Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (CCP) Netowrking Group

The inaugural Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (CCP) Netowrking Group was held on Wednesday, 7th November at the Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn.

The meeting was very well attended with representatives from a cross-section of businesses and organisations braving the wind and rain to attend. After enjoying a bacon roll and plenty of coffee and tea to compensate for the early start, everyone had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business before moving on to the more informal session when everyone had the chance to chat and get to know each other and their business.

Aled addressing the groupAt each meeting, one business will be allocated a 5 minute slot to introduce their business. It was Telemat at Antur Teifi’s turn this time. Aled Davies, Telemat’s Sales Executive gave an interesting talk about the importance of IT Support for small businesses and outlined the different options available from Telemat, ranging from a £25 Pay-as-you-go option to the more bespoke packages offering the whole range of IT support. For more information go to www.telemat.co.uk

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5th December at the Emlyn Hotel at 7.30am. This is an ideal opportunity to not only boost your business but also to share experiences and issues that face all businesses.

Tickets for the next meeting are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ccp-business-networking-group-tickets-52304855230.

Nominations for the West Wales Business Awards 2019 have opened

The event recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

The event, run by WalesOnline along with sister papers the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star, recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the event will take place on Friday, January 18 at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.

There are 10 categories for the awards and a shortlist of three will be selected from each category and one of the winners will be chosen as the overall Business of The Year.

Businesses must work or be registered in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire. Closing date is 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

The categories are:

  • Agricultural
  • Manufacturing – large business (Sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Manufacturing – SME business (sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Retail
  • Services (sponsored by LTC Mobility)
  • Tourism & leisure (sponsored by Norwave)
  • Training & development
  • Construction
  • Small Business
  • Food and drink

For full details about each of the categories please visit  goo.gl/9trhJq

Chris Hewitt, our new Board Chair

 Bev Pold the retiring ChairAntur Teifi is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Hewitt as our new Board Chair. He takes over from Bev Pold who served as Chair for three years.

Mr. Hewitt’s career path includes 20 years working for Royal Aerospace Establishment, standing as a candidate in the 1999 Assembly elections and subsequently representing the Association of Teachers & Lecturers in the Assembly and Welsh Government. He served as a non-executive director of the Ceredigion & Mid Wales NHS Trust for five and a half years until 2008 and has been a JP for over 13 years. He is a trustee of Cardigan Castle and is the current Treasurer of the Cadwgan Trust.

The new Chair takes over the role at the beginning of a milestone year for Antur Teifi which, in September 2019, celebrates 40 years supporting businesses both in its heartland of the Teifi Valley and across Mid and North Wales.

2019 will also be a milestone year for other businesses across the UK as the date for leaving the EU gets ever closer. As small to medium sized businesses are waiting to see what challenges will face them in the coming years the Board of Antur Teifi under its new Chair is confident that the experiences of the past 40 years will stand the organisation in good stead in its work of supporting businesses.

Chris hewitt, Cadeirydd newydd y BwrddMr. Hewitt noted

“It’s an honour and a privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to become Chair of the Board in Antur Teifi’s 40th year. Much has been achieved over the past 4 decades and I would particularly like to thank our retiring Managing Director, Dewi Williams, for his enormous contribution over the last 12 years. It will be a challenging time, for Antur, with a new Chair and a new Managing Director, but Antur’s strength is in its staff, and its reputation, and I’m sure that the organisation will enter its 5th decade with confidence and with the energy to face any challenges that the future may bring.

I would also like to thank  the retiring Chair, Bev Pold, for her contribution over the years and for providing a steady hand on the tiller.”

Small business grants competition

SmallBusiness.co.uk has launched a new grants competition, giving away £5,000 monthly to businesses turning over between £50,000 and £500,000.

If you run a small business that was incorporated at least one year ago, are actively trading, and your turnover is between £50,000 and £500,000, you are eligible to enter. All you have to do is fill in a single form talking about your business.

In your application, make sure you include as much information as possible on your successes so far. Using figures and examples where you can, such as turnover growth, key contracts won, partnerships forged, or anything else that helped your business move forward, will help your nomination.

For further information please visit The Small Business website.

DIGITAL SURVEY FOR SME’s

Cardiff University’s Welsh Economy Research Unit will launch the latest annual Digital Maturity Survey on September 10th in conjunction with the Welsh Government. The survey provides the primary source of data on Welsh businesses and their Digital Maturity – reflecting their IT skills and use of digital technologies.

Evidence from the previous Digital Maturity Surveys (2016 and 2017) shows businesses achieved significant benefits from the adoption of such technologies, with 50% of Welsh SMEs reporting increased profits from the use of superfast broadband.

All businesses taking part in the 2018 survey will be eligible to receive a copy of their free Digital Maturity Score (this will be sent to all participants in early 2019), showing how they compare to others in Wales. The survey can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/2w2koYe

The Rural Business Investment Scheme

This is a capital investments scheme to support projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales.  The scheme is open to existing and start up micro & small food and drink processors and manufacturers throughout Wales such as:

  • Sole traders
  • Voluntary sector organisations
  • Private and public limited companies
  • Businesses that want to process agricultural products but do not meet the criteria for the Food Business Investment Scheme
  • New businesses including start-up businesses
  • The maximum grant for an individual investment project is 40% of the total eligible cost with a maximum of £50,000 for any individual investment project.

The current application window is open and the closing date is 19 September 2018.  Another application window will open on 29 October 2018 and closes on 3 December 2018.

For further information go to gov.wales

FSB SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS 2019

The entries for  FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 opened on the 10th August and small businesses and the self-employed in Wales are being urged to enter and celebrate their achievements. The Welsh winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 22nd March 2019 held at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.

The awards are a means of shining a light on some of the best, most innovative and most determined small businesses.

Entry to the awards is free, and open to all small businesses and the self-employed, whether they are current FSB members, or not.   Click the link below to find out more about the awards or to enter.

The 11 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards area categories are:

  • Community Business of the Year (Wales only)
  • International Business of the Year
  • Ethical and Green Business of the Year
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Digital Innovation of the Year
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Scale-up Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)
  • Employer of the Year

 

https://www.fsbawards.co.uk/

 

MOVING ON AFTER SUCCESSFUL PERIOD OF GROWTH

Following a 12 year period of growth, Antur Teifi’s Managing Director,
Dewi Williams is stepping down.

With 20,000+ businesses supported,4,000 self employed and business starts and 11,000 new and safeguarded jobs achieved during that time, the company is well placed to move on to the next stage of its growth.

Now in its 40th year, Antur Teifi has faced many challenges in an ever changing economic landscape. The commercial opportunities fostered and developed over the past 12 years have ensured that Antur Teifi’s position as a business support agency is as relevant today as it was in 1979.

The process of appointing a new Managing Director with the ambition, vision and drive to build on this success is now underway.

The role specifiction is  currently being finalised and will be made available within the next few weeks.

Applications Open for the 2018 Wales Start-Up Awards

The third annual Wales Start-Up Awards were recently launched.

The Wales Start-Up Awards were launched in 2016 by Professor Dylan-Jones Evans OBE and Liz Brooks, managing director of Grapevine Event Management in order to recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service.  Their contribution to job creation, creativity and innovation in the Welsh economy often goes unnoticed hence the creation of these awards.

The closing date for nominations is 6th July 2018 with a ceremony to be held at The Depot, Cardiff on 21st September, 2018.

For full details of all the categories and eligibility criteria go to https://www.walesstartupawards.com/awards/2018

Carmarthenshire County Council funding for events

The next round of a funding scheme for events has been launched by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Funding is open to those who currently organise or who wish to organise events, and could offer a maximum of £5,000 – at up to half of the total cost – where the event will make an impact on the economic development of Carmarthenshire.
Communication support can also be offered.

The fund is part of the council’s events support strategy which offers a range of activities to help organisers and boost events in the county.

Events that enhance certain strategic objectives such as the county cycling strategy, town and village of culture events and the Visit Wales Year of the Sea are encouraged to apply.

Last year, the fund supported 16 events across Carmarthenshire, bringing an impact of around £1.17 million to the local economy.

Matt Page of A Cycling, who organises the annual “Battle on the Beach” Cycling event at Pembrey Country Park was one of the beneficiaries.

“Battle On the Beach draws competitors to Carmarthenshire from across the UK and Ireland as well as parts of Europe” said Matt.

“The fund enabled us to bring some additional activities to the event to improve visitor experience as well as to commission professional drone footage that we can use to promote the event more widely and professionally going forward.”

Executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, Cllr. Peter Hughes Griffiths said: “We recognise the importance of events in supporting our communities and towns, the contribution they can make to the local economy and how they attract visitors to Carmarthenshire.

“This fund is just one way we are supporting events in our county which have the most potential to meet our objectives.

“We would urge those interested who meet the criteria to apply”

For more information, visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/organising-events/