Category: Cardiff Business News

Met Office answers the popular question, how long will the sun and heat last?

Met Office reveals how long will the sun and heat last
— Read on

Met Office reveals how long the sun and heat will last

Met Office reveals how long will the sun and heat last
— Read on

Think Smarta!

Think Smarta!
— Read on

Wales v Ireland Grandslam 2005 Picture Highlights

Case Study – Painting a toilet in Penylan, Cardiff, South Wales…

Case Study – Painting a toilet in Penylan, Cardiff, South Wales…
— Read on

Champions League quarter-final draw: Man United face Barcelona, Tottenham play Man City and it’s Liverpool vs Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw: Man United face Barcelona, Tottenham play Man City and it’s Liverpool vs Porto
— Read on

Swansea, United Kingdom Networking Events via Eventbrite

Swansea, United Kingdom Networking Events via Eventbrite
— Read on

Live updates as Chancellor reveals Government’s Brexit war chest ahead of no deal vote

MPs will vote on a no deal Brexit tonight but first Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver the Spring Statement – his mid-year spending plans

via Live updates as Chancellor reveals Government’s Brexit war chest ahead of no deal vote — WalesOnline – Home

Free Cardiff, United Kingdom Events via Eventbrite…

Looking for events in Cardiff County? Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something on Eventbrite that piques your interest.
— Read on–cardiff/free–events/

I AM WOMAN Competition for their next Bridgend Business Club Event In April…


Do you have a business idea, business start-up or growing business that could catapult to success given the right support, direction, technology and business insight?

TEAM 8 DIGITAL have sponsored I AM WOMAN for us to offer you:

A Free I AM WOMAN Annual Membership

Free Techi-Mentoring to help you scale-up your business

Support to gain access to finance and business development resources to you accelerate your success

Five women will be chosen to deliver a five minute pitch on 9.4.2019 and one winner will be chosen.

We want to get behind the winner of this opportunity and just show the world just how amazing things can be in business when we surround ourselves with the right people and the right support!

This opportunity has been generously Sponsored by a Bridgend based business TEAM 8 DIGITAL

However none of our other I AM WOMAN Members are going to miss out because TEAM 8 DIGITAL are excited and available to offer a free consultancy session to all I AM WOMAN Members and explore how software and different websites, could help their business grow.

Here is the link for further information:

Blogging News & Advice…

Marketers who prioritize blogging are 13x more likely to achieve a positive ROI from their efforts.
Most of the potential benefits from blogging materialize only if marketers prioritize it. Content marketing success rarely, if ever, happens by accident.

53% of marketers say blogging is their top content marketing priority.
One of the top digital marketing trends of 2019 is blogging done right—the results will make you good money. Between lead generation, brand awareness, SEO, and thought leadership, there are few areas of marketing that don’t benefit from blogging. A majority of marketers, in fact, consider this a more effective tool than several other traditional forms of digital marketing.

According to LinkedIn, the top 3 content marketing tactics are blogging (53%), social media (64%), and case studies (64%).
Every time an authoritative website links to a blog post (or any page), your entire website reaps the SEO benefits. Many businesses now use blogs to attract links easily with high-quality, engaging blog content.

Companies that blog receive 97% more links to their website.
Marketers should prick up their ears with this one. Trends in digital marketing show that if you have a regularly updated blog, with relevant content, on your company website, you are almost twice as likely to be linked by people.
B2C companies that blogged 11+ times per month got more than quadruple as many leads as those that blog only four to five times per month.

According to the same report, B2B companies that blogged 11+ times per month had almost three times more traffic than those blogging once per month or less. The gist is that if you are not blogging regularly, you are missing out on a big chunk of potential customers.

B2B marketers (67%) are more likely to use blogs in their social media content than B2C (56%).

These B2B marketing trends will doubtless impact 2019 marketing strategies. The likelihood of blogging becoming part of a business’s marketing strategy is even greater in B2B commerce than it is in B2C. We can see in other statistics about blogs in the B2B ecosystem that the nature of buyers and their information expectations are more aligned to blogging than many other forms of marketing.
78% of B2B buyers use case studies when researching purchases.

The most tangible way to link your business to a buyer’s need is to show the awesome results similar companies get when they choose your products or services. Digital marketing trends show that these case studies tend to be the preferred information gathering tool for a very high number of B2B buyers.
57% of B2B buyers make their purchase decision before ever speaking to a salesperson.

Newport Business Exhibition for September…

Newport Business Exhibition for September…

Newport Business Exhibition for September…
— Read on

MA Property – Property Maintenance, Property Management and Property Marketing Wales

Property Maintenance Services including Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Gardening, Handyman Services, Plumbing etc. as well as Property Management Services and Property Marketing Services in Cardiff and South Wales including Airbnb and Management and Marketing Services…

— Read on

Networker 2018 and Beyond! – Networking Blog from MA Consultancy

Voted Best Networker in the Best Network in front of Grant Cardone & Elena Cardone and my clients win #BestStand & #BestMarketing at #IntrobizExpo – Can Life Get Any Better – Damn Right It Can!

— Read on

King of Marketing WordPress Blog from MA Consultancy

10x’ing my business by helping others to 10x theirs with Sales & Marketing Strategies & Services…

— Read on

The I AM WOMAN Business club in Bridgend launch was a great success!

Successful Global Business Woman Network, I Am Woman, launched their Bridgend business woman’s networking club on Thursday March 7th 2019 at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Bridgend, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The Bridgend club is launched in Partnership with the Bridgend Business Forum.

This is what happened during the business club event.

6.00pm Cocktail & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Networking Reception –

The guest enjoyed rubbing toes, networking and making new business connections.

The ladies attending were invited to wear the shoes that define them!

7.00pm Welcome and Talk by Joy Ogeh Hutfield – Are you ready?

International and multi-award-winning transformational coach, with over 20 years’ experience, Joy’s passion lies in recognising potential in individuals, helping them to turn big ideas into possibilities. The talk was about empowering the business leaders, to lead with clarity, purpose and a sense of fulfilment.

7.10pm  Opening Welcome and talk by I AM Woman leader, Cheryl Bass & Top Female Entrepreneur, Lisa Marie Brown.

Cheryl is an Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur who has worked with world leaders and world ranking entrepreneurs, alongside helping women to start and grow highly profitable businesses in search of time and financial freedom. She is One of The Top 100 Brilliant Women of Britain two years running and an Author, Speaker and Media Presenter.

Lisa is ranked as one of the UK’s most influential women and is in the top 20% of social media users. A winner of the Fast Growth Award from UnLtd, featured on BBC, ITV, Business Insider ‘Rising Star’ and Sunday Telegraph her story of turning the world pink is one to watch.

7.15pm  I’d Never Dreamt I’d Be Walking In These Shoes! –

Next up to talk was Linda Wongham – Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

7.20pm There were then a number of Introductions lead by Cheryl Bass of I AM WOMAN.

Showcasing If the visitors and I AM WOMAN Members

7.40pm Then their was another talk on; Starting Your Business Walk by Claire Farren (Founder of Farrens – Virtual Assistants).

Claire walked the visitors and members through her business start-up journey and walked the guests through her Top Start-Up Tips and How To Discover What’s Really Important!

7.50pm Following Claire was a talk called, Tell Your Story by PR expert Wendy Hobbs.

Ambassador of Women in the Law UK.  Wendy Hobbs, is a Lawyer, children’s fantasy author of the award-winning, Claudia Quash Series, Ambassador for Dreams and Wishes Charity, and Ambassador for Women in the Law UK.  Her debut novel, ‘Claudia Quash and the Spell of Pencliff’ has received amazing 5 star reviews and it has won a book award. 

8.00 Following Wendy was a talk on; Try Walking In My Shoes by Jayne Pierson.
Jayne is a Welsh, International award-winning fashion designer, featured in British Vogue, Italian Vogue, and at London Fashion Week. Jayne has worked with couture designers Vivienne Westwood and Alexander Mc Queen.  She has dressed numerous famous celebrities including, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce,, Little Mix, and she has designed bespoke commission garments for high-profile actresses and Brit Award winning singers and musicians. 

8.20pm The Penultimate Talk of the evening was; Stories That Catapult Business Success by Hilarie Owen.

Hilarie Owen is a successful author and authority on what makes great leaders and how business top teams excel. She has worked for global companies and two government departments as well as with the RAF Red Arrows and Harvard University. Alongside her work mentoring senior directors Hilarie’s new book is on women leaders including entrepreneurs described by a US academic as ‘a life changing guidebook for women’. This is her 9th book.


8.30pm The final talk of the evening; Start Walking In The Right Shoes was by Sara Tye.

Sara is Founder and Managing Director of redheadPR. Sara started her high flying career at The Body Shop where she assisted with the personal branding of the founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick. She was Head of Public Relations at Yellow Pages. and has also opened a Mexican restaurant and helped run a senior residential home and hotel in St Ives.

8.50pm Q&A & Close
Guests were invited to join the hosts in the bar to meet the speakers & do some networking

Eva Jayne Lloyd who attended the event on behalf of WelshBiz blog owners, MA Consultancy has this to say about the event.

“Another fantastic I AM WOMAN event, from start to finish, aspiring, motivating & powerful. The networking was so much fun, I made lots more new contacts/friends and the speakers were empowering 💯 .

The venue was beautiful and the team were amazing, defiantly a venue I would recommend too.”

Please find some pictures from the event:

MA Group including MA Consultancy

Business Services including Business Consultancy, Business Training & Business Services as well as Business News & Property Maintenance

— Read on

Wales looking for 13th game on the bounce and to keep the Grandslam hopes alive…

It is three down and two to go for Wales, who this week head to BT Murrayfield looking to move one step closer to the Grand Slam.

Warren Gatland has never lost to Scotland as Wales coach, but two years ago the Welsh did come unstuck at BT Murrayfield while he was away on British & Irish Lions duty.

That was part of a long unbeaten Scottish run at BT Murrayfield, one that ended against Ireland in Round Two of the Guinness Six Nations, and having since fallen to France in Paris, Gregor Townsend will be after a response.

To do so, he has rung the changes with the return of Finn Russell perhaps the biggest news. The Racing 92 fly-half is back fit again and slots in alongside former Glasgow Warriors teammate Ali Price, promoted to start at scrum-half ahead of Greig Laidlaw.

That means that Stuart McInally will captain the team, as he did twice in 2018. Other notable returns see WP Nel start at tighthead, looking to boost a Scottish scrum that at time struggled in Paris, while Hamish Watson is back on the bench hoping for his first appearance of the Championship.

It will be a landmark day for a pair of Scotland players, Tommy Seymour and Jonny Gray celebrating their 50thappearances for their countries.

Gatland, in contrast to Townsend, has stuck with virtually the same team that got the better of England in Round Three.

The only change is injury-enforced, Adam Beard coming in for the injured Cory Hill in the second row, while on the bench Jake Ball steps in as lock cover.

The teams will be playing for the Doddie Weir Cup, the second time they have played for the trophy in honour of the great Scotland and Lions second row who is currently battling Motor Neurone Disease.


Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said:“Getting to 50 caps for your country is a milestone in a player’s career and it underlines the consistency and quality both Tommy and Jonny have delivered for Scotland over the years.

“Tommy has started all his games and has an impressive try-scoring record, which is fundamental element of the game for a winger.

“As well as his finishing ability, his excellent work-rate off-the-ball and outstanding aerial skills have been the key reasons why he’s reached a half century of appearances for Scotland.

“Jonny is an exceptional player who came through as a young man and, by becoming the second-youngest player to win 50 caps, shows just how well he’s played in that relatively short time.

“He has a phenomenal work rate, is a very accurate tackler and takes real pride in helping the team prepare, as well as continually looking for ways to improve his own game.”

Wales coach Warren Gatland said:“They’re going to be tough. There’s no doubt that their record at BT Murrayfield has been very impressive and they are hard to beat there for any team.

“They’ll be disappointed and hurting from that performance last week against France in Paris. We are well aware of their threat.

“The players that were involved two years ago were pretty disappointed with that result and that performance. We’ve got a big challenge on our hands for a couple of reasons.”


The two fly-halves come from a similar mould with both keen to attack the line at every opportunity and gifted with great distribution. Russell is back after missing the clash in Paris, and looked very impressive in Racing 92’s win over La Rochelle in France last week.

Scotland are a different side with him pulling the strings, so Wales will be keen to shut him down.

In Anscombe, they have stuck to their convictions, with Gatland resisting the temptation to start Dan Biggar after his match-winning performance off the bench against England. The Cardiff Blues fly-half more than did his bit in that game though, and will be a real threat for the Scots both with his passing and running.


  • Jonny Gray is second only to Stuart Hogg as the youngest Scotland player ever to 50 caps, marking the landmark five days before his 25th birthday. The youngest player ever to the mark will be on the opposite side, Wales’ George North who was 22 when he hit 50.

  • Warren Gatland has never lost to Scotland in more than a decade as Wales coach. He did however lose on both trips to Scotland while in charge of Ireland

  • Wales have now won 12 Tests in a row, their all-time record, that includes a win over Scotland at Principality Stadium in November for the Doddie Weir Cup

  • Wales lock Adam Beard, who comes into the starting XV this week, has never lost a Test with now 11 caps to his name


There is plenty of value on both sides at BT Murrayfield, with one of the changes in the Scotland side seeing Darcy Graham earn his first start for his country. At just 10 stars, he could be a steal in the back three, while Finn Russell is another option at 13.9, particularly as he will take on kicking duties with Greig Laidlaw on the bench.

For Wales, their recent form means players are a little more expensive, but Adam Beard is just 10.7 stars as he comes back into the side at lock.

Elsewhere Gareth Anscombe, at 14.8 stars, is a little below the most expensive fly-halves in the game and could be an intriguing possiblity.

Play the Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Game


Scotland: 15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), 14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), 13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), 12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), 11. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), 10. Finn Russell (Racing 92), 9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), 1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh), 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) (c), 3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh), 4. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), 5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 6. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), 7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), 8. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks)

Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), 17. Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), 18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), 19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), 20. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), 21. Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), 22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), 23. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks)

Wales: 15. Liam Williams (Saracens), 14. George North (Ospreys), 13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), 12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), 11. Josh Adams (Worcester), 10. Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), 9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets), 1. Rob Evans (Scarlets), 2. Ken Owens (Scarlets), 3. Tomas Francis (Exeter), 4. Adam Beard (Ospreys), 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (c), 6. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), 7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), 8. Ross Moriarty (Dragons).

Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee (Dragons), 17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys), 18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), 19. Jake Ball (Scarlets), 20. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), 21. Aled Davies (Ospreys), 22. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), 23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys).


34-73rd Feb 2018
122 Played 122
44 Wins 69
69 Losses 44
2 Draws 2
187 Tries 239

















6 Essential Productivity Hacks From the CEOs of the Fastest-Growing Companies in America

6 Essential Productivity Hacks From the CEOs of the Fastest-Growing Companies in America
— Read on

MA Training – Business Training and Sales & Marketing Training

MA Training – Business Training and Sales & Marketing Training
— Read on