A New App To Promote Local Suppliers

A New App To Promote Local Suppliers

A new app has been created to promote local sourcing, and businesses are being encouraged to sign up ahead of its official launch later this month.

4theRegion has created the app to promote “buying regional”, which is one of our six impact areas.

“Our members know that procurement and local sourcing are at the heart of our mission at 4theRegion, which is why we are excited to be able to release this new tool for businesses and buyers in South West Wales. We really want to see major organisations spending their money with regional businesses, in order to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits of that spend,” said Dawn Lyle, 4theRegion cofounder.

Businesses are now being encouraged to sign up to the app and list their products and services. It’s free to register, and the aim is to raise awareness of the wealth of local suppliers that exist across the region, becoming a useful directory for organisations committed to relocalising more of their spending.

Click here to register on the app on your phone or web browser – no download necessary.

“Local businesses are embedded in their communities, they create jobs and give back to local places in a whole range of positive ways – and by supporting local firms we can create a thriving regional economy that benefits everyone in South West Wales,” said Julie Jones, Local Sourcing Champion at 4theRegion.

The app has been in development for some time, and will be formally launched in Swansea at a meeting with major regional organisations on 28th June, involving the big housing associations, local authorities, and major anchor institutions such as the Universities, the DVLA and others.

The initial roll out is supported through a partnership project with Swansea Council, funded through the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund, aimed at “creating opportunities for local sourcing” among major employers across the county. It is hoped that the other three local authorities in South West Wales will get involved as the initiative moves forward, along with major buyers from across Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Click here to register for the launch event on Tuesday 28th June 2022, via Zoom (12pm-2pm).

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JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Artists’ call-out
Awel Aman Tawe are looking for a Textile Artist and a Social Practice Artist to lead on their arts and heritage project Ein Milltir Sgwâr – Our Square Mile. The closing date is 17th December 5pm. Email your application to Emily Hinshelwood: emily@awel.coop and cc it to taweguild@gmail.com and angie.dickinson@live.co.uk. Read More

‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas’
‘Everyone Deserves A Christmas’ has gone live with a video of their Christmas single ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’. The album ‘Christmas with the Pope’ is available to stream, download, or buy on CD from Derricks Music, Swansea. ‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas’ provides festive cheer for people who need a helping hand in the local community. This year the campaign aims to create 800 £50 food hampers. Read More

Dine & Do Good
The idea is really simple – invite customers to Dine & Do Good. Llamau are asking you – our local pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways – to add a voluntary £1 donation to customers’ bills. The optional donation makes a small difference to the total bill for customers, but collectively will make a huge difference to the lives of the young people Llamau support. Read More

Be a Llamau Secret Santa
Llamau want all the people they support to receive a gift they will love to open on Christmas Day. By becoming a Llamau Secret Santa, you can ensure that happens. £10 could pay for a stocking for two young people to open, £30 could pay for a warm jacket for a young person, £50 could pay for presents for a woman and her family who have suffered domestic abuse, and £100 could pay for five young people to enjoy Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Read More

2022 Charity Calendars Now Available
Brynymor Digital Press have released their 2022 charity calendar. Pick yours up today for just £5, a perfect gift ready for Christmas! All profits stay in Swansea to help support men, women and children with cancer, their family and friends, across South West Wales. Maggie’s provide advice, counselling and workshops at their centre on the grounds of Singleton Hospital. Donation to be made by cash at Brynymor Digital Press’ shop donation tin or through their JustGiving page.

Current Jobs at Gower College Swansea
Gower College Swansea’s mission is to inspire and support our learners to achieve their full potential through the delivery of the highest quality of education and training. Thanks to our highly committed and talented staff, we are able to provide outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Job Vacancies at NPTC Group of Colleges
NPTC Group of Colleges is a thriving Further Education College, employing nearly 900 professional and dedicated staff, on a full-time, part-time and sessional basis, across 9 campuses throughout Neath Port Talbot and Powys. Read More

Work with the National Botanic Garden of Wales
The Garden offers a range of job opportunities from horticulture and education to administration and catering. All types of job opportunities currently available at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be listed here.

Job Opportunities at Llamau
If you’re looking to join a dynamic team that is working to end homelessness every single day, then come and join Llamau. Read More

Careers at JCP Solicitors
People are the core focus of JCP Solicitors, along with commitment to specialism and desire to be the leading experts in their fields. They are a business that puts people, clients and community at the heart of our decision making processes. Read More

Senior Housing Officer
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Coastal Housing to join the community housing team as a Senior Housing Officer. The community housing teams have the day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that all applicants and residents of Coastal Housing Group receive an excellent service. Your role will be to deliver this excellent level of service alongside providing outstanding leadership and management of the Community Housing Officers. Read More

Open Consultations
You can find all of Natural Resources Wales’ consultations here.

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

The CAE Community Facilities Renovation and Refurbishment
The CAE wishes to contract a suitably qualified, experienced and resourced building contractor to undertake renovations and refurbishment of their building situated on 28 Oxford Street, Swansea. The work is to include the clearance of existing services and fittings and the fitting of new services. The scope of the project will also include some external works. Read More

Supply and Installation of Horizontal Baling Equipment
Pembrokeshire County Council is seeking a contractor to supply and install horizontal baling equipment. Read More

Cleaning Materials, Workwear, PPE Products (Covid Related)
Carmarthenshire County Council is commissioning the framework for the supply of cleaning materials, workwear and PPE products. Deadline 12th January 2022. On Thursday 9th December – 11am – 1pm Business Wales will be delivering a tender specific workshop that will offer support and guidance in developing your skills and knowledge for this tender. Read More

Tendering Opportunities from Swansea Council
Swansea Council is seeking contractors to provide vegetation management (weed control) on the public highway, management options for Swansea Bay Sports Park, initial market testing for the development of the Laboratory Building at Hafod Coperworks, supply and installation Of new playground equipment at Penlan North Community Centre, and plant hire and hired haulage.

Nematode Application to Clearfell Sites 2022
Natural Resources Wales is seeking to award a framework to cover the whole of Wales to provide nematode application to clearfell sites. The work will be carried out in the forestry environment and will include the application of microscopic nematodes to clearfelled tree stumps on restock coupes in Wales, prior to restocking. Read More

Provision of Consultancy Services to Undertake a Review of Angels Invest Wales
The Development Bank of Wales is seeking to appoint a company to undertake a review and report on what has been achieved by Angels Invest Wales since its launch, as well as to make recommendations on future activity. Read More

Children and Young Peoples Overnight Short Break Service
Neath Port Talbot Council is currently looking to invite tender submissions for the provision of their overnight short break services for children and young people with disabilities, which we anticipate to be published around January 2022 for an August 2022 contract start. Read More

DEVELOPMENT

Swansea market unveils new indoor garden
A new indoor garden is open for visitors in Swansea Market in time for Christmas. It features more than 170 plants, tables and chairs for visitors to enjoy food and drink bought from market stalls. It has free public wi-fi, power charging facilities, recycling bins and a water station to refill water bottles. And for the first time, dog lovers are be able to bring their well-behaved pets to the market, and can enjoy a bowl of water at Swansea Jack’s kennel. Read More

New seafront homes and refurbished apartments scheme for Aberavon
Neath-based firms J.G. Hale Construction and timber frame construction specialist SO Modular are collaborating to build 55 new homes and refurbish 72 existing flats in Aberavon. The scheme will eventually provide 127 carbon-neutral homes for social housing provider, Tai Tarian, delivered across three phases, over three years. Read More

Caredig, the new name for Family Housing Association
Family Housing Association, an organisation that provides affordable rented housing and a range of support services to people in South and West Wales, has changed its name to Caredig. Caredig (pronounced Ca-rae-dig) means ‘Kind’ in Welsh, which reflects the organisation’s core purpose of creating better homes and services for communities, putting the delivery of person-centred services first. These are values which are very much aligned with those of 4theRegion. Read More

Swansea’s old Mamma Mia’s restaurant to be transformed into shops and offices with green rooftop meeting pods
A prominent Swansea city centre building which was once home to a popular Italian restaurant looks set to undergo a huge transformation. Planning documents submitted through Llanelli based Morganstone show the 1950s building will be transformed into retail units to the ground floor, with three storeys of offices above, including a roof terrace and three rooftop meeting pods and green infrastructure. Read More

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro: what you need to know
Plans are afoot to revolutionise our region’s bus and rail network. We caught up with Transport for Wales Strategic Development Programme Manager Ben George to find out what’s in store. Imagine a future in which the South West Wales rail network is integrated with bus routes, ticketing and timetables, making it possible to seamlessly switch between train and bus to get to your destination. Read More

New look revealed for Swansea prom with hammocks and climbing walls
The detailed proposals for the new sea defences will help protect Mumbles for decades to come and will protect the community against flooding and rising tides. The scheme will protect homes and businesses, maintain sea views from the prom, widen the prom to create new space for pedestrians and cyclists, maintain most car parking in the area, protect existing trees and introduce more trees and greenery. Read More

First Look at Spectacular New Hotel Revealed
New computer-generated images have been unveiled giving the first look inside a new 100-bedroom hotel being built as part of the Milford Waterfront development in Milford Haven. Set to launch in Spring 2022, the new hotel will be managed and operated by the team responsible for the iconic Celtic Manor Resort. Read More

Work to begin on hi-tech tree-covered glass building on site of beloved old Oceana nightclub in Swansea
The construction work will transform the site of the former iconic nightclub into a hi-tech, tree-covered glass building. The development set for 71/72 The Kingsway will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floorspace with flexible co-working and office opportunities for tech, digital and creative sector businesses. Read More

First design proposals revealed for city centre local services hub
Proposed designs have been unveiled for a new central Swansea location for the city’s main library and other key services. Translucent cladding could be backlit to act as a beacon to help attract visitors. There are proposals to have a green wall and planting on a roof area. Inside, the library would act as a “spine” and there’d be a feature grand central staircase. Read More

The future of Swansea’s Wind Street: Fly-through video
Swansea Council has revealed what Wind Street is expected to look like as it undergoes a major revamp, via a virtual fly-through video. The footage shows a “modern welcoming Wind Street” with outdoor seating areas, vast greenery, performance areas and lighting as part of the £3m upgrade. The popular party street is hoped to be turned into a family-friendly area that will attract visitors throughout the day, rather than mostly just in the evenings. Read More

Successful CRF Projects in South West Wales
Earlier in the year, local authorities across the UK were invited to submit proposals for projects to be funded by the Community Renewal Fund.  We’ve been waiting with fingers crossed for the successful projects to be announced. Here are the projects in our region (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot) that have received a combined £10m funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund! Read More

The multi-million pound new projects which will help Neath Port Talbot meet the challenges of the post-Covid era
New and refurbished schools, the major redevelopment of Neath’s town centre, the building of a self powering technology centre to attract new jobs and investment and the nearly completed Plaza Cinema project in Port Talbot. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

First look inside Swansea Arena in Copr Bay
Seats are being put in place within the venue’s auditorium as work continues on the city’s new Copr Bay district. Behind-the-scenes snaps also give people a look at other new developments of the £135m district ranging from the 1.1-acre coastal park along with a new café and restaurant. People have been able to see the work along with a series of pictures of the decorative ceilings within the arena. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

New project set to support locals back into the job market
Landsker Business Solutions Ltd. is helping local people to develop their career prospects and get back into work with its new project, Routes. Routes aims to support those aged 25 and over to raise their skills and make steps towards employment. The end goal is to help build a thriving and prosperous economy to improve the lives of people and communities across the nation by tackling poverty and ensuring equal opportunities for all. Read More

Teenage entrepreneur who supplies nutritious meals to top Welsh sports stars opens his own ‘lean’ café
Whilst many of the 19-year old’s friends were going off to university, Ioan was suppling some of Wales’ biggest sporting names with nutritious meal plans as well as employing 12 members of staff who prepare the 600 food orders a week at Robert Davies Gym in Llanelli. And it’s been such a success that Ioan has now taken the business to new heights and has just opened his own café, Lean Kitchen Café, at his base at the gym. Read More

Debenhams building in Carmarthen brought back to life in time for Christmas six months after closing
The former Debenhams store in Carmarthen has been transformed into a space for pop-up local businesses in the run-up to Christmas, bringing the largest retail unit in the town back to life. The former Debenhams unit, along with number one Stepney Street in Llanelli, have been offered to small local businesses as a chance to “display and sell their goods amongst big high street chains”. Crucially, spaces are free of charge. Read More

Swansea Council helps young people kick-start their careers
Hundreds of people are gaining valuable experience in the workplace thanks to two Swansea Council initiatives that help them find work. As part of the council’s economic recovery plan and in response to the impact of the pandemic, the council is now offering more than 300 paid work placement opportunities to unemployed people through Workways+ and fellow employment scheme Kickstart. Read More

We are a Living Wage Employer
4theRegion are proud to be living wage employers as we firmly believe everyone regardless of role should be paid fairly for the work they do! Find out how you can take the steps for your business and become a living wage employer here.

A new pub is opening on the old Mumbles Mile
A pub owner is bucking the trend by throwing open its doors on the old Mumbles Mile. Louise Price is turning back the clock at the Western Lane site by giving the venue its original name of Waterloo Stores. The pub, which was first given a licence back in 1896, will be more than just a place to have a pint as people will also be able to relax with a coffee there during the day. Read More

Award-winning chicken wing cook opens cheese toastie shop weeks after having the idea
Stinky Boys has been opened in Swansea’s Castle Arcade by Ryan Jenkins, the entrepreneur best known for edgy chicken wing business Hot Damn. Ryan decided to keep things simple with the menu at Stinky Boys, with just two sandwiches on offer initially. He said “I’m a big fan of less is more. So we’re gonna do this real short menu with a house grilled cheese. We’ll also do a Stinky Boy, which is our signature, and then we’re going to start chucking on specials.” Read More

Swansea bakery sells ‘best doughnuts ever’ with chocolate orange and strawberry cheesecake flavours
Tucked away on the otherwise regular Duke Street of Swansea is a small shop with a colourful storefront and an even more colourful inside, called Crazy Baker. Inside the store is a wonderland of gourmet sweet treats, sandwiches and vegan foods in all sorts of colours and flavours; all the brainchild of owner Giovanni and his son. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Triple awards success for University diabetes expert
Dr Becky Thomas, who is senior research officer and informatics lead with the Diabetes Research Group based at Swansea University Medical School, was honoured for her willingness to go above and beyond in supporting and educating people living with diabetes. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Port makes further commitment to carbon reduction with investment in fleet of electric commercial vehicles
Seven new, electric commercial vehicles are now in service at the Port of Milford Haven as part of the organisation’s commitment to reducing its carbon emissions. Supplied by Sinclair Van Centre Swansea, the Volkswagen Transporter vans are being used across the Port’s estate in Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock. Read More

Wales’ bathing waters deliver 100% compliance record for fourth year running
Of the 105 bathing waters sampled by Natural Resources Wales, 85 achieved the highest classification of excellent, 14 good and six sufficient ensuring that Wales’ coastlines continue to meet some of the most stringent water quality standards in Europe. A classification of excellent water quality is one of the main requirements for applying for a Blue Flag award for 2021. Read More

Offshore Wind farm plan floated for Port Talbot
Associated British Ports owns five ports in the south of Wales but said that the deeper waters off the shore of Port Talbot would make it the best choice for such a scheme. The plan also involves filling in parts of the current port in order to allow for the manufacture and assembly of the wind farms. Read More

Trail hunting is banned on National Resources Wales owned land
Natural Resources Wales has banned trail hunting on its land after a senior huntsman was convicted of using the sport as a “smokescreen” for illegal fox hunting. The Welsh Government-sponsored body, which manages large swathes of countryside and forest, follows in the footsteps of the National Trust, whose members voted to impose a ban in late October. Read More

Work begins on the redevelopment of Pembroke Port to harness opportunities from renewables
Part of the £60 million Pembroke Dock Marine project, the redevelopment will create a world-class energy and engineering centre of excellence and act as a focal point for capturing the economic value from wind, wave and tidal renewable energy projects. The first phase of works is the renovation of the four Grade II listed Hangar Annexes attached to the historic Sunderland Hangars at Pembroke Port to create flexible modern workspaces and a workshop. Read More

One of Wales’ largest hospitals is now being powered by a huge solar farm
The £5.9m development, at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, is the first in the UK to be directly wired to an acute hospital. Commissioning work on the 10,000-panel solar farm at Brynwhillach Farm was completed in October. The 4MW farm will supply about a quarter of Morriston’s power, cutting the electricity bill by approximately £500,000 a year and significantly reducing carbon emissions. Read More

Sustrans Cymru to deliver e-bike and e-cargo bike loan schemes in Swansea
E-Move, a pilot scheme to help people swap their cars for an electric bike, is being rolled out in Swansea.  Electric batteries assist pedalling, boosting speed up to 15.5mph. They can help people tackle hilly terrain, carry children and other loads, and go for longer distance cycling cycle trips. The scheme is run by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans. Electric-cargo bikes will be available for free to businesses and community organisations in Swansea. Read More

Citizens’ climate change pledges to inspire others to take action
People and organisations who want to help Swansea tackle the climate emergency can now publicly express their aims on a new web page. Swansea Council’s online Climate Pledge Wall allows individuals and groups take a swift and simple step to tell others how they’re helping the planet. Read More

Transport schemes in Swansea to focus on pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers
Council chiefs want to encourage these modes of transport in and out of the city centre, particular as the indoor arena and other large-scale regeneration schemes head towards completion. Drivers won’t be forgotten, but Swansea Council are keen that fewer journeys are made by car. Read More

A new Welsh Super Hero is born
Deep in the former coal valleys of South Wales, forged by the finest young minds in the country, a powerful new creature has emerged: Dipsy, the Eco-Cat! She went to COP26, furious with the lack of progress on tackling climate change, carrying a sackful of messages from Welsh school children. How did this happen? Read More

Race for the One Planet Standard
Swansea Council is seeking to be the first Welsh council to receive accreditation for the work it’s doing to reduce its overall ecological footprint. As well as decarbonisation, this covers buildings, travel, land use and waste as well as biodiversity and the impact on natural resources. Read More

Fishpond Power – Margam Country Park Turbine Restoration Creates Renewable Energy Source
The historic turbine house located in Margam Country Park has been restored to once again provide electricity for the Margam Estate. The Turbine house was built in 1891 for Emily Charlotte Talbot, who commissioned the development of a hydro-electric scheme powered by a nearby fishpond. The original turbine generated enough electricity to power 400 lamps. It is thought Margam Castle was the second domestic dwelling to have electricity in Britain. Read More

Swansea Recycling Firm That Worked on Llangennech Railway Crash Site Clean-Up Wins Growing Business Award
Swansea-based Gavin Griffiths Recycling has scooped a prestigious Growing Business Award 2021 – B2B Business of The Year – at a glittering ceremony in London. Part of the Gavin Griffiths Group, the firm, which has its headquarters in Llangyfelach and expanded this year into a site in Carmarthen, was praised by judges for its “innovative approach to waste management, recycling and aiming for zero landfill,” as well as its “fantastic community engagement.” Read More

The 100% Recyclable Meat Tray – New Packaging Does Away With Throwaway Absorbent Pads
A Swansea researcher has invented a new type of plastic packaging for raw meat which avoids the need for non-recyclable pads inside the trays to soak up the juices, meaning the whole of the packaging tray can now be recycled. The new packaging is already in use in mainstream UK retailers, helping to increase recyclability of more than 800,000 tonnes per year of food plastic packaging generated by UK supermarkets. Read More

National Botanic Garden of Wales wins international award
The Regency Restoration project is this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers People’s Choice. The award recognises civil engineering projects that have made a positive impact on their local communities. The project, which took five years to complete at a cost of more than £7m, is the largest of its kind undertaken in Wales and includes two new lakes, bridges, dams, cascades, a waterfall and an extensive network of paths, all set in 300 acres of wooded parkland. Read More

New maps reveal huge potential for future cycling routes in Swansea
Swansea’s network of cycle and shared-use paths could grow exponentially. The council has consulted on a draft active travel network map for the county, which could lead to more space being dedicated to cyclists and walkers. From Pontarddulais in the north, Mumbles in the south, Birchgrove in the east and Llanrhidian in the west, a spider’s web of dotted orange and blue lines appear on the map indicating potential future routes. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Your ultimate guide to Christmas in Swansea
Unlike 2020, there’s tonnes to do for Christmas 2021 in Swansea. This year we are certainly not out of the woods in terms of the pandemic, but we do currently have far more freedoms, so it’s probably time to start enjoying them. Here’s a guide to what we can look forward to in the city ahead of the big day.

West End sensation Jersey Boys confirmed for Swansea Arena in new announcement
Swansea Arena has announced an award-winning West End musical will be hitting its stage late next year. It was announced today that the Internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys, will be running from Tuesday, November 29, until Saturday, December 3, 2022, the first West End musical to be confirmed for the new venue, which is yet to open. Read More

The Welsh park named one of the best in the UK
Margam Country Park was ranked among the best in the country after environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy asked the public to weigh in with their People’s Choice vote, which came after the park was once again the recipient of a prestigious Green Flag. Tens of thousands voted the park into the country’s top ten. Read More

Paul Weller to play gig at Swansea’s Singleton Park in summer 2022
The Modfather will return to Wales on 31 July 2022 for a massive outdoor show. The show follows the release of his 16th solo album, Fat Pop (Volume 1) which includes all of his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council. The show at Swansea’s Singleton Park will feature work across his prolific career as well as his new material. Read More

RuPaul’s Drag Race announces three Welsh dates on 2022 tour
Popular BBC Three show RuPaul’s Drag Race is going on tour again for the latest series, and comes to Swansea Arena on Friday, September 23 2022. All 12 queens from series three, including Welsh drag queen Victoria Scone, will be performing their drag acts in this new tour. Read More

Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland: Pictures, what’s there, and how much it all costs
Museum Park has been transformed with funfair rides and games, an ice skating rink, and the ever popular Alpine Village – offering up a whole array of festive food and drink option. Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland will be open until January 3 next year. Read More

Road rainbows will add colour to city’s inclusive Wind Street
The multi-coloured designs will span a newly-laid road being installed as part of the street’s Swansea Council-driven regeneration. One has already been installed – two more will follow. Swansea is a welcoming and diverse city. Wind Street will further add to its appeal – and the colourful areas of rainbow road will strengthen this message. They will reflect the positive messages associated with designs used by those celebrating LGBTQ+ life. Read More

IRONMAN announces Swansea as new host city for IRONMAN 70.3 TRIATHLON
IRONMAN has announced that it will add a brand-new event to its 2022 global race calendar. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2022. Athletes will take on a 1.2-mile (1.9km) swim at the Prince of Wales Dock before cycling a one-loop 56-mile (90km) bike course. Lastly, athletes will take on a 13.1-mile (21.1km) two loop run course which takes them from the city centre , out past the new eye-catching gold-coloured Swansea Arena, towards Mumbles before heading back towards the finish line at the Marina. Read More

A real-life Squid Game is taking place in Swansea, without all the horrible bits obviously
Inspired by the show, Venue No 1 in Swansea will be allowing players to experience the high stakes games for themselves in a special theatrical event. It will see contestants compete in six games to avoid being eliminated, but thankfully, unlike the show, elimination is only to the ‘Blood Bar’ where players can grab a drink before the next event. Read More

Swansea Christmas Market 2021: What’s there to buy, eat and drink
A range of talented crafters, traders and delicious street food vendors are lining Oxford Street and offering a selection of unique gifts, treats and decorations. You’ll find jewellery, home décor, intricate handcrafted glass and ceramics, and personalised gifts, along with fine cheese, wine and homemade chocolates. Some chalets will host a selection of new traders and crafters each week, so there’s always something different to see. Read More

EDUCATION

Investors bring enterprise to life through The Bumbles of Honeywood Programme for primary schools
Primary school children throughout the UK are being inspired to develop their enterprise skills with the help of a syndicate of 15 business angels who have completed a £400,000 investment in 2B Enterprising headquartered in Swansea. Established by multi award-winning enterprise educator Sue Poole, 2B Enterprising has created and introduced the Bumbles of Honeywood as an enterprise skills programme specifically for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Read More

UWTSD Honorary Fellow hosts UK book launch at Lampeter Campus
Having come to Lampeter as a student in 1983, Pamela Petro decided return to launch her new book ‘The Long Field – A Memoir, Wales, and the Presence of Absence’. The book burrows deep into the Welsh countryside to tell how this small country became a big part of an American writer’s life. Read More

Shaping the future of professional and executive education
After an ambitious refurbishment project, which received 65% funding from Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, Sketty Hall has been transformed into a modern teaching space with social areas, a coffee bar and library. The campus will now be home to a wide range of professional business and management courses, higher level qualifications and degree apprenticeships. Read More

UWTSD re launches their #Whereisyourmate campaign
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to relaunch their #WhereisyourMate campaign. The aim is to raise awareness and to encourage students and young people in Swansea to have a buddy system so that they go home with the people that they came out with, and also encourage them to have a specific meeting point if somebody goes missing and to keep a friend’s contact number on paper just in case their mobile phone runs out of charge. Read More

City exhibition showcases how youngsters want to Be Seen
A unique exhibition featuring virtual reality artwork created by young people to express their feelings about their mental health has been held in Swansea. The event is the latest phase of a Swansea University project which explores how young people post, share and view images online to express their narratives and state of mind. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Christmas Trail
Every Day in December 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Baby & Me
Mondays 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Social Media Basics – SFBW (Webinar)
7 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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The Power of Networks for Better Leadership Skills
7 December 10:30 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Community Yoga Class
Tuesdays 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Work Smarter, Work Safer (5+ Employees) – SFBW (Webinar)
7 December 13:00 – 15:00
Online
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Tuesdays 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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New Year, New Start, New Biz
7 December 16:00 – 17:30
Online
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Choirs For Good
7 December 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Research & Planning your Marketing activity
8 December 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Email southwales@businesswales.org.uk to receive the joining link and instructions

Start UP to Scale Up: A growth programme for StartUp Businesses. Cohort 33, Phase II
8 December 09:30 – 13:00
Online
Email southwales@businesswales.org.uk to receive the joining link and instructions

Websites – SFBW (Webinar)
8 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership: Introduction and Opportunities
8 December 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Suicide Prevention- Strategies for the Workplace
8 December 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Selling Online (E-commerce) Advanced – SFBW (Webinar)
8 December 13:00 – 15:00
Online
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LGBTQ Yoga and Movement Class
8 December 19:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Understanding Exporting – Virtual/Online
9 December 09:30 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Advanced Digital Marketing – SFBW (Webinar)
9 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Chamber Customs: Brexit, what Brexit?
9 December 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Walking for Wellbeing
Thursdays 12:00
Meet on the sea well opposite the kiosk at the Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Thursdays 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Stress Management Course
Thursdays 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Chamber Business Awards 2021
9 December 16:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Mindful Wreath Making Workshop
9 December 18:00 – 20:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Handstands and Core
Thursdays 19:00 – 20:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Welcome to Menopause
Fridays 11:00 – 12:15 in person at The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
Fridays 19:00 – 20:15 Online (with a 3 hour in person workshop on Saturday)
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Men’s Shed
Fridays 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
10 December 12:00 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Returning to Work after Covid-19 – Managing the long-term effects
10 December 13:30 – 14:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
Fridays 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Fridays 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
10 December 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Starting and running your own business – Core module
11 December 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Email southwales@businesswales.org.uk to receive the joining link and instructions

Swansea Winter Vintage & Makers Market
11 & 12 December 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Film on Sunday: THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
12 December 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Members Christmas Social
13 December 17:00
4theRegion Office, Swansea Train Station
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Delivering Online Courses & Virtual Services – SFBW (Webinar)
14 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Chamber Customs: Full on Brexit!
14 December 14:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Choirs For Good
14 December 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Social Media Basics – SFBW (Webinar)
15 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Stress Management in the Workplace
15 December 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Running your Business Online: Where to Start – SFBW (Webinar)
15 December 13:00 – 15:00
Online
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Bouygues Virtual Meet the Buyer – Opportunities on 71/72 Kingsway
16 December 09:00 – 14:00
Online
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Starting and running your own business – Core module
16 December 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Email southwales@businesswales.org.uk to receive the joining link and instructions

Advanced Social Media – SFBW (Webinar)
16 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Christmas Market 2021
16 December 10:00 – 20:00
17 December 10:00 – 20:00
18 December 10:00 – 14:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Get Found Online – SEO – SFBW (Webinar)
16 December 13:00 – 15:00
Online
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Special Xmas Soundbath
18 December 18:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Supple spine, easy neck: gentle movement for a healthy spine
19 December 10:30 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Sunshine Lotus Yoga
19 December 13:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Running your Business Online: Where to Start – SFBW (Webinar)
21 December 10:00 – 12:00
Online
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Boxing Day Bash 2021
26 December 20:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Successful CRF Projects in South West Wales

Successful CRF Projects in South West Wales

Earlier in the year, local authorities across the UK were invited to submit proposals for projects to be funded by the Community Renewal Fund.  We’ve been waiting with fingers crossed for the successful projects to be announced, and we are delighted to say that the news is IN!!!  Here are the projects in our region (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot) that have received a combined £10m funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund!

Carmarthenshire – £2.9m in total for:

  • Banc Sgiliau Busnes Sir Gar/ Business Skills Bank Sir Gar (BSB Sir Gar)
  • Carmarthenshire Towns Recovery & growth pilot
  • Carmarthenshire’s Old Towns – Their Past, Present and Potential
  • Digging Beneath the Surface – Archives, Archaeology and Access in Carmarthenshire
  • Dreigiau CYCA Dragons Y cyfle i fynnu – the opportunity to thrive
  • Enterprise Carmarthenshire
  • Llanelli Town Centre Ambassador and Delivery Service Project
  • Rapid Skills Shortage Response
  • Regenerating Llanelli
  • Revitalise Rhydaman
  • Supporting the Welsh language in business and communities
  • THE LIFE YOU WANT

Neath Port Talbot – £2.4m in total for:

  • A roadmap for restoring, enhancing and connecting Green Infrastructure for people and nature in a post-industrial landscape
  • Digital Bridges -Bridging the Digital Divide
  • JOBSTART
  • Neath Port Talbot Third Sector Grant Scheme
  • Next Steps – Employability Support and Work Experience
  • Supporting Business Growth and Innovation

Pembrokeshire – £2.9m in total for:

  • Climate Adaptation – Addressing climate risks in Pembrokeshire’s Communities
  • Developing the Pembroke Town Walls Management Plan
  • Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership – Building Natural Solutions
  • ESP – Enterprise & Skills Pembrokeshire
  • Feasibility Study – Winter Tourism in North East Pembrokeshire
  • Passion & Parking at Freshwater West – working together for a sustainable future
  • Pembrokeshire Open to All
  • Resourceful Communities: Towards a wellbeing economy
  • Thrive Project

Swansea – £2.6m in total for:

  • Community-led Sustainable Transport Solutions – Investing in Communities and Place
  • Cowork Local (Swansea)
  • Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
  • Enterprise Swansea
  • Pathways to Work Swansea
  • Penderi Green Regeneration
  • People with Disabilities Employability and Enterprise Project (Swansea Project)
  • Swansea Business Support and Green Recovery
  • Time to Learn and Work

4theRegion is excited to be part of a number of these successful project bids, and we will share more information soon on all the exciting projects that are set be delivered under this programme!  Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay updated!

Click here to see the full UK list.

October Regional Round-Up

October Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Job Vacancies with NPTC Group of Colleges

NPTC Group of Colleges is a thriving Further Education College, employing nearly 900 professional and dedicated staff, on a full-time, part-time and sessional basis, across 9 campuses throughout Neath Port Talbot and Powys. Read More

Mobile Tyre Fitter

Day’s Motor Group is looking for an experienced mobile tyre fitter to join their growing team. This is a great opportunity for an experienced mobile tyre fitter to join a fantastic company. Previous tyre fitting experience would be advantageous. Read More

Current Jobs at Family Housing

Family Housing always look forward to welcoming new people into their organisation. People who want to make a positive difference to the lives of Family Housing’s tenants and find ways to help them develop vibrant, inclusive communities. Read More

Bid Writer/Fundraiser

YMCA Swansea have an opportunity to fill a brand-new role within the charity – a Bid Writer/Fundraiser to research, design, write and submit detailed applications for revenue funds to support our services. This will be an exceptional opportunity for a gifted and driven individual to build new networks and to establish, develop and maintain new fundraising initiatives for the charity. Read More

Project Manager (Climate Action)

The CAE are looking for a Project Manager who will work solely on their Climate Action programmes, supporting the implementation of the organisation’s climate change strategy and action plan. Through their activities, The CAE work to raise awareness to marginalised BAME communities, inspiring changes in action in their day to day lives. Read More

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic – rugged mountains and woodlands, beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and amazing wildlife. The people who work in Natural Resources Wales have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Job Opportunities with Llamau

Llamau are hiring! If you would like to join a fast-paced, dynamic company that works every day to end homelessness in Wales, apply now! Read More

Job Opportunities with Bevan Buckland

Bevan Buckland are looking to recruit a Tax Assistant (Graduate/School Leaver) at their Swansea Office. You will have responsibility to assist in the delivery all client’s projects and will demonstrate expected and acceptable behaviours in line with the Firm’s values and build positive relationships with clients and staff. Read More

Dine & Do Good

‘Dine & Do Good’ is a really simple idea: Llamau are approaching local pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways to take part, by encouraging their customers to Dine & Do Good, by adding a voluntary £1 (or more if they wish) donation to their bill. Read More

Current Jobs at Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea’s mission is to inspire and support their learners to achieve their full potential through the delivery of the highest quality of education and training. Thanks to their highly committed and talented staff, they are able to provide outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Work with the National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Garden offers a range of job opportunities from horticulture and education to administration and catering. All types of job opportunities currently available at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be listed here.

PLANED are hiring for two key roles

Do you have demonstrable enthusiasm for communities within South West Wales? Do you want to join a forward looking, positive and high performing organisation? PLANED are looking for two Development Project Officers covering Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Read More

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Main Contractor for Pencerfnarda Farm Development

Following planning committee approval, Pobl Group are now looking to appoint a contractor to deliver their Pencefnarda development in Penyrheol, Swansea. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council is seeking to appoint contractors to provide balcony repairs to various properties, property insurance in respect of leasehold flats excluding broker services, outright purchase of up to 2 18 tonne GVW 4×4 chassis cabs, voice entry systems, SAP business objects support and maintenance, assistance with LoRaWAN and sensor implementation and associated tasks, domestic rewires, and a framework agreement for the provision of engineering services.

Supply and Installation of Play Equipment and Safety Surfacing

The purpose of this tender opportunity from Swansea Council is to obtain a fixed rate price and illustrated layouts for the supply and installation of new playground equipment and where applicable safety surfacing and other features at Port Eynon, Gower, West Cross, Coed Bach Playground, Blackpill Lido Playground and Bracelet Bay Playground.

Nant-y-Caws Landfill Site Phase 1 Leachate Effluent Treatment Plant Operation

Carmarthenshire County Council is responsible for the safe treatment and disposal of leachate arising from a closed landfill site at Nant-y-Caws, Carmarthen. The Council wishes to invite tenders for the operation and maintenance of the plant with suitably qualified and technically competent personnel. Read More

Wales Pension Partnership Private Markets Investments

Carmarthenshire County Council is the Host Authority for the Wales Pension Partnership (WPP). The WPP is now looking to develop a range of Private Market Sub-Funds which the Constituent Authorities (Local Government Pension Funds) of Wales can use to obtain the private market exposure that they require to meet their locally decided strategic asset allocations. Read More

Contract Notices for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David looks forward to receiving your tenders for the removal and replacement of the existing rooflight at the T&L Building on Carmarthen Campus, to undertake maintenance work to the roof of the BBC Building, and a research project into the oral Welsh achievement of two cohorts of learners.

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire County Council

Pembrokeshire County Council wish to appoint a creative events management company to provide a complete turnkey event management service for the organisation of 2 public events and work with communities in North Pembrokeshire as part of the project Ancient Connections. Applications are also invited from firms wishing to tender for the provision of printing services.

Commercialising Innovation in Health

Swansea University are interested to learn more about best practice in publicly provided health organisations globally, but particularly in the UK for creating value from enabling and accelerating the adoption of innovation, and exploiting intellectual property. Read More

Tendering opportunities for Neath Port Talbot Council

Neath Port Talbot Council invite tenders for a parcel of standing timber comprised of an estimated 180-300 cubic metres over bark of Corsican pine and the roadside sale of between 150 – 200 cubic metres of beech timber.

Diesel Fuel Contract

In order to undertake its businesses effectively and efficiently, CWM Environmental Ltd. requires a reliable contractor to supply Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) fuel for on road vehicles via a card/at the pump solution and deliveries to bulk/tanks across 4 sites for the use in plant machinery. Read More

DEVELOPMENT

Carmarthenshire Council has appointed a contractor to start building the Wellbeing Village

Bouygues UK (pronounced “Bweegs”) has been appointed to design and build Zone 1 of the Pentre Awel development at Delta Lakes.  This is one of the approved City Deal projects, and will bring together life science innovation, community healthcare and modern leisure facilities at the 83-acre site on the Llanelli coastline.  Preconstruction works are now starting, with construction set to commence next year.  Read More

Award winning company appointed to lead £750m Swansea regeneration

Swansea Council has appointed award winning regeneration company Urban Splash as its preferred development partner for a number of key sites, including the Civic Centre, Swansea Central North and a plot of land running alongside the River Tawe in the St Thomas area of the city. At 4theRegion, we are really interested to hear that a development partner has been appointed and we look forward to understanding more about their vision for Swansea. Read More

The living wall that will be created in the heart of Swansea city centre

Work is well underway on the 1.1-acre coastal park next to Swansea Arena, which will see the city transformed through the green space. It will soon be planted-up and steps will be carried out to put a ‘living wall’ on the Oystermouth Road side of the car parking structure underneath the coastal park. The coastal park forms part of the new £135m Copr Bay phase one district, which is being developed by Swansea Council. Read More

Mixed-use proposals backed for city centre

Future phases of Swansea city centre developments and investments have been unveiled as a mixed-use destination with investment in lifestyle, family experiences and retail to help increase the number of visitors. Aimed at helping create a more vibrant and sustainable city centre in coming years, proposals include improvements to Swansea Market, public art, more greenery, a new street food market, and a new public area for families. Read More

Planning committee approval for 44 new socially rented homes

Pobl Group’s development at Pencefnarda Farm, Penyrehol, was approved by Swansea’s planning committee on Tuesday 7th September 2021. The new homes will provide much needed social housing for the local area, as well as a new substantial public open green and natural play area. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Multi-million pound life science project set for approval

Major plans for a new £132m life science, well-being and sports campuses project in Swansea that’s expected create over 1,000 jobs are gathering pace. The project is one of nine forming part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal investment across the Swansea Bay City Region. The two-site, phased project is estimated to be worth more than £150m to the regional economy. Read More

Government Backing for Job-Creating Green Economy Plans

The UK and Welsh Governments have approved the £58.7m Swansea Bay City Deal’s Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth programme which aims to support the creation and safeguarding of 1,320 jobs in the green economy through seven interlinked projects. The programme aims to establish the Swansea Bay City Region as a leader in low carbon growth and the green economy. Read More

 

BUSINESS NEWS

Chef who’s worked at top European restaurants opens 12-seater diner with foraged produce in Pembrokeshire

Annwn, a new fine dining restaurant which showcases locally-sourced and foraged produce has opened in rural Pembrokeshire. Matt Powell, a chef with over 20 years experience who has worked for Raymond Blanc and in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe, is the person behind the new venture. He said: “We’re really focused on our local surroundings. Pembrokeshire’s produce is amazing, we’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to ingredients.” Read More

‘We quit our jobs to pursue our dream when a double tragedy made us realise how short life is’

After a very difficult year, best friends Jayne Libby and Racheal James decided to follow their dream and open Morriston’s newest café, Dessert World. Racheal said: “We realised life is too short to not take these chances.” Situated on Clase Road, Dessert World will serve a wide range of desserts, ice-creams and coffees. Read More

New plant based café opens in Swansea Market

Nonna’s Deliciously Different specialises in sweet treats and desserts. The idea behind the stall came from Penllegaer couple David and Barbara Johnson. The couple were inspired into the plant based industry after their daughter became a vegan several years ago. Barbara said “There was so little options for my daughter whenever we went out for food. I wanted to change that”. Read More

I left my job in Costa to start my own coffee shop

Having received praise for revitalising one of the Costa Coffees in Swansea, Maurizio Pozzi decided he wanted to do more. Armed with years of knowledge and a passion of creating an “experience all for the customer”, he wanted to take a risk and start his own independent space. OneSixty Coffee Bar in the heart of Port Tennant has been described as “a little jewel of a place” in an often forgotten part of Swansea born out of Maurizio’s desire to do his own thing. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Carmarthenshire Council has appointed a contractor to start building the Wellbeing Village

Bouygues UK (pronounced “Bweegs”) has been appointed to design and build Zone 1 of the Pentre Awel development at Delta Lakes.  This is one of the approved City Deal projects, and will bring together life science innovation, community healthcare and modern leisure facilities at the 83-acre site on the Llanelli coastline.  Preconstruction works are now starting, with construction set to commence next year.  Read More

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research Launches App to Support Digital Inclusion of older persons

The app links directly to the International Day of Older Persons’ main theme of Digital Equity for All Ages, “bringing awareness of the importance of digital inclusion of older persons, while tackling stereotypes, prejudice and discriminations associated with digitalization”. The Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research aims to improve the lives of older people through research, policy and practice. Swansea University and Bangor University are its central partners. Read More

Six Swansea projects funded as part of £6.5 million for life-saving research in Wales

Six Swansea University researchers have been awarded funding by Health and Care Research Wales to investigate topics ranging from sun safety policies in primary schools to the impact of COVID-19 on people with epilepsy. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Swansea Council pushes ahead with Dragon Energy island plan

Swansea Council has asked for funding to develop a business case for a tidal lagoon. The Dragon Energy Island includes underwater data servers and up to 10,000 floating homes and businesses as well as tidal turbines and the solar farm. Cllr Andrea Lewis, who has the climate change portfolio, described it as “hugely exciting” and “a game changer”, and that – if replicated elsewhere – an industry which would help the UK become self-sustainable in terms of energy. Read More

High-tech electricity project coming to Swansea

Norwegian energy company Statkraft has planning permission for what it terms a greener grid park, comprising two large rotating stabilisers, batteries and inverters, kept within a 109 by 100m compound. It’s a mix of engineering and tech which essentially act as a shock absorber to provide stability when there are sudden fluctuations in the grid, for example a power station going offline or a problem with a high voltage cable. Read More

Energy Positive Bay Technology Centre on track for completion by end of 2021

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Bay Technology Centre, sited on one of Wales’s premier business parks in the heart of South Wales, is on schedule to be completed in December of this year. The £7.9m three-storey office and laboratory space, located at the M4-side Baglan Energy Park in Port Talbot, will host different size units for start-up companies, indigenous businesses and inward investors looking for a base to set up and grow their operations. Read More

Carbon neutral potatoes are UK first

The home of the much-loved Pembrokeshire potato has added a new iconic product to supermarket shelves with the launch of the UK’s first carbon neutral potato. Root Zero planet friendly potatoes are grown in Pembrokeshire by Puffin Produce and have been launched into 200 Co-op stores across the UK. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Festival held to celebrate the life of Swansea Jack

The famous Welsh dog rescued 27 people from the North Dock and River Tawe area of Swansea between 1931 and 1937. Jack acted as a guardian angel for that part of the city – keeping an ear out for cries of help from the water. He first rescued a 12-year-old boy in June 1931, and his second rescue was just a few weeks later when he saved a swimmer from the docks in front of a large crowd. Read More

Inside the abandoned island fort off the Welsh coast where you can now have a sleepover

It’s the eerie abandoned island fort off the West Wales coast that dates back to the mid 19th century. Built to defend the Royal Naval Dockyard at Pembroke Dock against a Napoleonic invasion, Stack Rock Fort’s long, winding, labyrinthine corridors once reverberated to the sound of shell fire and the 150 soldiers stationed there. However, now Stack Rock Fort is available to visit and spend the night for the first time since its colossal cannons finally fell silent. Read More

Free buses returning to Swansea for Halloween and Christmas

A free bus promotion is set to return during October half term and the Christmas Holidays with specific dates yet to be announced. The previous initiative introduced for the month of August saw 220,000 passengers make use of the scheme. Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “Families have told me what a difference it’s made for them. They’ve been able to enjoy days out without worrying about the cost of travel.” Read More

More acts have been announced for the new Swansea Arena

We’re very excited about Swansea Arena. Six shows have now been announced for the new venue. Rob Brydon, Katherine Ryan, Alice Cooper and The Cult, Diversity, John Bishop and Oti Mabuse are set to perform at the 3,500 capacity attraction, which is set to open its doors for the first ticketed shows in 2022. Read More

Swansea creatives can bid for new council support of up to £1,500

Cultural organisations and self-employed creatives in Swansea’s arts and heritage sectors can apply for up to £1,500 to help them present their work to new audiences. Swansea Council has launched the offer of support for locally-based arts, cultural and heritage organisations and freelance art, culture and heritage practitioners. Applications will be accepted from now until October 31, with the council aiming to make decisions swiftly. Read More

New campaigns aims to attract thousands of visitors to Neath Port Talbot

A new tourism campaign fronted by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is being launched this month. The Dramatic Heart of Wales campaign is hoping to attract tourists to the area for overnight stays towards the end of 2021 and into 2022.The campaign will highlight the rich natural beauty, world-class adventure activities and unique heritage that can be found within Neath Port Talbot – ‘The Dramatic Heart of Wales’. Read More

Stunning outdoor ‘dining bubbles’ have returned to Mumbles

Gorgeous outdoor ‘dining bubbles’ have returned to Mumbles promenade – and they’re perfect for autumnal evenings with loved ones. Bistrot Pierre Mumbles has confirmed the two “Bistrot Bubbles” have made a triumphant return. Diners can reserve a bubble for between four and six people and have their meals and drinks served to them in their own private dining globe – while enjoying the incredible sea views without being exposed to the elements. Read More

Swansea Grand Theatre opens for the first time in 18 months and this is what’s on

Autumn highlights include In The Night Garden on October 13 and 14, The Bootleg Beatles on October 23, Al Murray on October 29 and The Circus of Horrors on November 3. Swansea Grand Theatre’s traditional panto will return from December 10 until January 2, with this year’s production being Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Colin Jackson, Kev Johns, Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedian Jon Clegg, Emma Kirk and Zoe George. Read More

The top rated Welsh beach on Trip Advisor ‘just like being in Spain’ may surprise you

In fact, it is Tenby Castle Beach, the smallest of Tenby’s three sandy beaches and only about 150 metres wide, narrower during high tide. At low tide, there are plenty of rock pools to splash around in. The sandy cove is stooped below the iconic multi-coloured cottages of Tenby, on the south side of the cobblestoned town. Tenby Castle Beach is named so because it is overlooked by the ancient ruins of Tenby Castle. Looking the other way, out to sea is St Catherine’s Island, a tidal island complete with a Napoleonic Fort. Read More

A prosecco festival is returning to Swansea next month and it will serve gin too

The nights are drawing in and the weather has started to turn darker and gloomier – but an epic drinks festival is sure to brighten up autumn. After being forced to reschedule during the pandemic, the festival is back in Swansea on November 13 and bigger than ever. Prosecco fans will be spoilt for choice with the UK’s “largest selection of fizz available by the glass,” whilst a diverse menu of gin, flavoured gin and ‘fizzy cocktails’ will also be available at the event at Brangwyn Hall. Read More

EDUCATION

Swansea Retains its UK Top 25 Position in the Guardian University Guide 2022

Swansea University is ranked 24th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide. Professor Steve Wilks, Provost at Swansea University, said: “These latest rankings in the Guardian University Guide are an excellent result for Swansea and it is wonderful to see the hard work and commitment of colleagues across the university recognised in this way. Despite the challenging times we have faced over the past year, we have retained our position as a UK top 25 university and have remained the highest-ranked university in Wales for the third year running.” Read More

UWTSD appoints a Director of Marketing and Communications

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has appointed Jonathan Batty as its Director of Marketing and Communications. Jonathan will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of an integrated marketing and communications strategy across the University. He said “I was motivated to join UWTSD as I believe the university is ambitious to become globally recognised and respected.” Read More

Gower College Swansea to get world-class skills boost

The College is one of 12 leading institutions (colleges and Independent Training Providers) to have been selected to join the skills revolution by becoming part of WorldSkills UK’s Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence – partnered and funded by educational charity and awarding body NCFE – will see more than 40,000 young students and apprentices, from all socio-economic groups across the UK, armed with world-class skills. Read More

Simon Wright Appointed UWTSD Professor of Practice

Simon Wright, restaurateur, broadcaster, food writer, and consultant has been appointed to the role of Professor of Practice by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. His expertise will be pivotal in assisting the University to develop initiatives which aim to deliver economic, social and cultural growth linked to local food and hospitality, sustainability, agriculture and rural entrepreneurship. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

IWA Professional Training: Decision Making in Wales
12 October 09:30 – 13 October 14:00
Online
Hosted by the Institute of Welsh Affairs
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Financial Management Training 5 | Margin/Cost Control
12 October 11:00
Online
Hosted by Business Butler
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Preference Rules of Origin – Virtual/Online
13 October 09:30 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Homemade Candles Course
13 October 10:00 – 13:30
National Botanic Garden of Wales
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Virtual Open Evening – Teacher Training
13 October 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Business Swansea Start-Up Enterprise Club – Sourcing Start-Up Finance
14 October 10:00 – 11:30
Online
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HMRC: Transit Part 2 – Inbound & Outbound Processes
14 October 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Meeting the Challenge in Wales: Becoming a Sustainable Small Business
15 October 09:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Advice and guidance for sedentary working
15 October 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Sleep Out 2021
15 October 18:30 – 16 October 07:30
Anywhere that isn’t your bed!
Hosted by Llamau
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Film on Sunday: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
17 October 19:00
Queens Hall Narberth
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Circular Economy & Green Economy | Sector Forum
18 October 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT): Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders 2021
19 October 10:00
Online
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Financial Management Training 6 | Customer Attrition

19 October 11:00
Online
Hosted by Business Butler
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Incoterms – Virtual/Online
20 October 09:30 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Path to Net Zero: Shaping the sustainability of business

20 October 10:30 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT): Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders 2021
20 October 10:00
Online
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Wellbeing and Resilience
20 October 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Classification of Goods – Virtual/Online
20 October 13:30 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Trading with the Caspians: Opportunities and Routes to Market
21 October 08:00 – 10:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT): Exchanging Knowledge and Best Practice Across Borders 2021
21 October 10:00
Online
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Business Swansea Support Hour – Recharging your Networking Skills
21 October 10:00 – 11:00
Online
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ION Open Doors
21 October 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Wales Virtual Networking
21 October 14:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by FSB South Wales
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Masterclass | The Power of Organisational Charts
25 October 16:00
Online
Hosted by Business Butler
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VAT Rules when Exporting and Importing in a post Brexit world
26 October 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Understanding Young Carers
26 October 09:30 – 12:00
YMCA Swansea
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Financial Management Training 7 | Gap Analysis / Cross Selling
26 October 11:00
Online
Hosted by Business Butler
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Trading with Turkey – Virtual Training course
27 October 10:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Business Support Hour – Understanding your Customer
28 October 10:00 – 11:00
Online
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The Reading Room: Food & Farming

The Reading Room: Food & Farming

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THE READING ROOM: FOOD & FARMING

Across Wales, there is a huge amount of work, thought-leadership, strategy and policy being developed around the future of our food, the future of farming, and how we can build a more sustainable system.  To provide resources to accompany our Food System Conference for South West Wales, we are sharing some interesting reading, as well as useful links and organisational profiles, in an attempt to provide a useful hub for those who want to immerse themselves in this topic!

Please submit your links, organisations and articles to add to this list.

PATRICK HOLDEN IN CONVERSATION WITH DAWN LYLE #FOOD4THEREGION
Ahead of the upcoming regional Food System Conference for South West Wales, we talked to Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust and himself a West Wales dairy farmer, about the challenges and opportunities for transforming our food and farming sector.
Patrick Holden in Conversation with Dawn Lyle #Food4theRegion

WHAT WALES COULD DO WITH A COMMUNITY FOOD STRATEGY
The Welsh Government has announced that it will create a Community Food Strategy during its current term.  Jane Powell explores the benefits of a comprehensive community food strategy that would consider land use for Wales.  “Such a food policy could help us decide what our land is for, as well as pulling together other threads, from farming and the economy to health and social inclusion.”
What Wales Could Do With A Community Food Strategy

WALES FOOD MANIFESTO
From shorter food supply chains to a focus on education and understanding, the Wales Food Manifesto is a citizen-led campaign for a food system that will protect and respect people and nature.  The draft version of the manifesto is now open for comments and feedback.  
Wales Food Manifesto (Draft)

WALES FIELD GUIDE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Jane Davidson chairs the Wales Inquiry for the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, and this 2020 report draws from their conversations with people across the nation, illustrating the incredible work already underway. “These inspiring stories show a surge in energy and appetite for new ways of sourcing and growing food and a new appreciation for the role of the countryside.”
FFCC Wales Field Guide for Future Generations

FOOD POLICY ALLIANCE CYMRU – MANIFESTO
Food Policy Alliance Cymru is a coalition of organisations and stakeholders building and promoting a collective vision for the Welsh food system, through collaboration, engagement and research.  Their 2021 Manifesto envisions a food system that eliminates food poverty, supports population health, provides good jobs and focuses on sustainable, zero carbon faming for nature and climate.
Food Policy Alliance Cymru Manifesto

THE GLOBAL FARM METRIC
After four years of hard work and collaboration with numerous farmers, organisations and experts, The Sustainable Food Trust has created a measurement framework for on-farm sustainability, called the Global Farm Metric, which covers 11 categories of sustainability.  “We need a common approach to measuring a farms impact on the environment, economy, and society”.
Read about the Global Farm Metric

Community Growing & Local Food Roundtable
4theRegion assembled a group of thoughtleaders from across South West Wales, to discuss the local food movement and the increased interest in community growing.  Featuring Neil Barry & Witchhazel Wildwood from Swansea Community Growing Network; Tom O’Kane & Jessie Kidd from Cae Tan CSA, Gareth Davies from Pembrokeshire Community Food Network, and Maggie Vicuna from the Forest Garden Project.

A MARKET FOR LOCAL FOOD – CONVERSATION WITH BEN REYNOLDS
4theRegion spoke to Ben Reynolds from Urban Foundry about the website, South Wales Food & Drink, and why creating and sustaining a market for local food is so important.  Food and drink suppliers from across South Wales can list themselves on the website to benefit from co-promotion with likeminded businesses across the region.
South Wales Food & Drink: www.southwalesfoodanddrink.com

TYFU CYMRU SUPPORTS COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE IN WALES
Boosting horticulture farming is key to the Welsh Government’s plans to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and is identified by their Green Recovery Taskforce as a route to accelerating Wales’ transition to a low-carbon economy and a healthier, more equal nation.  Tyfu Cymru (Grow Wales) provides funded, tailored support to Wales’ horticulture sector, and has published a Commercial Horticulture Action Plan for Wales.
Tyfu Cymru and the Wales Horticulture Alliance

REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM CONFERENCE FOR SOUTH WEST WALES
Please book your place at 4theRegion’s upcoming food system conference!  This will bring together everyone who cares about the future of our food and farming system, to share perspectives and agree priorities for government, businesses and civil society.  If you eat food, you are invited!  Listen, learn and share your views at this online event over two days, 5th and 6th October 2021.
Register Your Place