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Bisley collaborates with The Celtic Collection for new Tŷ Hotel in Milford Haven

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NEWPORT based office furniture manufacturer Bisley has revealed its latest project with one of the UK’s leading hotel groups, The Celtic Collection.

Opened in April 2022 and situated in the heart of Milford Haven, the Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront boasts unbeatable views overlooking Milford Marina on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Managed and operated by the team responsible for the Celtic Manor Resort, the new Tŷ Hotel is part of the expanding portfolio in The Celtic Collection and the Tŷ Hotels family.

This major collaboration has seen Bisley design, produce and install a bespoke range of furniture for the hotel’s 100 bedrooms.

The collaboration within the hospitality sector is the latest in a string of significant projects for Bisley, whose history lies primarily in office furniture design and manufacture, where the firm is known for a number of iconic heritage design classics, including the MultiDrawer which was originally designed in 1958.

Other recent non-hospitality focused projects undertaken by Bisley in Wales, include the new BBC Cymru headquarters in Cardiff city centre and projects on behalf of the Welsh Government.

For the Celtic Collection group, the Bisley furniture range was designed in collaboration with Tŷ Hotels and manufactured to the highest standards at Bisley’s Newport factory, which is located just a few miles from the Celtic Collection’s flagship location.

Designed with style, functionality, and durability in mind, featured pieces include a super-sized, padded headboard upholstered with an easy-to-clean, anti-microbial fabric, and installed with coordinating bedside tables, a number of unique mirrors, a dressing table with a black exposed steel frame and large double wardrobes.

Graeme Matthews, Bisley’s Director of UK Sales said; “At Bisley, we’ve worked on a number of significant residential and hospitality projects.

“Our latest partnership with the Celtic Collection has enabled us to continue growing our market share in the hospitality sector, as well as our wood offering in the industry.”

Matthews adds: “As a business, we’re fully committed to supporting our local economy, especially when our Bisley headquarters and factory still remain in Newport, South Wales. Our work for the Tŷ Hotel has demonstrated our capabilities, as a manufacturer, to work on large-scale projects while delivering high-quality and functional products within the timescales and budget provided by our clients.”

Celtic Collection Cluster Hotel Director, Matt Barnby, said; “The casegoods furniture designed and installed by Bisley is the perfect fit for the contemporary look and feel of our bedrooms at Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront, and they finish off the rooms perfectly. We always look to work with local Welsh suppliers where possible and, when we decided to broaden our horizons to West Wales, it was great to be able to take a trusted supplier from Newport with us on the journey.”

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Council wants to increase social housing stock by buying private properties. Are you selling?

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says that it is continuing efforts to increase its social housing stock in response to the current housing challenges faced in the county.

As of the end of March, there were 5545 people on the housing register, the council said. With an increased demand to provide urgent temporary housing following changes to Welsh Government policy, the Council is now using its own stock as well as B&B and other private hostel arrangements.

The Council has been and continues to proactively acquire properties, including ex-council ‘buy backs’ to add to its housing stock by using its own as well as Welsh Government funding.

This funding has been allocated to the Council in recognition of the housing pressures being faced through lack of affordable accommodation and the demands on social housing stock.

Therefore the Council is urging anyone considering selling their property to get in touch.

Last year, the Council purchased 57 properties when presented with a unique opportunity.

Cllr Michelle Bateman, the Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Given the large numbers of people on the housing register I’m pleased to see that the Council is pushing on with efforts to increase the number of properties that are available.

“Each property we acquire is another home for people and families on the housing register in Pembrokeshire and makes such a positive impact on their lives.

“We are keen to acquire affordable housing that meet our needs across the County and therefore invite anyone considering selling their property to contact the Housing department on 01437 764551.”

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Milford Haven Town Council recommends new McDonald’s restaurant 

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MILFORD HAVEN Town Council have no objections to the application for a new McDonald’s restaurant to be built in town. 

The decision to recommend the application was made at the latest Milford Haven Town Council Planning, Policy and Community Committee meeting, following confirmation at the Full Council meeting held on Monday, June 27. 

The planning application focuses on the demolition of the former Paul Sartori Home Furnishings store at Havens Head Retail Park. 

If approved by Pembrokeshire County Council, the retail park would see a new 24-hour restaurant with a drive-through. 

Location for the proposed McDonald’s Drive Thru (Google Streetview)

All councillors at a meeting held in mid-June supported the recommendation. This came after a letter from Mr R Pugh, account director at Built Environment Communications Group, was read aloud on behalf of McDonald’s. 

The letter stated: “Job creation is particularly important in the post-Covid-19 climate, with significant challenges for young people entering the job market.

“McDonald’s will result in the creation of between 100-120 full- and part-time jobs, with a clear career path to management for employees who seek this opportunity.

“McDonald’s are committed to keeping the areas around their restaurants clean and tidy. All their restaurants are equipped with recycling facilities for customer dining inside and waste bins around the restaurant for those heading to the car park.

Plans for new McDonald’s are on the PCC website

“McDonald’s will also conduct a minimum of three daily litter picks for all litter within the vicinity of our restaurant.

“The Local Highway Authority has raised no objections to our proposals and the Transport Assessment submitted as part of our application concludes that the development proposals would not result in a material change in conditions on the local highway, with a co-ordinated parking strategy utilising spare capacity in neighbouring car parks.

“McDonald’s understands that Pembrokeshire County Council has declared a climate emergency and have a number of initiatives to reduce not only our impact on the environment, but accommodate others who also wish to do so.

“As such, our proposals include 100 per cent of power for our restaurants coming from renewable sources.”

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Asda rolls out loyalty programme to all stores in Wales

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ASDA has announced it will begin a roll-out of its ‘Asda Rewards’ loyalty app to customers across Wales following a successful eight-month trial.

The roll-out will mean that customers will be able use the Asda Rewards app in any of the supermarket’s 39 stores throughout Wales.

The expansion into Wales comes after a successful trial period across 48 Asda stores in the UK, which have seen over 300,000 customers sign up to the new loyalty programme and earn a total of £2.5m worth of rewards in their personal ‘cash pot’, which they can spend in store.

Shoppers can earn Asda Rewards in three easy ways:

· By completing in-app missions, such as:

o The ‘Heinz Hero’ mission, where customers receive £2 in their Cashpot for buying 5 canned Heinz products in their shop.

o Or the ‘Back to School’ mission, which puts £5 into users Cashpots when they spend £25 on George school uniform.

· By completing ‘milestone missions’, customers rewards will build higher the more the spend over a certain period.

o Up to 10th August, customers will receive cashback for every milestone they meet, starting from spending £50 to get a 50p reward, earning as much as £25 in to their Cashpot when they hit each spend milestone.

· By buying ‘star products’ which are highlighted throughout the store.

o There are over 400 ‘Star Products’ currently available, from Asda’s Butcher’s Selection pork chops to Asda’s Extra Special cheese selection, or even Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream tubs – customers will receive 10% back into their Cashpot when they add any of these products to their basket.

Customers will see their Cashpot build in the Asda Rewards app as they shop, and they can redeem their cash whenever they choose by creating a voucher in their rewards app with the money they have saved.

The supermarket is also trialling Asda Rewards online, so customers are rewarded for home deliveries and click and collect orders too – linking their Asda Rewards app to their Asda.com account. The trial is in selected stores across the UK, with Wales being the first full region to offer Rewards both in store and online.

Mark Baxter, Senior Director for Loyalty at Asda, said: “We are really excited to be able to bring Asda Rewards to our customers in Wales. We know that customers in our other trial stores love the savvy feeling they get from using Asda rewards to earn cash for tomorrow on the products they buy today – and we’ve been making improvements to the app based on their feedback. We’re looking forward to seeing how much our customers can save by shopping with Asda rewards in Wales and hearing what they think of it before we roll it out into even more stores across the UK.”

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