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Swallow Boats nets £200k for growth

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swallowboatsA CARDIGAN-BASED boat builder has expanded its operations and workforce after securing a sixfigure investment from Barclays. 

Swallow Boats received £200,000 to support its expansion, allowing it to hire additional staff and construct a new workshop. The business has created four staff and expects to recruit a further four employees in the next year. Matt Newland, director of Swallow Boats, said: “We faced a number of challenges during the downturn, as we provide a luxury product, but we still continued to increase turnover every year as we maintained our strong marketing strategy and with interest rates so low many clients chose to invest in a luxury item they could enjoy. The business also hopes the new workshop will support a surge in demand following the launch of its new model, the Bay Cruiser 25, at the Southampton Boat Show in September. Newland added: “We recognise the importance of traditional boat building but also embrace the latest technology as we are planning to further invest in computer-controlled machinery. We also have plans to diversify into the powerboat market next year ensuring we have both a more diversified product base and income stream.” Justin Rowland, Barclays business manager, said: “Matt is a great example of an entrepreneur using their experience, contacts and skills to develop a successful business.” Swallow Boats was formed in 2005 and employs 13 staff. The company exports its vessels – which are worth up to £70,000 – to America, Japan and Australia as well supplying customers around the UK.

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Air Link Wales now flying from Haverfordwest

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AVIATION company Flitestar Private Air have launched their new Air Link Wales Programme connecting Haverfordwest, Caernarfon and Cardiff with other regional airports in the UK and Europe.

The company has opened an office in Menai Bridge on Anglesey – managed by James Blackler – and said it is particularly committed to improving air connectivity from North Wales.

The Air Link Wales network currently offers flight charter services from Caernarfon Airport to destinations such as Isle of Man, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Southampton as well as London for connections to and from Gatwick and Heathrow.

They believe Southampton will be particularly popular for passengers connecting to cruises who wish to avoid the long road or rail trip down south.A flight to the south coast for two passengers from Caernarfon would cost £1,820 per person on a Piper PA34 Seneca plane.

Neil Baines, CEO of the Chester based company, said: “As a resident of Wales myself, I’ve often been frustrated by the lack of air connectivity and we are pleased to start to address this through our new Air Link Wales Charter programme which is ideally suited to both leisure and corporate customers.“Flying private can save hours of travel time which is of particular value to Wales-based organisations.”

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Tesco grant boost for Milford Haven children

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AN ORGANISATION working with children in Milford Haven has received a £3,425 grant from a special costal voting round of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.
The grant for Clybiau Plant Cymru will go towards delivering workshops and out-of-school childcare clubs that encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature in coastal areas.

Alex Fudge, the Regional Manager for Clybiau Plant Cymru said the funding will help combat issues of childhood obesity in Wales, giving children the opportunity to play freely and get active away from distractions such as social media.

“We’re truly grateful to Tesco for its support and funding through the Bags of Help scheme,” she said. “We aim to promote health, wellbeing and environmental awareness through fun, outdoor activities, so every donation has a huge impact on kids’ lives.

“The clubs provide valuable play and learning opportunities outside of the school day, enabling parents to work and train, which in turn drives economic growth, tackles poverty and reduces inequalities.”

“Through the funding we are delivering 20 workshops within clubs in the Milford Haven area to children and our staff,” she added. “It will engage up to 340 individuals, as well as providing skills and knowledge which staff can apply on an ongoing basis to provide quality childcare for years to come.”
Tesco shoppers in Milford Haven cast their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkouts as part of the special voting round supporting groups in 42 coastal communities across the UK. More than 100 projects working to improve Britain’s coastline shared the combined funding pot worth £300,000.
Bags of Help, run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. To date £80m has been awarded through the scheme, with more than £5m awarded to projects in Wales.

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a huge success since we introduced the scheme and we are glad to be able to support great projects, including this coastal scheme in Milford Haven.

“We saw a fantastic mix of projects shortlisted and I’d like to thank customers for casting their votes and supporting these important initiatives in their community.”

The scheme is ran in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve their local spaces and the places that matter to them. We’re pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to groups enjoying, protecting and improving Britain’s coastlines.”

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£14.9m investment to upgrade west Wales gas network

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WALES & West Utilities is planning to invest over £14.9 million during 2020 to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses so that people are safe and warm for generations to come.

The news comes after the company invested £10.6 million in 2019, upgrading 53 kilometres of gas pipes across the West Wales area.

Rob Long, Wales & West Utilities Director of Operations, said:

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across West Wales.

“Whether it’s for heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We’ve pledged to deliver a Net Zero ready gas network by 2035, so this work will not only keep the gas flowing safely and reliably today, it will also make sure the gas network is fit for the future and is ready to transport green gases like hydrogen and biomethane.

“We’ll be in communities right across Wales and we really appreciate the support and patience of local people while we work. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our plans.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

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