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Favourite present inspires jewellery business

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jeweleryA FAVOURITE festive gift has inspired a Pembrokeshire teenager to realise her “big Idea” of running a bespoke jewellery business, becoming one of Wales’ latest young entrepreneurs. 

Six years after finding a “make your own jewellery kit” under her Christmas tree, 17-year-old Jacqs Scourfield from Tenby has turned her love of crafts into a one-of-a-kind enterprise. Now a popular brand in and around Pembrokeshire, Jewellery by Jacqs has developed a reputation for its quirky designs, and has steadily grown to include a diverse range of products and unique commissioned pieces. Jacqs is now looking to expand her jewellery business, having recently purchased a £12,000 laser cutter to branch out into new products and designs. Spurred on by advice from the Welsh Government funded Spirit of Enterprise and Small Steps to Enterprise, two Pembrokeshire initiatives that support young entrepreneurs, Jacqs has steadily grown her business. She is a good example of what the Welsh Government’s Big Ideas Wales campaign is achieving by encouraging young people into entrepreneurship. Jacqs said: “I got a small do-ityourself jewellery kit when I was 11 for Christmas and things have taken off from there really. I really enjoyed it so asked for some beads and materials to make more items. My parents are both self-employed and encouraged me in the early days, helping me out with some of the funding which I’ve since paid back. “The more I made, the more interest I got from my friends and others at school, and soon after I took out a stand at a local craft fair. My items sold really well and I really enjoyed the experience, and the business just took off from there. “Since then I’ve just continually made new designs and sold at more craft fairs, markets and a pop-up shop in Haverfordwest.” Having taken the initiative to start up her own business, Jacqs has shown just the sort of entrepreneurial spirit Big Ideas Wales is looking for. Big Ideas Wales is a Welsh Government campaign designed to encourage young people to be more entrepreneurial and help those interested in starting a business take their ideas forward. The campaign is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Menter a Busnes on behalf of the Welsh Government to support delivery of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) for Wales. Having finished her GCSEs, Jacqs is now focusing her efforts on the business, and is busy developing new and exciting range of goods. Having made a significant investment in a laser cutter, which will allow her to create new and personalised products out of plastic, Jacqs has big plans to make 2014 her most successful year yet. “I’m looking to branch out with new items this year,” Jacqs said. “Using the laser cutter, I’m making clocks, gifts and customisable products and jewellery, which is something I get a lot of enquiries about. “I’ve also started to sell on the Internet – that’s my big goal for 2014, to develop the e-commerce side of the business. “I love working for myself – I have a chance to make a career out of something I love doing that is fun and creative, and there’s scope for me to do just about whatever I want.” Manon Llwyd, Big Ideas Wales Manager at Menter a Busnes, said that Jacqs’ creativity and determination would set her in good stead for the future. “It was really brave of Jacqs to set up her own business straight out of school, and we commend her ambition and commitment. Having worked hard to establish herself and taken some expert advice along the way, I’m confident her jewellery business will be a great success for years to come.” More details about Big Ideas Wales and how young people can start their own business can be found at www. bigideaswales.com or get involved at facebook.com/BigIdeasWales, tweet @BigIdeasWales.

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Live music event for Nia, raising money for the Withybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit appeal

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Twenty years ago, the world lost another star to the clutches of cancer. This particular person was a member of the increasingly successful Pembrokeshire rock band JYlt, and her name was Nia George.

JYlt had been praised by John Peel of Radio 1, completed a UK tour including a performance at Glastonbury, distributed over 20,000 CDs, and were in talks with Sony about furthering their record deal. Nia was just 21 years old when she passed away after battling leukaemia for a year.

This summer, Nia’s life will be celebrated with a gig at HaverHub on August 10th. The event will feature Bryde (former JYlt singer), Tom Jenkins (who recently released his EP ‘Meadows Pt1 & Pt2’ through Xtra Mile Recordings), Persona B (with two other JYlt members), and SLAK, the winners of Pembrokeshire College’s Battle of the Bands 2024. There is also the potential for a special appearance that cannot be confirmed yet.

This event is not just a celebration of Nia’s life. It is also a poignant reminder of how cancer can affect anyone at any time, and it focuses on supporting the remarkable Withybush Cancer Day Unit. All ticket proceeds and donations will be given to this wonderful place that supports so many people during unimaginably difficult times, often resulting in beautiful stories of success. This unit is a lifeline to many, and we aim to give a little back.

Please note, this event is for those aged 16 and over, with a strict ID policy in place.

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Fraudster ordered to repay just £16,700 after victims lost £620,000

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A MAN described by a judge as the most “fundamentally dishonest” individual he had ever encountered has been ordered to repay only £16,700 after defrauding his victims of more than £620,000.

Darryl Evans, aged 62, was sentenced to eight years in prison in January after being convicted of 26 charges of fraud and one charge of theft. The convictions followed an almost three-week trial in December, during which the jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all 27 charges.

Evans, of Green Court Crescent in Tenby, deceived his victims into handing over large sums of money between 2013 and 2020. Described by one victim as operating a “Ponzi scheme,” Evans persuaded friends and acquaintances to invest substantial amounts, claiming he would place their funds in lucrative schemes. In reality, Evans was unemployed and using the money to finance his own lifestyle.

The theft charge stemmed from Evans appointing himself as the executor of a will and transferring money into his personal account, where it swiftly vanished.

Sentencing Evans, Judge Paul Thomas KC remarked: “In over 40 years in these criminal courts, I do not remember ever dealing with someone as fundamentally dishonest as you. Over several years, you cynically, ruthlessly, and dishonestly took in excess of half a million pounds. Many of these people considered you to be their friend. You knew many of them could not afford to lose the money you were taking from them.”

Evans recently returned to Swansea Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, where prosecutor Robin Rouch revealed that Evans had benefitted to the sum of £629,926.17 from his offences. However, only £16,736.11 of Evans’ assets could be seized to repay his victims.

Mr Rouch explained that the available money had been deposited in a Co-op bank account set up by Evans and could be directly traced to the estate of the person for whom he had acted as an executor. Unfortunately, none of the other victims’ money could be traced to this account.

Judge Thomas inquired if Evans owned any property that could be sold to compensate the other victims. Mr Rouch responded that extensive enquiries had been made, but nothing of value was found.

Judge Thomas ruled that the available funds would be split between the two beneficiaries of the estate. He emphasised, “The money will be paid. There’s nothing you can do to either facilitate it or thwart it. The money will be taken from your account. It will be done without your involvement.” He added, “It’s unfortunate for other investors who have lost rather more.”

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Mayor welcomes luxury cruise ship as it visits Milford Haven

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THE LUXURY vessel Star Legend, part of the Windstar Cruises fleet, made a call at the Port of Milford Haven on Wednesday (Jun 12), with its next destination set for Portsmouth on June 14.

Dignitaries, including The Mayor, went on board the vessel to welcome it into port.

Milford Haven Town Council said on Facebook: “The Mayor – Cllr William Elliott and Consort – Mr Lloyd Jones had the pleasure of welcoming passengers off the cruise ship Star Legend, with the Port of Milford Haven.

“The cruise ship is currently being charted with a two week voyage around the British Isles on a cycling tour with the passengers mainly from the US or Canada.

“Delighted to be invited onboard for a tour of the ship and to meet the Captain and Crew.
Have a lovely day in the lovely weather!”

Windstar Cruises is embarking on its largest agent ship schedule in the UK and Ireland this summer. Both of the company’s Star Class yachts, Star Legend and Star Pride, will offer up to 450 places for trade partners between June and August. The ships will visit 11 different ports across the UK and Ireland. The programme includes tours of the respective yachts and brief business updates from the Windstar team.

Augustus Lonsdale, Windstar Cruises’ Head of Sales for the UK & Ireland, commented: “After the success of last year’s ship visit programme, when we welcomed over 250 agents onboard, I’m delighted that so many UK agents will have the chance to come onboard Star Legend and Star Pride this year.

“Windstar Cruises is fully committed to the UK, especially after a record start to the year, and we are continuing to increase sales and visibility within this important market.

“This expanded ship visit programme provides our trade partners with a great opportunity to experience a taste of Windstar’s ‘180 Degrees from Ordinary’ experience for themselves – which will, in turn, help them sell the product.”

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