Small Business Advice Week 4-10 September

Antur Teifi’s Business Advice Surgeries Supporting Small Business Advice Week

On Friday, 8th September, as part of Small Business Advice Week, Antur Teifi will be holding business advice surgeries for small business owners and anyone thinking of starting a business.

Antur Teifi has been supporting business for almost 40 years. We work with many businesses throughout Wales every year to help them launch or grow and develop new markets. As a long -established enterprise agency we are aware of the issues faced by entrepreneurs and businesses.

We know that amongst the biggest challenges facing businesses is either funding the demands of those first few months as a start-up or accessing finance to take existing businesses to the next level.   We believe that many business owners may not be aware that there are other funding options available to them.

In our commitment to helping businesses we have recently expanded our portfolio of financial services.  We are now able to provide asset finance, commercial mortgages, short-term finance and much, much more.

In addition to our own new financial services, Antur Teifi also delivers a free advice service on behalf of Welsh Government’s flagship Business Wales service as well as the UK Government backed Start Up Loan Scheme across Wales.

We also offer Business Planning, Sales, Marketing and IT Support through our experienced team of technicians at Telemat IT Support.

Dewi Williams Antur Teifi’s Managing Director said “99.3% of businesses in Wales are classified as small and medium-sized  (SME). They are the backbone of the Welsh economy playing a vital role in job creation and developing prosperous communities.  We look forward to this opportunity during Small Business Advice Week to offer our support to SME’s either through our own commercial services or by signposting them to our partnership advisers . We welcome anyone who would like more information about our services or just an informal discussion about how we can help to call in at one of our offices on Friday.”

The Small Business Advice Surgeries will be held at Newcastle Emlyn, Lampeter and Llanelli between 9.00am and  5.00pm on Friday 8th September.

Our offices are located at:

Newcastle Emlyn, Aberarad Business Park, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9DB

12-14 John St, Llanelli SA15 1UH

Werndriw, 23 High St, Lampeter SA48 7BH

NEW FUND TO SUPPORT THE USE OF WELSH WITHIN BUSINESSES

The Welsh Government has launched a £400,000 fund to support the use of Welsh within small businesses.

Welsh language minister Alun Davies has launched a £400,000 fund aimed at helping SMEs become more bilingual. The objective of the fund is to increase visibility of the Welsh language in the community. The project will also increase understanding and maximise opportunities to strengthen bilingual customer services. The money will be allocated to establish a network of local practitioners to provide Welsh language support to businesses.

This initiative comes in the wake of a series of workshops organised by Antur Teifi in 2015 on behalf of Business Wales entitled “Understanding the benefits of using the Welsh language in business”.  Prepared specifically for Teifi Valley businesses by a Teifi Valley business that is one of Europe’s leaders in the rapidly expanding language consultancy market, Iaith Cyf the seminars provided attendees with the tools to get maximum benefit from this advantage which included:

  • communicating with customers
  • strengthening the USP (unique selling point)
  • promoting customer loyalty
  • providing opportunities to sell in new markets
  • indicating respect and understanding of the culture of the area
  • demonstrating commitment to equality

Held in the four main towns of the Teifi Valley – Cardigan, Lampeter and Newcastle Emlyn and Llandysul – the sessions led to a better understanding of the creative and proactive dynamic which is prevalent within the Teifi Valley’s predominantly Welsh-speaking communities which in turn led to an awakening and/or a strengthening within all who attended of a desire to play their part within the dynamic.

Ruby Rose is a gift shop in Lampeter owned by Kate McDermott. Attending the seminar proved an eye-opener for Kate.

“I certainly found the seminar inspiring and informative.  I have already had a friend translate one side of a new sign that I am halfway through painting for the top of the alleyway and last night I downloaded a Welsh learning app from Bangor University to get the ball rolling with my own Welsh journey so there has definitely been an impact already”.

LLUN:  Kate McDermott

Welsh Language – X Factor for local growth

Three Welsh Businesses Reach Final of Rural Business Awards 2017

 

Three Welsh businesses have reached the final stages of the national Rural Business Awards 2017.

The Ceridwen Centre here in the Teifi Valley has been named as one of the five finalists in the Best Rural Tourism Business. ET Landnet, a right of way consultancy based in Cross Hands has been short-listed for Best Rural Professional Services Business and Crwst, a micro-bakery based in Blaenffos has been nominated for Rural Entrepreneur of the Year.

The awards ceremony takes place on the  5th October 2017 at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey.

Good luck to the three Welsh finalists.

For more information about the awards and to see the full list of finalists in all categories, go to www.ruralbusine ssawards.co.uk/finalists-2017/