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Free Trains in Wales for NHS Staff On TfW and other Transport News…

NHS staff in Wales are being offered free travel on Transport for Wales rail services with immediate effect, the company has announced.

NHS workers will just need to show their work ID to access services to get themselves back and forth to work until 30 April.

Public transport is to operate on a reduced scale throughout Wales because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However the reduced service has led to crowding on some trains.

New timetables are now in place for trains and buses until further notice.

Announcing the move for NHS workers, Transport for Wales (TfW) said: “At Transport for Wales our primary focus is keeping our colleagues and customers safe, and to keep key workers moving.

“From Monday 23 March, Transport for Wales will provide all NHS workers free travel to and from work until 30th April on production of their NHS ID.”

A statement on its website added: “We are doing all we can to keep vital services running, so that emergency service staff who are using our trains and key workers are to travel in safety with confidence.” 

Some passengers were reporting difficulties in maintaining social distancing on trains on Monday morning.

Hospital worker Emma Lamorte highlighted the situation on Twitter and called for more trains.

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Tube travellers in London have also experienced crowded carriages, with unions saying it left transport staff feeling “furious” as they were unable to maintain social distancing.

However, other travellers in Wales reported quieter than usual carriages.

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Image captionAurora Heathfield, outside Cardiff Central, was on a train carriage with only three other people

Commuter Aurora Heathfield from Bridgend, said there was an “eerie feel” on the train to Cardiff on Monday morning with carriages much quieter than usual.

“It would usually be pretty busy and you’d be looking for a seat. There was three people in my carriage,” she said.

Jake Newberry from Cross Keys, Caerphilly county, said there was “hardly anyone” on his train on the Ebbw Vale line and he had expected to see more people due to the reduced timetable.

Alex Varney said the train from Barry to Cardiff was also quiet with the conductor providing advice over a speaker rather than walking through the train to check tickets.

“It was nice and quiet and nice to have some space,” he said.

“Everyone was calm and pleasant and just going through their day.”

A TfW spokesman said on Monday afternoon: “Whilst some services were busy this morning, on average most were 50-60% full. However, we will continue to prioritise peak periods services in order to ensure we do not create overly busy services.

“”We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis and increase capacity where necessary but we do strongly urge customers to carefully consider whether they do have to travel so that priority can be given to key workers.”

Why are services being reduced?

The changes reflect the fall in demand, reduced availability of staff and the latest public health guidance, transport companies said.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said it remained “crucial” to keep some services going for key workers and supply chains.

“This action aims to balance the current significantly reduced levels of passenger demand as people follow the guidelines to socially isolate with the need to reduce the number of people required to run the network,” he said.

“This contingency measure will help to ensure there are enough staff to keep services running over the coming weeks and months.”

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Image captionKen Skates hopes the new plans will keep transport on track for the coming months

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should avoid “non-essential” travel.

Operators said the closure of schools, as well as people increasingly working from home, was expected to see a further significant decline in demand.

How have bus services changed?

First Cymru, which operates services across south and west Wales, warned customers face disruption to services because “increasing numbers of staff” were self-isolating.

It said there would be a reduced timetable for services in Ammanford, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Maesteg, Port Talbot and Swansea.

The company also urged passengers not use cash payments to buy tickets wherever possible, to “stop the spread” of coronavirus.

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Image captionMany bus operators are running a Saturday timetable

Stagecoach, which operates throughout south-east Wales, said a reduced timetable would operate until further notice but had been created to ensure “critical routes are maintained wherever possible”.

Nigel Winter, managing director, said the company was working to maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry in a “challenging” situation.

“We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work,” he added.

“Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.”

In north Wales, Arriva Bus is running an emergency service but will still operate key routes “to ensure customers can continue to access critical services”.

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Image captionOnly eight Cardiff Bus routes will continue as normal

Cardiff Bus is now following a Saturday timetable for most of its services across the capital with the exception of some services which are running normally. School buses will continue for eligible children.

All Newport Bus services are also now following a Saturday timetable in “these unprecedented times”, the company said.

It added: “We will maintain bus services for our customers for as long as we are able to.”

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How are trains affected?

Train operators across Britain will gradually reduce services following talks with the UK and Welsh governments.

However operators will still run core services to ensure key workers can get to their jobs and the flow of goods continues.

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Image captionBusy commuter lines will be prioritised

TfW said Sunday service times will be applied throughout the week though some additional services will operate to support busier commuter routes. 

“This timetable has been designed to be as resilient as possible, whilst ensuring we balance a reduction in demand, availability of our people and the need to support key workers such as health, food retailers and delivery teams,” it said.

The operator said advanced tickets were now eligible for refunds.

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Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) to support Businesses in South Wales…

THE Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) has today outlined its work supporting businesses in South Wales affected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The region is working with the Welsh and UK Governments to keep them updated on the current experiences of South Wales business, while working to ensure the region’s business are kept informed of the support available to them and how it can be accessed.

The Covid-19 (coronavirus) disease has caused huge disruption to many businesses for the foreseeable future and with this comes the uncertainty of how they will cope.

During this time, the CCR wants to ensure that all messages for business support from the Welsh Government and UK Government are being properly communicated and will be cascading all relevant information through its channels for the benefit of the region’s businesses. It will also be working very closely with the CCR Economic Growth Partnership to consider targeted interventions from our investment fund to support companies in our region and fill in any gaps or intervene where more tailored packages of support are necessary. This will complement not duplicate Welsh Government and UK Government interventions.

Kellie Beirne, Director of the CCR City Deal, said: “For many people and businesses across Wales, this is a very uncertain time and the coming weeks and months will present a huge challenge to us as individuals, communities and businesses.

“Many businesses and sole traders will find it extremely difficult to navigate through the weeks and months ahead without coming under severe financial pressure.

“Many sectors will also be taking a hit as customers are advised to stay away with social distancing and self-isolation. This is why it is imperative we do all that we can do to help and support each other, which is why we must communicate the business support that is coming through Welsh Government and UK Government to ensure businesses in Wales know what is available to them and how to better plan for the next few months.

“We are constantly listening and ensuring our communities are kept up to date with the latest information as it happens, and in turn, we are speaking to key organisations such as the Welsh and UK Governments to ensure that understand the issues businesses in South Wales are facing. We will also be proactively supporting our Local authorities who’s rightful priority right now must be saving lives and protection of the vulnerable.

“The CCR fully supports the help the two Governments have pledged to date. Today we are expecting a further announcement from the Chancellor with regard to a salary support scheme. It is our intention to keep cascading what these announcements mean for business, and how those companies can access that support.”

Cardiff Capital Region is working on making sure it’s as clear as possible to businesses how they can access these support schemes that are being put in place, and will be communicating this information to businesses through their channels.

In addition, the CCR and FOR Cardiff has issued a survey to help understand and identify key frustrations businesses are facing and the requirements businesses need to overcome this period of uncertainty. Businesses can complete the survey HERE.

Kellie added: “The coronavirus pandemic is a test of the resilience of our communities. There are great traditions of mutual support and cooperation in our region that we can draw on. In Cardiff Capital Region, working together for the good of all is at the heart of what we’re about. Our ethos is that the region is not a success if the most in need are left behind.

“However, now more than ever is the time for entrepreneurship to come to the fore. We will need to pivot business models, diversify and innovate in order to survive in such turbulent times.

“While this time is uncertain for many, what is certain is that we must try to sustain our businesses and communities through the crisis and help them get back on their feet when the recovery comes. The work that we do as Cardiff Capital Region is all about providing the environment in which businesses can flourish, in every corner of our region.”

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Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) to support Businesses in South Wales…

THE Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) has today outlined its work supporting businesses in South Wales affected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The region is working with the Welsh and UK Governments to keep them updated on the current experiences of South Wales business, while working to ensure the region’s business are kept informed of the support available to them and how it can be accessed.

The Covid-19 (coronavirus) disease has caused huge disruption to many businesses for the foreseeable future and with this comes the uncertainty of how they will cope.

During this time, the CCR wants to ensure that all messages for business support from the Welsh Government and UK Government are being properly communicated and will be cascading all relevant information through its channels for the benefit of the region’s businesses. It will also be working very closely with the CCR Economic Growth Partnership to consider targeted interventions from our investment fund to support companies in our region and fill in any gaps or intervene where more tailored packages of support are necessary. This will complement not duplicate Welsh Government and UK Government interventions.

Kellie Beirne, Director of the CCR City Deal, said: “For many people and businesses across Wales, this is a very uncertain time and the coming weeks and months will present a huge challenge to us as individuals, communities and businesses.

“Many businesses and sole traders will find it extremely difficult to navigate through the weeks and months ahead without coming under severe financial pressure.

“Many sectors will also be taking a hit as customers are advised to stay away with social distancing and self-isolation. This is why it is imperative we do all that we can do to help and support each other, which is why we must communicate the business support that is coming through Welsh Government and UK Government to ensure businesses in Wales know what is available to them and how to better plan for the next few months.

“We are constantly listening and ensuring our communities are kept up to date with the latest information as it happens, and in turn, we are speaking to key organisations such as the Welsh and UK Governments to ensure that understand the issues businesses in South Wales are facing. We will also be proactively supporting our Local authorities who’s rightful priority right now must be saving lives and protection of the vulnerable.

“The CCR fully supports the help the two Governments have pledged to date. Today we are expecting a further announcement from the Chancellor with regard to a salary support scheme. It is our intention to keep cascading what these announcements mean for business, and how those companies can access that support.”

Cardiff Capital Region is working on making sure it’s as clear as possible to businesses how they can access these support schemes that are being put in place, and will be communicating this information to businesses through their channels.

In addition, the CCR and FOR Cardiff has issued a survey to help understand and identify key frustrations businesses are facing and the requirements businesses need to overcome this period of uncertainty. Businesses can complete the survey HERE.

Kellie added: “The coronavirus pandemic is a test of the resilience of our communities. There are great traditions of mutual support and cooperation in our region that we can draw on. In Cardiff Capital Region, working together for the good of all is at the heart of what we’re about. Our ethos is that the region is not a success if the most in need are left behind.

“However, now more than ever is the time for entrepreneurship to come to the fore. We will need to pivot business models, diversify and innovate in order to survive in such turbulent times.

“While this time is uncertain for many, what is certain is that we must try to sustain our businesses and communities through the crisis and help them get back on their feet when the recovery comes. The work that we do as Cardiff Capital Region is all about providing the environment in which businesses can flourish, in every corner of our region.”

For more on this article or other Wales 247 news please follow the link.

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My First Online Business Networking Event with Introbiz…

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Yesterday I took part in my first Online / Virtual Webinar based Networking Event, where Introbiz Business Network, innovated and adapted to switch their cancelled real world business networking event online, after their networking event in Cardiff, was one of the many event victims pulled, due to Coronavirus.

30 members of the Introbiz Business Network attended this first online / virtual networking event and the majority seemed happy and positive with the event and the way it was conducted.

The usual power networking format of everyone getting a few minutes to talk about their business was still followed online and the web system of choice for the virtual / online business networking event was the Zoom platform.

Other than a few technical issues here and there the event went well and was really useful for those in attendance to continue to network and build relationships even under the current self isolation restrictions.

Lessons will be learnt and the online / virtual events will get slicker, but all in all the event went really well.

As well as local South Wales members, the online networking event was also joined by wider network contacts and Entrepreneurs from further afield such as England, Ireland & Sweden and I’m sure the spread of networkers will continue to grow as this online networking event format gets repeated several times whilst Coronavirus Measures continue to strike the usual networking event format.

In addition to joining the Introbiz network for attending real world events, new virtual networking members from around the world can now join the Introbiz network and attend the online / virtual networking events for just £99 a year.

See https://www.introbiz.co.uk for more pictures from the event and details how to get involved.

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Wales Millennium Centre Closed until further notice – Welsh Business News…

Dear Supporter,

It is with great regret that we have closed Wales Millennium Centre until further notice, following the UK Government advice given on Monday 16 March. 

We hope you will agree that it is the right decision to put the safety of our staff, artists, volunteers and audiences first. This is a sad and uncertain time for all of us. 

The implications of this situation will be hard to manage and long-lasting. Our role is to be a home for the performing arts for our nation and we will be doing everything we can to support our staff and volunteers, artists and freelancers through this difficult situation. We are currently working on a way to support the talented and hardworking individuals who provide us with the joy that the performing arts bring. We want to be ready to bring back the uplifting performances and life-enhancing learning opportunities so many people value, as soon as is possible.

However, we are a charity. While we are grateful for the government funding we receive, more than 85% of our revenues come from ticket sales. So times ahead will be tough. We use all our profits to provide jobs for artists, opportunities for young people to learn about and work in the performing arts, and for communities to access, participate in, and celebrate the arts. If you wish to support the work we do, your help would be enormously appreciated.  You can donate here.

We are currently contacting all ticket holders with details of shows that have been postponed or cancelled to make refunds as required. Please bear with us whilst we work through this process.

The best sources of up-to-date information will now be our website and social media channels, which will be updated as and when further information emerges. 

Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

We wish the best to everyone in our community. Please stay safe and we will look forward to welcoming you back to Wales Millennium Centre in the near future.

Yours sincerely, 

Mat Milsom 

Managing Director,
Wales Millennium Centre

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Welsh News – Welfare Standards for Dogs, at Breeding Premises to be raised, says Welsh Minister…

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) has been published today.
The recommendations include a need for:

  • Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
  • A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
  • The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises

To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.

Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.

The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.

Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.

I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.

The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.

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Welsh News – Welfare Standards for Dogs, at Breeding Premises to be raised, says Welsh Minister…

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) has been published today.
The recommendations include a need for:

  • Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
  • A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
  • The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises

To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.

Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.

The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.

Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.

I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.

The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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

Welsh News – Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to see the vital work being undertaken to allow visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage.

During her visit to St David’s, the Deputy Minister was introduced to Park Authority staff and volunteers and held talks with Members and Officers of the National Park Authority, where they discussed a range of important issues including climate change, biodiversity, tourism and affordable housing.

The Deputy Minister also toured Oriel y Parc, an innovative gallery and visitor centre, operated in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, which interprets and brings to life the National Park’s landscape for its many visitors. She also visited St Justinian – and enjoyed a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which boasts a small harbour and the St David’s Lifeboat Station.

The Welsh Government has continued its commitment to ensuring Wales’ National Parks and their communities prosper and flourish, with close to £15m in funding recently approved in the 2020-21 Welsh Government budget. This will include close to £5m of new capital funding to help National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) respond to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and the impact of tourism.

During the visit the Deputy Minister highlighted the need for NPAs to continue supporting the Welsh Government’s efforts to achieve a carbon neutral public sector by 2030, while stimulating the significant economic, social and environmental benefit this can bring.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:

Our fantastic National Parks offer us access to some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. It was great to learn more about the work the team here in Pembrokeshire are doing, managing these landscapes for local communities and visitors alike.

Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are very special to the people of Wales and attract millions visitors each year.

The stunning landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, providing a wide range of recreational opportunities. They are also well placed to respond to some of our greatest challenges around the urgent need to reduce emissions and support nature recovery.

I am pleased to be providing additional funding for our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty next financial year to enable them to have an even greater impact in these areas.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries added: 

We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Minister to the Pembrokeshire Coast and provide an insight into all the work that goes into managing the National Park for local people and visitors alike, thanks to the continued support provided by the Welsh Government.

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Welsh News – Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to see the vital work being undertaken to allow visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage.

During her visit to St David’s, the Deputy Minister was introduced to Park Authority staff and volunteers and held talks with Members and Officers of the National Park Authority, where they discussed a range of important issues including climate change, biodiversity, tourism and affordable housing.

The Deputy Minister also toured Oriel y Parc, an innovative gallery and visitor centre, operated in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, which interprets and brings to life the National Park’s landscape for its many visitors. She also visited St Justinian – and enjoyed a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which boasts a small harbour and the St David’s Lifeboat Station.

The Welsh Government has continued its commitment to ensuring Wales’ National Parks and their communities prosper and flourish, with close to £15m in funding recently approved in the 2020-21 Welsh Government budget. This will include close to £5m of new capital funding to help National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) respond to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and the impact of tourism.

During the visit the Deputy Minister highlighted the need for NPAs to continue supporting the Welsh Government’s efforts to achieve a carbon neutral public sector by 2030, while stimulating the significant economic, social and environmental benefit this can bring.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:

Our fantastic National Parks offer us access to some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. It was great to learn more about the work the team here in Pembrokeshire are doing, managing these landscapes for local communities and visitors alike.

Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are very special to the people of Wales and attract millions visitors each year.

The stunning landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, providing a wide range of recreational opportunities. They are also well placed to respond to some of our greatest challenges around the urgent need to reduce emissions and support nature recovery.

I am pleased to be providing additional funding for our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty next financial year to enable them to have an even greater impact in these areas.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries added: 

We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Minister to the Pembrokeshire Coast and provide an insight into all the work that goes into managing the National Park for local people and visitors alike, thanks to the continued support provided by the Welsh Government.

For more Wales, Welsh News, Welsh Business News or Welsh Government News, please follow the links.

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Welsh Government Partner With Keep Wales Tidy To Provide Nature Starter Packs for Nature Community in Wales

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The Welsh Government has launched a major new scheme which aims to empower communities to bring nature ‘to your doorstep’ and help halt and reverse the decline in nature.

In partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, over 800 pre-paid ‘Starter packages’ are being made available to communities across Wales. The packages include items like native plants and seeds, peat-free compost, tools and even bug and bee hotels.DAFFODILS

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Starter packages will include all materials needed to create a community nature area, guidance on how to install it and Keep Wales Tidy officer time to provide advice and support.

Read more or click here to access the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information.

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Natural Resources Bulletin From Welsh Government…

 
 

 

1. Launch of exciting new initiative to boost nature ‘on your doorstep’

2. Young people with a passion for protecting the planet come together for climate conference

3. Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

4. Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

5. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

6. Update on the Fish Export Service

7. Update on regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales  

8. Applications now open for UK Seafood Innovation Fund

9. February highlights – Our top news stories

10. Scheme windows

11. Consultations

Launch of exciting new initiative to boost nature ‘on your doorstep’

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The Welsh Government has launched a major new scheme which aims to empower communities to bring nature ‘to your doorstep’ and help halt and reverse the decline in nature.

In partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, over 800 pre-paid ‘Starter packages’ are being made available to communities across Wales.  The packages include items like native plants and seeds, peat-free compost, tools and even bug and bee hotels.

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Starter packages will include all materials needed to create a community nature area, guidance on how to install it and Keep Wales Tidy officer time to provide advice and support.

Read more or click here to access the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information

Young people with a passion for protecting the planet come together for climate conference

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Young people came together to make a pledge to join the Welsh Government in its response to the climate emergency.

The conference built on the success of last year’s first Climate Change Wales Conference, bringing together young people with a passion for protecting our planet. Read more

Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

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Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to see the vital work being undertaken to allow visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage. Read more

Lesley Griffiths commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises

A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Read more

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The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

EU Day

We are now in a transition period; during this time, the way you do business with the EU will not change.

However, you will need to prepare and make changes to continue to do business at the end of the transition period.

You will find all the information you need on the Preparing Wales website.

Update on the Fish Export Service

The Fish Export Service was taken offline on 21 January 2020 as it is not required during the implementation period, which started when the UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January, and ends on 31 December 2020.

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The service was originally developed to produce Catch Certificates, Processing Statements and Storage Documents to enable export of fishery products to the EU in the event of a no deal exit.

However, while the future partnership with the EU is negotiated, trading arrangements with the EU during the implementation period will continue as they were prior to exit. Read more

Update to regulations on oil storage tanks in Wales

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The final stage of our Oil Storage Regulations come into force on

15 March 2020. The regulations to protect the environment and properties as a result of spills from oil storage containers came into force in Wales from 15 March 2016 and will be extended to all tanks from 15 March 2020.

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UK Seafood Innovation Fund

Applications Now Open! 

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for its second open call, with funding pots of up to £50k for scoping studies and up to £250k for full R&D projects available.

SEAFOOD

With 27 projects funded in 2019, including initiatives using robotics, AI, fishing gear innovations, biomedical advances and more, the fund is now seeking a new tranche of applicants with plans to transform the future landscape for seafood supply. The fund encourages bids from experts in the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing sectors.

Visit http://www.seafoodinnovation.fund to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

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February highlights – Our top news stories

zerowaste

Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales

The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales. Read more

COWS

Minister welcomes additional funding to promote Welsh red meat

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed confirmation the Britain-wide Red Meat Levy Ring-fenced Fund will increase from £2million to £3.5million next year, after agreement was reached between the Red Meat Levy boards in Wales, Scotland and England. 

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Mark Drakeford

First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme

A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

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Scheme windows

Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

The Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF) is an investment fund for projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality products.

Farm Business Grant

The 7th expression of interest window for the Farm Business Grant (FBG) opened on 2 March 2020.

Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) Scheme

Expression of Interest Window now open until 13 March 2020

Consultations

Circular economy strategy

Air quality and soundscape: review of TAN 11 

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs

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Welsh Property News – Cardiff & Wales Rental values over the last 12 months…

Welsh Property News – Cardiff & Wales Rental values over the last 12 months…

Over the last 12 months, the average rent achieved for properties let in Cardiff was £755 per month.

This is a +4% change on the previous 12 month period.

52% of properties let in the past 12 months were flats, achieving an average rental value of £691 per month.

— Read on mikearmstrong.me/cardiff-wales-rental-values-over-the-last-12-months/

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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Business Wales Support for Business Women in Wales…

Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Business Wales Support for Business Women in Wales…

The Welsh Government recognises and supports the importance and contribution that women entrepreneurs make to the economy of Wales, however, there is more to do to continue this journey and further develop the representation of women owned businesses in Wales.

The Business Wales service has therefore renewed its commitment to support and encourage more women to successfully start, sustain or grow a business in Wales and for them to reach their full potential.
 
Alongside the Welsh Government a significant number of other organisations share this commitment and have joined in the development of a gender aware approach in Wales to encourage and better tailor their support to women entrepreneurs. 

This approach has been shaped by an expert panel (the Panel) consisting of representatives from businesses, banks, business support organisations and academia backed by consultation with established or prospective business women & female entrepreneurs in Wales.

The approach sets out a common vision to supporting business and entrepreneurial women in Wales and is supplemented by a ‘Good Practice Guide’ that outlines how business support organisations can better tailor their services to meet the needs of business women or female entrepreneurs. 

The Panel has made ten recommendations that build on the current strengths of business support services in Wales and aim to create a structure which the broader business support community can identify with and adopt.

The Welsh Government will take forward the recommendations of the Panel to further develop our support for entrepreneurial women through our business Wales service by producing a detailed action plan.

However, Business Wales cannot do it alone and actively encourage other support organisations to join in the journey and adopt the approach set out, in part or whole, and follow the principles of the Good Practice Guide.

 

Getting involved: Supporting organisations – make a difference 

The Welsh Government and supporting partners are keen to talk to any organisation that deliver business support in Wales and are willing to become actively involved in supporting women in starting, sustaining or growing their business.

There are many ways in which organisations can become involved:

• implementing the associated ‘Good Practice Guide’ 

• making a commitment on the Business Wales or Be the Spark website to showcase what you currently do, and what you are going to do to improve support for women entrepreneurs

• joining in the conversation on #businesswomenwales

• spreading the word and encouraging others to take part

To commit your support please contact Business Wales here.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Women in Wales: An Approach for Wales, click here.

For a Good Practice Guide for business support organisations please click here.

For the Business Wales Action Plan response to recommendations, please click here.

Mentoring    

In a survey undertaken by the University of South Wales (USW) one of the most valued support for women either starting or sustaining their business is access to business mentors as experienced and informal sources of guidance in addition to business advisors. Business Wales has over 500 mentors, of which 38% are women, available as part of its service that are ready to help you on your journey to start, sustain or grow your business, and if you would prefer a woman mentor just ask. 

Click here for more information on finding a business mentor or becoming a mentor yourself. 

Other organisations that provide business mentoring support: 

• Princes Trust if you are aged 18-30   

• Prime Cymru if you are aged 50 or over

Incubation Units/Co-working locations and business hubs

There are a number of business start-up units and working spaces (incubator units) across Wales that are great opportunities to start or grow your business with other businesses that are in the same situation, possibly facing the same challenges as yourself. These incubator units deliver packages of support to help your business and yourself. 

Please click here for more information on incubator units in Wales. 
 

Financial Support In Wales

There are a number of finance options available when starting or growing a business, below are some links that may help shape your decision:

• Finding Finance (Business Wales)

• Development Bank of Wales

— Read on mikearmstrong.me/business-wales-support-for-business-women-in-wales/

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This weeks Cardiff, United Kingdom Networking Events via Eventbrite

What's on in the UK

What's on in the UK

Looking for networking events in Cardiff? 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 more on www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–cardiff/networking–next-week/

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What’s On Cardiff Still to go for March – Things to do in Cardiff / Cardiff Events / Visit Cardiff…

Pleas find a lost of What’s On Cardiff Events for March as per the Visit Cardiff Website!

Things to do in Cardiff / Things to do in Cardiff for March:

Check to see if Events are still happening due to Coronavirus first.

Here’s your guide for all upcoming Cardiff events and things to do, including live music, gigs, sport, theatre, comedy, festivals, family fun and more! Use our handy calendar to see What’s On in Cardiff today, tonight, this weekend or this week.

LIST YOUR EVENTS HERE

For more What’s On Cardiff / Things To Do In Cardiff / Cardiff Events from Visit Cardiff, please follow the link.

For more What’s On Cardiff, Cardiff Events & Things to do in Cardiff from our site or the Things to do in Cardiff Directory, please follow the relevant link.

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

Cardiff & Wales Rental values over the last 12 months…

Over the last 12 months, the average rent achieved for properties let in Cardiff was £755 per month.

This is a +4% change on the previous 12 month period.

52% of properties let in the past 12 months were flats, achieving an average rental value of £691 per month.

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

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— Read more on mikearmstrong.me/find-things-to-do-in-cardiff-on-the-things-to-do-in-cardiff-directory-website/

WelshBiz Blog featuring Welsh Business News

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— Read on mikearmstrong.me/upcoming-business-networking-events-in-wales/

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— Read on mikearmstrong.me/wales-blog/

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What it’s like to watch your business float away – Storm News from Wales Online ⛈📰🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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WelshBiz Blog featuring Welsh Business News

Upcoming Business Events in Wales as per the Business News Wales Website 💼📰🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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— Read on mikearmstrong.me/upcoming-business-events-in-wales-as-per-the-business-news-wales-website-💼📰🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿/

WelshBiz Blog featuring Welsh Business News

Cardiff Conference Bureau set to attract more events to Wales

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http://mikearmstrong.me/cardiff-conference-bureau-set-to-attract-more-events-to-wales/

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