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Milford Haven: Port supports Small Business Saturday

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 Christmas shop window display at Cherubs, Barralier House, Milford Marina

Shop locally: Christmas shop window display at Cherubs on the Marina

AN ANNUAL celebration of small business success takes place this weekend (Dec 3) in Milford Haven and shoppers are being set a fun challenge to shop locally.

The special one-day event, called Small Business Saturday, is part of a national campaign to remind shoppers to put local companies high up on their list of places to visit, and this year it coincides with Milford Haven Town Council’s visit of Santa to Milford Haven and the switching on of the Christmas lights at Milford Haven Town Hall.

Milford Haven Business Circle, with support from Milford Haven Regeneration Team, the Port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire County Council and Milford Town Council, has organised a range of activities aimed at encouraging people to shop locally.  A ‘Christmas Shopping Challenge’ is also taking place where shoppers will be given a card that they can get stamped at each participating shop where they make a purchase on the day. Completed cards with stamps from 10 different businesses will be entered into a draw to win an Xbox One, and the winner will be announced by the Mayor on Saturday night at the Town Hall just before the Christmas Lights are switched on.

“It’s a fun day out first and foremost,” explained Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven. “However there is an important message in the event too. We have some great local businesses here, both in the Marina and throughout the town. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves by taking a walk around and popping into shops to take a look. Christmas is the perfect time to take that opportunity.”

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, national movement that promotes the quality and expertise of local businesses that often fill a niche that the bigger firms cannot. Popular baby and children’s clothing and accessories shop ‘Cherubs’ in Milford Marina is a great example. Owner Clare Watts has seen sales double in the last 3 years.

She said: “As a mum of four, I found it difficult to find clothing locally that was traditional and unique. So once my youngest daughter started school, my husband and I decided to start our own business on Milford Marina. It’s been really successful.”

Earlier this year, Brett Sheppard opened a health and fitness company ‘B-Fit’ in Cedar Court, close to Tesco supermarket in Milford Haven. He believes that a smaller, local business can offer something different to the major national health clubs and says his customers agree.

Brett said: “Business is booming and I think it’s because we offer a personal service. We are already a go-to place for locals and have smashed our targets in the first year. What’s even more exciting is that B-Fit is growing just as the plans to expand the Milford Waterfront as a retail and leisure destination are picking up pace. The timing is just right.”

A small Milford Market will also be taking place in Charles Street on the day between 10am and 4pm. As well as a selection of stalls, there will be entertainment throughout the day before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on at 6pm.

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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