of international significance.
  • David Davies - coal & railway pioneer, and his philanthropic family - Lord Davies; Gwendoline & Margaret Davies.
  • Pryce Jones - pioneer of international mail order and home shopping, purportedly the initiator of Royal Mail Parcel Post and inventor of the modern sleeping bag.

The Feasibility Study considered how the legacies of the Powys Pioneers could be used for the benefit of local people, with a central focus on digital delivery and activities.

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Ann Evans
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01597 827072
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