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Businesses encouraged to talk to Port’s experts

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BUSINESSES at Milford Dock are benefitting from modernised bespoke premises thanks to a collaborative approach by the Port of Milford Haven’s property division Quayside havenfuelEstates, the Port Authority has said.
The company has worked closely with three businesses in particular over recent months to ensure the buildings they occupied were adapted to meet their specific needs, resulting in considerable commercial success.
Haven Fuels, part of the Certas Energy group; restaurant Halen Mor; and licensed coffee house and restaurant FOAM all required new premises and it was the team at Quayside Estates who set to work assessing their individual requirements and producing solutions for their diverse businesses.
Haven Fuels relocated from a porta cabin that they had worked from for 17 years to The Old Sail Loft – a listed building which demanded careful planning to create a suitable office environment. Dave Tully from Haven Fuels is pleased with their new premises commenting “This building is better for our customers as well as our staff, it’s more spacious and the conditions are far more comfortable to work in”.
Meanwhile at Milford Marina there has been close co-operation between one of Wales’ leading seafood chefs Adam Birch and Quayside Estates which led to the opening of Halen Mor- a hugely successful restaurant.
Estates Manager at the Port Clare Stowell believes food outlets like this are exactly what Milford Haven needs. “This is Wales’ biggest fishing port. One of the aims of our Master Plan is to showcase this fact to the wider public. We really wanted a restaurant capable of showing off the best of what is landed here and that is what Halen Mor is doing and we are proud to be working with them.”
In June, FOAM (Milford Haven) Limited opened its doors in a newly converted space in Barrallier House on the marina. With both the initial and ongoing support of the Quayside Estates team, significant internal and external renovations and improvements were undertaken.
The team at FOAM said “Due to a close and focused working relationship between the FOAM Management and Quayside Estates teams, all was achieved within the project timeline producing a real ‘gem’ for visitors to the marina, with particular attention and praise being commented on internal contemporary decor and the seaward terrace overlooking Milford Beach and the Haven Waterway.”
Estates Director Jeff Teague, who is leading the Milford Dock Master Plan, points to these success stories as proof that collaboration early on between potential customers and the Port can benefit everyone.
“Naturally, we have a wish list of the types of businesses we want to see here,” explains Jeff. “These are ones that complement the exciting plans we have for Milford Dock as laid out in the Master Plan. The marina is full of quality businesses and in time, subject to planning permission, there will be more and more opportunities for a wide range of retail and food outlets to base themselves in a bustling waterside location. We’d encourage anyone interested in joining us to achieve our vision to get in touch.”
The Port of Milford Haven submitted an outline planning application to Pembrokeshire County Council for its £70 million Master Plan in May 2014 and is hopeful that it will be approved at the planning committee meeting next month. The aim is to create additional quality leisure and entertainment attractions for residents and visitors to Pembrokeshire, and to provide first class facilities for the marine-leisure and fishing industries. For more information please contact Jeff Teague on 01646 696100 or email jeff.teague@mhpa.co.uk.

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Freeport status ‘key’ to unlocking potential

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FREEPORT status for Pembroke Port could unlock a multitude of employment and economic opportunities for the local area.

That’s the belief of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Senedd candidate Samuel Kurtz.

While freeports are a Westminster policy, the Welsh Government are involved in the process but they have been far from enthusiastic over its potential benefits. 

Commenting, Cllr Samuel Kurtz said: “Freeport status for Pembroke Port would turbo charge the recovery of the local economy, helping to boost employment opportunities for people in Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and the local area.
“That fact that the Labour government in Cardiff have sat on their hands over freeports, while England has already announced its freeport locations, shows the party has little regard for helping the economy recover and grow. 
“This is a key policy that shouldn’t be overlooked simply because of party politics. Recovering from the effects of the pandemic needs collaborative work between Cardiff, London and local authorities.”  

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Port of Milford Haven confirms compliance with National Marine Safety Code

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THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVEN has confirmed its compliance with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).

The confirmation comes following an audit by leading maritime consultants ABPmer.

The Port Marine Safety Code is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities. The Code and its accompanying guidance provide an essential toolbox to ensure the control of risk and the maintenance of safety in ports and in the marine environment.

Port of Milford Haven’s Harbourmaster and Marine Director Mike Ryan is proud of the Port’s continued compliance with the Code.

“This is further endorsement and confirmation of everyone’s commitment here at the Port of Milford Haven to providing a safe operation for all port users,” said Mike.

Monty Smedley, ABPmer’s Lead PMSC Auditor, who conducted the audit, said: “I am very pleased to confirm to the Port of Milford Haven’s Board that their harbour operations demonstrated compliance with the requirements of the Code, with many examples that we considered to be industry best practice.”

The MCA’s Ports and VTS Policy Manager, James Hannon, who leads PMSC compliance for the UK government said: “The Code is recognised across the industry and has been developed in partnership by the UK government and industry over the last two decades. The resources set out how ports can assess risks, design safety management systems, and also install governance processes to ensure that a Designated Person is able to evaluate controls and report directly to port duty holders and boards.”

The Port of Milford Haven’s Board formally declares its compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code to the MCA every three years.

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Pembrokeshire business encourages others to take advantage of free courses

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IN LIGHT of the recent Welsh Government announcement on the re-opening of the Welsh tourism sector, Wales. A Food Destination is running a number of masterclass sessions tailored for the hospitality sector.

Wales. A Food Destination is a project which specialises in supporting retail and hospitality businesses to source, serve and sell Welsh food and drink through cafes, restaurants, shops, farmers markets, food festivals, B&B’s and tourist attractions.

Throughout April virtual workshop sessions will take place, covering a variety of areas such as local food and drink pairing, breakfast menu inspiration, how to offer the best customer experience possible, through to creating an authentic local eating experience, with a particular focus on sourcing local ingredients.

According to Laura Alexander, co-coordinator for Wales. A Food Destination, the aim is to give a helping hand to those in the sector looking to source, serve and sell Welsh food in a post Covid world,

“It is great that we are able to offer such a diverse range of training opportunities to hospitality businesses in Wales as the sector prepares to re-open. We know that a lot of businesses have been closed for a long time now, and are looking forward to re-opening and refreshing what they have to offer. We are keen to support them with opportunities for learning.

“The masterclass sessions will hopefully assist businesses in recognising how our first rate produce can make their offer even more attractive and help in boosting the sector at such a crucial time.”

One business who have benefitted from attending one of the recent workshops is Melin Tregwynt, based in Haverfordwest.

“It was great to take the time to look at what we can do to prepare for whatever re-opening throws our way this year. Also to be able to access such a brilliant resource of recipes, information and ideas. Thank you to all involved in delivering these courses.”

The good news is that all courses are delivered virtually and are fully funded for any business who sources, serves and sells Welsh food.

For a full list of courses available, please visit https://www.foodskills.cymru/wales-a-food-destination/events/

Wales. A Food Destination project offers fully funded one-to-one consultations, so if you are a retail and hospitality business and are looking for support or advice then please contact Laura Alexander at wales@lantra.co.uk.

Wales. A Food Destination is a project funded by the Welsh Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Its aim is to support businesses source, serve and sell Welsh Food & Drink.

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