After an apprenticeship at British Telecom's research lab at Martlesham Heath, Matthews left Britain and joined Micro Systems International, a chipmaking operation affiliated with Northern Telecom (which became Nortel Networks) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
To raise seed money for future enterprises they had planned, the pair intended to import and sell electric lawnmowers built in the UK.
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The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded that the proportion of people able to speak Welsh had dropped from 20.8% to 19%.
Despite an increase in the overall size of the Welsh population, this still meant that the number of Welsh speakers in Wales dropped from 582,000 in 2001 to 562,000 in 2011.
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