May Regional Round-Up

May Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Have your say on the future skills agenda in South West Wales
YOUR involvement in the Employment and Skills Plan for 2022-2025 is KEY to ensuring that RLSP inform Welsh Government what skills are required in our region and where their funding needs to be allocated in order to fulfil the skills demands identified. Click here to complete the survey. Last chance to have your say about the skills gaps or recruitment issues in your business. The deadline is May 10th. Please pass on the survey to your business contacts and encourage them to participate and voice their opinions on skills in South West Wales.

A Fantastic Apprenticeship Opportunity from our members ITeC Digital Training!
If you know anyone interested in applying for this role, share the post with them! Read More

Find your perfect job!
Here you’ll find all of Llamau’s current openings. Have a look and see if any suit you.

Careers at DVLA
They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD
UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales
Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Brace the Brecons
Will you take on this walking challenge in Wales’ iconic Brecon Beacons through the scenic and demanding landscape whilst fundraising for Llamau? Grab your ticket!

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.

Are you looking for an exciting new role?
Day’s Motor Group are looking to recruit a Maintenance Controller to join their busy Vehicle Rental Maintenance Team in Garngoch and a motivated and enthusiastic Credit Controller to join their Central Accounts team in Swansea.

Communications coordinator
The Development Bank of Wales are recruiting a Communications coordinator based out of Cardiff/Wrexham/Llanelli. The Development Bank of Wales is a unique resource for Wales and a unique place to work. They’re here to help to make Wales a better place to work, live and do business. 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

Current Vacancies at Caredig
Caredig always look forward to welcoming new people into their organisation; people who want to make a positive difference to the lives of tenants and find ways to help us develop vibrant, inclusive communities. Read More

Senior IT Security Engineer
Pobl have a brand new and exciting opportunity for a Senior IT Security Engineer to join their Technology and business solutions team. Your focus will be to identify threats and develop suitable defence measures, evaluate system changes for security implications, and recommend enhancements, research, and draft cyber security documents, whilst providing first-class support to the IT team during cyber security issues. Read More

Volunteers required to join the Cancer Research UK cheer point at the Swansea Half Marathon!
Cancer Research UK are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who will join them in celebrating their participants and representing Cancer Research UK at the Swansea Half Marathon. They rely on every mile, every pound and every volunteer to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. This includes their cheering teams, who are essential in making sure their runners reach that finish line. Read More

Firm Bookkeeper/Accountant
A permanent varied accounting position providing information directly to Bevan Buckland’s partners and managing financial processes for the business. Your role will be to ensure that records of all financial transactions, payments to suppliers, expenses, bank reconciliations and cash payments/receipts are accurately inputted and properly maintained in a timely manner. Read More

Casual Food & Beverage Assistant
Swansea Arena are looking for an enthusiastic, high energy team of Food and Beverage Assistants to support our programme of events on a casual basis. Read More

Shared Homes Swansea
Householders and Homesharers sharing home life, time, skills and experience – together. Shared Homes Swansea brings together people with spare rooms with people who are happy to be sociable and lend a hand around the house in return for affordable accommodation. For Homesharers and Householders, Shared Homes Swansea can give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Read More

Getting Around Swansea
We want to understand what challenges people face in getting around Swansea, and how you think we could solve them together.  What are the travel and transport issues that make it difficult to access the places people want to go – for appointments, socialising, visiting family, accessing education and more? Take the survey

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Swansea Council
Swansea Council are seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply and install outdoor play equipment and safety surfacing at Hafod and Oystermouth Primary School, supply NSU void alarms, provide an independent advice and information service, provide general construction, refurbishment and alteration works up to £250K, supply Baxi boiler and other gas spares, and supply double glazed units and glass.

Contract Notices for Neath Port Talbot Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council wishes to appoint suitably qualified and experienced contractors to develop a new cultural strategy (heritage, sports, tourism and arts), and provide a residential short break service to children and young people with disabilities.

Feasibility study – Mapping Local Produce & Shorten Supply Chains in Swansea
Swansea Council is seeking a consultant to undertake the feasibility study on Mapping Local Produce & Shorten Supply Chains in Swansea. As part of the contract the successful bidder will be expected to participate in two follow up events at the end of the study to connect all stakeholders and beneficiaries. Read More

The Provision of Internal Audit Services to the Development Bank of Wales
The Development Bank of Wales is looking to appoint an organisation to provide Internal Audit Services over a period of 5 years. Read More

SU201(22) Defining and Initiating Information Systems Services Transformation
The Information Services & Systems Department of Swansea University is preparing for significant investment in systems over the next 3 to 5 years that will establish a modern digital experience matched to the current and future needs of education, research, innovation, and partnership at Swansea University. Read More

Swansea Rural Development Partnership Commission, Oral Histories and Exhibition
The overall aim of the commission is to raise awareness about mental health support in rural Swansea for the farming and agricultural sector providing a point of early intervention rather than at crisis point. The scope of the full project is a range mental health campaigns and resources to raise awareness of existing support for the agricultural sector and land-based workers in rural Swansea. Read More

Provision of Hygiene & Sanitary Services
Pobl Group wishes to establish a contract with a suitably qualified and experienced contractor/supplier for the provision of hygiene and sanitary services based on the most economically advantageous tender. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea University
Swansea University is seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply a transient absorption spectroscopy – optical parametric amplifier system, a tabletting machine, and large area solar simulation equipment. 

Development of Circular Economy Activities in Rural Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council is seeking to appoint a suitably experienced consultant(s) to support the regeneration of rural communities through the development and delivery of circular economy activities and initiatives. The aim of the contract is to support and facilitate innovative activities and processes at a grass roots level. Read More

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire College
Pembrokeshire College is seeking suitably qualified contractors to carry out the Pembrokeshire College Summer Works programme for 2022, supply and install flooring to existing concrete and timber floors, and develop an LTI plugin and distribution partnership agreement.

Contract for the Provision of a Third Sector Organisation to support the sector and build capacity in Swansea
Swansea Council is seeking to appoint a Swansea based third sector/not for profit organisation to support the sector and build capacity within the sector in Swansea. Read More

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

What the new homes set to be built with amazing views of Swansea will look like
The former Townhill campus of Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Institute and other educational establishments is currently being transformed into a place for people to live in the future. The new Pobl Group development will be a mixture of 153 new homes designed to make the most of the stunning views from the site. The Edwardian college building will be preserved, meanwhile, and converted into one and two bedroom apartments. Read More

Nearly 50 flats and bowling green to be built on site of former supermarket in Carmarthen
A multi-million pound residential development is set to be built at the site of a former supermarket in Carmarthen. The old Lidl store, based in Priory Street on the edge of the town centre, has been empty for the past two years after the supermarket giant closed its doors and moved into a new larger location a mile away. Now, new life could be breathed into the empty 1.1 acre site with the development of a residential scheme. Read More

Stunning and nostalgic new look for Swansea’s Castle Square is revealed
More new images have been released which reveal the stunning new look planned for Swansea’s Castle Square. The area in the centre of the city is set to be transformed over the next year or so with a view to returning it to its former glory. Castle Square used to be filled with more greenery than we see today, with lawned areas and flower beds acting as a backdrop to the retail shops in Oxford Street, the bars in Wind Street and other adjoining roads. Read More

Cwmpas – the new name for the Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre announced that it has changed its name to Cwmpas. The new name signals the next chapter for the development agency working for economic and social change in Wales and in other parts of the UK. It is designed to reflect the organisation’s role in helping people and communities set out a path to a better future. Read More

Sustainable Housing Assessment
As part of Caredig’s commitment to sustainability they recently underwent a Sustainable Housing Assessment and are proud to share that they passed with flying colours and are delighted to have been recognised as a ‘Sustainable Housing Association’. Read More

 

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Detailed plans submitted for £200m city deal project in Llanelli
The Pentre Awel scheme at Delta Lakes will comprise a new leisure centre, hydrotherapy pool, academic, research and business space, health and rehabilitation facilities, assisted living accommodation, open market and social housing, a nursing home and hotel. The Carmarthenshire Council-led development is one of nine city deal projects for the Swansea Bay City Region, and already has outline planning approval. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Introbiz Swansea and West Wales hosts its Inaugural Annual Expo at the Brangwyn Hall
Introbiz Swansea and West Wales hosted its inaugural annual expo followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony on April 7th at the Brangwyn Hall and Village Hotel Swansea respectively. It was fantastic event for both networking and business success, with speakers including rugby stars Shane Williams and Ian Gough. Read More

Ministry of Furniture are moving
Ministry of Furniture have very exciting news! From Tuesday 3rd May they will be based at the old Metal Box factory in Neath. Their head office workspace, education showroom and workplace showroom will be based there over two floors. Please see images attached. They’re having a preview day on Weds 8th June – register here to attend. Find out more about Ministry of Furniture.

Powells Cottage Holidays hosts public networking event for those looking to enter the holiday letting market in 2022
On Friday 6th May, Powells Holiday Cottages, part of the Original Cottages family will host its first networking event at the Giltar Hotel in Tenby. Laura Kerslake, Brand Manager for Wales, Original Cottages said; “We’ve been part of the Saundersfoot community for over half a century, and we are delighted to host this event which it is hoped will provide an open forum for the community to explore potential investments and to seek advice for holiday letting.” Read More

A cute new coffee cart has set up next to the Swiss Cottage in Singleton Park
Gower Coffee Co. is run by Anna Luporini, aged 20, whose family have been in the coffee business for more than half a century. She said: “Starting a coffee cart business has always been a dream of mine. In lockdown I used my extra time and started up a jewellery business, the money I saved up was used to invest in my coffee cart. We refurbished an old rice horsebox which was rotting in a field and converted it into a unique work of art!” Read More

The Swansea food app that knocks spots off JustEat and Deliveroo
Move over Just Eat and Deliveroo, there’s a new kid on the block. Swansea Eats is a local food delivery app that was founded in 2021 by couple Sophie Heneberry and Rory Edwards after they noticed that big food app fees were “crippling” small independent businesses. The app has only been running for a year, but it already has 12,000 regular users buying food from almost 100 independent eateries in the city. Read More

Melin Tregwynt celebrates its 110th year by completing employee ownership deal
Melin Tregwynt, the iconic woollen mill and shop, has officially transitioned to an Employee Ownership Trust after its current owners Eifion and Amanda Griffiths handed over the reigns to 42 employees of the company. Melin Tregwynt was supported in its transition to Employee Ownership by the Employee Ownership Wales team at Social Business Wales. Read More

New Appointments at West Wales Law Firm
Peter Lynn and Partners have invested in the future of the firm with the appointment of several new members of staff. Rhian Hailey, Rhys Thomas, Gemma Marie Hopkins and Jodie Bell join as Paralegals, whilst the Residential Conveyancing team is bolstered by the appointment of Hannah Mitchell as a Conveyancer. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Daffodils to treat Alzheimer’s could be Welsh hill farming’s future
Hill farmer Kevin Stephens has been growing Wales’ national flower for more than a decade. He discovered a hardy daffodil variety, grown under stress in wind-swept conditions, produced higher levels of the chemical galanthamine. That is an approved treatment for slowing down the progress of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The farm harvests enough to help about 9,000 patients a year. Read More

Cerebra and UWTSD collaboration assists Henry’s mobility with innovative crutches design
Carmarthen-based Cerebra worked with the Cerebra Innovation Centre, the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre, and the Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture – all based at UWTSD Swansea – to make a set of brand-new, super-light and super-strong crutches for nine year old Henry Latchem. They were able to source 3D printed titanium – the material that they make space rockets and Formula 1 cars from! Read More

Home Support Service success
Thanks to charity Age Cymru West Glamorgan’s Home Support Service, during the pandemic, more local people than ever have received support with cleaning the house, administrative tasks, preparing and cooking meals, sitting services, laundry and ironing, and more. If you, or someone you know would benefit from help around the home, please give them a call on 01792 589654 or email enquiries@agecymruwestglamorgan.org.uk.

 

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Foodbank is Supporting Community Thanks to National Lottery Community Funding
PBP Foodbank in Kidwelly are helping their community to adapt, recover and thrive, thanks to National Lottery players, by setting up a new project called PBP Poverty Support. The CETMA run foodbank will be providing Poverty Support to the community that it provides the vital service for. Read More

How do we feed ourselves?
The food and farming sector is different from every other sector because it’s vital for our survival. Food resilience has become ever more critical in the face of multiple threats, from the increasing cost of food and energy to growing global instability. How can we take action to transform food and farming in South West Wales, making healthy local food accessible to all and good for the planet? Read More

Megan Takes the Pledge!
Megan and her sister Bronwen, part of CETMA’s Megan and The Food Squad Project, have taken Act4Food Act4Change’s pledge. The Pledge involves agreeing to 10 Actions which young people want governments and businesses to take to fix our food system. This list has been created by youth and voted on by over 100,000 young people globally! You can take the pledge and find out more from their website.

Farmers provide land to despairing growers
Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society provided an acre of land to Grwp Resilience to allow the townsfolk of Haverfordwest to grow food and extra for learning and therapy activity. The growers have formed their own community interest company, Parc Helyg which is now managing the site. Read more about the UK Community Renewal Fund, which paid for an 8 week beginners gardening course running on the site, and Grwp Resilience.

UWTSD Business Management Student sets up a Clothes Swishing event in Carmarthen
Christine Joy is setting up a clothes swishing event in Carmarthen as a way to save the environment and for people to save money. Clothes swishing is a way to slow down fashion and help our environment. By keeping items of clothing, shoes, and accessories in life for longer, we can reduce the need to buy new, helping our environment and saving money. Read More

A hydrogen-powered ferry service across the Bristol Channel is being considered
Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea Council, said “This would be a massive boost for tourism and business – to think you could cut your travel time to Devon and Cornwall by half, and of course it would have environmental benefits too: taking cars off the road and introducing green-powered ferries.” Hydrogen generated by renewable energy would be a major breakthrough for the transport sector, which is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK.Read More

Early Consultation Begins on Gwynt Glas Floating Wind Project
Early consultation is underway with the commercial fisheries sector as the team at Gwynt Glas reveal details of the location of their 1,500 sq km site search area in the Celtic Sea. Gwynt Glas, a joint venture announced in January between EDF Renewables UK and Pembrokeshire-based DP Energy, will be capable of generating up to 1GW of low carbon green energy in the Celtic Sea. Read More

New multi-million pound Mumbles seawall set to provide protection from climate change until 2070
Multi-million plans to upgrade the seawall at Mumbles have been approved. A 1.1km stretch of the wall and revetment between Knab Rock and the Dairy car park, by Oystermouth Square, will be strengthened and raised by up to 70cm. The promenade will be wider than currently and there will be additional seating and play areas, and 46 new trees. Cllr Des Thomas said it was “an opportunity of a lifetime” for Mumbles. Read More

The record numbers of puffins that are now populating Skomer and Skokholm islands
The islands are home to not only vast seabird colonies but also considered a wildlife haven enriched in diversity. The unexplained rise in numbers has yet to be discovered but work is still ongoing to help maintain this precious bird on our Welsh coasts. On Ramsey Island, Wildlife fieldworkers are trying to introduce more puffin breeding with the use of model puffins and loudspeakers making puffin noises, in hopes of attracting the bird to thrive. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Massive Oakwood theme park ride is returning after closing for more than six years
The Welsh theme park’s historic ride Bounce returns alongside the popular main train line attraction which carries visitors into the theme park – previously absent due to the ongoing Covid restrictions. Read More

Aquarium plan unveiled for Swansea
The proposal is to build it between the Civic Centre and Swansea Arena coastal park, potentially at a compound area beside the Civic Centre. The aquarium would offer an immersive experience for visitors and be a wider educational resource. The concept is based on The Cube, Brisbane – a two-storey interactive attraction featuring nearly 50 touch screen displays. Read More

The brilliant Twin Town mural taking shape in Port Talbot
It’s arguably Wales’ greatest cult film. The dark comedy crime drama, set in Swansea, was filmed mainly around Port Talbot. Now, days after a major mural of Michael Sheen was unveiled in the town, it is adding to its burgeoning reputation as the street art capital of Wales and paying tribute to its filmic heritage, with a series of murals celebrating Twin Town. Read More

The city named Wales’ best night out – and it’s not Cardiff
A study, from Get Licensed, has analysed the number of venues per head, the cost of a pint and a range of safety issues to reveal the best nights out in Britain. With a score of 6.59/10, Swansea have won the title of best night out in Wales, and sixth best in the UK. Swansea beat popular towns such as Plymouth, Newcastle and Aberdeen and was the only Welsh city to appear on the list. Read More

New scheme launches to showcase Swansea culture to refugees
The scheme hopes to give people who are new to the city an experience of the culture and languages, as well as the chance to meet new people in their area. The first tour, being held on Saturday, May 14, is expected to include a tour of the library at the civic centre, a tour of Oystermouth Castle and an ice cream at Ripples. Future tours will include the Copperworks, the Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea Market and the Gower. Read More

EDUCATION

Gower College Swansea is top of class at UK-wide AAC Apprenticeship Awards
Gower College Swansea has been recognised for its outstanding apprenticeship provision at the prestigious UK AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2022, winning both the Care Services Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Apprenticeship Champion Award. Gower College Swansea had the most wins of any provider in the UK and was the only Welsh provider to receive an award on the evening. Read More

QS World University Ranking by Subject 2022: Swansea University Achieves its Best Ranking
To compile the rankings, QS assessed academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, analysing over 14.7 million unique research papers, producing close to 96 million citations. 1,543 institutions were ranked across 51 specific subjects, categorised into 5 broad subject areas. Swansea University’s growing global reputation has seen it achieve its best performance in this subject ranking to date. Read More

Castell Howell and Swansea Arena sponsor Swansea University for Welsh Varsity
Welsh food wholesaler Castell Howell and the new Swansea Arena were the principal sponsors for Swansea University at this year’s Welsh Varsity. Both sponsors featured on the men’s and women’s rugby jerseys for their respective matches against Cardiff University. The Welsh Varsity is a week-long festival of sport, which this year culminated in the Swansea men’s rugby team beating Cardiff 20-13 at Swansea.com stadium on April 27th. Read More

UWTSD Set Design & Production Student and Lecturer worked on ‘Last Train To Christmas’ Film
The film ‘Last Train To Christmas,’ which was recently produced in Bay Studios, Swansea required as part of their production design a difficult to source and very specific prop, a 1980’s National Rail ‘MaxPax’ coffee cup. York Museum hold an original but could not release it in time for filming, therefore, Art Director Gemma Clancy reached out to UWTSD’s Creative Industries degree programme Set & Production in Carmarthen to see if one could be modelled and 3D printed. ” Read More

Swansea’s Student Entrepreneurs Boost their Business Ideas with Big Pitch
Entrepreneurial students received a major boost for their business ideas at Swansea University’s annual Big Pitch Competition, sponsored by Santander Universities. Held in person for the first time in two years, the Big Pitch aims to provide support for students to gain valuable skills and get their ideas off the ground. 19 entrepreneurial students pitched 14 different ideas to a panel of esteemed judges, who awarded more than £10,500 to four start-ups. Read More

UWTSD Student takes over local Sports Centre with a vision to create a community hub
A Rural Enterprise Management student from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Carmarthen Business School has recently taken over a local sports centre in the Gwendraeth Valley with a vision to develop it for the community and to create a community hub. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Beginners Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 19:00
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Pregnancy Yoga
Every Tuesday 19:00 – 20:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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British Triathlon Breakfast Club and Introbiz Swansea & West Wales
4 May 08:30 – 10:30
Village Hotel Swansea
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Swansea Marina Litter Pick
4 May 10:00 – 12:00
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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The Customer Experience – Love them or lose them!
4 May 10:00 – 11:30
Online
The session will be led by Mel Evans from Insight6
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Public History and the Archive for the Next Century – IHR@Swansea
4 May 12:00 – 19:30
Taliesin Create, Swansea University Singleton Campus
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Bay Beach Clean
4 May 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE – Skills and training support
4 May 13:00 – 15:00
Neath College, NPTC Group of Colleges
Hosted by 4theRegion & NPTCBC
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Online Taster Sessions – Psychology
4 May 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Virtual Open Evening – Teacher Training
4 May 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Job Search Support
First Thursday of the month 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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CEIC Insight Event
5 May 11:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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ION Open Doors – Making an impact with your 60 second pitch
5 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Beginners Yoga Class
Every Thursday 11:45 – 12:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Mindfulness – Relax, Restore, Revive, Lunchtime Reset
Every Thursday 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
5 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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West Wales – Unpaid Carers (Listening Event)
5 May 18:00 – 19:00
Online
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Drum Circle With Earth Chants
6 May
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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How to Tender for Swansea Council Workshop
6 May 09:30 – 12:00
Online
Please email alyson.Davies@swansea.gov.uk to register your business and receive a link to Microsoft Teams

First Aid at Work
6, 13 & 20 May 09:30 – 16:30
Pembrokeshire College
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West Wales – Unpaid Carers (Listening Event)
6 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
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Powell Cottages Holidays Networking Event
6 May 11:00 – 15:00
Giltar Hotel, Tenby

Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Lunch and Learn: Workstation Ergonomics
6 May 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 week course every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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BID Business Friday
6 May 16:00 – 19:00
Morgans Hotel, Swansea
Hosted by Swansea BID
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‘Better Than That’: Ify Iwobi Album Launch
6 May 18:00 – 20:30
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea
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The Curious Cabaret
6 May 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Swansea Vintage & Makers Market
7 & 8 May 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Sensory Wellbeing for Teenagers Workshop
7 May 13:30 – 15:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Anahata Svara – Kirtan
Saturday (Once a month) 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Noson Well o Gwsg – Atebion i Broblemau Cysgu Cyffredin
9 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Employers Info Event – CPD and Degree Apprenticeships at Swansea University
9 May 12:30 – 14:00
Institute of Life Science 1, Swansea University
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Arts Society West Wales: An Irrational & Exotick Entertainment. A History of Opera in England & Wales
10 May 11:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Wellbeing Region South West Wales | 4theRegion Sector Forum
10 May 12:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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MASI 22/23 Call for Proposals – Breakfast Networking Session
11 May 09:30
Computational Foundry, Swansea University Bay Campus
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UWTSD Alumni Careers Fair
11 May 11:30 – 14:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Online Taster Sessions – Education Studies
11 May 16:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Preference Rules of Origin
12 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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May Lunch
12 May 12:15 – 15:30
Blancos Hotel, Port Talbot
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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Dementia Cafe
12 May 13:45 – 15:45
Email information@nptcarers.org.uk or call 01639 642277 to register your interest

Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
12 May 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize Award Ceremony 2022
12 May 18:30
Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus
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Finding Your Innate Resilience
Thursdays from 12 May – 23 June 19:30 – 21:00 (No session in half term)
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gong Bath
13 May
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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WiST Webinar: An Unconventional Path to CEO
13 May 11:45 – 13:00
Online
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#TheCAEFootball
14 May 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
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DREADZONE
14 May 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Wales on Wheels
15 May 11:00 – 16:00
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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GETTING AROUND Pontarddulais
16 May 13:00 – 15:00
Canolfan Y Bont, Pontarddulais
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Coffee Morning with Menter Iaith Abertawe
17 May 10:30 – 11:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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GETTING AROUND Bonymaen
17 May 11:00 – 13:00
Bonymaen Community Centre, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Preparing for an HMRC Audit, inc. Customs, VAT & Risk
18 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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TOO GOOD TO GO
18 May 10:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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Wellbeing and Resilience
18 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Boosting Physical Wellbeing in your Team
18 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE – Manufacturing & Supply Chain Opportunities
18 May 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion & NPTCBC
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CEIC Insight Event
19 May 11:00
Online
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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ION Open Doors – Virtual Networking
19 May 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
19 May 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wales Virtual Networking
19 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Georgia Ruth
20 May 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Repair Cafe
21 May 10:30 – 13:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Access All Areas: UWTSD Industry Networking Event
24 May 08:00 – 12:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Academic Conference: Migration, Mobilities and Emerging Political Spaces
24 May 08:30 – 25 May 18:00
Wallace Building, Swansea University
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Cyngor a Chanllawiau ar gyfer Gweithwyr Eisteddog yn ystod Covid-19
24 May 09:30 – 10:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Classification of Goods & Commodity Codes
24 May 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Menopause Awareness Training for Teams
24 May 10:00 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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GETTING AROUND Clydach
24 May 11:30 – 13:30
Clydach Community Hall, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion, Swansea CVS, Swansea Environmental Forum and Swansea Council
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Getting Around – Community Transport Business Event
25 May 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Online Taster Sessions – Youth Work and Social Education
25 May 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Modern Slavery Conference
26 May 09:30 – 16:30
SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus UWTSD
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Getting Started with Instagram Reels
26 May 10:00 – 11:00
Online
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Garden Basics Course
26 May 11:00 – 16:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Meet 4theRegion | Who is 4theRegion?
27 May 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Joyous Jubilee
31 May 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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April Regional Round-Up

April Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

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Find your perfect job!

Here you’ll find all of Llamau’s current openings. Have a look and see if any suit you.

Communications and Events Officer

BCT are looking for a Communications and Events Officer to join their team. They’re an asset-based community development programme working in 13 communities across Wales. You’ll develop BCT’s public profile, work with their Invest Local communities to promote their projects locally, manage their learning and events programme, and support their policy and advocacy work. Read More

One network, one timetable, one ticket: planning buses as a public service for Wales

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on proposals for new bus legislation. This white paper sets out proposals for public transport bus services to better plan and grow the bus network. This will ensure it meets public needs, maximise the value we get for our investment in bus services and break our reliance on private cars. Read More

The clock is ticking

Contact us now to join CEIC’s final cohort in October 2022 and find out how CEIC can support you in contributing to decarbonising Welsh public sector services. This programme is fully funded, click here for further information.

Dine & Do Good

Llamau’s mission is to end homelessness for young people and women in Wales. They believe a home is a right, not a privilege, and one so many people are still sadly denied. They’re working with amazing restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways across Wales to help end homelessness for good. Like to know more about how your business can get involved? Read More

Do you work in the education sector?

CEIC are currently recruiting managers from schools and sixth form colleges who are responsible for designing solutions to circular economy issues to join their latest cohort. Read More

Gas & Heating Engineer

Coastal Housing are a team in the truest sense of the word. They value relationships highly, so they invest in them daily. As a result, their workplace culture is open, trusting and respectful. It’s also safe, which is critical to encouraging new ideas and approaches. Read More

Job Opportunities at S4C

Some amazing roles have become available from S4C! Read More

Multi-faceted Administrator

RDM have an opening for a multi-faceted administrator to join their growing organisation on a permanent contract basis, located within their main office (SA6 8PZ). If you are a highly motivated individual with a passion and a desire to contribute to the positive reputation of their business, they would love to hear from you. Read More

Technical Designer & Estimator

Reporting to the Head of Design, the Technical Design & Estimator is pivotal to business growth by changing, developing, and creating products for Ministry of Furniture’s panel production and seeing the product design through to manufacturing. Ensuring the accuracy of estimating and manufacturing through technical drawings and BOMs. Read More

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Swansea University

Swansea University wishes to appoint suitably qualified contractors to supply an integrated non-contact optical measurement system, provide external consultancy services for the Value-Based Health and Care Academy, and carry out a final evaluation of the SPECIFIC2 project operation.

Review of ‘To Let’ Signs in Uplands Ward

Swansea Council is seeking to manage the proliferation of ‘To Let’ signs in areas of the Uplands Ward which currently detract from the visual amenity of the area. To tackle this problem, the Council will be looking to appoint a partner to gather evidence to support an application to the Welsh Government to restrict the display of such signs in the area. Interested parties are invited to initially submit an expression of interest to the Council no later than 8th April. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council are seeking suitably qualified contractors to supply Baxi boiler spares and other gas spares to allow for their maintenance section to carry out repairs on breakdowns, data centre server hardware, up to 10 minibuses, and environmental facilities works to 413 properties In Waunarlywdd. They are also seeking to engage a supplier to evaluate the Pathways to Work Project.

Provision of Kitchen Works at Student Accommodation

Pobl Group intends to establish a contract with suitably qualified and experienced contractor for the provision of kitchen works at student accommodation. Read More

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire Council

Pembrokeshire Council is seeking suitablity qualified contractors to provide a new SIP telephone system at Haverfordwest High, and canvassing and electoral registration printing.

Pembrokeshire College’s Summer Minor Works 2022

Pembrokeshire College is seeking a provider to carry out the Pembrokeshire College Summer Works programme for 2022. The works will be carried out over two phases. Read More

Contract Notices for Neath Port Talbot Council

Neath Port Talbot Council invites tenders from suitably qualified contractors to provide vehicle breakdown recovery services, an economic and housing growth assessment for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, and a local housing market assessment.

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales are seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide ice cream and hot and cold drinks, and monitor bottlenose dolphins in the Cardigan Bay SAC and Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC between 2022 and 2026.

Contract Notices for Carmarthenshire Council

Carmarthenshire Council are seeking to appoint suitably qualified contractors to provide independent school and community based counselling services, evaluate Carmarthenshire County Councils’ Community Renewal Fund (CRF) projects, develop 360 drone footage and digital experiences for the Celtic Routes project, and provide activated signs / driver feedback signs.

DEVELOPMENT

The empty Swansea city centre plot where flats and a shop or cafe are planned

The proposals are for a six-storey block comprising 16 flats with a ground floor commercial unit on Orchard Street. The scheme would link back to a building directly behind on High Street. The plan is to convert the first and second storeys of the High Street-facing building, and add a further recessed level of flats on top. In between the two buildings would be enclosed roof gardens featuring shrubs, climbers, bird boxes and pergolas. Read More

£10m job creating Port Talbot Waterfront Property Development Fund launched

Neath Port Talbot Council is launching a new Property Development Fund covering Harbourside, Baglan Energy Park and Baglan Industrial Estate. Eligible schemes will be awarded up to a maximum of 45% of costs and the PDF will aim to fund three schemes of approximately 2000m2 each that could accommodate up to 400 jobs (with the creation of 120 new jobs) over five years. Read More

Key city centre transformation wins prestigious industry applause

Swansea’s new-look Kingsway has won international recognition for its focus on sustainability. The applause comes for a regeneration project that saw the location transformed into a welcoming environment for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, businesses and public transport users. Swansea Council led the £13m scheme – and the applause comes in the form of a positive assessment in civil engineering scheme Ceequal. Read More

Secret doors and major hidden feature found at historic Swansea theatre

Step by step, The Palace Theatre in High Street is becoming a home for tech, start-up and creative businesses. Behind plaster that is being removed, workers have found numerous blocked up doorways and discovered an orchestra pit in front of the stage. They have also found “some beautiful but worse for wear looking original fittings such as gas lamps and fire exit signs”. Read More

The once drab Swansea council estate now dubbed ‘Balamory’ after it was all turned pastel colours

It was once dingy and gloomy, but now a council estate in Swansea is pastel as far as the eye can see. Soft blues, minty greens, dove greys, peach and vanilla – the sprawling estate either side of Fairwood Road, West Cross, has certainly had a makeover. Read More

Work to start on Pembrokeshire’s new Welsh-language school

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Penfro in Pembroke will provide places for 210 pupils aged between five and 11, as well as a nursey for 30 pupils and a Cylch Meithrin for children under the age of three. Morgan Sindall Construction is expected to start work on the school in May 2022, with the school set to open in September 2023. The school will be located on the site of the old Pembroke School at Bush Hill, near Henry Tudor School. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Entire Swansea Bay City Deal Portfolio Approved by UK and Welsh Governments

The Swansea Bay City Deal has achieved a monumental milestone, with all nine transformational projects and programmes approved by the UK Government and Welsh Government. The focus of the portfolio – estimated to attract £1.3 billion of investment by 2033 – now moves to the delivery phase, and will provide opportunities for many businesses and residents across South West Wales, in addition to boosting the region’s economic recovery. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

New Shop and New Service for Pet Entrepreneurs

Swansea based Dewkes Pet Store are celebrating the rapid growth of their business with the opening of a second shop in Sketty and the launch of a new subscription service. Known for its dog spa and grooming service as well as the extensive range of nutritious foods it stocks for a wide variety of pets, one aspect of the independent family-run business that makes it stand out is the “farm-house” feel to each store. Read More

Pembrokeshire duo succeed opening cocktail business On The Rocks

Jess Webb and Sam Lewtas opened premium small batch cocktail business, On The Rocks Pembrokeshire, at the end of last year, offering vegan and gluten free cocktails. Karen Neville, teacher and previous enterprise champion at Pembrokeshire College said: “Jess really made the most of all the support that was on offer to her while here at Pembrokeshire College. I am very proud to be able to watch On The Rocks grow into a successful business.” Read More

Popular Mumbles cafe bar Cakes and Ale is expanding – with Fish Cakes and Ale

Fish Cakes and Ale is a new start up offering “something new” in the promenade with premium quality fish, fish cakes and chips. With the new premises being only a few footsteps away from it’s popular sister restaurant, Cakes and Ale, customers will be able to use a designated app to order goods from the takeaway to enjoy whilst in the comfort of the familiar restaurant. The licensed premises will also offer beverages alongside its food. Read More

American BBQ restaurant Cattle & Co opening in Swansea city centre

Cattle & Co. will take up the site of the former Three Lamps bar on Castle Square, creating 40 jobs. The original Cattle & Co. opened in Clydach, Swansea before moving to Llanelli in 2021, taking over an iconic Grade II listed building and the site of the former Sospan restaurant. The success of the Llanelli branch is attributed to Cattle & Co’s unique take on beautifully smoked, tender brisket and twists on comfort classics such as Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Read More

The Swansea handyman who will fix your garden fence for free in return for a chat, a game of chess or a good book

If you’re on a low-income, have a disability, or have few people around in life able to help you, when something goes wrong or needs doing in your home or garden, it can be a nightmare. Enter Ash Haynes, a 30-year-old domestic cleaner, gardener and landscaper living in Brynmill, who is offering his services to those in need in exchange for a chat, a good book, or even a game of chess (and even that is optional). Read More

The restaurants and pubs seeing a surge in trade because of the new Swansea Arena

Swansea’s brand new arena may only have been open for a handful of shows, but businesses around the area say they have already noticed a boost. The first week for the long-anticipated 3,500 capacity venue saw comedian John Bishop become the first official act to perform. Ahead of the show, it seems as if audience members made a night of it by visiting local restaurants for a bite to eat, or nearby pubs to get a few drinks inside them before heading inside. Read More

Llanelli has launched its own Deliveroo-style service and it’s free to everyone

Llanelli town centre has launched their own Deliveroo-style service for people in the area. The delivery scheme, ‘DeliverElli ‘ delivers products straight from local businesses to customers’ doors. Coordinated by Ymlaen Llanelli Business Improvement District (BID) and funded by the UK Government, the initiative will allow town centre businesses to offer an eco-friendly delivery service to their local customers, completely free of charge. Read More

New innovation-focused business forum launched for Neath Port Talbot

A new business forum has been launched for Neath Port Talbot. The NPT Innovation Exchange will bring together construction, digital, technology, engineering and manufacturing firms for purposeful collaboration and economic benefit. Launched at an online event on the afternoon of March 23, the NPT Innovation Exchange is hosted by Neath Port Talbot Council in partnership with 4theRegion. Read More

Everybody’s Business

We are all part of the social fabric, the strength of which can be an important influence on our wellbeing as communities and individuals. We all have a responsibility to build and maintain the relationships, connections and understandings which make up that social fabric. Cohesion is a shared objective, in which every person, community and organisation has a role to play. So how can we support social cohesion? A new report from Belong looks at just that! Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

How Fingers Could Point to a Link Between Low Testosterone and Covid Hospitalizations

Could the length of a person’s fingers provide a clue to how ill they might get after contracting Covid-19? Read about how new research involving Swansea University is helping to add to the understanding of Covid-19 and may bring us closer to improving the repertoire of anti-viral drugs, helping to shorten hospital stays and reduce mortality rates.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

German energy company planning ‘gigawatt-scale’ floating wind projects off Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire coasts

RWE, which is already Wales’ biggest power producer, is working with ABP to see whether facilities at the ports can be “scaled-up” to support a number of gigawatt-scale floating wind projects. They said that they were looking at the potential for transforming infrastructure at Port Talbot and Pembroke Dock into hubs for the manufacture, assembly and loadout of high-tech floating wind turbines and foundations, bound for the Celtic Sea. Read More

University Shines a Light on Why Recycling is So Vital

Swansea University showed its commitment to sustainability by going green to mark Global Recycling Day. Fulton House at the heart of its Singleton Park campus was illuminated with green lights to celebrate and raise awareness of recycling and how everyone can play their part. Read More

Net Zero Industry Wales Established to Support Decarbonisation of Welsh Industry

Net Zero Industry Wales will work with an existing group of 40 business and academic partners operating within a wide range of energy-intensive industries to help them achieve net zero. This will require an average annual reduction in Welsh emissions of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e (from 2018 levels). Read More

How do we get there?

We all have a part to play in the transition to a greener, healthier, more equal, more integrated, more accessible and more affordable transport system. We need to work collaboratively to address the challenges we face, to create flourishing local places, connected by inclusive and sustainable transport that meets the needs of businesses, serves communities, and improves wellbeing across the region. So how do we get there?  Read More

Llandeilo’s Ysgol Bro Dinefwr strives to become first carbon neutral school in Wales

Pupils at a Carmarthenshire secondary school are striving to become the first carbon neutral school in Wales. Pupils have been involved in their school’s bid to tackle climate change, not only coming up with their own ideas but helping to manage resources such as its outdoor learning area where they plant, tend to and pick fruit and vegetables to be used as part of school meals. Read More

Welsh solar farm exceeds expectations in powering Swansea hospital

Health chiefs and Welsh Government ministers had hoped the solar farm would supply Morriston Hospital with a fifth of its energy consumption every year. However, they were surprised and pleased that the Brynwhilach Farm, which is linked to Morriston by a two-mile cable, provided enough energy over one 50-hour period to meet 100% of the hospital’s demands. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2022: Guests, activities and everything you need to know

A celebration of “all things geek” is set to take place, with the return of the Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention. This year’s event looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with a brand new venue and huge line up of guests. There will also be a whole host of activities, opportunities to try out old and new games and the chance to dress up as one of your favourite characters to be in with a chance of winning a prize as part of a cosplay competition. Read More

Swansea Pride 2022: Everything you need to know as celebrations return to the city

The streets of Swansea are set to be transformed into a sea of colour and rainbow flags this month as Swansea Pride festival returns to the city. The festival, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and raises awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the city, will predominantly take place this year on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Most of the festivities will be based at the National Waterfront Museum and Museum Green in Swansea city centre, but additional events are expected to take place in other locations too. Read More

Almost 30 years on people can go and see Jurassic Park again in the old Welsh cinema where it had its UK premiere

It was back in the summer of 1993 when Jurassic Park had its UK release. Perturbed by the fact that it was not going to be shown in the only cinema in Carmarthen – the Lyric Theatre – the woman running the venue, Liz Evans, together with then-mayor, Richard Goodridge, decided to act. They sent a fax to the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, explaining their displeasure and imploring him to do something to help. The rest, as they say, is history. Read More

Swansea Street Food Festival Returns in 2022

Street Food Warehouse is delighted to announce that this Easter, after a two year hiatus, Swansea Street Food Festival is finally returning to Museum Park on 15th – 17th April with an array of outstanding street food traders! Street Food Warehouse cannot wait to serve the hungry residents of Swansea some of the tastiest street food this country has to offer! Read More

Swansea is getting a new indoor and outdoor carting track in Gower

An indoor and outdoor carting track is to be installed at a popular family favourite destination in the Gower. Perriswood Archery and Falconry Centre is expanding its family entertainment offering of archery, air rifles, bird of prey displays and airsoft shooting with carting. Children aged 4-12 years will be able to get behind the wheel as the centre invests in creating what it hopes will be the perfect day out for all ages. Read More

Pembrokeshire’s LGBT-friendly cabaret opens in Milford Haven

Pembrokeshire’s first dedicated cabaret venue is offering a different kind of night out. Boulevard Showbar, based at the former Astoria on Charles Street in Milford Haven, features cocktails, live entertainment and food with menus tailored to individual events. The venue’s resident drag artiste, Miss Kitty, will be performing her show ‘Thursdays are a Drag’ each week, while singers, groups, comedians and tribute acts will perform on the weekends. Read More

Swansea Bay Pop Up returns to Singleton Park

Swansea’s home-grown street food celebration, The Swansea Bay Pop Up, will return to Singleton Park this month. The outdoor dining experience, which takes place under a big top tent, will be bringing local street food, drink and entertainment for the third year running and promises to be even bigger and better. Read More

So many great activities to get us all out and about!

Come rain or shine, beaches are excellent places to learn about the natural world and connect with nature. Check out Natural Resources Wales’ education pages for family-friendly activities to enjoy by the coast. Read More

EDUCATION

Launching a Sea of Stories in Pembroke Dock

A special event on 22 March 2022, held at the Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal, launched a new mural by the Pembrokeshire artist Robert Jakes. ‘Sea of Stories’ is a ceramic mural that maps the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland, telling the hidden histories of this space and the coastlines that it connects. Wildlife, wrecks and transatlantic cables all lie below the surface of the water, along with myths and memories. Read More

UWTSD Theatre Design & Production graduate creates props and scenery for the BRIT Awards

Jake Linzey is the Managing Director of Leviathan Workshop, the company responsible for producing props and scenery for KSI, Anne-Marie & Digital Farm Animals performances at the BRIT Awards. Jake reached out to industry colleague, UWTSD props & scenery lecturer Dave Atkinson, to assist with this production. Dave welcomed the opportunity as it is a prime example of demonstrating the skills taught to first years Set & Production Design students. Read More

“We’ll come out with a much stronger workforce!”

Bluestone, Swansea Bay University Health Board and Tredz, are among the hundreds of Welsh organisations currently reaping the benefits of fully funded training. From business administration and marketing, to sector-specific accredited courses across housing, manufacturing, and green technology; Gower College Swansea has nearly 100 fully funded courses available for businesses to utilise. Read More

Cilfrew school children say ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ as new 20mph speed limit is introduced

Pupils from Cilffriw Primary School in Neath Port Talbot helped to celebrate the launch of a new 20mph speed restriction in the village as part of a Welsh Government trial to reduce the national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas. Cilfrew Village is one of eight areas chosen to take part in the pilot scheme following the Welsh Government’s announcement in 2019 that 20mph should be the default speed limit on all residential roads in Wales. Read More

Swansea opens creative hub to support digital art innovators

A new creative hub is being developed in Swansea to help local artists and creative industries come together to learn skills that make best use of digital platforms taking shape in the city centre. Acting as a creative network that will assist the professional development of those who get involved, the creative hub will support South West Wales as a whole. Read More

NPTC Group of Colleges Wins Big Whilst Hosting Prestigious Skills Awards

NPTC Group of Colleges had a night to remember when it hosted the Inspiring Skills Awards 2022.  An event made even better with another bumper year for medals and the College winning two gold medals, seven silver and two bronze. This year, the hybrid awards ceremony was held virtually, with six satellite events taking place at Welsh providers, so that friends and families from all over Wales could watch. Read More

On The Right Track . . . Students Earn Praise After Ffos Las Race Day Takeover

Students who took charge of Ffos Las for race day in a ground-breaking collaboration have been congratulated on a job well done. Working alongside new Ffos Las general manager Kevin Hire, the tourism and events students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to help produce a memorable day’s racing for the public in glorious early spring sunshine. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Customs Procedures & Documentation
5 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Food For The Region
5 April 10:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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‘Ticking’: Ellie Rees in conversation with Alan Bilton
5 April 13:00 – 14:00
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Pilates
Every Tuesday 18:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Pregnancy Yoga
Every Tuesday 19:00 – 20:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
6 April 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Managing Attendance with a Wellbeing Approach
6 April 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Getting Around Pennard, Bishopston & Gower – Let’s Talk About Transport Challenges & Solutions!
6 April 11:30 – 13:30
Bishopston Community Centre, Swansea
Hosted by 4theRegion in partnership with Swansea Council for Voluntary Services and Swansea Environmental Forum
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‘Brittle with Relics’: Richard King in conversation with Kirsti Bohata
6 April 12:00 – 13:00
Taliesin Centre, Swansea University
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Bay Beach Clean
6 April 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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Virtual Open Evening – Teacher Training
6 April 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Introbiz Swansea and West Wales Expo Breakfast with Shane Williams and Ian Gough
7 April 07:30 – 09:30
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Agents & Distributors
7 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Introbiz Swansea and West Wales Expo
7 April 10:00 – 17:00
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Relax, Restore Revive, Lunchtime Reset
7 April 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
7 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Kill For A Seat Comedy
7 April 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Online Taster Sessions – Advocacy & Sociology
7 April 19:00 – 20:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Gong Bath
8 April
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Job Search Support
First Thursday of Every Month 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Singleton Beach clean
8 April 12:00 – 14:30
Discovery Office, Fulton House, Swansea University
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gardening for and with Nature Course
8 April 13:30 – 15:30
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention
9 & 10 April 10:00 – 18:00
Swansea Arena
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Make & Take: My Family Tree
9 – 12 April 12:30 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 Week Class Every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Classical Association Annual Conference
9 April 20:00 – 10 April 22:30
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Hosted by Swansea University
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Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U, 2019)
10 April 14:30
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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Anahata Svara – Kirtan
Every Saturday 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Cartoon Circus
11 April 13:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Men’s Health and Wellbeing
12 April 13:30 – 14:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE (3)
13 April 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion and NPTCBC
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Wales Virtual Networking
14 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Kids Easter Party
14 April 13:30 – 15:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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The Big Museum Easter Trail
15 – 18 April 10:00 – 15:00
National Waterfont Museum, Swansea
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Fermented Food & Gut Health Workshop
16 April 10:30 – 12:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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#TheCAEFootball
16 April 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
Hosted by The Centre for African Entrepreneurship
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The John Verity Band
16 April 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
20 April 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Secrets of Survival
20 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
20 April 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Make & Take: My Family Tree
20 – 23 April 12:30 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum
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Secrets of Survival
21 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Stress Management in the Workplace
21 April 12:00 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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UWTSD Period Dignity Workshop
21 April 16:00 – 17:00
Y Fforwm, SA1 Campus, Swansea
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Arrested Development: European Tour 2022
21 April 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Secrets of Survival
22 April 10:00 – 15:00
The Egypt Centre, Swansea University
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Meet 4theRegion | Who is 4theRegion?
22 April 13:00 – 15:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Book Swap
23 & 24 April 11:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Reawakening through Dance!
23 April 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
23 April 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (U, 2021)
24 April
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Export Documentation
27 April 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Long Covid- Returning to Work after Covid-19
27 April 11:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Youth Work and Social Education
27 April 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John
28 April
Swansea Arena
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Relax, Restore Revive, Lunchtime Reset
28 April 12:50 – 13:20
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
28 April 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Circular economy and net-zero: two sides of the same coin?
28 April 13:30 – 15:00
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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NPT INNOVATION EXCHANGE (4)
29 April 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion and NPTCBC
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Rob Brydon – A Night Of Songs And Laughter
30 April
Swansea Arena
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#TheCAEFootball
30 April 13:00 – 15:00
LC Swansea
Hosted by The Centre for African Entrepreneurship
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TOO GOOD TO GO
18 May 10:00
Hosted by CEIC Wales
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March Regional Round-Up

March Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Ports Past and Present Survey Live

Ports Past and Present explores the history and cultures of the five port areas of Dublin and Rosslare in Ireland, and Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock in Wales. During its delivery the project will promote each town’s heritage to the public, both within the coastal communities themselves and to the visiting public, and it will shape and inform the long-term heritage tourism strategies of the five port communities and their surrounding areas. Have your say

Careers at DVLA

They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD

UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

Community-led transport solutions – Have your say

The Community Led Sustainable Transport Solutions project aims to strengthen sustainable transport and active travel in Swansea, focusing on what communities can do for themselves to solve their travel and transport challenges. We want to hear from anyone in Swansea. Complete and share the online survey – share your views about local transport for communities in Swansea by clicking here.

Current Vacancies at Caredig

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

New opportunities for Swansea’s rural communities

Innovative projects are being sought to benefit the Swansea area’s rural residents. Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are being invited to apply for funding to support new and inventive projects with a community benefit. Members of the Swansea Rural Development Partnership’s Local Action Group welcome ideas from community groups and social enterprises. The RDP will accept completed project idea forms from March 11 to 5pm on April 10. Read More

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Join RCS’s Team!

Short-term opportunities in rewarding, person-centred roles. RCS is a leading not-for-profit company which helps people find, sustain and progress in employment across Wales. They currently have a number of short-term vacancies for empathetic, passionate people to join their busy team. You will be delivering services to help people return to work from sickness absence, as part of the In Work Support team and supporting the other delivery teams within RCS. Their ESF funded In Work Support Service has supported over 6,500 people and businesses since 2015. Read More

Job Opportunities at Llamau

Llamau are hiring! Join the team and be part of a fast-paced, dynamic company, working everyday towards a Wales without homelessness. Read More

New consultation invites people to help shape the design for the commemorative woodland at Brownhill

Natural Resources Wales is inviting people to share their views to help shape the design for the new commemorative woodland at Brownhill in the Tywi valley, Carmarthenshire. The site at Brownhill has been confirmed as one of three planned locations for memorial woodlands in Wales. The ambition is for the woodlands to be seen as a symbol of Wales’ resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and one of regeneration and renewal as they grow. Have your say

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

Careers with JCP Solicitors

JCP Solicitors have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor to join their award-winning Family team. The team work in a fast-paced environment, assisting clients with a range of complex family law matters. JCP Solicitors are also looking for a dedicated Legal Assistant to provide support to the Residential Property team and help process a caseload of conveyancing files quickly and efficiently.

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.

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David wishes to purchase Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) excavation equipment for the Portalis project. They also want to evaluate the effectiveness of the Cymraeg Yn Y Cartref programme.

Contract Notices for Swansea University

These tenders from Swansea University are for the supply of an enclosed robot to volumetrically apply a two-part and a single-part liquid, a road resurfacing project at Singleton Campus, PV and external lighting works, a new gym annex with existing building link works, and final evaluations of the Computational Foundry and Awen Institute operations.

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

These tenders from Swansea Council are for the provision of equipment for an IoT ‘Alpha Phase’ project, parks refuse bags, bricklaying, lifelong learning ICT equipment, green bags with tag, up to twenty electric pool cars, adult services transport services, environmental facilities works to 199 properties In Fforresthall/Ravenhill, and the supply of shower trays, screen sets and accessories.

Contract Notices for Pobl Group

These tenders from Pobl Group are for the provision of a replacement heating plant at Swansea University Preseli Block, and an e-learning management system.

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire Council

These tenders from Pembrokeshire Council are for a feasibility study and options appraisal for the development of Fishguard and Goodwick Harbour and archaeological excavation at Rosina Vallis/Hodnant Porthclais Caerbwdy under the Ancient Connections project.

Contract Notice for Pembrokeshire College

Pembrokeshire College is seeking a contractor for the refurbishment of main water tank in main campus. Read More

Tendering Opportunities for Natural Resources Wales

These tenders from Natural Resources Wales are for the supply of laboratory consumables for the NRW analytical services, gathering information on ground preparation and tree planting services, and blockage removal on the Chapel Reen Sea Doors.

The Provision of Tax Services to the Development Bank of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales plc are inviting tenders to provide tax services to the DBW Group. Read More

Contract Notices from Carmarthenshire Council

These tenders from Carmarthenshire Council are for SMART towns and digital training across Carmarthenshire’s towns, piloting the use of IOT and LoRaWAN technology across Carmarthenshire’s rural market towns, and business support for the BSB Sir Gar project.

DEVELOPMENT

£740k grant support helps transform Swansea

Businesses and other organisations are investing in local areas thanks to money from the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns “placemaking” programme. The funding helps revitalise town centres across Wales with schemes such as creating new homes above commercial premises, upgrading vacant commercial units to bring them back into use and creating biodiversity projects such as green walls and green roofs. Read More

More than 100 new council homes delivered as part of ambitious £300 million plan

A total of 119 new council homes will have been delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council by the end of this financial year. Providing quality, affordable homes is a key priority for the council which is investing over £300 million to support the delivery of more than 2,000 additional homes across the county over the next five years. Read More

New homes and parking facilities coming to Sketty

Work will soon get underway to create new homes and parking facilities at the existing car park on Eversley Road in Sketty. Coastal Housing have exciting plans to create 15 new apartments on the site. “Sketty is a thriving community with lots of popular independent shops and cafes that local people value.” says James Griffiths, Coastal’s Head of Development. Read More

Latest photos of the new £48m Haverfordwest High VC School

It’s looking impressive! The £48.7m facility is being built in Prendergast and will accommodate 1500 pupils aged 11-16. There will also be 250 sixth form pupils attending the state-of-the-art education facility which will provide £4.6m worth of leisure provision. Externally, the scheme will boast extensive sports facilities including playing fields, a WRU 3G standard rugby pitch and tennis facilities as well as parking and coach drop-off. Read More

Work underway to transform historic Swansea building empty for 15 years

The Albert Hall has played host to Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and David Lloyd George, and is said to be where 14-year-old Ernie Wise first met 13-year-old Eric Bartholomew, helping to initiate comedy partnership Morecambe and Wise. The aim now is to restore the 157-year-old venue to its original splendour, creating a development that’ll include an 800-capacity music and entertainment venue plus new spaces for lifestyle businesses and offices. Read More

A Swansea skate park gets the go ahead

A skate park planned for years at Llwynderw on the seafront in Swansea can now be delivered without further delay. Mumbles Skatepark Association said they were “extremely pleased” about the freedom to proceed. Messages posted to the group’s Facebook page included “This is amazing”, “Fantastic news! Thank you for not giving up!”, and “It’s not just skateboarders, it’s parents and grandparents – everyone sees the benefits that it will bring.” Read More

Empty townhouse with an abattoir at the back could become a cafe-bar, bakery, butchers’ shop and offices

A sprawling listed building in Laugharne which used to have an abattoir at the back could be getting a new lease of life. Globe House was at various times a hotel, military billet, horse and coach station, butcher’s shop, auction room, video hire outlet, bank and residential property. The nine-bedroom house was in the BBC Cymru Wales/S4C thriller, Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher, starring Eve Myles. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

First look inside the new Swansea Arena after a walk to Copr Bay across the golden bridge

It’s been a long, tough, five years in the making – but now the doors to Swansea’s brilliant new arena are finally opening to the public. After a successful “housewarming party” in February, Swansea Arena hosted VIPs and members of the press on Thursday, March 3, to formally open the Arena and the £135m Copr Bay leisure district. Read about the official opening and the first impressions of a visitor to “a really special place”.

Swansea University’s Smart Garments used by Elite Athletes

UK Government Minister David TC Davies has visited the £132 million Swansea Bay City Deal Campuses project to see how the technology for Smart Garments has been developed and was used by athletes, including medal winners, in last year’s Tokyo Olympics. The wearable technology was designed by Swansea University experts who invented a flexible heater using carbon-based stretchable graphene ink that can be directly attached to fabric. Read More

New Llanelli leisure centre will be part of first section of huge new wellness village which will cost up to £87 million

The first zone of a £199m health, life science and housing project in Llanelli looks to be a step closer. Bouygues UK has given the council a maximum cost of £87.07m for zone one – comprising a new leisure centre, clinical delivery centre, research-led business development, and wellbeing skills centre. The council-led project at Delta Lakes will eventually feature four zones spread over 83 acres. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Swansea’s high street bouncing back from pandemic faster than Cardiff, study suggests

Swansea’s high street economy is bouncing back from the pandemic faster than Cardiff. Data from the Centre for Cities’ high streets recovery tracker suggests that Swansea is in the top 10 of the UK’s towns and cities to have bounced back fastest in both footfall and spending, while Cardiff is in the bottom 10. The figures suggest that size may have made a difference, with smaller towns and cities bouncing back much faster overall than larger ones. Read More

UWTSD Architecture student entrepreneur opens new board game café

UWTSD student Ryan Davies started planning for his business at the height of the pandemic, but was undeterred and determined to succeed. The only board game cafe located in Swansea, situated on the famous Wind Street, Socialdice is a friendly, welcoming space for old and new gamers to come together to enjoy a library of 400 board games, with knowledgeable staff on hand, called ‘Game Gurus’ to make game recommendations and help with the rules. Read More

A ‘traditional’ fish and chip shop is opening in Swansea’s Wind Street

A good old-fashioned chip shop has openned in Jack Murphys in Wind Street, with a retro gaming bar to follow in a few weeks. The chippy, aptly called “Jack the Chipper”, will be serving up traditional chip shop food including rissoles, sausages and chips. It’s set to stay open until 3am every day of the week, and is likely to be a hit with Wind Street party-goers in search of a meal after a night on the town. Read More

Family behind one of Swansea’s best-loved restaurants is opening city’s first chai tea cafe

The first-ever chai tea shop and cafe, Chai Stop, has opened in Swansea city centre. Run by Salman Khan, whose family also own Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen and Grill and Griddle, Chai Stop is bringing chai tea to Swansea for the first time. On the menu alongside a variety of chai tea flavours, including the very popular traditional Karak Chai, is Indian street food, desserts, and all-day breakfast. Read More

Indoor axe-throwing and ‘rage room’ venue to open in Swansea city centre

Axe-throwing began as a leisure activity in Canada some years ago, but is now becoming a popular hobby in the UK. Typically, throwers stand 12-foot away from a target, which looks like a large wooden dartboard, and throw one axe at a time towards it, aiming for the bulls-eye. A rage-room, meanwhile, is a safe space where people can destroy or smash up a range of items – a quirky way for someone to get all their anger out! Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Making Hope Happen

At 4theRegion our mission is to co-create a happier, healthier South West Wales with a thriving economy. And what do we mean by ‘thriving’? For us, in the truest sense of the word, thriving is about wellbeing. We’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hope. Amplifying hope is a big part of what we’re trying to do, because when people are hopeful about the future they are happier and healthier. Read More

University Helping to Improve Medicine Safety in Early Motherhood

Researchers from Swansea University and SAIL Databank are playing a key role in a multi-million pound international project to improve the safety of medicines given to mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers. They have teamed up with colleagues from across Europe to as part of the £28 million IMI ConcePTION project. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Work set to start on Swansea University’s innovative renewables scheme

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services is set to begin work on a highly innovative project – the first of its kind in the UK – to install a comprehensive raft of integrated energy-saving, sustainable technologies at Swansea University’s Bay Campus on behalf of Swansea University. The South Wales-based building services provider is working with its sister company EFT Consult to provide design of the cutting-edge project, which will encompass a commercial rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) scheme, a carport solar PV scheme, a battery energy storage system (BESS) and electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Read More

The Pembrokeshire community-owned business aiming to become Wales’ first commercial seaweed farm

Câr-y-Môr is a commercial venture with a difference. On paper, the goal is to improve the coastal environment and the community of St Davids by creating a commercially viable sustainable seaweed farm, creating jobs and giving local young people a route into the seafood sector. In practice, Câr-y-Môr is a story of local people taking affirmative action to create employment and prospects in their community through enterprise and entrepreneurship. Read More

World-first hybrid hydrogen heating system is part of Milford Haven project

The world’s first smart hydrogen hybrid heating system has been demonstrated in Pembrokeshire. The trial combined a hydrogen-fuelled boiler with an electric air-source heat pump alongside smart control technology and was conducted in a building at the Port of Milford Haven. Emissions from home heating and hot water need to be cut by 95% to meet 2050 UK Net Zero targets, and hybrid heating technology will become increasingly important. Read More

Unwanted goods brought back to life and sold at new Llanelli shop

A new shop selling repaired and reused items donated by the public has opened its doors in Llanelli town centre. As well as household items, children’s toys and bicycles up for grabs there will be an in-house paint reuse facility which customers can purchase from the shop at a significantly reduced cost to traditionally bought paint. Remnants of wood donated at the recycling centres have also been transformed into items such as garden furniture and planters. Read More

Circular Economy Workplaces Services

Remanufacturing is not refurbishing. Ministry of Furniture turn redundant furniture into innovative new products from waste material! Do you have redundant workplace furniture? Do you need to redesign your workspace? Ministry of Furniture’s team can audit your legacy furniture and advise on what’s suitable for remanufacturing. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Dunvant Male Choir 125th Anniversary and Patrons’ Concert at the Brangwyn Hall

It’s not often Sir Bryn is in town! Dunvant Male Choir Patrons’ Concert 2020 is now arranged for 2nd April 2022 at the Brangwyn Hall. Sir Bryn Terfel and Angharad Morgan guest with accompanist Annabel Thwaite. Dunvant Male Choir is the oldest male voice vhoir in Wales with an unbroken history. Formed in 1895 and still one of the busiest and most popular choirs in Wales! This belated concert celebrates the 125th anniversary of the choir. Tickets are available here.

City continues flying the flag for nightlife safety

Swansea’s nightlife scene is keeping the Purple Flag flying over the city for an eighth consecutive year. It’s one of only two places in Wales that can fly the flag which highlights how visitors can always expect an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. The new bid for accreditation pointed to success stories such as regeneration work in Wind Street, new business openings, and the Enjoy Swansea Responsibly campaign to reinforce key Covid safety measures. Read More

Work of local community wins international acclaim

The community surrounding the National Botanic Garden of Wales was instrumental in helping the Regency Restoration project gain international acclaim with the presentation of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) coveted People’s Choice Award. The winner of this award is decided by a global public vote and was last won by the Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in Hong Kong which shows the scale of the competition and the magnitude of the win. Read More

Giant mural of Michael Sheen to be painted in Port Talbot

A giant mural of Michael Sheen is to be painted in Port Talbot. The team behind the town’s ARTwalk say they will not let the departure of Banksy’s famous ‘Season’s Greeting’ artwork deter them from establishing the town as the street art capital of Wales. “We intend the street art revolution that Season’s Greetings sparked to continue and spread.” said Derek Davies, who manages the Port Talbot ARTwalk Facebook page. Read More

You can now drive a train like TikTok trainspotting star Francis Bourgeois did in Llanelli

Did you grow up dreaming of being a train driver? Well it may not be too late, thanks to the South Wales Railcar Group and Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway. They are offering people the chance to drive a train under full instruction from a qualified driver instructor. Recently, Francis Bourgeois headed to Llanelli to try the experience out for himself. The TikTok star became famous for his infectiously joyful videos which he started making during lockdown. Read More

EDUCATION

Exciting new apprenticeship opportunities being developed to help build council’s workforce

Carmarthenshire County Council has committed to developing apprenticeship opportunities to offer people a range of new routes into employment. As one of the county’s largest employers, the council recruits for a wide variety of roles to support frontline services for residents and businesses. A range of exciting opportunities are being developed and will include apprenticeships specifically developed to support the social care workforce. Read More

New App Helping Young People Speak Out to Shape Their Local Community

A new app has just been launched that puts the power to rate and help improve communities in the hands of young people. Now, thanks to the new RPlace app, it only takes youngsters a few clicks to share what they like – and hate – about where they live, play and go with their friends and have their say on what needs to improve. Read More

UWTSD shortlisted for Springboard Awards for Excellence 2022

Jacqui Jones, Programme Manager for International Events, Tourism and Leisure Resort Management programmes at UWTSD said: “We are thrilled to be nominated for the Best Education Industry Partnership award. This is wonderful recognition of our engagement with both the industry globally and locally, our amazing students and the incredible support and inspiration they are given by our graduates and industry leaders as mentors.” Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Home Education Class
Every Monday 14:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free yoga classes Platfform 13-16 year olds
Every Monday 16:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Letters of Credit & Methods of Payment
8 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Parent & Baby Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 10:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Destination, Travel & Tourism | Sector Forum
8 March 12:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Preschool Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Primary Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 16:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Tween & Teen Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Physiotherapy Clinic Sessions
9 March 09:00 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Employment Law Update 2022
9 March 11:00 – 12:30
Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Postgraduate Open Day
9 March 13:00 – 15:00
Swansea University Bay Campus
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Mindful Walking Spring Series
Every Wednesday 16:45 – 17:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
Led by Brigid Haines
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Brynhyfryd Youth Club
Every Wednesday during term time 18:00 – 20:30
Brynhyfryd Youth Club, Swansea
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Advice and Guidance for Sedentary Workers During Covid-19
10 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe kiosk, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
10 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Stress Management Course
Every Thursday 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Gong Bath
11 March
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Innovations in the Bay
11 March 12:00 – 14:00
Village Hotel Swansea
Hosted by SA1 Waterfront Business Club
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 Week Class Every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day
12 March
Bay Campus and Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University
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FREE Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
12 March
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Tween 11:30 – 13:00
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FREE Kids Mindful Gardening
Every Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Swansea Vintage & Makers Market
12 & 13 March 10:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Kirtan – Anahata Svara
12 March 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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TRE class
13 March 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Acceptance and Mindfulness During Covid-19
14 March 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
16 March 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Employment Law Update 2022
16 March 11:00 – 12:30
Carmarthen Leisure Centre
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Postgraduate Open Evening
16 March 16:00 – 19:00
Swansea University Singleton Park Campus
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Swansea City Centre Conference
17 March 10:00 – 20:00
Swansea Arena
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Wales Virtual Networking
17 Match 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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The History Of Rock
18 March
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Reawakening through Dance!
19 March 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Seaweed Art Workshop
19 March 14:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
19 March 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Menopause Yoga Workshop
20 March 10:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Play-doh planets
20 March 10:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Tour of the Stars
20 March 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Meteorite or Meteor-wrong? Meet the Curator!
20 March 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Planispheres
20 March 12:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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ASTRONOMICAL!
20 March 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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SPACE JUNK 3D (U, 2012)
20 March 15:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Sleep on it – Solutions to Common Sleep Problems
22 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Incoterms
24 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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ION Open Doors
24 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Wales Virtual Networking
24 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
24 March 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Strong Enough – Ultimate Tribute concert to Cher
25 March 19:30 – 22:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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FREE Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
26 March
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Tween 11:30 – 13:00
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Plan an epic 2022! Wellbeing Workshop
26 March 13:30 – 15:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Inward / Outward Processing Relief
29 March 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Employment Law Update 2022
30 March 11:00 – 12:15
Online
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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The Future of the Workplace for SMEs – Digital Transformation
31 March 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Positive Ageing -Transitioning from Work to Retirement
31 March 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Members Visit to Swansea Arena
31 March 14:00 – 16:00
Swansea Arena
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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February Regional Round-Up

February Regional Round-Up

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Careers at DVLA

They’ve got loads of career opportunities at DVLA – including some jobs you’d never expect. Take a look

Jobs and Working at UWTSD

UWTSD are proud of their dedicated and talented employees and they work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of their students and the communities they serve. ‘Transforming education, transforming lives’ is their mission. If you would like to join them on this journey and make a difference too, then they would love to hear from you. Read More

CampusLife Enquiries Assistant

Applications are invited for the position of CampusLife Enquiries Assistant in the Department of Student Services at Swansea University. The CampusLife Enquiries Assistant will provide an entry point for students and other enquirers to access information, advice and guidance on a wide range of student life issues. Read More

Current Vacancies at Caredig

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

Careers at Pobl

Pobl work together as a team. They have great ideas, masses of experience and a huge passion for delivering a difference in people’s lives. They are looking for an Apprentice Asset Officer and an Assistant Cook.

Jobs at Natural Resources Wales

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic. It’s the job of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us. The people who work in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality. Read More

Job Opportunities at Llamau

Llamau are hiring! Join the team and be part of a fast-paced, dynamic company, working everyday towards a Wales without homelessness. They have roles available from fundraising to support work. Read More

Work in forests or woodlands in Wales? Natural Resources Wales want to hear from you

If you work in woodlands or forests in Wales or you rely on them as part of your business, over the next few weeks, you can help to make a crucial contribution to your industry by taking part in this quick 15 minute survey, so that the increasingly important role of trees and timber to the UK economy is recognised.

All Wales LGBT+ Network Public Outreach

Dyfed-Powys Police want to know how they can build stronger relationships with their LGBT+ community, and they’d like to hear your experiences and suggestions for the future. Take the survey

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

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.

Become a Volunteer for Reengage’s Activity Groups in Wales

Reengage’s new activity groups will bring together people (over 75) in local communities across Wales through initiating and running activity-based groups to help reduce loneliness, social isolation and improve physical wellbeing. The groups will use community spaces to host a range of activities which can be anything from dancing, chair yoga and gardening to tai chi, light fitness classes or boules. Read More

Job opportunities in Swansea Council’s Nature Conservation Team

Swansea Council is seeking to appoint three suitably qualified and experienced staff to be based in its Nature Conservation Team; two Community Green space/Nature Project Officers (Salary: £33,782 – £37,890 per annum) and a Natural Environment Volunteer Co-ordinator (Salary: £29,577 – £32,910 per annum).

Brand Activation Assistant

Original Cottage’s wonderful Brand Activation Assistant Charlotte is going on maternity leave in April so they’re looking to hire her cover. It’s a temporary Brand/Marketing Assistant role that will be mostly remote but travel within Wales will be required, so applicants can be from anywhere around the country. The job is listed here.

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire County Council

Pembrokeshire Council seek suitably qualified contractors to provide a supported living services framework agreement, traffic management services, a finale cross-border participatory art commission for Ancient Connections, and trainers, consultants or facilitators to deliver a “Festival and Event Business Training, Marketing and Network Support Programme”.

Brand, Design and Corporate Communications Strategy

The Development Bank of Wales is seeking to appoint a company to refresh and update the brand. The deadline for responses is Thursday 24th February at 12pm. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea University

Swansea University is seeking to appoint contractors to provide a a drone-mounted ground-penetrating radar (GPR) system, a 3-phase grid emulator with galvanic isolation and HiL capability, and mobile app development services.

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council is seeking contractors to provide UPVC Window replacement, redevelopment of the Grade 2 listed Laboratory Building at Hafod Copperworks, 1,000 laptops, local bus services, planned preventative maintenance of electronic doors and induction loops at Swansea City, new playground equipment at Penllegaer Primary School, and drainage. They are also offering the opportunity to submit bids for street trading pitches within Swansea including Swansea Seafront.

Street Arts Infrastructure and Festival Plan

Swansea Council will shortly be inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced creative partnerships to assess the optimum methodology for creating a street arts infrastructure in Swansea. Read More

Framework Agreement for Environmental Partners

A framework to engage with local environmental partners to support project delivery as part of the Climate Change and Nature Recovery Strategy. The framework providers will work with Swansea Council to support the delivery of net zero Swansea by 2050. Read More

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales are seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide general site maintenance, repair, landscaping, fencing and grass cutting of hydrometry and telemetry sites across Wales, review and improve the Projects section of the NRW Permissions Process, provide semi-quantification of compounds identified by LCMS screening, and provide a Ball Mill laboratory homogeniser for environmental samples.

Contract Notices for University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The National Centre for Learning Welsh wishes to appoint an individual or company to create a digital resource entitled Croeso i Bawb for their website. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is also seeking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced consultants to conduct 3 feasability studies and a business plan.

Verge Mowing including strimming work

This specification is for the cutting by mechanical means of highway grass verges on County Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and unclassified roads in the County of Carmarthenshire. Read More

Provision of Utility Services

Coastal Housing Group is seeking a suitably qualified contractor to provide utility consultancy services including but not limited to procurement services for new and existing supply energy contracts, utility portfolio management, utility supply management, and invoice validation and query management. Read More

Parent Peer Advocacy & Support Service

PAN (Parent Advocacy Network) West Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Council are currently developing ideas to create a new ‘Parent Peer Advocacy and Support Service’. Read More

DEVELOPMENT

Planning approval and first occupants announced for Swansea’s City Centre Community Hub

Work can now start to transform the former BHS/What! building. Plans reveal a striking fresh design just yards from a new-look Castle Square Gardens, Kingsway and Wind Street. The structure – built in the 1950s – will have large windows and glazing to show activity and a welcoming ethos. Translucent cladding could be backlit to act as a beacon to help attract visitors. It could be home to a library, archive service, contact centre and other key council services. Read More

Copr Bay £34.6 million boost for regional businesses

New figures show how regional businesses, ranging from engineering and decorating to flooring and landscaping, have benefitted from working on the construction of Copr Bay phase one. Swansea-based businesses benefitted from £17.9m of the £34.6m spend. Businesses elsewhere in Wales outside the Swansea Bay City Region benefitted from a further spend of £18.7m. Read More

Why there’s a huge crane hovering over Swansea city centre as long awaited renovation work finally starts

There’s a giant crane just up the road from 4theRegion’s office. It’s there because the historic Palace Theatre, a 134-year-old grade two listed building, is being transformed into a home for tech, start-up and creative businesses. The council has appointed Tramshed Tech as the lead tenant to run the building, which could reopen next year. It is being transformed by R&M Williams Ltd which has a track record of working with heritage buildings. Read More

Town centre location revealed for Carmarthen’s exciting new Hwb development

The former Debenhams in St Catherine’s Walk is the preferred location for the Carmarthen Hwb, which will bring together a range of health, wellbeing, learning and cultural services. People will be able to access health and social care services, a state of the art gym, employment support, public services, university facilities and lifelong learning opportunities. It is hoped the Hwb will also be home to some of Carmarthenshire’s museum collections. Read More

One of Swansea’s most famous pubs is about to be turned into student accommodation

It’s great to see derelict sites put to new uses! A pub where someone once turned up at the bar with a horse is about to be turned into a three-storey 72-bedroom student property. The warmly remembered Cape Horner pub was once at the heart of the St Thomas community, but closed in 2010. Read More

Work starts on new £8.25m primary school for Pembrey

The new school building will provide high-quality teaching facilities to improve the overall learning experience for learners, as well as benefitting the local community. The new school will have capacity for 270 primary pupils, 30 nursery pupils and will incorporate a Flying Start facility which is currently located in a mobile classroom on the current school site. Read More

Construction work begins on Grade II-listed Milford Waterfront building

Quay Stores on the marina will have more than £1.5million invested into it, to carry out building work, such as replacing the roof. Across the next few months, John Weaver Contractors Ltd will demolish the rear warehouse and erect scaffolding to enable surveys to be undertaken. It is after the surveys that the roof will be replaced and works will be conducted in accordance with the listed buildings consent. Read More

Planning go ahead confirmed for major Afan Valley adventure resort development

Conditional planning permission for a new development team to take forward the transformational project has now been granted after the signing of a legal agreement. The Afan Valley adventure resort project could create hundreds of jobs and provide significant social and environmental benefits for the Afan Valley and surrounding areas. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

New bands and micro-festival announced for ‘housewarming’ party at Swansea Arena

The curtain is about to go up at Swansea Arena – a few weeks earlier than expected. The 3,500 capacity venue is to host two housewarming events before officially beginning its launch season in March. The first show features local bands The Vega Bodegas, Inscape, and The Now, with Trampolene headlining. It’s followed by a micro-festival featuring local talent King Goon, The Orange Circus, Lost Tuesday Society, Cities, Fallen Temples, Pearler and Prosperina. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Buying more from each other

Did you know if every individual and business in South West Wales spent an extra £100 a year with regional businesses we’d have an extra £108m circulating and multiplying in our economy? This doesn’t just keep more wealth in our local economy. Buying more from each other helps develop supply chains and creates more opportunities for people and businesses. Read More

New project set to support 100s 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 will support people aged 25 and over throughout Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion through the provision of career support, volunteering opportunities and free online training courses. Read More

The driving instructor who’s swapped the hot seat and set up his own Swansea restaurant

Mark Elliot has opened Foxy’s in High Street in Swansea. He said: “I have a driving school, which is a priority business. This firm is born from that as we have limited places to eat. We do everything we get for lunch – it’s about variety. The original plan was almost to create like a Subway where you can get sandwiches, jacket potatoes, curries and hot dogs. We are in a place where there are lots of students.” Read More

Port of Milford Haven Appoints New CEO

The Port of Milford Haven, the UK’s largest energy port based in South West Wales, has announced the appointment of Tom Sawyer as its new Chief Executive. Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022, taking over from Andy Jones who previously announced his decision to step down from the role. Read More

Exciting News from Barry Training Services

Barry Training Services Ltd (BTS) have just moved their Port Talbot branch to a larger premises to meet the growing demand of training courses. The new premises is double in size to their previous centre in Baglan, Port Talbot, and is currently undergoing a huge development to completely change the layout and increase the capacity for courses that can be delivered there. They’ll have 4 large classrooms, with additional areas for Lift Truck and Plant training. Read More

The wild-looking burgers a group of Swansea friends are making in the city

A group of childhood friends have created what are probably the wildest-looking burgers in Swansea with bold coloured buns and mouth watering ingredients! ‘Madbuns’ opened last year after the self confessed “foodies” spotted a potential gap in the market. Based in St Helen’s Road, the team have all grown up within the area and have created their own take on American-style smash burgers, with a twist. Read More

The new coffee and pie shop inspired by Australia that’s opened in Swansea

Billy Howes and Tash Small are behind Bogan’s Bakery, having started the business from their kitchen in Gowerton during the pandemic. Billy Howes said: “We had just come back from Australia, where there were these two insane pie shops, and we were looking to replicate it over here. They were the equivalent of our pasties, being served in the middle of the day, and they were so tasty and so full of ingredients, it was something that was real soul food.” Read More

Workforce Investment at Ministry of Furniture

Ministry of Furniture has invested in its workforce, creating seven positions, six of them new recruits, on the back of an expansion and diversification of its services, a move prompted initially by the Covid-19 pandemic. The appointments span design, production and operations. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

UWTSD sponsors IRONKIDS Wales as part of its partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious triathlon brands

The IRONKIDS event offers young athletes the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living. The partnership also provides opportunities for students and staff to collaborate with IRONMAN on areas related to the University’s portfolio including sports, health and wellbeing, tourism, hospitality, events management as well as film and media. Read More

Life saving heart pump to go into production this year creating 100 jobs in Swansea

A life saving heart pump developed by a Swansea medtech firm is expected to go into production later this year, creating around a hundred jobs. Severe heart failure is the most life-threatening medical condition in all age groups across the globe. Calon Cardio Technology, based at Swansea University, will produce implantable heart pumps, known as Ventricular Assist Devices (or VADs), which have proven to sustainably increase long term survival. Read More

First look at large new health and wellbeing centre coming to Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire

The aim is to develop an integrated health and social care network of services for the Amman Gwendraeth area, and the construction of a wellbeing centre. The new site would provide a base for health and care services which would accommodate two local GP practices, a library, family centre, community pharmacy, community police support and voluntary sector groups. Read More

Wellbeing Resources – COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has brought with it all sorts of additional challenges to our physical and mental health. To help you manage these, Wellbeing through Work have put together a range of free wellbeing resources that can be accessed online. They’ve developed a series of online modules covering a range of topics that may help to improve your wellbeing. They provide practical advice on maintaining your physical and mental health during the outbreak and beyond. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

What is green recovery?

When the pandemic hit global economies, governments pledged to rebuild, create jobs and spark growth. But many people recognised we can’t just go back to doing things the way we did before. So what would our rebuilt economy look like? We need to think about the problem of “growth”. Traditional ideas of economic recovery have focussed on growth, but wouldn’t it be better for us to be aiming for wellbeing, whether or not the economy grows? Read More

New ‘green’ bus shelters in Swansea will help improve air quality

Swansea is set to have its first installation of environmentally friendly bus shelters along main public transport routes in the city. 10 new ‘green roof’ bus shelters will feature natural plants on top, which can help filter out dust particles and contribute to better air quality. The ‘green’ bus shelters will be installed along the roadside at Mumbles Road, Oystermouth Road, Quay Parade, Walter Road and St Helen’s Road. Read More

More wind farms, electric cars, and a tidal lagoon – the £4bn plan to tackle climate change in South West Wales

A report has found region will need £4.3bn in investment by 2035 to tackle climate change. We’ll need to reduce carbon emissions by 58% in the domestic heat and power sector, 56% in the commercial and industrial sector and 51% in road transport. This means more wind and solar farms, more electric cars, a tidal lagoon, and the creation of around sixteen thousand new jobs! Read More

Green scheme helps to breathe new life into used inhalers

A group of GP practices has launched a new scheme to help the environment by recycling inhalers that are no longer needed. Patients can hand in their used inhalers at local pharmacies. When inhalers are thrown away and end up in landfil. Choosing to recycle them instead not only helps to dispose of them safely but reduces the amount of greenhouses gases released, while also recycling the hard plastic holder. Read More

Initiative Launches to Help Swansea Become a Net Zero city by 2050

Swansea Council is calling on business and organisations to deliver projects to help the city in its fight for the planet’s future. Projects they could help with may range from the running of community hubs to delivering projects offering sustainable food or transport solutions. A tender process has just started as the council starts building its environmental partner framework. Read More

The very different new look for the Swansea city centre hotel that closed temporarily in mysterious circumstances

One of Swansea’s best known hotels is set to receive a very different look – following a growing trend around the city centre. The Dragon Hotel, which can be found along The Kingsway, could soon have a new eco-friendly appearance, with proposals for an eye-catching green wall to its exterior and the replacement of existing windows on three facades of the building. Read More

Plans for £1bn-plus floating offshore windfarms off the West Wales coast revealed

Pembrokeshire based Hiraeth Energy and Norwegian firm Magnora Offshore Wind said the two projects would have tidal energy capacity to provide the energy needs of half the homes in Wales. The floating offshore wind projects – Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd – in the Celtic Sea have capacity to generate up to 700 megawatt of wind energy. The partnership is committed to 10% community ownership in the projects. Read More

Information hub opens to help households cut energy bills

Commissioned by Swansea Council and run by the Environment Centre Swansea with the help of specialist partners, the Energy Awareness Hub aims to help households with free, accessible and independent support. This will include information to all on how to better insulate homes, switch energy providers and access support on welfare rights. Read More

Morriston Hospital ‘farm’ gets the green light

Swansea Bay University Health Board has revealed plans to develop a “farm” on land near Morriston Hospital, providing opportunities to promote healthy eating and wellbeing. Giving local people the opportunity to grow and eat healthy locally sourced food will help reduce pressures on the health service. It would also reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint, with fresh food literally coming from across the road! Read More

Historic canal towpath given new lease of life in Swansea

Nearly one and half kilometres of historic canal tow path in Swansea has been given a new lease of life as a new walking and cycling route. The route, in the Swansea community of Clydach, has been topped with a new accessible two metre wide tarmac surface to create a new shared use path for walkers and cyclists. Read More

University Praised for Pioneering Work Championing the Importance of a Circular Economy

Swansea University’s commitment to promoting a circular economy has won international recognition. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has named it as an exemplar university for the range of activities it carries out, not only through research and teaching but also in the way it runs its campuses. The Foundation aims to accelerate the transition from our linear economy (make, use, dispose) to a circular economy, which is restorative and regenerative by design. Read More

‘Development of national significance’ for three wind turbines

A proposal for a three 4.3MW turbine wind farm on land near Valero, to the east of Rhoscrowther has been submitted by Keith McKinney for Rhoscrowther Wind Farm Limited, and it is said to have the potential to generate enough energy to power around 9,900 homes. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Carmarthenshire Museum to open for National Gallery painting exhibition

People will be able to see Jean-Siméon Chardin’s ‘The House of Cards’, a painting from the National Gallery’s masterpiece collection, which was painted by the French artist in around 1740–1. Carmarthenshire Museum was chosen by the National Gallery as one of only three museums in the UK to exhibit part of its collection. The museum, in Abergwili, re-opens following completion of the first phase of restoration by Carmarthenshire County Council, which has invested significantly to create a better environment for museum collections. Read More

An international wine fair is coming to Swansea in June

We all know Swansea and wine go hand-in-hand – just have a look at Wind Street on Beaujolais Day each November – but there’s a new wine event coming to town this summer. Hosted by Swansea-based wine seller, N.D. John Wine Merchants, the new “Swansea International Wine Fair 2022” has just been announced and promises to transform the National Waterfront Museum into a “wine, beer and spirits wonderland”. Read More

Escape is confirmed for Swansea’s Singleton Park for summer 2022

If you ask Swansea locals what parties or festivals they remember from the late ’90s and noughties, one word is sure to be mentioned time and time again: Escape. Escape Music Events have announced the festival will be returning to Singleton Park. Organisers have confirmed that the newly-named Escape Festival on Saturday, August 20 2022 and say iy will be “bigger and better” than ever before – with some 10,000 people set to fill the crowds. Read More

You can go ice skating in Neath and Port Talbot town centres this month

It’s time to get your skates on as a synthetic ice rink is coming to Neath and Port Talbot town centres this month. Neath Port Talbot Council has announced the aptly-named “Skating in the Town Centre” event is skating into Neath on February 11 and 12, and to Port Talbot on February 18 and 19. People of all ages will be able to skate to their heart’s content, for just £3 per person for a 30-minute slot. Read More

EDUCATION

UWTSD celebrates its bicentenary

The story of higher education in Wales began 200 years ago with a vision and the knowledge that Wales could not prosper – spiritually, culturally nor economically – without educating its people and establishing a formal institution to serve Wales. Thomas Burgess, then Bishop of St David’s, achieved what others had attempted to do for centuries before and establish the first higher education institution in Wales, with the foundation stone being laid on 12 August 1822. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Home Education Class
Every Monday 14:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free yoga classes Platfform 13-16 year olds
Every Monday 16:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Import Procedures
8 February 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Parent & Baby Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 10:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Preschool Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Crowdfund Swansea online workshop
8 February 12:00
Online
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Primary Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 16:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Tween & Teen Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Swansea Council – Leader update for small businesses
8 February 17:30 – 19:30
Grand Hotel, Swansea
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Choirs For Good
Every Tuesday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wednesday Networking
9 February 08:30 – 10:00
Online
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
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Suicide Prevention- Strategies for the Workplace
9 February 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Business Swansea Start-Up Enterprise Club – Getting started on Instagram
10 February 10:00 – 11:30
Online
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Job Search Support
Every Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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ION Open Doors – Developing your Entrepreneurial Mindset
10 February 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by ION leadership
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite the kiosk, Secret Cafe, Swansea
Hosted by the Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
10 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Stress Management Course
Every Thursday 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Online Taster Sessions – Advocacy & Sociology
10 February 19:00 – 20:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wellbeing Economy Wales – Crypto Cymru?
10 February 19:00 – 20:30
Online
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 week course Fridays 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Drum Circle With Earth Chants
11 February 17:00 – 18:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Kids Mindful Gardening
Every Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Power of Tapping Workshop
12 February 11:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
12 February
Family 12:30 – 14:00
Teen/Tween 14:30 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Kirtan – Anahata Svara
12 February 18:30 – 19:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Made In Tennessee – 2022 NEW DATE
12 February 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Free your neck and shoulders
13 February 10:30 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Transport Changes Here – Youth Engagement Event
15 February 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by South West Wales Connected
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Keeping Fit & Well – Advice for Older Workers
15 February 12:30 – 13:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Online Taster Sessions – Early Years
16 February 11:00 & 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Online Taster Sessions – Psychology
16 February 18:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Trading with the EU
17 February 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Mindfulness in the Garden
Every 3rd Thursday in the month 10:30 – 11:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Online Taster Sessions – Education Studies
17 February 11:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Wales Virtual Networking
17 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Transport Changes Here – Youth Engagement Event
17 February 16:00 – 17:00
Online
Hosted by South West Wales Connected
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NAVF 2022: Concert
18 February 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day
19 February
Singleton Campus and Bay Campus, Swansea University
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UWTSD Carmarthen Open Day
19 February 10:00 – 15:00
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen Campus
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
19 February 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Film On Sunday: MR JONES
20 February 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Promoting Employee Financial Wellbeing in Wales through Salary Saving
22 February 10:30 – 11:30
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Managing Attendance with a Wellbeing Approach
22 February 17:00 – 18:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Business Swansea Power Hour – Making your Business Funding Ready
24 February 10:00 – 11:00
Online
Developed in partnership with the Development Bank of Wales
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Wales Virtual Networking
24 February 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Virtual Open Evening – Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
24 February 17:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Mindfulness & Movement for all the family
26 February
Family 09:30 – 11:00
Teen/Tween 11:30 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Queens Hall Wedding Fair
27 February 10:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Menopause Yoga Workshop
27 February 10:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

BikeAbility Wales are recruiting!

Exciting news! BikeAbility Wales are recruiting for two new people to join their wonderful team. They are looking for a Funding & Finance Officer (15 hours per week flexible) and a Cycle Training & Technical Officer (30 hours per week). The application deadline is 5pm Friday 21st January 2022. Read More

Open Consultations

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

Job Opportunity – Car Club Manager

Community Energy Wales are looking for a dynamic project manager to lead on establishing the first Wales-wide EV car club, working with communities across Wales. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of changing people’s behaviour towards car ownership, encouraging shared mobility and tackling rural isolation in a sustainable way. Read More

Egni Co-op’s Share Offer is still open – their final target is £4.8m!

Egni Co-op develops rooftop solar energy in Wales. They generate clean energy, enabling their sites to take action on climate change and be more financially stable. Through their co-op share offer, they also give people the chance to invest their money towards a more sustainable future and get a fair rate of return. Read More

Exciting new job opportunities to join #TeamNRW in their brand-new Contract Management Support Service

Natural Resources Wales are hiring! They have a really exciting opportunity for people to join their brand-new Contract Management Support Service (CMSS), which has been put in place to provide expert advice and direct support and assistance  to their contract managers across all areas of NRW. Read More

Apprenticeship – Level 2 in Business and Administration – Swansea

In conjunction with Gower College, JCP Solicitors have an opportunity for an Apprentice to work within their Business Support team, whilst gaining a Level 2 in Business and Administration. Read More

Forest Operations/Land Management Higher Education Placement x 4

Natural Resources Wales are proud to announce that for a third year they will be hosting 4 paid placement opportunities starting in September 2022. These are specifically for students undertaking a mid-year placement whilst participating in a forestry or land management undergraduate qualification from a higher educational institution. Read More

Finance Apprentice

Pobl work together as a team. They have great ideas, masses of experience and a huge passion for delivering a difference in people’s lives. They are currently seeking to recruit a Finance Apprentice. The Finance department is at the heart of their success and allows them to provide the services and initiatives that they do. So, you wouldn’t be just a Finance Apprentice, you’d have your role to play in making a difference to people’s lives who really need it. Read More

Want to be part of Acuity’s award-winning team?

Acuity recognise that their people are their most valuable asset and they’re always keen to hear from individuals interested in exploring opportunities with Acuity. Find out about Acuity’s current vacancies and training programme. Or you could join the Acuity Community. From day one, you will be your own boss, making your own decisions about the hours you work, the projects you take on, and the clients you work with.

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, SA1 3AN. Read More

Contract Notices for Pembrokeshire Council

Applications are invited from firms wishing to tender for the concession for a catering provision at South Beach car park, Tenby, and amenity grass cutting at selected sites throughout Pembrokeshire.

Contract Notices for Carmarthenshire Council

Carmarthenshire County Council is inviting tender submissions for the Carmarthenshire Conservation Area appraisals and development of heritage regeneration guidance, the hire of plant and machinery, supported housing services for young people, and wellbeing support services for employees of Carmarthenshire County Council.

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

The council is seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide Fortigate firewalls, supply and install roller racking in rooms 20 and 37, Guildhall, execute road restraints system maintenance, and provide birdproofing measures at Swansea City Bus Station.

Contract Notices for Swansea University

In order to deliver the required outputs from this Programme, AgorIP through Swansea University, requires specialist support from a range of professional service firms. They are currently seeking to appoint a design and development services provider, a triage and specialist market report services provider, and a mentors and commercial leads service provider. IMPACT at Swansea University seek tenders for a glove box with a humidity and oxygen protection system.

Contract Notices for Neath Port Talbot Council

Neath Port Talbot Council is seeking suitably qualified  contractors to lease and operate a café/restaurant with a visitor info centre and campsite at Afan Forest Park, deliver surfacing and ancillary works across the South Wales Motorway and Trunk Road Network, and develop a heritage trail mobile application, developed alongside and informed by the Lost Peatlands Project.

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales seek detailed insight to support delivery of a customer-centric approach to their products and services through detailed customer journey mapping, and are looking for scientific divers to support the monitoring of Habitats Directive Annexe 1 subtidal reef features in Welsh Special Areas of Conservation.

DEVELOPMENT

Research looks at 4theRegion’s unique approach to community engagement and focus on wellbeing

We were delighted to be featured in research which looked at “the unique approach taken by 4theRegion…centred on an asset-based local development grounded in social purpose”. It found “This approach is influenced by well-being and seeks to engage with a wide variety of community stakeholders to derive holistic flourishing. 4theRegion are instrumental in bringing together the ecosystem of South West Wales towards a focus on purpose and well-being.” Read More

One of Swansea’s spookiest old mansions is being lined up to be converted into flats

It’s the ultimate restoration job but one the owners of a “ruinous” listed building in Swansea are looking to take on. They plan to convert Danbert House, Morriston, into 11 flats and add a house in the gardens at the rear. Currently clad in vegetation and missing its roof, it’s not the sort of place where you’d want to spend a night. You almost expect to see a spectral figure hovering in one of the arched window openings. Read More

What’s happening with Swansea’s century-old bridge that a huge crane lifted from near the Liberty Stadium

It was quite a dramatic sight – an entire bridge being lifted from its position over the River Tawe by a giant crane. Now the 112-year-old Bascule Bridge has taken a big new step towards it’s repair and restoration following its removal in 2019. The bridge was once a key piece of infrastructure in the then town of Swansea’s world-leading copper industry, but needed repair after being fenced off from public access for decades. Read More

First look at Carmarthen bus station revamp and ‘green roof’ bus shelter plans

People are being given the chance to help shape the revamp of Carmarthen town centre’s bus station. The existing bus shelters are being replaced with two new continuous shelters to provide better weather protection and ‘green-roof’ canopies to help capture carbon and attract bees and butterflies. A range of new trees and ornamental shrubbery will add more greenery to the Blue Street area. Read More

First look inside the new swimming pool and leisure centre being built in Neath

Development works are well underway in Neath town centre as a new swimming pool and leisure centre begin to take shape. When finished, the two-storey 7,082 sq m development will include a swimming pool, 100-station gym, café, library and six commercial units. Read More

Swansea to get its beloved ‘Castle Gardens’ back with revamp plans a blast from the past

The beautiful, leafy new look for Castle Square will hark back to the Castle Gardens of old, before they were replaced with the more modern design of today. There have been a number of calls for a return of more greenery and flowers in the area. The design forms part of a new concept for the city centre aimed at revitalising the area. It will form part of Swansea’s £1 billion regeneration. Read More

New school to open in Morriston

Everyone at Ysgol Gymraeg Tan-y-lan said goodbye to the old Victorian buildings at Tan-y-lan Terrace in Morriston before Christmas and started this term in a brand new school in Clase. YGG Tan-y-lan’s new home at Hill View Crescent, build by contractors Kier, will allow it to meet the increasing demand for Welsh medium education in Swansea and to expand as numbers grow. Read More

£2.1m Mumbles sports ground revamp finally gets under way

The dozens of sports teams which use Underhill Park, off Newton Road, will benefit from a refurbished pavilion and new changing rooms. There will also be a new cafe and community hub, and public toilets. Mumbles Community Association (MCA) – the group spearheading the project – has appointed TAD Builders Ltd, of Llanelli, to do the work. Read More

Swansea Bay Property Roundtable

It was great to see our director Zoe Antrobus featured in this piece by Insider Media. Insider brought stakeholders and advisers together to discuss how Swansea Bay City Region can make the most of its potential in property and development. 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. These are just some of the exciting projects contained in a progress report on the delivery of Neath Port Talbot Council’s £82.4m 2021/22 capital programme given to members of the council’s Cabinet in November. Read More

What Wind Street is looking like now it nears the end of its £3m upgrade

The street which has long been the centre of Swansea ‘s night-time economy has been undergoing a major revamp, which it is hoped will turn it into a family-friendly area during the daytime. The transformation aims to enhance its connection to a new Castle Square Gardens where more trees and greenery are planned, again to encourage families to enjoy the spaces and attractions. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Campuses project in the City Deal portfolio given the green light

The £132 million Swansea Bay City Deal Campuses project has been approved by the UK Government and Welsh Government. With £15m secured to develop sites in Morriston and Singleton, this project will promote innovation and business growth in the expanding Medical Technology and Sports Technology sectors. It’s planned to generate over 1,000 jobs in the Swansea area and will be worth over £150 million to the regional economy by 2033. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

New cocktail bar and music venue opens in Swansea’s Wind Street

A brilliant new house music venue and cocktail bar has launched in Swansea – just days before Wales’ Covid nightclub restrictions come into force. Fortunately for Heaven Swansea, the venue is categorised as a bar not a nightclub – but has had to adapt its ‘clubroom’ to make it follow the current guidelines. Read More

Nurse swaps hospital shifts for cooking and opens her own restaurant

A nurse has been driven to quit the wards for her passion for cooking and has opened a new restaurant in Swansea. Mum-of-two Barbara Hixson set-up Marley Vibes – The Taste of Jamaica in High Street in a nod to her roots. She said: “I moved here 20 years ago and I love it. It reminds me of my home in Jamaica, especially Gower, the beaches and streams intertwined with the greenery, it’s beautiful.” Read More

Hopes of Carmarthen livestock market reopening in February

Carmarthen livestock market could open for business again in February. Nock Deighton Agricultural LLP won the tender to run the Carmarthen mart back in April and are expected to sign the lease from landlords Carmarthenshire Council soon. Final repair works to bring the site back up to standard are continuing at the Nantyci site on the outskirts of town. Read More

Haverfordwest dairy processing plant which will create 80 jobs approved

Pembrokeshire Creamery Ltd, associated with Puffin Produce, has applied for permission to build a dairy processing facility as part of the Pembrokeshire Food Park development at Withybush Industrial Estate. The plan is for a dairy processing and bottling plant creating around 80 jobs. It will be the only facility of its kind offering Welsh milk bottled in Wales. Read More

The couple who recently moved to Wales and have started selling pizza from their back garden

If you walk to the top of Swansea’s Waun Wen Road at night, the first thing you’ll notice is a brightly glittering sign propped up on a garden wall that reads ‘Dinu’s Pizza’. After building a full-scale pizza oven and truck in his back garden, Dinu Cojocariu is officially working from home, cooking up some of the freshest pizza Swansea has to offer. Dinu and his wife Madalina – a baker in her own right – open Dinu’s Pizza at 6pm with council permission. Read More

Haverfordwest serves up its latest food offering: ‘Noods’

‘Noods’ is the newest takeaway to open in the county town and is offering something different with fresh ingredients inspired by the far flung corners of the world in ‘Pan-Asian street food’. Influences include cuisines from countries such as Japan. Partners Shane Imbrey and Adam Edgerley are planning to wow the taste buds if the people of Haverfordwest with fresh food prepared 5pm to 10pm thoughout the week. Read More

‘I started baking over lockdown and now I’ve opened my own Swansea doughnut shop’

A new doughnut shop has opened in Swansea boasting to be “the best” with its traditional American-style sweet treats. The Dough Works in Castle Arcade is a doughnut speciality shop that creates flavours and glazes “from start to finish” with their own take on the popular snack. The shop was opened last month after the owner Lewis Hayward decided to start baking doughnuts over the pandemic, in an attempt to bring the taste of America to south Wales. Read More

Six west Wales farms make move to selling milk direct

A Pembrokeshire enterprise is one of six Welsh farming families in west Wales who have made the move to selling milk direct to the public. And dairy farmer Janet Davies has paid tribute to the way Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp scheme provided a virtual ‘arm around the shoulder’ during the pandemic as the business made the change. Read More

New chapter for Ammanford’s Old Cross Inn as it reopens this weekend

A publican who specialises in re-opening old pubs that have fallen on hard times has taken over the Old Cross Inn at Ammanford. Rob Megson and his partner Sophie Hulbert have vowed to ‘help breathe new life’ back into Ammanford town centre. “We are both very excited about the future and truly believe the Old Cross is about to enjoy a whole new chapter in its long history,” Rob said. Read More

New vintage and gift shop opens in Swansea’s Uplands

A new, independent vintage and gift shop has opened in the heart of Swansea’s Uplands. Pinball Vintage, at 49 The Grove, is run by local businessman Chris Byatt and aims to be the go-to place for affordable vintage clothing and great gifts that would be hard to find elsewhere. Emphasis is placed on sourcing items from local makers to minimise the shop’s carbon footprint. The shop stocks grade A, authentic vintage clothing from the 60s through to the 90s.  Read More

Market shoppers enjoy taste of market’s new attraction

City centre shoppers are enjoying a sociable and relaxing new experience in Swansea Market. The iconic venue has just become yet more welcoming. The Market Garden – a new area at the heart of the venue – is a new place where people can eat, work and enjoy themselves. They take food and drink there having bought it from nearby market stalls. Its launch was welcomed on Saturday, December 4, with a visit by Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Mary Jones. Read More

You can watch your dinner being made in front of you at new Korean-style restaurant

Rainbao has an open-kitchen and is led by a “farm to table” ethos, with fresh, organic ingredients transformed into Korean and South East Asian-inspired dishes, including homemade Bao buns, dim sum and Katsu curry, which you can wash down with vibrant cocktails. The restaurant is the brainchild of Caerwyn Ash and Ryan Gormley, two Swansea locals who were looking to launch a business in the city offering something different to what Swansea already offers. Read More

Mission Possible

An innovative and exciting new training offering has been launched by former Dragons CEO Stuart Davies as part of his growing business consultancy. It sees a stable of high-profile associates coming together to deliver a range of knowledge transfer masterclasses, based on the experience and expertise gained during successful and varied careers at the top of their professions. Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

All the things you can do in Swansea to unwind after a busy festive season

As much as we all love Christmas it’s fair to say that some of us come out of the festive season feeling frazzled rather than refreshed. From coastal walks and spa days, to Tai Chi and meditation, here’s a list of some of things to do in Swansea that will help you unwind and catch a good start on the new year. Read More

Popular Swansea bar shuts temporarily to give tired out staff a ‘wellbeing week’

Management at Founders & Co have confirmed they will be shut until January 13, 2022, for a staff “wellbeing week”. The week’s break has been arranged to give all staff, including food traders, baristas, cleaning staff, security and everyone-in-between, a chance to “switch off, relax and enjoy themselves doing whatever they please” and to thank them for going “above and beyond” during the busy Christmas period. Read More

New surgical instrument invented by Morriston plastic surgeon

Muhammad Umair Javed, a consultant plastic and reconstructive breast surgeon, hopes the Swansea Retractor, named after the city where he works, will improve patient safety. The new instrument, the first of its kind in the world, enables the surgeon to have a better view of their work, helping to avoid causing accidental injury. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Smart Charging can Save Electric Vehicle Drivers £110 a Year – and Cut Carbon Footprint by 20%

A report by a research team involving Swansea University experts has shown smart charging helps spread out demand for electricity to avoid overloading the National Grid. People already get cheaper electricity by charging at certain times. But smart charging could go much further. For example, it could mean charging when windy weather means surplus wind power is being generated, or having your charging automatically coordinated with your neighbours. Read More

Couple’s plan to grow food from eco home for ‘zero waste’ shops in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

A couple who want to live on the land with a light touch and grow their own food have been given the go-ahead to do so in a remote area near Whitland. Jerry and Tania Rees plan to keep 50 chickens and two goats and grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and plants for their own consumption and to supply two “zero waste” shops they run in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and Cardigan, Ceredigion. Read More

Swansea Named as Top 10 UK University for Environmental Performance

Swansea University is one of the top ten universities in the UK for environmental and ethical issues, the new league table compiled by People and Planet, published by The Guardian, has revealed. People & Planet’s University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

New path opens at National Trust Cymru’s Southwood Estate

Fancy a festive breath of fresh air? A new footpath now open on National Trust Cymru’s Southwood Estate will give better access to the ancient and beautiful landscape near Newgale Beach. The 2km footpath has been made possible thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support has also meant more could be done to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the 850-acre estate. Read More

Mumbles is one of the ‘coolest postcodes’ in the UK, according to The Times

The newspaper dubbed Mumbles “the Hamptons of Wales” and the best place to relocate for “stylish seasiders”. It says “Its booming foodie scene has also led to it being described as the new Padstow: check out bistro Môr for fine dining, or the Gower Seafood Hut for caught-that-morning calamari and its wildly popular cockle popcorn. Last summer, four million oysters were added to the water off Mumbles, so expect a selection of oyster bars to be popping up soon.” Read More

Wales-Ireland walking route to celebrate Celtic links

The shared religious and cultural history of Wales and Ireland is being celebrated with two pilgrimage routes in each nation. The Ancient Connections project will see two routes in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, and Ferns, County Wexford, linked via a ferry service. It is hoped the routes will boost green tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim is to attract about 5,000 people a year, whether they are keen walkers or making a pilgrimage. Read More

EDUCATION

Professor Tavi Murray Awarded CBE in New Year’s Honour List

Professor Tavi Murray, from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to Glaciology and Climate Change Research. She said “I am really honoured and delighted to receive this award. Our glaciology research in Swansea is aimed at making better predictions of sea-level rise from the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, which is so important to our planet’s future.” Read More

UWTSD Library launches new exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary

The Library and Learning Resources department at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has launched a new special collections exhibition both on campus and online to kick start the University’s bicentenary celebrations. The bicentenary commemorates the establishment of St David’s College, Lampeter on 12 August 1822 through the laying the foundation stone which marks the beginning of higher education in Wales. Read More

UWTSD Offers Sanctuary Scholarship

The Sanctuary Scholarships are aimed at people with refugee, humanitarian protected or asylum seeker status and are offered in recognition of the disruption to education that displaced people experience. UWTSD is committed to removing the barriers to participation in Higher Education faced by those seeking asylum in the UK and supports the Welsh Government’s Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan. Read More

New £4.3million Ysgol Rhys Prichard has it all

When children and staff at Ysgol Rhys Prichard moved into their new school, they didn’t just get a school, they got a community hub, leisure facilities, rugby pitch and a swimming pool next door too! The primary school has relocated to the former Ysgol Pantycelyn secondary school site providing bright and airy accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities. Read More

Success for UWTSD at the Swansea Open 2021 Art Exhibition

A graduate and a staff member have been successful at the Swansea Open 2021 art exhibition at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea. The first prize was awarded to Suzanne Callen, a member of UWTSD’s Student Services department, for her oil on canvas painting named ‘Sabina’. The ‘Friends Award for Swansea Open 2021’ was awarded this year to UWTSD Fine Art graduate Owain Sparnon for his work ‘Trwodd draw yr wyf yn edrych/ I’m looking through you.’ Read More

UWTSD and Gower College Swansea collaborate to develop the next generation of engineering talent

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is collaborating with Gower College Swansea to inspire and encourage the next generation of Motorsport Engineers. UWTSD started the first Motorsport Engineering degree in 1998 and has developed an excellent reputation in the industry, enabling students to develop the specific expertise required in the design, development, engineering, and optimisation of competition vehicles in state-of-the-art facilities. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Baby & Me
Every Monday 10:00 – 11:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Home Education Class
Every Monday 14:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Yoga 13-16 years old – Platfform
Every Monday 16:30 – 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Parent & Baby Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 10:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Feldenkrais class taster class
Every Tuesday in January 10:45 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Development & Construction | Sector Forum
11 January 12:00
Online
Hosted by 4theRegion
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Community Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:50
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Preschool Yoga Class
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Women’s Outdoor Walking Group
Every Tuesday 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Primary Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 16:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Tween & Teen Mindfulness Class
Every Tuesday 17:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Adapting to Change and Preparing for the New Year During Covid-19
12 January 11:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Business Swansea Start-Up Enterprise Club – Leasing Commercial Premises
13 January 10:00 – 11:30
Online
Presented by Dr Ben Reynolds, Urban Foundry
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
The sea wall opposite the Secret Cafe, Swansea
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Mindfulness in the Garden
Every Thursday 12:30 – 13:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Free Homeopathic Clinic
Every Thursday 12:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wales Virtual Networking
13 January 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Stress Management Course
Every Friday 14:30 – 15:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Shed
Every Friday 11:45 – 13:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Men’s Tai Chi Class
8 Week Men’s Tai Chi Class
Every Friday 13:45 – 14:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Embrace You! Women’s Wellbeing Group
Every Friday 15:00 – 16:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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FREE Kids Mindful Gardening
Every Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Power of Tapping Workshop
Every Saturday 11:30 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Lonesome Ace Stringband
15 January 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Moving Naturally with the Feldenkrais Method
16 January 10:30 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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TRE class
16 January 14:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Supporting Financial Wellbeing
17 January 12:00 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Preparing for an HMRC Audit, inc. Customs, VAT & Risk
18 January 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Wednesday Networking with Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
19 January 08:30 – 09:30
Online
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea & West Wales
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Employment Issues Surrounding Vaccination Status
19 January 10:00 – 11:15
Online
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Wales Virtual Networking
21 January 12:00 – 13:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Sound Journey (soundbath)
22 January 18:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Understanding Young Carers
25 January 10:00 – 14:00
YMCA Swansea
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Preventing and Managing Back Pain in the Work Place
25 January 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by Wellbeing through Work
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Museum Talks: Welsh Love Tokens
25 January 19:00
Online
Hosted by National Museum Wales
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Wednesday Networking with Introbiz Swansea and West Wales
26 January 08:30 – 10:00
Online
Hosted by Introbiz Swansea & West Wales
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Employment Issues Surrounding Vaccination Status
26 January 10:00 – 11:15
Online
Hosted by JCP Solicitors
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Business Swansea Power Hour – Branding your Business
27 January 10:00 – 11:00
Online
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Wales Virtual Networking
27 January 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Classification of Goods – Virtual/Online
28 January 09:30 – 12:30
Online
Hosted by Chambers Wales
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Cinema screening: Don’t Look Up
28 January 18:00 – 21:00
Taliesin Building, Swansea University
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Breath Of Life Pranayama and Breathwork Workshop
29 January 10:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Wellbeing and Resilience During Covid-19
31 January 09:30 – 10:30
Online
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December Regional Roundup

December Regional Roundup

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
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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
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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
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Start UP to Scale Up: A growth programme for StartUp Businesses. Cohort 33, Phase II
8 December 09:30 – 13:00
Online
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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