Investors In People (IIP) accreditation

Antur Teifi has once again successfully retained its Investors In People (IIP) accreditation.  IIP is the global standard for people management.

The award demonstrates our continued commitment in realising the potential of our staff to lead, support and manage their teams effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Working with clients across the globe, Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Antur Teifi as the IIP accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Antur Teifi  should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Commenting on the award, Bronwen Raine, Managing Director of Antur Teifi, said: “This award is a reflection of the contribution and dedication of our teams across Wales.  Our accreditation lasts for the next three years, however, we will continue to strive to make improvements in people management throughout the organisation in order to continue to provide a first class service for our clients.”

FSB Search to Find the Ultimate Small Businesses is On

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Wales has launched its search to find the greatest small businesses from across the UK. From exporters to start-ups, from innovators to green businesses, and from family businesses to the best young entrepreneurs, small firms are being encouraged to enter FSB’s 2019 Celebrating Small Business awards.

The annual awards, which are open for entries, recognise a sector that makes up 99.9 per cent of all private sector businesses in the UK.

The Wales final will take place in Cardiff in March 2019, with all winners going on to compete at the UK national final taking place on 23 May 2019 at Evolution Battersea, London. Here, 10 UK category award winners will be announced from which the FSB UK Small Business of the Year 2019 will be chosen.

The award categories for the 2019 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are:

  • 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
  • Community Award

The awards are free to enter and are open to all small firms. The closing date for Welsh entries is the 8th of February 2019.

CCP NETWORKING GROUP

The second CCP Networking meeting was held in the Emlyn Hotel, on Wednesday the 5th of December.  With a great turn out of businesses once again, delegates were treated to tea, coffee and bacon rolls whilst having the opportunity to chat and hear more about each other’s businesses.

CPP NetworkingA five minute presentation was given by John Evans of Workways+.  He gave a very interesting insight into the work of the organisation which offers training and paid work experience opportunities to long-term unemployed people to help get their lives back on track.  Hearing some of the success stories was truly inspirational, not only from the perspective of  the unemployed who had secured work but also from that of the employers in giving individuals these life-changing opportunities.

The Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire (CCP) Business Network  was set up by Dave and Claire Thomas of Thomas Safety Services Ltd as a non-profit group, and meetings are held on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month. (Except January 2019, which will be Wednesday 9th January 2019.) The entry fee is £5 per person which covers the cost of the refreshments,

If you are interested and want more information contact dave@thomassafetyservices.co.uk or claire@thomassafetyservices.co.uk or  Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/CCPBusinessNetwork or  Twitter at https://twitter.com/CCPBusinessNet

Antur Teifi Appoint a New Managing Director

From 12th November, the new name at the head of Antur Teifi will be Bronwen Raine – only the fourth MD to lead the west Wales based company established as a social enterprise almost 40 years ago.

Rhondda born Bronwen will take over from Dewi Williams who has overseen Antur Teifi’s Wales-wide expansion from its Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire roots over the past 12 years.

Moving to Cardiff as a child, Bronwen was educated at Whitchurch High School and went on to study law at the London School of Economics. After graduation, Bronwen turned her back on a promising law career. Instead, she became an entrepreneur establishing, with her husband, Nick, a courier business in the UK capital. Following 12 successful and enlightening years, the pair made the decision to head back, with their three children, to Wales.

Here, she quickly established a reputation for expertise in Equality and Diversity within the Voluntary sector. This led to what she describes as exciting consultancy opportunities first, within the Welsh Development Agency and latterly as a project manager with the Ceredigion Health Board.

It was this expertise that brought her to Antur Teifi in 2009 before being appointed Manager of the New Business Starts contract for Ceredigion and Powys in 2012. Her role prior to this appointment was Manager of Business Wales for the mid-Wales region.

As Managing Director, Mrs. Raine has a clear vision as to how to shape the company’s growth plans. “Strengthening Antur Teifi’s commercial arm is a prime priority” she says.

2019 will mark an important milestone in the Antur Teifi story and the new MD is looking to take full advantage of the celebrations. Says Bronwen:

“Entering our 40th year places us in a very privileged position. We have much in common with the businesses that we have supported over the years. Having grown from a small but committed base ourselves we have an inherent understanding of both the challenges and opportunities facing rural businesses and enterprises. That experience comes from our strong local roots in the Teifi Valley – a wealth of experience and knowledge that is proving to be relevant and inspirational to businesses across Wales.”

 

As part of her personal investment in Antur Teifi’s continued development Mrs Raine is in the process of building on her learner’s familiarity with the Welsh language. ‘The previous MD’s of Antur Teifi have been fully bilingual and I’m anxious to gain full access to the creative and vibrant dynamic of community that the language provides’ she said.
Says Chris Hewitt, Chair of Antur Teifi: “With the company entering its 40th year, Bronwen takes over at a critical juncture. I have no doubt that she has the vision, ability and energy to enable Antur Teifi to look forward, with confidence, towards the next 40 years.”

Gold again for Antur Teifi

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

Chris Hewitt is Antur Teifi’s Chair and said. “As a company we are very proud of this achievement and particularly in having attained a very high score once again this year. 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 ”

Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (CCP) Netowrking Group

The inaugural Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (CCP) Netowrking Group was held on Wednesday, 7th November at the Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn.

The meeting was very well attended with representatives from a cross-section of businesses and organisations braving the wind and rain to attend. After enjoying a bacon roll and plenty of coffee and tea to compensate for the early start, everyone had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business before moving on to the more informal session when everyone had the chance to chat and get to know each other and their business.

Aled addressing the groupAt each meeting, one business will be allocated a 5 minute slot to introduce their business. It was Telemat at Antur Teifi’s turn this time. Aled Davies, Telemat’s Sales Executive gave an interesting talk about the importance of IT Support for small businesses and outlined the different options available from Telemat, ranging from a £25 Pay-as-you-go option to the more bespoke packages offering the whole range of IT support. For more information go to www.telemat.co.uk

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5th December at the Emlyn Hotel at 7.30am. This is an ideal opportunity to not only boost your business but also to share experiences and issues that face all businesses.

Tickets for the next meeting are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ccp-business-networking-group-tickets-52304855230.

Nominations for the West Wales Business Awards 2019 have opened

The event recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

The event, run by WalesOnline along with sister papers the Carmarthen Journal and the Llanelli Star, recognises and celebrates the diverse range of businesses in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the event will take place on Friday, January 18 at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.

There are 10 categories for the awards and a shortlist of three will be selected from each category and one of the winners will be chosen as the overall Business of The Year.

Businesses must work or be registered in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire. Closing date is 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

The categories are:

  • Agricultural
  • Manufacturing – large business (Sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Manufacturing – SME business (sponsored by Red Kite Law)
  • Retail
  • Services (sponsored by LTC Mobility)
  • Tourism & leisure (sponsored by Norwave)
  • Training & development
  • Construction
  • Small Business
  • Food and drink

For full details about each of the categories please visit  goo.gl/9trhJq

Chris Hewitt, our new Board Chair

 Bev Pold the retiring ChairAntur Teifi is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Hewitt as our new Board Chair. He takes over from Bev Pold who served as Chair for three years.

Mr. Hewitt’s career path includes 20 years working for Royal Aerospace Establishment, standing as a candidate in the 1999 Assembly elections and subsequently representing the Association of Teachers & Lecturers in the Assembly and Welsh Government. He served as a non-executive director of the Ceredigion & Mid Wales NHS Trust for five and a half years until 2008 and has been a JP for over 13 years. He is a trustee of Cardigan Castle and is the current Treasurer of the Cadwgan Trust.

The new Chair takes over the role at the beginning of a milestone year for Antur Teifi which, in September 2019, celebrates 40 years supporting businesses both in its heartland of the Teifi Valley and across Mid and North Wales.

2019 will also be a milestone year for other businesses across the UK as the date for leaving the EU gets ever closer. As small to medium sized businesses are waiting to see what challenges will face them in the coming years the Board of Antur Teifi under its new Chair is confident that the experiences of the past 40 years will stand the organisation in good stead in its work of supporting businesses.

Chris hewitt, Cadeirydd newydd y BwrddMr. Hewitt noted

“It’s an honour and a privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to become Chair of the Board in Antur Teifi’s 40th year. Much has been achieved over the past 4 decades and I would particularly like to thank our retiring Managing Director, Dewi Williams, for his enormous contribution over the last 12 years. It will be a challenging time, for Antur, with a new Chair and a new Managing Director, but Antur’s strength is in its staff, and its reputation, and I’m sure that the organisation will enter its 5th decade with confidence and with the energy to face any challenges that the future may bring.

I would also like to thank  the retiring Chair, Bev Pold, for her contribution over the years and for providing a steady hand on the tiller.”

Small business grants competition

SmallBusiness.co.uk has launched a new grants competition, giving away £5,000 monthly to businesses turning over between £50,000 and £500,000.

If you run a small business that was incorporated at least one year ago, are actively trading, and your turnover is between £50,000 and £500,000, you are eligible to enter. All you have to do is fill in a single form talking about your business.

In your application, make sure you include as much information as possible on your successes so far. Using figures and examples where you can, such as turnover growth, key contracts won, partnerships forged, or anything else that helped your business move forward, will help your nomination.

For further information please visit The Small Business website.

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