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/

Bootcamp for Business

Bootcamp to BusinessThis group of young entrepreneurs from across Wales recently took part in an intensive three day residential Bootcamp designed to equip them with the essential skills needed to bring their business ideas to life.

Held at the Urdd Centre in Glan-llyn over the weekend of 20-22 April, Bala, 25 business minded young people aged between 18-25 too part in series of business workshops covering topics such as crowdfunding, market research and branding.

The Bootcamp is an important event in Big Ideas Wales’ calendar of activities for young people in expanding their business knowledge and supporting their aspirations to launch their own business.

Big Ideas Wales forms part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund it helps young people aged between 5 and 25 to develop business ideas and entrepreneurial talent.

For more information visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/bigideas/about-big-ideas-wales or e-mail David at Antur Teifi – dbannister@anturteifi.org.uk

Farm Business Grant

Third Application window open now 

The  Farm Business Grant (FBG)scheme is a capital grant support package, designed to help farmers in Wales improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holding.

It provides a grant contribution towards items of equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified and costed and which offer clear, quantifiable benefits to farm enterprises.

The items available through the scheme cover the following five themes:

  • Animal Health, Performance and Genetics
  • Crop Management
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Energy Efficient
  • ICT

The minimum grant available is £3,000 and the maximum is £12,000.

If you have applied for FBG in one of the first two application windows and your application has been selected, but did not reach the £12,000 maximum, you can apply in this or a future window.

All businesses applying for the FBG must attend aFarming for the Future event organised by Farming Connect.

FBG is only available by accessing RPW Online. To request access to RPW Online or, if you have any queries on using the online system, please call the Customer Contact Centre.

For further details on the application and supporting scheme documentation, please see the attached link:

www.gov.wales/Farm Business Grant Scheme

 

The window closes on 16 March 2018

 

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.