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

Welsh Government Micro Small Business Fund

The Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF) is available for micro to small size  businesses with fewer than 50 FTE employees.

MSBF is an investment fund targeting eligible capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.

Support of between £25,000 and £500,000 will be considered, in order to:

  • create and safeguard jobs
  • realise economic benefit and growth
  • deliver quality, innovation and a sense of place.

Are you eligible?

To find out if your project is eligible for support, please:

We will process the forms, and invite applications if appropriate. We will let you know what information we need to process your application, and send you the application form which is appropriate for your business.

For more information visit :  https://businesswales.gov.wales/zones/tourism/finance

Contact us on tiss@wales.gsi.gov.uk or 0845 010 8020.

Half an hour that could lead to 30% faster growth

At Antur Teifi, we work with thousands of businesses every year to help them realise their goals. We know that running a business is highly complex, challenging and rewarding. We also know that careful planning can lead to better performance. This is backed up by independent research. For example, Andrew Burke, Stuart Fraser and Francis Greene published their research among in the Journal of Management Studies, 47(3) in 2010 showing that companies that plan grow 30% faster than those that don’t plan.

We know that planning for the development of your business can be time consuming and complex – there is so much to consider. With this in mind, Antur Teifi has developed an on-line business self-assessment tool that will enable you to identify where you need to focus your attention.

The Build a Better Business Snapshot asks businesses to rank their performance across 6 key business functions:

  • Business Planning (including resource management within the business)
  • Market Intelligence
  • IT management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales

For each section you will be asked to rank your current performance, before being asked a series of questions about the activity you undertake within each section.  At the end of the section, you will be asked to score yourself  again, considering your responses to those questions. This enables you to provide a ‘gut-feel’ answer, as well as a more considered response to your performance in each section.

After completing the snapshot, your total score (out of 60) will  be provided, and you will be invited to consider potential areas for improvement within your business.

This can be used as the basis for planning your future growth and development, and lead to performance improvement.

Take the FREE Snapshot today by visiting www.anturteifi.org.uk/snapshot

Rare positive signs for Welsh high streets?

 

Footfall analysis for Welsh high streets, reported by Business News Wales (see link) shows that footfall in Welsh town centres grew in February, bucking the trend in the rest of the UK.

High Street Shopping in Wales on the Increase

Commentary from the retail analysts Springboard, puts the growth down to town centres focusing on leisure and dining experiences to attract people by complementing the shopping offer in the towns.

Our work in researching and reporting on town centre prospects in the last few years supports this. Retail expert Bill Grimsey, speaking at our AGM in Lampeter in 2014 suggested that businesses within towns need to collectively look at and improve their offer to give people a reason to visit – to make town centres destinations of choice.

Bill Grimsey

We worked with St Catherine’s Walk in Carmarthen to put on a photography exhibition celebrating local rugby heroes, a fixture that led to a spike in footfall in Carmarthen.

Our recent work for Carmarthenshire County Council looking at the feasibility of a pop-up shops initiative in rural Carmarthenshire also highlighted the need to focus on events and co-ordinated efforts to give people a reason to visit and engage with their towns again.

It’s through this continued hard work that February’s spike in footfall across town centres will become real sustainable growth.

Talk to our Build a Better Business team at Antur Teifi about our experience of working with town centres.