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Edwards Coaches named top company

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Edwards Coaches: Came in at number 200 on the list

Edwards Coaches: Came in at number 200 on the list

EDWARDS COACHES of Llantwit Fardre in south Wales have recently been listed in the top 300 Welsh Companies. In a list compiled by Cardiff Metropolitan University, with support from Creditsafe and published by Wales Online, the list looks at the top 300 companies who are based across Wales. Edwards Coaches comes in at number 200 on the list, an impressive achievement for a family run company, now in its fifth generation of ownership.

The recognition of this achievement adds to what is an already impressive year for awards at Edwards Coaches.Having won 17 awards throughout 2015, it really has been a special 90th anniversary for the company. Edwards Coaches Ltd established in 1925 and are celebrating 90 years in business this year. They operate 210 coaches daily and employ 470 local staff, transporting 7,149 children to school daily and taking 80,000 coach holiday passengers for a much-needed break throughout the year.

Going into 2016, Edwards Coaches are looking forward to their 91st year of operating, running trips across the UK & Europe. Highlights include transporting Welsh Football fans to the Euro 2016 Football tournament and being a part of Her Majesty the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall in London. At the ceremony, Edwards Coaches won the following awards:

• UK Property Awards 2015 – TGL Property “Commercial Renovation/ Redevelopment” Portbyhan Hotel

• National Express Engineering Audit – Gold Status

• Sunday Times Profit Track 100 – Ranking 29 on the annual league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits

• TripAdvisor, “Portbyhan Hotel” – Certificate of Excellence

• Group Travel Awards, Winner – ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups’

• Silver Travel Advisor Awards, Nominated – ‘Best Coach Operator’

• National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Tour Operator of the Year- Large Fleet’

• National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Professional of the Year – Alan Clough’

• National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Driver of the Year – Glyn Bowden’

• National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Portbyhan Hotel – Individual Hotel of the Year’

• National Coach Tourism Awards, Finalist – ‘Holiday Programme of the year’

• UK Coach Awards 2015, Winner – ‘Top Large Fleet Operator’

• UK Coach Rally 2015, Winner – ‘Welsh Coach of The Year’

• National Express Awards 2015, Winner – “UK Driver’s of the Year” – Brent Humphries and Gerwyn Roberts

• National Express Awards 2015, Winner – ‘Operator of the year 16+ vehicles’

• National Express Awards 2015, Winner – ‘High Achiever Award – Recognising Long Term Performance Above Standard’

• Accor Hotels UK 2015, Winner – ‘Partnership Achievement Award’

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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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