Welsh Business Awards 2017

Businesses from across Wales are being invited to put themselves forward for the prestigious Welsh Business Awards 2017 sponsored by the University of South Wales.

  • This year there are 10 categories for businesses to enter, including: Commitment to Customer Service;
  • Commitment to Skills & People Development;
  • Excellence in Community Relations;
  • Excellence in Environmental Management;
  • Excellence in Marketing & Communications;
  • Growth Business of the Year Start up Business of the Year;
  • Success through Innovation;
  • Success through Overseas Trade;
  • and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 8th December and nominees will be announced on Monday 29th January.

Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Gala Dinner, hosted by television presenter Gethin Jones, on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the City Hall in Cardiff.

You can make your entry by visiting the Business Awards website at www.awards.southwaleschamber.co.uk/

Cyber Essential Success

 

Antur Teifi has once again been successful in applying for the Cyber Essentials Certificate.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry supported scheme which provides a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken essential precautions to secure against the majority of cyber risks.  It also enables companies to successfully tender for government contracts.

After completing all the necessary requirements Antur Teifi will now be able to proudly display the *CREST badge to show that it is actively protecting the business against cyber threats.

*The approved accreditation body under the UK Government Cyber Essentials scheme.

Thank you to Telemat IT Support for their guidance in the successful retention of our Cyber Essentials accreditation this year again.

 

 

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/

Wales Start-Up Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The Wales Start-Up Awards, which are now in the second year of running, are dedicated to start-ups that have launched in the last three years.

Congratulations to the Mike and Kate Kindred at the Ginhaus Deli in Llandeilo who have reached the shortlist in two categories going forward now to the final to be held on Friday 15th September at The Depot, Cardiff.

The two categories are FOOD AND DRINK START-UP OF THE YEAR and TOURISM AND LEISURE START-UP OF THE YEAR.

Read their story on our Case Study page and how a start-up loan helped them on their way to success.

To see the 2017 shortlist in full visit

www.walesstartupawards.com/awards/shortlist

Good luck!

#bethespark

Welsh Government is helping to transform Wales by bringing key stakeholders together to spark growth and prosperity.

Entrepreneurs in Wales are creating and developing vibrant new businesses day in day-out. The continued success of these individuals is critical to spreading prosperity. With a rich mix of business leaders, investors, academics, research and infrastructure, Wales has all the attributes to help entrepreneurship flourish.

Now, with the introduction of BE THE SPARK, all these things are being harnessed to encourage more Wales-based entrepreneurs to tap into this network of innovators, investors and academic talent to transform their big ideas into tomorrow’s iconic products and businesses.

Beverley Pold, Chair of Antur Teifi,  attended the  inaugural event held in Cardiff on the 28th June. She said “The event was very well attended with over 200 people from all sectors very enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to this new entrepreneurial vision for Wales.”

If you’re an entrepreneur in Wales, BE THE SPARK can provide you with the inspiration you need to get your idea off the ground or take things to the next level. By joining this movement, you’ll get the chance to meet and collaborate with like-minded people, be inspired by business leaders with a track record of success and connect with venture capitalists looking to invest in the next big thing.

This is your opportunity to make the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for and create a more prosperous Wales.  For more information go to website at www.bethespark.wales/get-involved/entrepreneur

 

Antur Teifi Chair, Beverley Pold

 

An opportunity to share your thoughts on the future of services in Carmarthenshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

#IdeasExchange – an opportunity to share your thoughts on the future of services in Carmarthenshire

The Public Services Board  hope you can join them at one of their engagement events in order to give your innovative ideas for the work that will be done by Carmarthenshire Public Services Board (PSB) over the next five years.

The PSB, which is made up of public sector organisations across the county, is running 3 engagement events in July and wants to hear from you on what the Board should focus on.

By May 2018 the PSB is required to publish a five year County Well-being Plan that will say how the PSB will work together to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Carmarthenshire.  This is a requirement of the PSB under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

The #IdeasExchange workshop will take place at the following locations between 1.30pm and 4.30pm:

Wednesday 5 July 2017 – Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli

Wednesday 12 July 2017 – Dynefor Bowls Club, Ammanford

Wednesday 19 July 2017 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Carmarthen

The PSB have already developed draft Well-being Objectives for the Plan based on the Assessment of Local Well-being.  Results from the engagement campaign that was undertaken last year as well as other extensive research have been fed into the Assessment which has now been published and is available on the PSB website.

For further information on the PSB, visit their  website.

Please complete the form to register for one of the events

 

CAVO calling all Lampeter residents

Over the next few months CAVO, along with Cynnal y Cardi and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be out and about, asking the residents of Lampeter to share their thoughts on how you think we can secure a vibrant future for Lampeter. The questionnaire is also available on-line and CAVO are inviting everyone to have a say.  If you use services in Lampeter and would like to contribute in Welsh please follow this link https://goo.gl/SYOHlP or the English is available via this link https://goo.gl/sOLFi6. Please see information below also about  an event in Lampeter next week.
Come and see what Lampeter has to offer
2.00—6.00
20th June 2017 Victoria Hall

Warm welcome to all
Stands from a whole host of groups

For more information please contact CAVO on 01570 423232 or gen@cavo.org.uk