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Murco Task Force asking for expressions of interest for £3.5m funding

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Recovery fund: Business will apply for funding

Recovery fund: Business will apply for funding

TWO FUNDS, worth £3.5m, to boost employment opportunities in Pembrokeshire in the wake of the collapse of the Murco deal will be opened later this month, Edwina Hart told members of the Murco Task Force on Thursday (Dec 4).

The opening of the expression of interest phase of the Wales Economic Growth Fund on December 15 will follow the first in a series of events arranged by the Murco Task Force, which has been established to support the Murco employees and contractors and businesses in the supply chain. An event to provide business advice and support for the wider contractor network will take place on December 9 and a jobs fair will take place on December 10.
 
A £3 million Wales Economic Growth Fund will support current suppliers to Murco  to diversify and projects which will create or safeguard jobs in Pembrokeshire. Providing grants of between £50,000 and £500,000, it aims to support some 30 businesses and safeguard or create up to 300 jobs in the area.
A £500,000 Small Capital Investment Fund is also open for applications from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pembrokeshire. This fund will provide grants between £5,000 and £25,000 (and £50,000 in exceptional circumstances) in this financial year, towards projects that create or sustain jobs, or grow businesses. Priority will be given to SMEs in the Energy and Environment sector or supply chain which have been heavily impacted by the Murco position and those in deprived wards.
Edwina Hart AM

Edwina Hart AM

The Minister said: “The collapse of the sale of the Murco Oil Refinery was a bitter blow for the whole of Pembrokeshire and our priority now is safeguarding as many jobs as possible in the area. These two funds will go a considerable way towards achieving this by supporting businesses and individuals in the area to diversify or grow their businesses and to make the most of the opportunities provided by Superfast Broadband. “

The Wales Economic Growth Fund will be open for expressions of interest from December 15 until January 19 2015. The application window will then be open from January 26  until February 23 and the first awards are expected to be made in the next financial year.
The Small Capital Investment Fund operated through Business Wales is already open for applications and will remain open until the end of January 2015. Grants will be awarded to projects that can use the grant funding in this financial year and will result in the creation and sustaining of jobs, or growth of businesses Both funds are discretionary, terms and conditions apply
Commenting on the news that two funds, worth a total of £3.5 million and introduced by Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart to support Murco employees, contractors and suppliers following the closure of the facility, Preseli MP Stephen Crabb said:

“I am very pleased with this latest support package for those affected by the closure of Murco refinery – which will assist direct employees and those local businesses up the supply chain.”

“Without doubt these two funds will help a number of local companies to diversify their business following the closure of the refinery. But this is only a first step – money alone won’t solve the underlying problems facing the Pembrokeshire economy.”

“That is why I am writing to Carwyn Jones to call for a strategic long-term plan for the West Wales economy. We need a more supportive business environment, better transport links and all levels of government working together to make Pembrokeshire a great place to start or grow a business. For too long our County has relied on oil and petroleum alone for economic strength. This needs to change.”

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Trainees are the lifeblood of expanding local accountancy firm

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ASHMOLE & CO are encouraging those qualifying from university, sitting their GCSEs or A Levels this month to consider a future career in accountancy. Trainees are the lifeblood of the accountancy firm which has offices in Haverfordwest and Tenby.

Ashmole & Co employed Adam Bowen last year as a Trainee Accountant based in the Haverfordwest office. Adam lives in Pembroke with his parents and brother. Day to day he prepares statutory accounts for clients, Tax returns and VAT returns for local individuals, sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

William Hughes, Partner in the Haverfordwest Ashmole & Co office, said, “It is important as a profession that we help nurture the next generation of professional accountants. Trainee staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm. We are a local business and are always keen to employ those who live locally.”

After passing his A Levels Adam completed a Business Management Degree gaining a First Class Honours and an MSc Accounting and Finance Masters with Distinction, both at Swansea University. He began his Masters in September 2020 and joined Ashmole & Co in February 2021. He then went on to complete his Masters exams and dissertation as an Ashmole & Co employee completing his course in September 2021 and graduating in December 2021. 

Commenting on his appointment Adam said, “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the experienced team at Ashmole & Co who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered and certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales. It is very rewarding to be able to learn new skills and apply the skills I’ve already gained from my University and ACCA studies.”

In his spare time Adam likes playing football. He plays for Hundleton Football Club and when he isn’t taking part himself he enjoys watching the game.

Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation. If you feel you have the qualities to be part of the team at Ashmole & Co, please email, with your CV attached, to AshmoleHR@ashmole.co.uk. Alternatively, apply for a specific vacancy listed on the website: www.ashmole.co.uk

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Aldi launches Jubilee Street Party Fund with £500 vouchers being given away

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ALDI is calling on streets across the UK to enter a competition to win funding for the ultimate Jubilee bash.

The supermarket’s Jubilee Street Party Fund will see it give away a series of £500 Aldi vouchers to help communities up and down the country celebrate Her Majesty’s big day.

Ten lucky winners can use the vouchers to purchase food, drinks and decorations from Aldi’s Jubilee-inspired range, such as its Eton Mess Gin Liqueur and light-up, shimmering Strawberry and Mint Gin Liqueur, Specially Selected English Sparkling wines, Jubilee IPAs and Jubilee gourmet popcorn, giving them everything they need to toast the Queen’s reign.

Aldi’s Facebook page is hosting the competition, with entrants asked to tag their local community Facebook group or a friendly neighbour to be in with a chance of winning.

Entries are open from now until 8am on Thursday 26th May and T&Cs apply.

Winners will be contacted on Friday 27th May to allow plenty of time for them to stock up on all their street party essentials.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said: “Winners of our Jubilee Street Party Fund competition will receive vouchers to buy all they need to celebrate this momentous occasion with their neighbours.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for communities to come together to organise their street parties, and look forward to seeing how the lucky winners of our competition decide to mark the big day.”

To find out more and enter the competition visit: https://fb.watch/db1SIlL-t5/

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Fantastic conversion of old double decker as hop-on-hop-off bus for Tenby

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THE WILL be an exciting new bus on the streets of south Pembrokeshire from next month as First Cymru launch their Cymru Coaster service between Tenby and Saundersfoot.

First say that their “beastly” Euro 2 Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 is a great bus for the route, and that there are no low bridges along the route they plan – so no issues for the double decker.

The bus, which is over 20 years old has been in service across the UK including in Bristol but has been completely overhauled for its new role in Pembrokeshire.

The new service is launching on Thursday 2nd June in time for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Holiday.
Its the first time that double-deckers have been in use in the county since Silcox Coaches retired their old school buses of this type in the late 1990’s.

First say they are looking forward to passengers using their “hop on hop off service from next month.”

The same bus back in 2016 in use in Bristol before the conversion
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