Local Business – Global Market!

Cardigan Castle was the perfect setting for a business networking event arranged by Antur Teifi in September.The event was well attended and it was encouraging to see representatives from a diverse range of organisations from the private, public and third sector keen to find out more about Antur Teifi’s broad range of business support services. Key speaker Professor Landon MD, Chairman and Research Director at MicroPharm gave an inspiring presentation and an insight into the ground-breaking work being carried out at the Newcastle Emlyn based organisation. MicroPharm produces anti-venoms for the treatment of snakebites – from the common adder and the West African carpet viper. MicroPharm are expanding and have recently opened a new facility in Cilgerran with the support of Antur Teifi. This new centre is part of a £2 million expansion programme that’ll be used for on-going research to provide much needed treatments for devastating diseases such as C.difficile and Ebola

Says Beverley Pold, Chair of Antur Teifi: “We are delighted to be a part of MicroPharm’s story. We were able to support the company in the early days by providing manufacturing facilities for their operations at the Aberarad Business Park and the recent expansion is certainly good news for the local economy with the creation of more skilled jobs in this area. It’s certainly inspiring to see a business taking advantage of local talent and support thriving on a global scale.”

 

Accrediation News

Committed2Equality is the national Diversity Assured accreditation body which aids, confirms and recognises commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. For more information about the scheme click here http://www.c2e.co.uk/

We are pleased to announce that Antur Teifi has been awarded Disability Confident Employer status for a further two years. This accreditation acknowledges our commitment to ensuring that the disabled, or those with long term health conditions, have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations. The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.​ For more information about the scheme visit

www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign

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

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

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

Wales Tourism Awards 2018

The National Tourism Awards for Wales celebrates the best of Wales’ tourism – showcasing Wales’ tourism businesses and the industry’s achievements.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 8 March 2018 at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and nominations are now being invited in the range of categories outlined below.

Categories for the awards are:

  • best hotel
  • best bed & breakfast
  • best self-catering
  • best caravan, camping or glamping
  • best attraction
  • best activity
  • best event
  • best place to eat
  • best destination
  • young tourism person of the year
  • tourism business innovation award

Nominations close on the 12th of January, 2018.  For more information visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/national-tourism-awards-wales-2018

As Good as Gold

 

Following the recent Committed2Equality (C2E) assessment  Antur Teifi has retained the Gold Standard for the fourth year running.

Attaining this National Equality Standard not only gives the company an advantage for winning business in a very competitive marketplace but is also a key dimension of our Corporate Social Responsibility both towards our employees as well as in the service we provide to members of the public through our own projects and those of our delivery partners.

Bev Pold is Antur Teifi’s chairman. “As a company we are very proud of this achievement and particularly so this year as we have attained the highest score since joining the scheme.  This is a true endorsement that Antur Teifi is doing everything to maintain the high standards we strive for in supporting businesses and the community ”

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/