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Wales businesses which have come and gone in 2019 – BBC News
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Welsh bathroom showroom The Tap End saw co-creator win Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018, and now in 2019 Justine Bullock is a finalist at the prestigious Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.
Established in 2017 the Pontyclun based showroom is run by co-creators Justine Bullock and Lynda Rees.
“The award is a prestigious national award and Justine will be up against two long established London based companies. The fact that the other nominees are from London design practices means a lot to us, because it reaffirms to us that a Welsh showroom like ours can compete in the high-end luxury arena.” Lynda Rees commented on the nomination for her partner.
The award ceremony itself will take place in October at the prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms, London and is hosted by Designer KB Magazine, the leading authority in Kitchen and Bathroom design since 2000.
“Being a finalist for a design award of this calibre means an awful lot to me.” Says Justine. “At 32 and having been in the bathroom industry since my early 20’s, I am still fiercely passionate about what I do, and I am excited to see what the future holds for my company The Tap End. Awards like this shows the industry, and clients, that Wales has a lot to offer when it comes to creativity, and business.”
Carrying brands including Laufen, Hansgrohe, AXOR, Cosmic, BC Designs and Majestic the South Wales based bathroom showroom has already made a name for themselves for their design work in private domestic properties in and around the South Wales area. They also have clients as far reaching as London, Wigan and Brecon proving that distance isn’t an issue for this Welsh roots brand.
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How uddr Helps Local Welsh Businesses
UDDR , 8TH OCTOBER 2019
Uddr is an innovative and easy to use mobile app which provides a cost-effective marketing solution for businesses looking for new customers in their local area.
Established in Pontypool, uddr’s mission is to bridge the technology gap to make to supporting local businesses faster, easier and more user-friendly.
Via the free to download app, customers enter their postcode to find a range of products and services available in their area, with partners listed under easy to browse categories. Once the required product/service and supplier has been selected, the customer can select a date and time to book and pay securely within the app for fixed price services. For those businesses that require a quotation or consultation, customers can contact them directly via the integrated WhatsApp feature, enabling image sharing, instant messaging or calling if required.
David Smith, Co-founder of uddr, explains:
“In such a digital-driven world, customers expect to be able to purchase products or services without leaving their homes and now even expect to receive quick answers to their questions without even making a phone call. Uddr allows those businesses, who may not have the resources to create their own mobile app and booking systems, to take advantage of this technology in a cost-effective way.”
Any business can become an uddr partner and existing categories include; Tradespeople, Legal Services, Cleaning, Business Services, Beauty & Aesthetics, Food & Drink and Financial Services to name just a few. Charity organisations can also feature on uddr and will be given their listing free of charge.
Get in touch to find out how your business or organisation can benefit from becoming an uddr partner. Find out more at http://www.uddr.co.uk.
— Read more about Uddr on businessnewswales.com/how-uddr-helps-local-welsh-businesses/
Business Council Welcomes Giants Of Welsh Housing And Care Sector To Membership
By Rhys Gregory On Oct 10, 2019 0 Comments
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GIANTS of the housing and care sectors have joined a regional Business Council.
Care Forum Wales and social landlord ClwydAlyn are new members of North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council.
The cross-border organisation, whose members include the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), North Wales Tourism, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce and Wrexham Business Professionals, works with the public sector on regional economic development.
As an active member of North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB), the Business Council has worked hand in hand with local authorities on the £1bn North Wales Growth Deal, which the NWEAB is developing and delivering in partnership with the UK and Welsh Governments.
Chair Ashley Rogers said having two of the region’s most respected groups on board will add value, given their presence in local communities and positive influence on the region’s economy.
“It is a privilege to welcome ClwydAlyn and Care Forum Wales to our regional Business Council,” said Mr Rogers.
“These sectors provide essential support to our local communities and have a substantial positive impact on employment and our regional economy.”
He added: “Health and social care businesses and housing associations are vital to a prosperous, sustainable economy and the wellbeing of our communities.
“We look forward to working with them for the benefit of our region across all sectors.”
ClwydAlyn, based in St Asaph, will be representing all six housing associations in North Wales.
Their combined new-build housing programme is worth £100m, and the group believes joining the Business Council will give them an opportunity to collaborate with more private and public sector partners in the region.
“ClwydAlyn is delighted to become a member of the of North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council and to be able to represent the views of the six housing associations in North Wales,” said Group Chief Executive, Clare Budden.
“As social businesses with a combined annual turnover of £65m and employing more than 1,800 people across the region, we are committed to maximising the Welsh pound and welcome the opportunity the network provides to build our relationships with local suppliers and service providers.”
Wrexham-based Care Forum Wales supports more than 450 care providers across Wales. The industry contributes £2bn to the Welsh economy every year, employing 83,400 people.
Chief Executive Mary Wimbury said they are delighted to become members of the Business Council and work alongside pioneering leaders and industry heavyweights across a wide range of arenas.
She added: “With Welsh Government’s economic strategy identifying care as a key component of the foundational economy it’s important for us to build our links with other key sectors of the economy.”
— Read more on wales247.co.uk/business-council-welcomes-giants-of-welsh-housing-and-care-sector-to-membership/
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A Newtown-based groundworks and civil engineering business has been crowned the 2019 Powys Business of the Year. Organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, Powys Business Awards showcase business excellence across the county. Awards host was Andrew Price, presenter of ITV Wales’ Coast and Country series and entertainment was provided by the Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division.
EvaBuild Ltd collected the award, sponsored by Powys County Council, at the annual Powys Business Awards dinner held at Dering Lines, Brecon where the company also collected the Investing in People Award, sponsored by PCI Pharma Services.
The company is no stranger to success at the Powys Business Awards, having won the Start-up Business Award in 2013, the Small Business Award in 2017 and the Entrepreneurship Award last year.
Formed in 2011, EvaBuild now has an annual turnover of £7.3 million and achieved Investors in People Standard accreditation this summer.
Consistent investment in staff training and development over the past seven years has helped EvaBuild to achieve sustainable success, which enhances the company’s reputation within the modular construction industry.
— Read more on businessnewswales.com/powys-business-awards-winners-announced/
New Brighton’s Welsh name Pentre Cythraul ‘should be recognised’ – BBC News
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Welsh food and drink producers have travelled to Cologne in Germany this week to attend one of the world’s largest trade fairs for food and drink despite the uncertainty and challenge of Brexit.
Supported by the Welsh Government, eight Welsh companies will be attending Anuga 2019 under the Cymru/Wales banner, all looking to reach new export markets.
Commenting ahead of the trade exhibition, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths believes that it is important for Welsh food and drink to be seen on a worldwide platform, she said:
“We have set out our plans to develop the global reputation of Wales as a Food Nation. We are proud, therefore, to be supporting a strong Welsh delegation at this important global trade event, reaffirming our commitment to raising our international profile and supporting our businesses to sell their quality food and drink to the world.”
Companies exhibiting at Anuga include Ty Nant Spring Water, 9Brand Foods, Calbee Group UK Ltd, Plas Farm Ltd and Mornflake, with representation also from Evan-Evans Group Ltd, Sabor de Amor and Gut Instinct. Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will also have a prominent presence at the event and will be looking to continue the growth of the profile of PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef in Germany and nearby countries.
— Read more on businessnewswales.com/welsh-food-and-drink-to-take-centre-stage-at-worlds-largest-food-fair/
As the Welsh rugby team prepare for their next game in the Rugby World Cup one well known Welsh brewer is already savouring success in Japan. Wrexham Lager has been inundated with orders and it’s having to brew additional stock to keep up with demand.
The Japanese orders came about as a result of the Welsh Government-led BlasCymru/TasteWales event held earlier this year in Newport that saw food distributors and wholesalers from all over the world come to Wales to meet with leading Welsh food and drink producers.
— Read on businessnewswales.com/a-great-result-for-welsh-exports-in-japan/
Eight exceptional social businesses have been recognised at this year’s Social Business Wales Awards 2019
A sustainable building project tackling poverty, a community energy charity and a school partnership enterprise were amongst the winners that took home a coveted sector award, presented by Wynne Evans at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
The Social Business Wales Awards recognise the excellence of social enterprises, co-operatives and employee-owned businesses in Wales. There are currently 2,022 social businesses across the country that contribute an estimated £3.18bn to Wales’ economy.
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Mid Wales cracker company, Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits, is celebrating after attaining the all-important SALSA accreditation, with the support of the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Wales.
Cradoc’s received help from the Welsh Government and EU-funded Project HELIX, a pan-Wales strategic initiative delivered by Food Innovation Wales, which is a partnership of three food centres based in North, Mid/West and South Wales. The SALSA accreditation demonstrates that approved suppliers are operating to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry, and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.
Based in Brecon, Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits began in 2008 with a strong focus on baking of the highest quality. But after recently winning the Welsh Food and Drink Innovation Den prize of £10,000 worth of media support and a listing with CH&CO Group, a food wholesaler, there was a requirement to obtain the SALSA accreditation.
Allie Thomas owner of Cradoc’s said, “Growth in our business has led us to acquire new premises this year and the accreditation was a vital part of our relocation. Our business adviser made us aware that there was mentoring support available from the Welsh Government through Project HELIX to help us achieve the accreditation and that was the start of the journey.
“We were given a Food Innovation Wales mentor to help us identify the gaps in our current HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) and put a plan together to develop a workable system and build our growing business around SALSA.
“Our mentor Jackie Evans also became part of our team. As a Food Technologist she has all the knowledge and ability to work with companies beginning their journey or upgrading it. Thanks to her support we were able to create a secure and reliable system.”
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The Welsh Government, through Project HELIX and Food Innovation Wales’s ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University, supported the cost of the mentor, from start to finish, over a period of nine months.
Allie Thomas added,
“It is excellent news for us on receiving the accreditation as we will now satisfy major food suppliers like Castell Howell, CH&CO, BaxterStorey and Elior, who serve some of the largest food consumers in the UK.
“We very much look forward to the difference this will make to our distribution.”
Commenting on Cradoc’s success, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said:
“Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits is an excellent SME business, with genuine drive and ambition. They have proven themselves in the food sector and will continue to build on this achievement.
“The potential to build momentum in the food sector with the right support is clear. They will be able to work with their target food wholesalers and aim to grow as a result of all this hard work.
“Cradoc’s is a wonderful example of our ambition to further develop the Welsh food and drink industry through working collaboratively within the sector in order to grow businesses’ scale, value and productivity, through targeted investment, support, innovation and co-operative activity.”
— Read more on wales247.co.uk/cracking-news-for-welsh-food-company/
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