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Research reveals Tesco’s community role

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Tesco in Wales: Providing 540K meals to those in need

TESCO has published an independent report which outlines how the retail giant works in partnership with colleagues, suppliers and community organisations to create value in Wales.

The report, part of a wider programme of activity called Value in Your Town, sets out the role Tesco plays in serving communities up and down the UK. Specifically, the report highlights Tesco’s role in supporting jobs, supporting businesses in Britain through its partnership with thousands of suppliers, and supporting charitable and community organisations across the UK.

The report estimated that within Wales during the 12 months measured, Tesco made an economic contribution of more than £937m, supported 22,654 full-time equivalent jobs and worked with approximately 200 suppliers in Wales.

The report revealed that out of every £1 spent by Tesco customers, 73p goes back to farmers and suppliers from across the UK, 11p is paid to Tesco colleagues in wages and 3p is paid to the Government in tax to pay for public services like the NHS. Every £1 of direct economic activity at Tesco was also found to generate an additional £5.46 in value to the UK economy as a whole.

For those who are keen to understand the contribution Tesco makes to the local economy, a new online tool will allow residents to do just that by entering their postcode. They’ll be given a precise breakdown of the supermarket’s contribution by individual parliamentary constituencies.

Rhodri Evans, Local Communications Manager for Tesco in Wales, said: “While Tesco is just one small part of the community in Wales, we recognise we have a responsibility to serve the community the best way we can. Tesco exists to serve shoppers, but we’re also a place where people work to support their families and we are an important partner for Welsh businesses too.

“This independent research shines a light on our role and responsibility here in Wales. It provides us with a clear picture of the opportunities and jobs we help create, the local businesses that we help support, and critically, how we play an active role, on the ground, supporting local communities.”

In the 12 months measured, Tesco provided 539,986 meals to those in need in Wales via its Community Food Connection initiative, which reduces food waste by redirecting unsold food towards community groups who can use it. The initiative has now been rolled out to Tesco Express stores to enable even more groups to access food that might otherwise have gone to waste.

And shoppers who voted in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in stores across the Wales helped to channel more than £1.4m raised from carrier bag sales towards community projects that have benefitted their area directly. Since its launch, the scheme has evolved to make voting areas smaller, so that projects voted for are even more local to shoppers.

One group that has benefitted from the Bags of Help scheme is Green Meadow Riding for the Disabled Association. With a history spanning 40 years, it’s one of the largest Riding for the Disabled groups in Wales. The organisation relies on volunteers to deliver more than 60 riders a week with horses and ponies to provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment.

Sally Williams, who heads up the Green Meadow RDA, said: “We were delighted to receive £5000 as part of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. The money was used to build a path across grassland which was proving difficult to cross by riders, carers and instructors.

“By providing this non-slip path, we created a safe passage for riders, who range from four to 60 years old, to get to designated riding areas whilst avoiding any accidents or getting caught in the bogged areas when weather conditions are bad. We used to be restricted by bad weather frequently, but the path has enabled us to provide riding year round.”

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Pembrokeshire the perfect holiday spot

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Pembrokeshire has been the perfect holiday destination for many years.

The county is home to miles of scenic coastline and beaches, stunning villages full of character and plenty of coastal escapes. It is the perfect place for tourists to sweep the cobwebs away and enjoy the beauty of the scenic Welsh countryside.

But with so many holidaymakers set to staycation in the UK, the question many people have been asking is where will they all stay? This is where Pass the Keys® comes in!

As the demand for staycation accommodation and short-term rentals grows across the UK, and more so in Pembrokeshire, there is an increasing demand for professional holiday let management services to help make the process of short term letting a completely hassle-free and enjoyable experience for property owners.

Pass the Keys® is run by local people & partnered with local companies but backed by a national brand who have are tried and tested infrastructure, as well as award winning technology to keep a cut above the rest. We are proud to be one of the only Professional Co-hosts of Airbnb in Pembrokeshire, so you can rest easy knowing that you are dealing with short-term letting experts.

Mark Pennino and Jamie Smith, Owners of Pass the Keys – South Pembrokeshire

Our holiday homes thrive thanks to our high standards of local support and this is demonstrated by our extremely high ratings on both Trustpilot and Google Reviews, why not take a look for yourself. Our bespoke software systems ensure that your holiday home is successfully marketed, occupied and kept safe, all of which are important factors to consider when selecting a holiday letting agency.

So, if you’re curious to find out more or maybe you are managing your holiday home yourself and it’s all getting a bit too demanding, go to our website and see how much your property can earn.

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Health, safety and welfare facilities enhanced at Milford Fish Docks

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WORK has been completed at Milford Fish Docks to enhance health, safety and welfare facilities, including the installation of the only marine crane in south Wales.

Following close consultation with the fleet, the Port of Milford Haven successfully applied to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to add to the existing provisions for local and European fishers at Wales’ largest fishing port.

Despite progress being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, embankment ladders, additional life rings and fire extinguishers have all now been installed around the docks, as well as the refurbishment of the shower, toilet and laundry block which includes disabled access.

On the quayside, a marine crane has been installed to enable fishers to load and unload their bait and catch in a safer, more efficient manner, with comprehensive training undertaken by Port staff who are able to operate the crane at any time of the day or night – at no additional cost to the fishing customers.

In order to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the water, a new mobile foul waste pump out facility is now available meaning any waste from fishing vessels will be taken away and disposed of appropriately rather than entering the waterway.

Melanie Durney, Marina and Docks Manager, said: “We are home to Wales’ largest fishing docks and as a Trust Port we use any profit to develop our infrastructure and services to provide opportunities for today and for future generations. Over the last few years, we have been investing to ensure the inshore fleet can work as effectively and safely as possible, and having this funding meant we could build on what is already here. The new shower and laundry block will make a huge difference to the welfare of fishers as they now have their own designated area to freshen up and the marine crane, which is the only one in the whole of south Wales, will make landing their catch a quicker and safer process.”

The project has been part-funded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

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Haverfordwest residents amongst first to get ultrafast broadband

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BROADBAND COMPANY OGI has announced this week that work is now underway to bring full fibre broadband to Haverfordwest. The county town will be “one of the first three communities in Wales to benefit from top-speed, future-proof broadband”, the company said.

The engineering work, which has started on St Martins’ Park and around Highlands Avenue, will create an all-new fibre optic cable network throughout the town. That means that homes and local businesses will very soon benefit from one of the best broadband experiences anywhere on the planet. This is just the start of Ogi’s mission to bring real full fibre broadband for better experiences, for better opportunities and for better lives. 

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve witnessed all kinds of experiences reinvented digitally, from working and learning to wellbeing. So with access to ultrafast broadband, all kinds of new opportunities become possible for the people of Pembrokeshire,” says Councillor Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure & Culture at Pembrokeshire County Council. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Ogi, who we feel share our vision and mission to establish Pembrokeshire as one of the best digitally connected counties in the country. This is a really exciting development.”

Haverfordwest, like so many Welsh communities, has simply not been getting the broadband it deserves, so that’s where the transformation begins. Full fibre broadband is much faster, more reliable and way more sustainable than traditional services. Ogi is specifically targeting underserved areas, accelerating the pace of full fibre roll out across south Wales – and transforming the digital landscape for generations to come. As work begins in Pembrokeshire, sister projects are also starting in The Vale of Glamorgan and Abergavenny. 

Ogi’s offering is ultrafast and ultra-reliable – up to an incredible 900 Mbps. That is thirty-two times faster than the current average typical speed for Haverfordwest, at just 27.61 Mbps. 

“Local residents in Haverfordwest will see Ogi Engineers over the next few weeks as we create a brand new, all-fibre network in the area that wildly surpasses what came before. Our friendly Ogi team will also be around, answering questions and helping residents discover what real fibre broadband can do for them,” said Sally-Anne Skinner, Chief Revenue Officer at Ogi. “I’d encourage everyone to ask lots of questions and to register their interest so they can be among the first to receive ultrafast Ogi broadband”. 

“Made and built in Wales for Wales. We’re working on making ‘full fibre’ real and relevant for every person who joins our service, by bringing new experiences to life: we’ll be the internet promise that delivers. Gamers will game. Zoomers will zoom. Businesses will grow. Everyone getting on with what they need to,” said Ben Allwright, CEO of Ogi. 

“We’re totally committed to helping every Welsh community build back better,” he added. “Everyone prospers when brilliant broadband delivers real opportunities, resilience and sustainability, and we have big ambitions to see Wales flourish.”

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