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Energy security: Ministers visit Port for update on Wales’ first floating offshore wind farm



SECRETARY OF STATE for Wales, Simon Hart MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary State for Wales, David T.C. Davies MP joined Blue Gem Wind and the Port of Milford Haven this week to discuss progress on Wales’ and the Celtic Sea’s first floating wind farm and the critical importance of Welsh ports in creating new low carbon, high skilled jobs.

Louise Thibierge, Supply Chain Manager at Blue Gem Wind said: “We were delighted that the Ministers could join us and hear about the significant progress we have made on Erebus and Valorous and go into more detail on why we are focused on using a stepping stone approach to development that aims to maximise local and UK supply chain content, and, is a catalyst for port and infrastructure upgrades.”

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said: “I was thrilled to visit Blue Gem Wind and hear about their plans for west Wales. Floating offshore wind developments will play an important role in helping us achieve our net zero ambitions, as well as generating economic growth and highly-skilled jobs in our coastal communities. The UK Government has committed up to £160 million to support new large-scale floating offshore wind ports and factories across the UK. This funding, boosted by private sector investment, will develop the infrastructure we need to mass-produce the necessary turbines and install them out at sea.”

Steve Edwards, Commercial Director, Port of Milford Haven added: “We would like to thank the Secretary of State for visiting Pembroke Port and appreciating the scale of opportunity that floating wind in the Celtic Sea will bring to the region. Welsh ports are key to developing the necessary supply chain clusters and unlocking the socio-economic benefits from this new, green industry. We very much welcomed the opportunity to highlight current and planned collaborative development plans which seek to anchor new investment and well-paid careers to Wales.”

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Trainees are the lifeblood of expanding local accountancy firm



ASHMOLE & CO are encouraging those qualifying from university, sitting their GCSEs or A Levels this month to consider a future career in accountancy. Trainees are the lifeblood of the accountancy firm which has offices in Haverfordwest and Tenby.

Ashmole & Co employed Adam Bowen last year as a Trainee Accountant based in the Haverfordwest office. Adam lives in Pembroke with his parents and brother. Day to day he prepares statutory accounts for clients, Tax returns and VAT returns for local individuals, sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

William Hughes, Partner in the Haverfordwest Ashmole & Co office, said, “It is important as a profession that we help nurture the next generation of professional accountants. Trainee staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm. We are a local business and are always keen to employ those who live locally.”

After passing his A Levels Adam completed a Business Management Degree gaining a First Class Honours and an MSc Accounting and Finance Masters with Distinction, both at Swansea University. He began his Masters in September 2020 and joined Ashmole & Co in February 2021. He then went on to complete his Masters exams and dissertation as an Ashmole & Co employee completing his course in September 2021 and graduating in December 2021. 

Commenting on his appointment Adam said, “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the experienced team at Ashmole & Co who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered and certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales. It is very rewarding to be able to learn new skills and apply the skills I’ve already gained from my University and ACCA studies.”

In his spare time Adam likes playing football. He plays for Hundleton Football Club and when he isn’t taking part himself he enjoys watching the game.

Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation. If you feel you have the qualities to be part of the team at Ashmole & Co, please email, with your CV attached, to Alternatively, apply for a specific vacancy listed on the website:

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Aldi launches Jubilee Street Party Fund with £500 vouchers being given away



ALDI is calling on streets across the UK to enter a competition to win funding for the ultimate Jubilee bash.

The supermarket’s Jubilee Street Party Fund will see it give away a series of £500 Aldi vouchers to help communities up and down the country celebrate Her Majesty’s big day.

Ten lucky winners can use the vouchers to purchase food, drinks and decorations from Aldi’s Jubilee-inspired range, such as its Eton Mess Gin Liqueur and light-up, shimmering Strawberry and Mint Gin Liqueur, Specially Selected English Sparkling wines, Jubilee IPAs and Jubilee gourmet popcorn, giving them everything they need to toast the Queen’s reign.

Aldi’s Facebook page is hosting the competition, with entrants asked to tag their local community Facebook group or a friendly neighbour to be in with a chance of winning.

Entries are open from now until 8am on Thursday 26th May and T&Cs apply.

Winners will be contacted on Friday 27th May to allow plenty of time for them to stock up on all their street party essentials.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said: “Winners of our Jubilee Street Party Fund competition will receive vouchers to buy all they need to celebrate this momentous occasion with their neighbours.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for communities to come together to organise their street parties, and look forward to seeing how the lucky winners of our competition decide to mark the big day.”

To find out more and enter the competition visit:

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Fantastic conversion of old double decker as hop-on-hop-off bus for Tenby



THE WILL be an exciting new bus on the streets of south Pembrokeshire from next month as First Cymru launch their Cymru Coaster service between Tenby and Saundersfoot.

First say that their “beastly” Euro 2 Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 is a great bus for the route, and that there are no low bridges along the route they plan – so no issues for the double decker.

The bus, which is over 20 years old has been in service across the UK including in Bristol but has been completely overhauled for its new role in Pembrokeshire.

The new service is launching on Thursday 2nd June in time for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Holiday.
Its the first time that double-deckers have been in use in the county since Silcox Coaches retired their old school buses of this type in the late 1990’s.

First say they are looking forward to passengers using their “hop on hop off service from next month.”

The same bus back in 2016 in use in Bristol before the conversion
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