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The Soldiers’ Charity | Skydive in Wales charity tandem skydive-in-wales

SKYDIVE IN WALES 

Looking for that next big adrenaline rush and a once in a lifetime experience?

Why not jump for charity while doing something incredible, all while supporting the Army’s national charity. Tandem skydiving is the easiest and most hassle-free way to make your first parachute jump. You will be in a dual harness, securely attached to your instructor who will give you a taste of what skydiving is all about. You’ll experience the amazing thrill of freefalling from 12,000 ft and enjoy a long parachute descent.  

Skydive Swansea has been flying high over the glorious Gower Peninsular in South Wales since 2007. Carl Williams (ex army) the Chief Instructor has been involved in the sport for over 30 years. With over 100 hours in free fall & over 13,000 jumps, he has been a tandem instructor for approximately 4,500 tandem jumps. Carl has also been instructing Accelerated Free Fall solo jumps since the early 90’s. Throughout his career, Carl has specialised in many aspects of the sport including flying parachuting aircraft and representing Great Britain in World Championships. Carl has won both team and individual awards in the National Championships between 1993 and 2018.

“What a fantastic day! Wonderful people and such a brilliant experience. Thank you!”
Interested in skydiving as part of a corporate team?

 If so, contact us on wales@soldierscharity.org call 07392 081 730 to find out more.

Fundraising support

We’ve lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and information on Gift Aid.

We can help you with resources such as collection tins, posters and balloons for your fundraising events.  If you need anything, please contact the team at wales@soldierscharity.org or call us on 02920 726 132.

Registration

We have various dates available in 2021. For more information about jumping for charity, please contact the Skydive Swansea team at info@skydiveswansea.com or call on 01792 207035.

Registration for our skydives in Wales are only £50 and all we ask participants is to commit to trying to raise £395.

If you’d like to pay for the cost of the tandem jump yourself then all we ask is that you just raise a minimum of £165 for our charity. Fundraising options are available on the sign up process. 

To learn more about our charity skydiving opportunities around the UK, simply follow the link here: https://soldierscharity.org/events/categories/extreme/
— Read on soldierscharity.org/events/skydive-in-wales/

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Work From Home Passive Income Event hosted by Introbiz for UK

Join the Forex Work From Home Passive Income Event to see how to create a passive income team-building opportunity in the Forex Trading Market, which you can build whilst you work from home:

Passive Income – Make money whilst you sleep
Multiple Streams of Income – Don’t have your eggs all in one basket / Spread your risk
Work from home – Earn money around your lifestyle not instead of it.
90,000 members so far but a huge global opportunity to recruit lots more members
Currently in 185 Countries – Global Opportunity
Build a business, not a career
COVID & Recession Proof!
Be part of the World’s Largest, Most Profitable Industry the Forex Trade (worth £3 Trillion
Learn proven successful team-building strategies
Hear from a number of Introbiz Members who have been in the business since March 2020 and are already making thousands of pounds on their small initial investments from just £300.

The Work from Home Passive Income Event will be held on Zoom and all registrants will be emailed the link.

This is a recurring passive income event that will run weekly on a Wednesday Evening up until Mid December, so new members can use the event to encourage and train their team members and network who are interested in joining or need more information before they decide.

For more about Introbiz see the Introbiz YouTube Channel or the full Introbiz Events section.

— Read on introbiz.co.uk/networking-event/work-from-home-passive-income-event-hosted-by-introbiz/2020-12-02/

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Morning Networking Event Online – #IntrobizGlobalSummit

Morning all 🙋‍♂️ x

Please join us this morning for our daily pre-summit morning Networking event from 9am to 11am (UK time).

You need to join the Introbiz Global Summit Facebook Group and find the networking zoom link there!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1007887316359409/?ref=share

Also feel free to watch the speakers from yesterday summit, this morning.

The videos are available in the Group until the end of the summit (and the weekend) and then only in a full recording of the event following that!

See www.introbiz.co.uk/the-introbiz-global-summit/ – for more about our speakers recording package #introbizglobalsummit

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Amazon.co.uk Hot New Releases: The bestselling new and future releases in Business Life

Amazon.co.uk Hot New Releases: The bestselling new and future releases in Business Life…

You can buy the No1. Hot release from IWOW (Inspirational women of the world) – featuring 20 uplifting stories from business women and female entrepreneurs from around the World, online now via the Amazon link!

— Read more on www.amazon.co.uk/gp/new-releases/books/268122

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Northern Ireland Open: Watch Judd Trump’s stunning 147 maximum break in full – Snooker video from yesterday on Eurosport…

NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN: WATCH JUDD TRUMP’S STUNNING 147 MAXIMUM BREAK IN FULL
JUDD TRUMP PRODUCED A BRILLIANT 147 BREAK AT THE NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN. TRUMP’S MAXIMUM PUT HIM 3-0 UP OVER GAO YANG IN THE BEST-OF-SEVEN MATCH. IT WAS ONE OF TRUMP’S FINEST BREAKS OF HIS CAREER AND HAD THE COMMENTATORS IN RAPTURES.
— Read on www.eurosport.com/snooker/northern-ireland-open/2020-2021/northern-ireland-open-watch-judd-trump-s-stunning-147-maximum-break-in-full_vid1382953/video.shtml

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Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

PETER Andre has to be rescued from a zipwire in Cyprus as his daughter Princess, 13, yelled: “My dad is stuck.” The 47-year-old singer was helped …

Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

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Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

PROUD dad Adam Thomas has revealed his six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k. The former …

Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

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People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

ENTERTAINMENT’S biggest stars came out to celebrate the best in pop-culture at E! People’s Choice Awards. Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara dazzled in…

People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

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Alison Hammond launches new podcast for ITV amid confusion over This Morning role

Alison is launching a new ITV podcast (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)Alison Hammond is launching a brand new podcast for ITV, while rumours of her role …

Alison Hammond launches new podcast for ITV amid confusion over This Morning role

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Ignite Your Startup | Gychwyn eich Busnes Newydd Tickets, Tue 17 Nov 2020 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Eventbrite – Hwb Menter Ffocws Drenewydd | Focus Newtown Enterprise Hub presents Ignite Your Startup | Gychwyn eich Busnes Newydd – Tuesday, 17 November 2020 – Find event and ticket information.
— Read on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ignite-your-startup-gychwyn-eich-busnes-newydd-tickets-128253442499

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Just over 1 week to go until The Introbiz Global Summit • #IntrobizGlobalSummit

The Introbiz Global Summit
“Rise to thrive“

Introbiz Global Summit 3-Day Virtual Event from 25th – 27th November 2020

Introbiz Global Summit is going to be “The online business event of 2020”, where you get to meet and greet, online, global entrepreneurs & speakers, whilst meeting like-minded business owners & entrepreneurs from across the globe during our additional online networking opportunities. 

Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs will be joining us online, connecting across the planet, and learning about Health, Wealth, Success, Relationships and Connections. The Introbiz Global Summit will be a truly unique event with Global Masters who will teach you how to adapt and thrive from this life-changing year.

Find out more about the Speakers
See 35 of the world’s top Entrepreneur Keynote Speakers online. 

Surround yourself with many of the world’s greatest speakers including Les Brown, Sharon Lechter, Dr John Demartini, Brian Tracy, Jairek Robins and many more… 
Learn new strategies to grow your business from industry leaders. 
Network with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Attend VIP exclusive networking online events with the keynote speakers
Listen to the online recording of WorldClass speakers (at your own leisure)
Build new partnerships and relationships with entrepreneurs from across the planet
Includes a number of Free business networking session online throughout the event.
Book your FREE tickets to the online global event to create real relationships globally via the link below and please register for the pre-summit networking breakfast events here:

Event 1 25th of Nov | Event 2 26th of Nov | Event 3 27th Nov | All 3 Events

*Register for each of the Keynote speaker Sessions that you are interested in attending below.; 

Book Your Place at the FREE Global Summit Now
Global Summit 2020

The Introbiz Global SummitOur Global Speakers ListBonus Offers and Additional OpportunitiesBecome a Sponsor
Global Networking Events – UK Business Expo’s – Introbiz YouTube – Mastermind – Online Shop
— Read more and signup for FREE on introbiz.co.uk/the-introbiz-global-summit/

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Passive Income Training Event

Passive Income Networking Event

Passive Income Networking Event

Would you like to learn how you can make a passive income in the Forex Trading Industry without having to trade yourself?

Are you interested in building a home based business with very little investment?

Would you like to make a passive income whilst working from home?

Are you looking for work from home opportunities?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you should come along as a guest of mine, to our passive income training event!

Event Date: – Weekly on Wednesday @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm or Sunday @12.00pm – 13.00pm!

Event Cost – Free

More about the training event…

Join the Passive Income Training Event to see how to create a passive income team-building opportunity in the Forex Trading Market, which you can build whilst you work from home:

  • Passive Income – Make money whilst you sleep
  • Multiple Streams of Income – Don’t have your eggs all in one basket / Spread your risk
  • Work from home – Earn money around your lifestyle not instead of it.
  • 90,000 members so far but a huge global opportunity to recruit lots more members
  • Currently in 185 Countries – Global Opportunity
  • Build a business, not a career
  • COVID & Recession Proof!
  • Be part of the World’s Largest, Most Profitable Industry the Forex Trade (worth £3 Trillion
  • Learn proven successful team-building strategies

Hear from a number of passive income earning members who have been making a passive income since March 2020 and are already making thousands of pounds on their small initial investments from just £300.

The Passive Income Training Event will be held on Zoom and all registrants will be emailed the link.

This is a recurring passive income event that will run weekly on a Wednesday Evening from 8pm-9.30pm and A Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 1pm, up until Mid December 2020 and then from early January 2021, so new members can use the event to encourage and train their team members who are interested in joining or need more information, before they decide.

To be sent the link to our weekly passive income training events, please email your details with the subject: passive income event (Wednesday or Sunday), to mikearmstrong@mikearmstrong.me

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Listen to one of the World’s best motivational speakers, Les Brown, who’s keynote speaking at the Introbiz Global Summit soon #IntrobizGlobalSummit

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King of Marketing Playlist on the Mike Armstrong YouTube Channel #KingofMarketing

www.youtube.com/playlist

If you are interested in Marketing Tips & Marketing Advice from the King of Marketing Mike Armstrong then please take a look at the King of Marketing Playlist on the Mike Armstrong YouTube Channel – #MikeArmstrong #MAYouTube #MikeArmstrongYouTube #KOM #KingofMarketing #MAVideos #MikeArmstrongVideos

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Welsh Entrepreneur Mike Armstrong on the Entrepreneurial Truth Podcast in USA

Mike Armstrong from Mike Armstrong News #MikeArmstrong #MANews chatting with @JimBordeau on

the Entrepreneurial Truth Podcast #EntrepreneurialTruth #Podcast –

www.youtube.com/watch

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25 Times James Blunt Well and Truly Won Twitter – Music Plus Sport

As much as we love James Blunt’s music, we might just love his comebacks on Twitter a little more!

From serving up harsh truths, being outright brutal in response to his fans, and generally just being the funniest bloke we’ve seen on Twitter, James Blunt’s account has got it all.

Blunt by name, Blunt by nature.

Here’s our 25 favourite tweets from the wittiest musician we know:

— Read on www.musicplussport.com/25-times-james-blunt-won-twitter/

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Forex Passive Income Training Event

Join the weekly Forex Passive Income Training Event to learn how to create a passive income team-building opportunity in the Forex Trading Market, which you can build whilst working from home #WFH:

Passive Income – Make money whilst you sleep
Multiple Streams of Income – Don’t have your eggs all in one basket / Spread your risk
Work from home – Earn money around your lifestyle not instead of it.
90,000 members so far but a huge global opportunity to recruit lots more members
Currently in 185 Countries – Global Opportunity
Build a business, not a career
COVID & Recession Proof!
Be part of the World’s Largest, Most Profitable Industry the Forex Trade (worth £3 Trillion
Learn proven successful team-building strategies
Hear from a number of Introbiz Members who have been in the business since March 2020 and are already making thousands of pounds on their small initial investments from just £300.

The Forex Passive Income Training Event will be held on Zoom and all registrants will be emailed the link.

This is a recurring passive income event that will run weekly on a Wednesday Evening up until Mid December, so new members can use the event to encourage and train their team members and network who are interested in joining or need more information before they decide.

For more about Introbiz see the Introbiz YouTube Channel or to see the full range of our business events please see the Introbiz Events section where you can register for the next event that fits in with your schedule.

Send any enquiries or your email address to mike@introbiz.co.uk and I can send you a zoom link for the weekly meeting!

— Read more on introbiz.co.uk/forex-passive-income-training-event/

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Seven Ways To Keep A Cool Head During Lockdown

On Saturday, Britsh prime minster Boris Johnson announced that the U.K. would effectively be entering a second national lockdown from Thursday. This lockdown, which came as a surprise to many, is due to last for four weeks, ending on 2 December. 

In this environment of extreme uncertainty, leaders will need to keep thinking positively and draw on their resilience in order to keep a cool head. So, how can they do this? Here, seven successful entrepreneurs, mentors and business owners offer their top tips for remaining resilient through a second national lockdown.

1.     Believe that NO means Next Opportunity

“The secret of my success was to always think of the corridor concept and believe that with the right determination and persistence, doors would always open for me,” says Darren Lewitt, businessman, mentor and author of Dream, Create, Believe, Achieve. “Why not challenge yourself and decide which doors and corridors you ultimately aim to conquer? Sometimes a door will be shut firmly in your face, but you must not let that set you back. I have always believed that if someone says ‘NO’ it simply means ‘Next Opportunity’. Stay positive and believe that things happen for a reason and you’ll do just fine.”

2.     Don’t take setbacks personally, see them as feedback

“Life is a constant test of character, belief and ideals,” observes Leonard Sekyonda, an entrepreneur, mentor and author of Be Your Own Hero Again. “Throughout life we are presented with many obstacles and challenges that will test us, but it is only through resilience that we are truly able to go after what we aspire to achieve in life. To be resilient is to not give up, just pick yourself up and try again. So many people stop at the first few obstacles they face and, as a result, never get to discover their true capability. I believe resilience is the ability to not take our setbacks personally but instead to see them as feedback.”

3.     Be prepared to pivot 

“Life as a business owner is very tough and not for the faint-hearted,” argues Tracey Smolinski, founder of global business network Introbiz and co-author of Inspirational Women of the World. “As soon as Covid-19 hit, we had to make very fast decisions to alter and pivot the business. From doing all our business 100% face-to-face we had to shift, learning the skills of Zoom and other online platforms. It is so important to have a good network around you in these challenging times.”

4.     Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – none of us are perfect

“Over the years I have made a lot of mistakes that have cost me time and money, millions sometimes,” says Gian Paolo Aliatis, a serial entrepreneur and co-living property expert. “From mistakes comes wisdom, however. In the long run, my mistakes will save me 10-fold in profit compared with what I lost making those initial mistakes. I am still surprised by the level of business and industry knowledge that I have managed to acquire.”

5.     Accept that you can’t control everything

“Try to accept the situation you’re in, rather than put energy into fighting or questioning things,” advises Blake Auden, a graphic artist and poet. “It takes time, but once we come to accept what’s going on, we can focus on taking positive steps to improve the things we can control. I try to count the things I’m grateful for once a day, limit my exposure to the news and negative social media, and do all I can to actively seek out positive stories. Lastly, I try to focus on my art: on turning everything I’m feeling into something creative. Every day I make time to write, draw, journal, paint – anything that gives the day some structure and allows me to forget the outside world for just a little while.”

6.     Choose to be joyful and positive 

“Something I remind myself of every single day is to choose joy and positivity over anything else,” reveals Emilia Ohrtmann, serial entrepreneur, designer and author of It’s Your Life: How to Choose Confidence. “Whether it’s enjoying some special bonding times with your children, connecting with old friends via the internet, trying something new like baking or a new yoga posture, being a child again or dancing in the living room to loud music, look for the little things that bring joy.”

7.     Get reacquainted with nature… and your partner

“Take advantage of the opportunity to exercise outdoors,” recommends Suzanne Pool, a women’s empowerment expert and author of Discipline: A Secret Code for Women in the Bedroom, Boardroom and Beyond. “A brisk walk every day is great for mental health. It’s an opportunity to process our thoughts and release pent-up energy. A walk also provides some structure in the day – it’s a useful anchor when many of our routines have been taken away from us. My other tip is to have some fun with your other half. Lockdown means we’re spending far more time with our partners, but that’s a useful chance to get to know each other again, and possibly rekindle some dwindling flames.”

The next four weeks are set to be a testing time for U.K. leaders, who will be expected to maintain the morale of their teams without knowing exactly what lies ahead. By focusing on these seven tips, they can help to enhance their own resilience so they emerge from the latest lockdown in a good state of mind.

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— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/sallypercy/2020/11/04/seven-ways-to-keep-a-cool-head-during-lockdown/

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Welsh Business News – New Welsh hospitality measures announced for after firebreak via Business Live #WelshBiz

New Welsh hospitality measures announced for after firebreak – Business Live
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.business-live.co.uk/retail-consumer/new-welsh-hospitality-measures-announced-19215079.amp

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Welsh Business News – The latest appointments in Welsh business via Business Live #WelshBiz

The latest appointments in Welsh business – Business Live
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.business-live.co.uk/professional-services/latest-appointments-welsh-business-19205878.amp

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Welsh Business News – Welsh Government to support small businesses with innovative ideas #WelshBiz

The Welsh Government is making funding available to support businesses with innovative products and services that will help communities and the public sector adapt to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which can offer up to £50,000 to promising projects able to start in January 2021 and complete by the end of March, will also be important for schemes that can support the public sector after the EU Transition period.

The focus will be on creating better lives closer to home, by delivering against three key objectives that support the Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan. These are to:

Build Back Green – enabling businesses and communities to adapt to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 with a focus on a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable Wales. We are looking for solutions that enable people to continue to work closer to home, considering accessibility and safety whilst maintaining a sense of community and connection.
Create sustainability and security in supply chains – supporting place-based and needs-led driven business supply chains to secure jobs for the future and to safeguard against further supply chain disruptions so that communities have access to healthy food sources.
Support mental and physical wellbeing for all generations – developing new products and services to address mental health, improve access to care, and support the resilience of communities throughout the pandemic and beyond.
Solutions could include ways to use emerging digital and smart technology to support the mental wellbeing of people within communities; reduce the impact of emissions on health; tackle the impacts of food poverty; or reduce unemployment and the need to commute.

Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales, Ken Skates, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest public health emergency this country has ever faced. We need people with expertise, entrepreneurship and innovative thinking to work with us and help deliver sustainable solutions to the challenges it poses to the long term wellbeing of our communities and economy.

“I am incredibly proud of the ingenuity and sense of community Wales has demonstrated in dealing with the impacts of coronavirus virus, but there is much more to be done as we continue to adapt to the ever changing landscape in which we live and work.

“The Small Business Research Initiative provides important funding for firms to link with the public sector and deliver important solutions to specific challenges. I encourage those with an interest to get involved.”

Lynda Jones, SBRI Centre of Excellence manager, said: “COVID 19 has affected us all, and for this challenge we are seeking innovations that will help support long term health and wellbeing whilst supporting communities and the economy.

“Successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to collaborate and work closely with a team of experts from the relevant sectors to help develop their solutions.”

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) has a total of £250,000 available to offer successful projects.

Businesses have until 12pm on November 27, 2020 to submit their ideas.

For more information, e-mail: SBRI.COE@wales.nhs.uk

For more information and to submit a project for consideration, visit: sdi.click/betterlives
— Read on www.wales247.co.uk/welsh-government-to-support-small-businesses-with-innovative-ideas/

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2020 Marks the Year of Introbiz’ First Global Online Summit

2020 marks the year of Introbiz’ first Global Online Summit, taking place from 25th – 27th November.

As one of Wales and the UK’s most ambitious, recognised business networks, established for nearly 12 years, the COVID epidemic has fuelled their mission to take the world by storm, even further this year.

Introbiz brings over 7000 visitors to their annual exhibitions & events with global leading entrepreneurs, such as Grant Cardone & Lord Sugar, and has connected with Sir Richard Branson & other leading global entrepreneurs at Necker Island events.

Having built up 12 years-worth of experience in providing industry leading events, COVID put a stop to the full year’s schedule of real-world networking events and businesses expo’s already booked in when the country went in to lockdown.

Introbiz MD’s Paul Smolinski & Tracey Smolinski were faced with a difficult decision: To shut up shop and wait for the pandemic to be over, or to innovate, pivot and look to rise – and even thrive – from the enforced situation. Being the optimistic fighters that they are, they chose the latter and switched their business to an online model as soon as the UK lockdown began.

Introbiz switched the membership and events model from real world events to online events and online membership, and continued with their weekly events, using Zoom as their new venue of choice. Since March 16th, they have hosted over 50 online events with over 40 global speakers and sports stars, pulling in thousands of visitors. On top of providing networking opportunities, they decided to leverage their previous relationships, with best-selling authors like Brian Tracey, Les Brown, Sharon Lechter, Dr John Demartini, Jairek Robbins & Tom Ziglar, to not only speak at their events, but to provide leading world-class training and knowledge, as well as live Q&A sessions to get real-time answers and expertise.

This successful pivot has inspired Paul & Tracey to create a Global Online Summit, creating a global opportunity that is appropriately named “Rise To Thrive.”

The “Rise To Thrive” Introbiz Global Summit is set to be one of the biggest online business events of 2020; offering current clients and the wider business community a virtual networking breakfast experience, and the opportunity to meet and greet global entrepreneurs and like-minded business owners like never before. The Summit will feature over 35 of the world’s most renowned names such as Les Brown, Sharon Lechter, John Demartini, Brian Tracy, Jariek Robbins, Tom Ziglar along with new additions such as; Rob Moore, Alec Stern, Camilita Nutall, Forbes Riley, Bob Burg and Evan Carmichael, to name just a small handful over the three days.

Introbiz anticipates welcoming people from all walks of life to join the Summit, including existing clients from professional services, hospitality, real estate, motor trade, leisure & tourism, and third sector to connect and to learn about the universal laws of health, wealth, success, relationships and connections.

Throughout COVID, Introbiz’ main aim has been to keep the economic wheel turning and to ensure that Welsh businesses remain inspired to connect, collaborate, network and grow. They hope that this one-off event will be a demonstration of finding the gift in adversity. Having reached over 25 countries so far, Introbiz aims to bridge the borders of our world through entrepreneurial spirit and progressive action.

Founder and MD of the Global Summit, Paul Smolinski says;

“We are proud to bring over 30 world-class global entrepreneurs and speakers to the Welsh, UK and global stage during these tough times, and are confident that business owners will be inspired and educated in many strategies to help them to pivot and grow out of these uncertain times”.
Introbiz invites you to join us at our first Online Summit to get inspired, and get connected.

Get your free tickets to the summit here: https://introbiz.co.uk/the-introbiz-global-summit/and to the networking events here: https://introbiz.co.uk/networking-events/

Watch the promo video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PD54A_L5ks

— Read on businessnewswales.com/2020-marks-the-year-of-introbiz-first-global-online-summit/

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Welsh Business News – Over 5,500 businesses apply for Welsh Government’s £100m Economic Resilience Fund in two days | North Wales Chronicle

THE first-come-first-serve business grants of the Welsh Government’s £100million Economic Resilience Fund has been fully subscribed with more than 5,500 businesses applying for support in just two days.

Demand from businesses of all sizes across Wales has been received since the latest round of the ERF Development Grants which opened to applications on Wednesday, October 28.

Businesses can still however benefit from the £200m available from the third phase of the fund.

The £100m business grants are part of the £300m made available in the third stage of the ERF by the Welsh Government to support businesses continuing to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. £20m of this is ring-fenced for tourism and hospitality businesses.

The Welsh Government said applications will now be processed as quickly as possible and it expects to start getting support out to businesses from mid-November.

Businesses can still benefit from the £200m available from the third phase.

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close and which occupy a property with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000 will be eligible for a share of the £200m funding and all businesses eligible for Small Business rate relief will also receive support. Businesses have to register and update their details via Business Wales or their Local Authority to receive financial support.

Eligible firms that do not qualify for business rates linked grants are able to apply for awards of up to £2,000 from a £25m discretionary fund via their local authority.

Economy minister Ken Skates said: “The importance of the Economic Resilience Fund to Welsh businesses is evident in the sheer number of applications that have been received. We know that businesses have been preparing for this for some time, ever since the eligibility checker opened earlier this month.

“We know this is an incredibly difficult and challenging time for companies. We will work hard to get this much needed funding out of the door and into the bank accounts of businesses that need it as quickly as we can.
— Read on www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/18834258.5-500-businesses-apply-welsh-governments-100m-economic-resilience-fund-two-days/

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How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed cycling in Dublin City? – Weekly News & Analysis

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, people have looked for alternative methods of travelling to avoid busy public transport. Eibhin Kavanagh investigates how the pandemic is affecting cycling in the city.

Is cycling in Dublin City safe? Photo by Eibhin Kavanagh
With our movements once again restricted, people in Ireland are limited to travelling within 5km of their homes. Walking and cycling have become a more popular means of exercising as a result of gyms closing and sporting events being cancelled.

In the last ten years, Dublin has seen an increase in the number of people cycling. A number of bike share schemes have become well established. However, 2020 has seen an exponential increase in cyclists, which Dublin City has had to accommodate. This change, due to social distancing restrictions, means more space is required for both pedestrians and cyclists to make their way around the  city.  

Councillor Michael Pidgeon talked to The City about the recent changes related to cycling in Dublin City.

“In some ways I think the people are ahead of where the city is,” Pidgeon said. “We know that outside of peak hours there are now more people cycling than there were at this time of the year last year; there’s been a huge increase.”

Dublin City Council projected  a 200% increase of cyclists in Dublin City from 2019 to 2020.This would be an increase from 13,131 to 39,000.

  2019 Figures Likely Future Change Potential Future Figures
All Public Transport 116,287 80% Capacity Reduction 30,000
Car 57,985 Approx. 30% reduction 41,000
Taxi 2,661 Assume 30% reduction 1,900
Walk 24,691 Target 100% increase 50,000
Cycle 13,131 Target 200% increase 39,000
Goods 983 No change 1,000
Motorcycles 1,485 No change 1,485
Total (persons) 217,223   164,385
Source: Dublin City Council 
Source: Dublin City Council 

The Canal Cordon Count was analysed by Dublin City Council to determine where the greatest demand for walking and cycling was recorded. The table below shows the number of people crossing the canal cordon (both directions) during the morning peak period from 7am to 10am in November 2019.

Source: Dublin City Council 
From 1997 to 2019, the number of cyclists crossing this cordon heading into the city centre between 7 am and 10 am increased by 133%, from 5,628 to 13,125.

The number of cyclists remained between  4,000 and 6,000 between 1997 and 2010 before increasing by approximately 15% year on year until 2015 when the increase slowed up until 2017.  There was a small decrease in 2018,  but cycling numbers increased by 7.3% in 2018 and 2019. 

Source: Dublin City Council 
According to research conducted by the Road Safety Authority, 4 in 5 cyclists are injured on urban roads. More cyclists are  injured during morning and evening commutes. Of all collisions involving another vehicle – 4 in 5 cyclists are injured by cars. 1,056 cyclists were injured in collisions in 2018.

In Dublin, the number of cyclist deaths since 1997 has remained relatively low with a slight increase in 2017, according to figures collected by the Road Safety Authority.

Image Source- Irish Cycle.com
Dublin has over 120 miles of cycle routes. While changes have been ongoing to improve cycling infrastructure in the city, especially since lockdown in the spring, the demand is high for safe and accessible cycling.

“It felt like at the start of the pandemic there was a real understanding that we needed to take more space for cycling to encourage more people to do it, but it feels like that momentum has dropped a bit,” said Pidgeon. “So, I think that we need to get that going again.

“In terms of infrastructure, I think the big changes we have seen are some of the temporary measures along the quays, particularly along the northside quays.”

Some of the Cycle Safety interventions introduced since April include the installation of Nassau Street contra-flow cycle track from Clare Street to Dawson Street, the partial installation of key sections of the Interim Liffey Cycle route, removal of on-street car parking from Inns Quay and Ormond Quay, and a section of work from Church Street to Ha’penny Bridge, according to Dublin City Council.

Dublin City Council also discussed other plans to ensure safe cycling in the city, including the reduction of the number of traffic lanes to accommodate protected cycling facilities on both sides of the road, while maintaining a balance for other required services. While there have been major changes made within Dublin City Centre to ensure safe cycling, other parts of the city have yet to see changes that will make cycling accessible and safe.

“One of the things is to start looking at the urban villages, so instead of just focusing on the very core city centre, you would be looking at areas like Inchicore, Rialto, Stoneybatter, Phibsborough, Rathmines,” Pidgeon said in relation to making cycling consistent for everyone.

“What we seen in the pandemic is that people are happy enough to stay within a few kilometers of where they live, so we shouldn’t just be designing a cycle lane with a view that will just take office workers from the suburbs to the city centre, because that’s not what the demand is right now. That’s important, we should definitely do that, but it will have to also be about making sure that local routes around your home are safe.

“There’s still a lot to do, but equally I’d like to say that cycling in Dublin City is safe. There’s a perception of danger that I don’t think is entirely there. There’s a lot the city needs to do to feel a lot safer and be safer with segregated lanes, but if anyone’s considering it, I’d say just ask a friend who does cycle regularly and they can show you some good routes give you some tips and you’ll be up and running in no time.”
— Read on thecity.ie/2020/11/04/how-has-the-covid-19-pandemic-changed-cycling-in-dublin-city/

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