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Genpower clean house at the 2016 business awards

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Untitled-32016 SAW the year that Genpower received the recognition it has strived for at Radio Pembrokeshire’s Business Awards at Milford Haven Marina on Thursday (Jul 21). Genpower secured the Business Growth Award sponsored by Evens & Co Accountants and followed that up with the Outstanding Business Award which is chosen by a panel of judges out of the winners of each individual category.

Genpower Ltd will be celebrating 10 years of business in September after being founded in 2006 by husband and wife Roland and Lisa Llewellin. The business has continued to grow ever since and in 2011 reached an agreement with Hyundai to distribute their power equipment range including generators, garden machinery, pressure washers and tools.  In November 2015 they were named in the Fast Growth 50 list for the second consecutive year as well as ranking in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and attending the award ceremony at Sir Richard Branson’s house in Oxfordshire.

Genpower, operating from their 120,000 sq ft distribution centre in Pembroke Dock currently employ 50 people and supply Hyundai Power Equipment through a nationwide dealer network.

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Local candidates for the General Election have been confirmed

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THE CANDIDATES for the Pembrokeshire constituencies for the 2019 General Election have now been confirmed, Pembrokeshire County Council has said.

Acting Returning Officer Ian Westley, the Chief Executive of the council today published the lists of those standing.

In the Preseli constituency the following candidates were announced:

Stephen Crabb, Welsh Conservative Party

Thomas Hughes, Welsh Liberal Democrats

Philippa Thompson, Welsh Labour

Chris Tomos, Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales

In the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency the following candidates were announced:

Alistair Cameron, Welsh Liberal Democrats

Simon Hart, Welsh Conservative Party

Glandville Thomas, Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales

Marc Tierney, Welsh Labour

 

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How the Lottery has helped Pembrokeshire

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AS THE NATIONAL LOTTERY celebrates its 25th Birthday next week, charities and community groups in Pembrokeshire are marking the incredible impact of the £63 million awarded to more than 2,400 good causes in the area over the last quarter of a century.
The National Lottery‘s first draw took place on 19 November 1994 and the 25th Birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had on good causes in Pembrokeshire – large and small – in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.
Whether it’s funding for large iconic projects and landmarks; small community projects which make a big difference; producing the most amazing films; or supporting grassroots sports clubs – it’s thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £6.4 million each month for good causes in Wales, that brilliant projects which support our communities and make a vital and sustained contribution to our national life are possible.
A wide variety of other local projects in Pembrokeshire have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years, including:

  • £4.8 million towards modernising and redeveloping the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven – a vibrant centre for the arts;
  • £2 million to Revitalise, renovate and conserve historic properties in Haverfordwest town’s conservation area so they can become more attractive and commercially viable; and
  • £427,000 to build Haverfordwest Skatepark – a free to access outdoor skateboarding, skating and biking facility in the town which opened in 2013. Wales and Pembrokeshire’s own World Champion wheelchair sports superstar, Lily Rice, can often be seen practicing her tricks here.

70% of all National Lottery grants however have been for small amounts worth up to £10,000, bringing benefits to communities far and wide. These include:

  • £10,000 for Pembrokeshire based The DPJ foundation in 2016 to launch and raise awareness of Share the Load – a 24/7 telephone and counselling service for people with mental health problems in rural communities. The charity was established by 31-year-old Emma Picton-Jones, whose 34-year-old husband, Daniel Picton-Jones, an agricultural contractor, tragically took his own life in 2016 after battling with depression and anxiety;
  • £4,885 for the Fishguard Unit 142 of the Sea Cadet Corps to create an IT suite which will benefit the cadets and the wider community; and
  • £1,500 for Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club to purchase new equipment and coaching training.

In the last 25 years, more than £166 million of National Lottery funding has been invested to 17,300 grassroots sports projects in Wales – creating opportunities for everyone to get fit and improve their lives through sport. The National Lottery has also helped develop some of Wales’ most successful and recognisable athletes to thrive. Those currently reaping the rewards from the National Lottery funded World Class Programme include 30-year-old Matt Bush from Neyland who became the first British man to claim a title at the World Para-taekwondo championships in Turkey this year. The World Class Programme affords athletes coaching, training, and competition support, medical, technology and scientific services. Matt, who stands at 6ft 5in is joined by Welsh Taekwondo star Jade Jones on the programme and has his sights firmly set on representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Highlighting the impact of the National Lottery in Wales over the last 25 years, Nick Capaldi, Chair of The Wales National Lottery Forum and the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, said: “For 25 years, The National Lottery has been creating possibilities and making us proud of our communities whilst protecting the things we’re most passionate about in Wales. Without the funding, many of our most loved and iconic landmarks wouldn’t exist and many charities wouldn’t be changing lives to the scale they are now. The 25th Birthday is a time to recognise and reflect on the momentous and positive impact the National Lottery has had on the lives of people in communities throughout Wales.”

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TV restoration show searching for local sheds in Pembrokeshire

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POPULAR Channel 4 restoration show Find It, Fix It, Flog It is looking for local sheds across Pembrokeshire.

The series follows presenters Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien as they search for unique and unusual items in people’s sheds to restore and sell at a profit for their owners.

They want to hear from anyone in Pembrokeshire with sheds, garages, lock-ups, barns, outhouses or even shipping containers filled with old and interesting things to rummage through.

Automotive and vintage machinery specialist Henry and upcycling expert Simon are careful not to reveal the location of any sheds featured in the programme.

From the creators of Shed & Buried and Junk & Disorderly, the upcoming series of Find It, Fix It, Flog It will start filming in March 2020.

If you or someone you know has a fantastic assortment of vintage memorabilia, an incredible automotive collection, a pile of furniture waiting to be restored or just needs a good old-fashioned clear out, email: info@hcaentertainment.com for more information.

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