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AM welcomes moves to encourage foreign investment

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foreign investmentREBECCA EVANS AM, Mid and West Wales Assembly Member, has welcomed a new initiative from the Welsh Government to attract foreign investors to Wales.

The new initiative encourages potential investors to “Just Ask Wales” when considering their investment opportunities and comes on the back of impressive figures for 2012/13.

The number of inward investment projects attracted to Wales in 2012/13 increased by 191%, while the number of jobs created and safeguarded in Wales increased by almost 100%.

Welcoming the campaign, Mrs Evans said:

“With global economy continuing to struggle, it is refreshing to see such strong figures for inward investment in Wales from the Welsh Labour Government. I am pleased to see that the Welsh Government is not resting on its laurels and is continuing to seek new ways in which to attract further inward investment and jobs.

“Inward investment is an important catalyst for jobs and growth in Wales – as is supporting and encouraging the development of our home-grown enterprises.”

The new marketing campaign is part of the Welsh Government drive to attract more foreign-owned companies looking to grow and expand to consider a future in Wales.

The year-long campaign will initially focus on London, South East England, and the M4 corridor. It will include advertising at central London Underground stations, as well as rail stations at Paddington, Liverpool Street, Heathrow, Woking, Slough, Reading and Bracknell.

A suite of sector-specific posters and marketing materials have been created for the “Just Ask Wales” campaign, directing businesses to the new justask.wales.com website. The campaign reinforces and compliments existing sector marketing activities. Advertising will also appear in newspapers such as the Financial Times, Telegraph and London Standard.

Launching the campaign, Minister for Economy Edwina Hart said: “The foreign direct investment market is extremely competitive so in order to build on our successes and gain a competitive advantage, we have to differentiate what Wales has to offer.

“Our “Just Ask Wales” campaign emphasises our strengths and focusses on customer requirements – what companies need in order to grow and how we can deliver for them. We are launching it in the South East of England as our proximity to London is a major advantage for many businesses.

“Among the other key elements we are highlighting are the skills, support, space and speed of decision making in Wales – as well as the number of highly successful companies already based here that have benefited from Welsh Government support.

“We have a clear, coherent and consistent message running across the campaign based on our ability to deliver, our ambition to attract trade and investment to Wales and the can-do attitude of the workforce and Government.”

The integrated marketing and communications campaign will run alongside the programme to develop international trade which supports businesses to access overseas markets. It includes traditional paid-for print, poster sites, digital activity, email, and will be supported by sector specific business and media events in London and Cardiff at dates to be announced.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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