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.

Would you like to see your high street busy and buzzing?

Do empty shops affect you or your business?

Call in and share your ideas, your experiences and your hopes with us and representatives
of the Carmarthenshire Local Action Group.

21/7/2016 – 5 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo 10.00a.m – 7.00p.m

22/7/2016 – Cawdor Hall, Newcastle Emlyn 10.00a.m – 7.00p.m

25/7/2016 – 7a King Street, Carmarthen 10.00a.m – 7.00p.m

A fantastic opportunity to work together innovatively to shape the future of the high street.
For more information contact: Eleri Lewis on 01239 712321 or eleri@canta.co.uk

Why should I switch my business to superfast broadband?

The thought of having their business disrupted can put some business owners off the idea of adopting superfast broadband.  In the same breath they may ask “What’s in it for me?” The answer is loads! Superfast broadband can transform your day-to-day processes, making them more reliable and efficient, as well as saving you money – this alone is reason enough for small businesses to start exploring its potential. Continue reading “Why should I switch my business to superfast broadband?”