South West Wales News, Events & Opportunities

Each month, we pull together the region’s top headlines, and announcements from across our alliance, to create your Regional Round-up from 4theRegion.

From development and investment news to community projects, and business opportunities: we’ll make sure you’re in the know, so you can speak positively and confidently about what’s happening here in South West Wales.

Do you have an opportunity you’d like to share in our next round-up? Be sure to let us know!

March Regional Round-Up 2024

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

NPTC Group of Colleges Welcomes Timber Industry Experts

Carpentry and Joinery students from NPTC Group of Colleges were inspired by industry experts recently as the College hosted its first-ever CITB and IOC Timber Industry College Hub Event. The event aimed to showcase the various employment opportunities available from the UK and international timber supply chain to career paths in carpentry and joinery, shop fitting, restoration and design and manufacturing. Read More

Students celebrate fantastic Oxbridge offers

Ten A Level students from Gower College Swansea have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge University. The College’s GCS Honours Coordinator, Dr Emma Smith, says “It’s especially pleasing that these students came to Gower College Swansea from eight different secondary schools, are heading to nine different Colleges and will read ten completely different subjects so there is a real variety and breadth of study here, which is always great to see.” Read More

JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

Vacancies at Bevan Buckland

Bevan Buckland are passionate about recruiting the best and providing a fantastic working environment. They are always looking for talented and ambitious people to join their ever-expanding firm. See their current opportunities here.

Offering rewarding career opportunities throughout Wales

Morganstone believe their workforce is their most valuable asset and the success and rapid growth of Morganstone is entirely due to the talent and dedication of the individuals who work there. They invest vast amounts of time and funding to ensure they attract the very best people. They then train them thoroughly to ensure their clients have access to the very best people with the ability to take their developments to the next level. Read More

Careers at NPTC Group of Colleges

Would you like a rewarding career and to feel part of a family? Well, you can have all that and more at NPTC Group of Colleges. Here’s a list of their current vacancies. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to change your future – Apply Now!

Vacancies at The Queens Hall Narberth

Would you like to join the happy team at the Queens Hall Narberth? The Queens Hall was established in 1958. During the 1960s and 1970s, it gained a reputation amongst pop and rock fans for attracting some of the biggest names in the business who played to capacity audiences. Musicians such as Elton John and Status Quo, who have become household names. Since then the Hall has continued to promote international and local acts across the genres. Read More

Be part of a successful organisation

Pembrokeshire College is a well established further education college, employing over 500+ highly qualified and dedicated staff. They pride ourselves on delivering first class education and training to over 13,000 learners at a vibrant campus in a beautiful county. Their diverse job opportunities offer flexibility in developing a career in areas ranging from teaching, coaching and management through to human resources, finance and IT. Read More

Be part of the Caredig team!

Working in housing is not just about providing homes. Caredig are a collective team that work together to provide a service to residents. Their job roles vary from customer service, finance assistants, kitchen fitters, carpenters, communications, care and support workers and so much more! Read More

A guide to small business loans

Starting and growing a business can require a lot of investment, and it’s not always possible to fund this yourself. Small business loans are a common source of funding to help businesses get off the ground, manage cash flow, or expand. The Development Bank of Wales supports small businesses with micro loans from £1,000 to £50,000, with flexible repayments and no early repayment fees. Learn More

Jobs and Working at UWTSD

People are at the heart of everything UWTSD does. They 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

Volunteer for Age Cymru West Glamorgan

Join Age Cymru West Glamorgan’s friendly and passionate team of volunteers and help us to answer every call, and support everyone to age well and love later life. Enquire Now

Careers at JCP Solicitors

People are the core focus of JCP Solicitors’ business, 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 their decision making processes. They aim to provide a happy, positive working environment. They celebrate the successes of others around them and support each other professionally and personally. All of their current vacancies will be listed here.

Current Vacancies at Gower College Swansea

Your future starts here. Do you want to make a difference? 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. By joining them at the College, you’ll become part of a team of highly committed and talented staff providing outstanding learning and training opportunities for young people, adults, and employers across South West Wales. Read More

Careers at Day’s

Whether you are looking to start your career or have a wealth of experience and knowledge in your chosen profession, Day’s Motors have a range of full time and part time job opportunities in the car industry to suit most, including Administration, Apprenticeship, Sales Executive and Mechanic roles. Read More

Join #TeamCoastal

Coastal 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 they think is pretty critical to encouraging new ideas and approaches. If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, come join #TeamCoastal. Read More

Job Opportunities and Working at Swansea University

Looking for a new job? Changing role? Interested in what Swansea University can offer you? A warm and welcoming University, they value people for their skills regardless of their background and are proudly named as a top employer in the annual Stonewall Equality Index. They know that people have commitments outside their job, so they provide a working environment that allows employees to achieve the right work/life balance. Read More

Working for DVLA

The DVLA employ around 6,000 full-time and part-time staff. Keeping their employees happy and healthy is a priority of theirs and there are many benefits and rewards on offer. They have a variety of roles in many different business areas including operational and customer services, digital and technology, human resources, finance, communications, commercial, policy, and the drivers medical group. Read More

Commercial Cleaning Careers

Mrs Buckét committed to their people and investing in their skills so they can be the best versions of themselves, and of Mrs Buckét. Take a look at their commercial cleaning careers. See their latest vacancies.

Free short courses at Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea is leading two new initiatives to boost the employability for those aged 19 or over and living or working in Swansea. Multiply and Skills for Swansea give you the opportunity to enhance your skills for free and open doors to new opportunities. From mastering numeracy and the digital world, to improving your customer service training, or diving into environmental and risk management topics, there’s something for everyone!

Opportunity for Swansea Businesses to Drive Innovation through ‘Circular Economy’ Thinking

With a recent report from The Circular Economy Foundation in conjunction with Deloitte suggesting that awareness of the circular economy entered the mainstream in 2023, businesses across Swansea Bay are being urged to take up the opportunity to put their organisations on a more sustainable footing by joining a fully-funded CEIC programme delivered in conjunction with Swansea University. Read More

TENDERS & CONTRACTS

Dynamic Purchasing System for the Provision of Domiciliary Care and Support Services

Pembrokeshire County Council invite you to submit a bid to join a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of domiciliary care and support services. The Hywel Dda University Health Board may call off goods and services in quantities and at such frequency as it determines appropriate and as such, the approximate Hywel Dda University Health Board contract value has been included within this notice. Read More

Contract Notices for Swansea Council

Swansea Council is seeking suitably qualified contractors to provide electrical rewiring at Gendros Primary, and tarmacadam and aggregates.

Carmarthenshire Property Works Framework

Carmarthenshire County Council wishes to appoint suitably qualified contractors to deliver responsive maintenance (including emergency works ordered during normal working hours and out of working hours), planned works, adaptation works, call handling to include out of hours, void property works, technical inspections and trade specific works, required for the delivery of property related services within its Housing and Non-Housing Divisions. Read More

Disability Framework for Specialist Residential and Supported Living

Neath Port Talbot Council as lead authority will be shortly procuring on behalf of the West Glamorgan partnership a disability framework for specialist residential and supported living and are looking to attract high quality residential and supported living providers for a place on the framework. A market engagement event has been arranged for 28th March. Read More

Service & Maintenance of Intruder Alarms

This contract is for the servicing and maintenance of the intruder alarm systems currently installed across all of Gower College Swansea campuses. Read More

Contract Notices for Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales seeks suitably qualified contractors to to develop a hydro-electricity proposal, and supply of the services to operate, transport and store their South Wales Pisten Bulley Wetland Harvester machine.

Swansea Bay Sports Park (SBSP) Feasibility Study

Swansea University and Swansea Council are committed to working in partnership to provide the infrastructure for the future with a specific focus on the development of Swansea Bay Sports Park. This project is centred on the commissioning and delivery of a feasibility study and options appraisal that will lay the foundations for a major collaborative investment programme over the next decade. Read More

Marine Energy Test Area (META) Provision of 3rd Party and Public Liability Insurance Cover

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) are looking for an insurance broker to find suitable marine liability insurance of no less than £5,000,000 to cover third party and public liability risk associated with its position as test site operator for META. They are looking initially for a 1 year policy. For the successful proposal PCF will pay broker fees, premium fees and taxes. The price for these separate elements must be made clear in the quote. Read More

Contract Notices for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is seeking external support on their Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) agenda, and website design and implementation for the Creative West Wales network.

Evaluation of ‘Boosting the Social Economy in Carmarthenshire’

Cwmpas wishes to appoint an external contractor to provide an independent evaluation of the ‘Boosting the Social Economy in Carmarthenshire’ project delivery. Cwmpas wishes to engage a trusted and reliable contractor who has the capacity, resources, and range of skills to meet the requirements of this work. It is anticipated that the contract will commence in April 2024 and will be completed by 6th December 2024. Read More

Fire Suppression MRFs

CWM Environmental Ltd requires a contractor to provide a fire suppression system for its MRF facilities at its Nantycaws site. The contract price is to include the costs of supply, building, transport, testing and commissioning. CWM Environmental Ltd will arrange to engage in a new supply and service contract for the life of the warranty plus an extension of three years, for the avoidance of doubt, four years from the service contract start. Read More

Ice Cream Concession at Lower Town and Newgale

Pembrokeshire County Council is looking for tenderers to provide an ice cream facility at car parks within Pembrokeshire. Read More

Working with Nature

The Countryside & Wildlife Team of Neath Port Talbot Council is seeking to appoint the services of contractors to help to engage local people with local places for nature, particularly local nature reserves, and carry out site and habitat management works across 20 sites in Neath Port Talbot as part of the ‘Working with Nature’ regional project.

South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework 2024

Carmarthenshire Council, in association with Ceredigion Council, Neath Port Talbot Council, Pembrokeshire Council and Swansea Council will be undertaking a procurement exercise to establish a framework agreement for use by public and voluntary sector organisations based (or operating) in the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea for the provision of construction-related works. Read More

Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Substance Use Alliance

The Area Planning Board, a strategic partnership across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot committed to tackling and reducing the harms associated with substance use, has taken the decision to embark on a programme of transformation to improve service provision. They welcome providers of substance use services to attend face-to-face workshops on 26th March and 16th April at HQ Urban Kitchen. If you would like to attend, please email l.cooper-smith@npt.gov.uk Read More

DEVELOPMENT

New future for former Swansea department store is approved

Plans to convert a former department store into an arts centre have been given the go-ahead by Swansea Council in a decision described as “brilliant news” by the man behind the project. Dan Staveley, the founder and director of Elysium gallery and studios, said: “We’re over the moon, really. It confirms the support for the project and moves it forward.” Read More

Swansea signs off residential scheme

The final residential phase of a development of almost 300 homes at a former quarry site has been backed. Swansea Council’s planning committee approved plans for the development of the old Cwmrhydyceirw quarry for housing. Of the 19 properties there would be four, three-bed houses, five two-bedded homes, six two-bedroom flats and four one-bed flats. The applicant has indicated that this phase would be 100% affordable with Coastal Housing Group.  Read More

Swansea park to get historic and inspiring new name in time for International Women’s Day

Councillors will be asked to formally name the new coastal park next to Swansea Arena in honour of accomplished Victorian novelist, businesswomen and philanthropist Amy Dillwyn. She wrote six novels on themes including feminism and social reform and, following her father’s death, personally managed the family’s spelter works in Llansamlet. Subject to approval, the park will be officially called the Amy Dillwyn Park in time for International Women’s Day. Read More

Boost for Swansea affordable homes

An affordable homes scheme in Swansea has received a boost after being recommended for approval. Pentrechwyth Road Ltd and Caredig Housing Association will construct 34 properties at Pentrechwyth Road, Bonymaen. The development would comprise five pairs of semi-detached houses and twenty four flats in two, three-storey blocks. Read More

SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

Pentre Awel project marks pivotal milestone with topping out ceremony

Bouygues UK and Carmarthenshire Council welcomed visitors to the official ‘topping out’ ceremony of the prestigious Pentre Awel site as the final steel structure has been completed. The multi-million-pound development brings together life science and business innovation, community healthcare and leisure facilities at the 83-acre Delta Lakes site. Part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal (£40m), it is the largest regeneration scheme in South West Wales. Read More

Swansea high-tech office development in SA1 will be completed in June

The Innovation Matrix, as it is known, is being built by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David at its waterfront campus. It will be occupied mainly by companies which develop or are highly dependent on digital technology, and health-related businesses. These companies will also be expected to liaise closely with the university and benefit the regional economy. The building is being funded by the Swansea City Deal. Read More

Take a look at one of the renovated Hangar Annexes, Catalina House in Pembroke Port

As part of the Pembroke Dock Marine project, Catalina House is one of four Grade II listed annexes being renovated into a flexible modern workspace. The refurbished properties are available and are ideal for the renewable energy industry. This two-storey building is adjacent to the Western Sunderland Hangar, and is being rebuilt to offer office and light workshop spaces. Read More

BUSINESS NEWS

Main Stage cabaret bar confirms new venue in Swansea

The development of a long-awaited LGBTQ+ drag bar in Swansea city centre has taken a huge leap forward. For several months Martin Jones and Marc Scofield viewed countless venues but couldn’t find any that matched what they were looking for – until now. They have now signed the lease for an empty unit in Castle Street, just up from Wind Street, and have started transforming a former Chinese coffee shop into a glitzy and glamorous bar. Read More

I ate at the most exciting new restaurant in Wales and every mouthful was a celebration

Jonathan Woolway’s dream was to create his own restaurant in his hometown. After 16 years in London working at one of the world’s most prestigious restaurant groups, The Shed in Swansea’s SA1 is now open for business. And if you’re wondering if he’ll absorb the local food scene as he promised, take one look at the menu. Cockle croquettes, squash and laverbread soup, potted crab, Welsh rarebit, bara brith and heritage Teifi cheese, Welsh cakes and whiskey. Read More

Swansea nightclub re-opens for first time in four years following £1.3m refurb

Former student bar-club Rebound, also known as Tooters and Diva’s, at Swansea University’s Singleton Campus was a must-visit for hundreds of students for decades until its shock closure in February 2020. After four years and more than a year of planning, building, and refurbishment works the club has now re-opened. The newly-named Cove nightclub launched on February 2 and will now be open on select nights each week throughout university term time. Read More

MamGu Welshcakes opens cafe in St Davids Cathedral refectory

A local company that specialises in putting a modern twist on a beloved Welsh classic has opened a new café in one of Pembrokeshire’s most important historic buildings. MamGu Welshcakes started out at food fairs and markets in 2016 and is known for its innovative take on the tasty treat, producing Welshcakes in such flavours as orange and cranberry, rhubarb and custard and even El Mexicana savoury Welshcakes. Read More

Former MasterChef contestant to open new deli in Swansea

Christos Georgakis said: “I love to work with seasonal and local produce and having lived here for 28 years I know the produce we have here is amazing. It’s going to have cheeses, salamis, and will be what a proper deli should be. I’m really looking forward. I have a kitchen about 10 minutes from the premises which will be the HQ and we’re going to produce everything there. We’re also going to serve a lot of the farmers’ market dishes which are popular.” Read More

Pembrokeshire chef Matt Powell of Annwn shares joy at Green Star

Matt Powell uses many foraged and home-grown ingredients in his dishes in his acclaimed establishment in a former bank in Narberth’s Market Square. Its 10-course winter menu – featuring delicacies such as Kilpaison oyster puree, mallard and chocolate cockle shells – is served up for £130 per person. Michelin Green Stars recognise restaurants that are leading the way when it comes to sustainable practices coupled with culinary excellence. Read More

Haverfordwest Golf Club new restaurant and bar

The Flat Iron Grill has been opened by Allan Owston, who has been a chef at various locations in Pembrokeshire over the past few years. He said “The menu at the Flat Iron Grill is a treasure trove of dishes, each with a unique twist. Here, it’s all about celebrating the best of what’s local, transforming quality ingredients into satisfying meals that feel like a hug on a plate. Think classic favourites reimagined with a bit of flair – that’s our specialty.” Read More

Much-loved Japanese restaurant reopens in Pembrokeshire town

The couple behind two award-winning restaurants in Pembrokeshire have taken over a third top-rated eating establishment. Fans of Japanese food were sad to see the closure of Umi in Tenby’s High Street in January, but Lok and Jen Cheung said they are ‘beyond excited’ to announce the grand re-opening, and told customers: “Get ready for a culinary voyage that will transport you straight to the vibrant streets of Japan!” Read More

The stylish new Mumbles restaurant with probably the best views in the city

Managing director of The Secret Hospitality Group, Ryan Hole, said: “Really excited to share that we have now completed the refurbishment of the old Castellamare restaurant and are ready to introduce Rok Mumbles. The concept is simple – brilliant and often unique produce, cooked by chefs of a really high calibre who have designed a menu which allows you to eat with freedom. I really hope you like it! Read More

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

Swansea University Receives Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Work of World-Leading Databank

Swansea University has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the contribution for harnessing public data to improve population health and wellbeing through its world-renowned SAIL Databank based at Population Data Science. Healthcare professionals and data scientists are now able to carry out robust research using SAIL’s comprehensive data about the Welsh and UK population data. Read More

Experts Continue Working to Help Shape a Healthier Way of Life Across Wales

The importance of physical activity for all ages has been highlighted by researchers at Swansea University. As part of Welsh Institute of Physical Activity, Health and Sport (WIPAHS), researchers at Swansea University have been using their expertise to examine a wide range of issues and their findings are now set to shape how leaders can help people in Wales to live healthier lives. Read More

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & ENVIRONMENT

Crown Estate claims 5,300 new jobs could be created with new offshore wind farms

The Celtic Sea Blueprint has determined the supply chain and infrastructure requirements for three new wind farms in the Celtic Sea. The Crown Estate commissioned research claims that up to 5,300 new jobs and up to £1.4bn could be generated for the UK economy by galvanising the supply chain and infrastructure opportunities arising from the development of new floating wind farms off the coast of South Wales and the South West of England. Read More

Three Welsh Companies Selected for ORE Catapult’s First Floating Offshore Wind F4OR Programme in Wales

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering, Mainstay Marine Solutions and CELSA Steel UK have been named as the three Welsh companies selected to take part in the first F4OR programme in Wales. F4OR Wales will be delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, in partnership with Floventis Energy, the developer of Llŷr 1 and 2 in the Celtic Sea and is specifically designed to support local companies bidding for work in the floating offshore wind industry. Read More

New seaweed processing facility to be built on Welsh coast

The facility at St Davids will begin construction this year and will produce a plant biostimulant  using seaweed harvested from Câr Y Môr’s sustainable ocean farms. Seaweed biostimulants contain substances which are mostly organic, but with trace levels of inorganic nutrient elements. Natural biostimulants are increasingly being explored as an alternative to synthetic fertilisers and pesticides because they can help to keep the land nourished and balanced. Read More

Major peatland site restored in Neath Port Talbot

A large area of peatland, equivalent in size to 70 rugby pitches, has been successfully restored in Glyncorrwg. Peatlands play a crucial role in environmental protection and combating climate change. In good condition, they can act as giant sponges, absorbing and storing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They also provide a home to endangered plants and animals, help prevent flooding and can help reduce the spread of mountain wildfires. Read More

National Grid proposes new Welsh substation ‘to connect green energy’

The proposed substation near Llandyfaelog in Carmarthenshire is part of National Grid’s major programme of works across Wales to meet the growing demand for electricity and connect new green sources of electricity generation. It will help regional businesses grow and support the Welsh and UK Government’s net zero targets. Read More

Scientists Point the Way to Advance Conservation and Restoration of Essential Marine Life

Seagrasses play a vital role storing carbon, enhancing biodiversity, filtering water, and reducing coastal erosion. Despite their ecological significance, they have faced widespread decline. Renewed initiatives are underway to revive them, but substantial knowledge gaps hinder progress. Led by Dr Richard Unsworth of Swansea University and Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund of Uppsala University, 35 scientists have come together to help prioritise urgent research needs. Read More

These homes will be so energy efficient they don’t need a gas supply

A development of more than 120 new homes is to be built in Carmarthen – but none of them will have a gas supply – the current strategy being to utilise air source heat pumps and solar panels across the scheme. Read More

Public hire E-Bikes touted for Tenby

Could Tenby and other coastal areas across Pembrokeshire soon present E-Bikes for public hire to get around the locality? It is expected that a trial will commence in early 2024. The E-Bikes are managed through Zeus Scooters, and will be available to use on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. The E-Bikes operate on a battery-charged basis and the Council will be seeking a third party provider to maintain the bikes throughout the course of the trial period. Read More

Over 1,200 children learn about local production of pancake ingredients in successful two-day Food Story event

Over 1,200 children from across Pembrokeshire, aged from five to 16, learnt how the ingredients for pancakes are produced locally during a highly successful ‘Food Story / Stori Bwyd’ event. Children got the opportunity to mix pancake batter and eat pancakes with locally produced toppings with the assistance of chefs from Castell Howell. Read More

Plan to capture, ship and bury power station’s CO2

Pembroke power station has the capacity to generate enough electricity from burning gas to power four million homes, but is one of Wales’ biggest emitters of CO2. Richard Little, Director of the Pembroke Net Zero Centre, said ”We need to build something that allows it to still operate at times when it’s needed without impacting the climate.” RWE’s answer is carbon capture and storage. Read More

TfW pilot to offer free travel to staff working at Welsh health board

Mark Jacobs, Contracts and Performance Manager for TrawsCymru, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board by providing its hospital staff with free travel this March. This is a fantastic example of where public transport can provide meaningful change in supporting the health board’s ambitions to reduce congestion in its car parks and encourage its staff to make more sustainable travel choices by giving the bus a go.” Read More

Better Scrap Metal for a Greener Economy: Swansea Expertise at Heart of New UN-Backed Research Centre

Better quality scrap metal is crucial in cutting the carbon emissions that are produced in mining and manufacturing metals from scratch. Swansea University expertise in improving recycling by boosting the quality of scrap metal will be at the heart of a new centre, backed by the UN, which will research how we can reuse precious resources – from metals to minerals – more widely. Read More

Oyster restoration project set to enrich the Haven Waterway

It is expected that up to 200,000 native oyster spat may be produced. Native British oyster populations have declined dramatically, with significant implications for the health of our marine environment. As well as being filter feeders that actively purify the surrounding water, oysters also store carbon, and their reefs also play an important role in fostering biodiversity by providing food, shelter, and protection for a wide variety of marine life. Read More

VISITOR ECONOMY & TOURISM

Plaque unveiled to honour Jemima Nicholas, who repelled a French invasion of Wales

Wales’ 15th Purple Plaque is to be unveiled to honour the woman who faced down 1,200 French troops in Fishguard in February 1797 – the last invasion on British soil. While local militia and volunteer troops awaited reinforcements from Milford Haven and Haverfordwest, 47-year-old cobbler Jemima Nicholas led a band of women on Strumble Head and rounded up a dozen French revolutionary troops armed only with a pitchfork and her sheer courage. Read More

Stunning Welsh beauty spot re-opens after major works

Located on the edge of Waterfall Country in the Bannau Brycheiniog, the waterfall at Aberdulais is the only accessible one in the area. The River Dulais, flowing through a rocky gorge, is a powerful force when in full flow and a haven for wildlife and birds with dippers and herons regularly spotted. The waterfall and tinworks at the site will also open, with the tinworks having undergone lengthy conservation work. Read More

Swansea’s free ride buses set to return this year

Swansea’s pioneering free buses initiative is to get a £400,000 boost in the coming year. The hugely-popular boost for families and businesses alike has been a feature of school holidays in the city over the last three years. Read More

Foodie firms encouraged to sign up for Carmarthen Food Festival

Carmarthen is preparing for the first dedicated food festival in the town centre for several years. Food producers are now able to book stalls at the event, which will take place on June 8. Carmarthen Bid manager Elin Jones said “It will be an exciting day full of local food, drink and craft, with a huge emphasis on local producers and welsh produce in general. There are so many superb producers in Carmarthen town itself, so it’s a real chance to showcase these.”Read More

EDUCATION

Professor Awarded £2.2m to Explore a Digital Future for All

Professor Matt Jones of Swansea University’s Computational Foundry has been awarded a prestigious personal five-year Fellowship by EPSRC to pursue an adventurous and ambitious AI research agenda. While many people say they feel worried and helpless when thinking about the impact of artificial intelligence on their everyday lives and livelihoods, Professor Jones’ Fellowship seeks to design inclusive and empowering interactive AI systems for everyone. Read More

Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help them collaborate on vital areas of common interest such as working effectively with industry and supporting the development of vital skills for the region. The aim of the collaboration is to help both organisations explore working with other organisations to promote the health and wellbeing of local people. Read More

Gold LEAF Awards for Four University Labs

Swansea University is committed to reducing carbon emissions across its operations. One way to do this is to engage with LEAF, which encourages sustainable practice within labs. Senior Technician Ben Harris said “Getting a Gold LEAF award has been a really useful exercise, not only has it made our lab users more aware of the practices that make our daily actions more sustainable, but it has brought up some interesting discussions around what we can do next.” Read More

Archaeologist Howard Carter’s Artwork Now on Display at the Egypt Centre

A rare painting by Howard Carter, the renowned archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, has gone on display at Swansea University’s Egypt Centre. Undoubtedly Howard Carter is one of the most famous names associated with the exploration of ancient Egypt so this is a huge coup for the museum. The painting is rarely displayed anywhere outside the EES’s headquarters in London and this is the first time it has been sent on loan to Wales. Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

Swansea Law Clinic – Student Adviser Appointments
Every Monday Morning (Term-time Only)
Swansea University or Online
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Free Yoga & Relaxation for women
Every Monday 14:00 – 15:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Swansea University Personal Injury Clinic
11 March 15:00 – 17:00
Swansea University
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Self Help Book Club!
Every Monday 16:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Kung Fu Wales (Little Dragons)
Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 17:00 – 18:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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VIP Class Acts
Every Monday 17:00 – 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Tycoch – Full-Time Open Evening
11 March 17:30 – 19:30
Tycoch Campus, Gower College Swansea
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Kung Fu Wales
Every Monday 18:30 – 20:15
Every Tuesday & Wednesday 18:30 – 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Tech Tuesdays
12 March
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Candle Making Course
12 March 10:00 – 14:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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The Arts Society West Wales: The Arts and Crafts of Kashmir
12 March 11:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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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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Taijiwuxigong for health
Every Tuesday 14:00 – 15:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Llwyn y Bryn – Full-Time Open Evening
12 March 17:30 – 19:30
Llwyn y Bryn Campus, Gower College Swansea
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Zumba
Every Tuesday 18:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference 2024
13 March 08:00 – 14 March 16:00
Swansea Arena
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British Sign Language Course
13 March 09:30 – 15:30
Swansea BID Office, Wind Street, Swansea
To book your place, email andrew@swanseabid.co.uk

Kitchen Cosmetics Course
13 March 10:00 – 14:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Swansea Law Clinic – 30 Minute Initial Advice Appointments
Every Wednesday Afternoon
Online
Hosted by Swansea University
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Swansea Crafties
Every Wednesday 13:00 – 15:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Let’s Talk Business Social Enterprises
13 March 14:00 – 18:00
Plaza Port Talbot
Hosted by Neath Port Talbot Council
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Access Pilates
Every Wednesday 18:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Life Drawing at elysium
13 & 20 March 18:30 – 21:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Finding Your Innate Resilience – women only
Every Thursday 10:30 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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FEEL better, LIVE better
Every Thursday 11:00 – 12:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Walking for Wellbeing
Every Thursday 12:00
Sea wall opposite The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen, Swansea
Hosted by The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Elysium Scribes
Every Thursday 13:00 – 14:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Community Art Sessions
Every Thursday 14:00 – 15:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Pregnancy Relaxation Sessions
Every Thursday 17:45 – 18:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Suntou Susso plus special guest Setondji Spirit
14 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Burlesque Chair Dancing Lessons
Every Thursday 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Dance Class
Every Thursday 20:00 – 21:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Access Pilates
Every Friday 09:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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The Queens Hall Food & Craft Market
Every Friday 10:00 – 15:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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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
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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Contemporary Dance Class
Every Friday 18:00 – 19:30
LC2 Swansea
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BINGO LINGO – Paddy’s Day Special
15 March 18:00 – 23:00
Swansea Arena
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JOSH ACE | BABY SCHILLACI | RUDI
15 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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The Connections LIVE
15 March 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Record Fair
16 March
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Repair Cafe at The Environment Centre
16 March 10:30 – 13:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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FREE Pain Support Group
16 March 11:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Family Mindfulness
16 March 11:00 – 12:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Art for all workshops!
16 March 11:00 – 13:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Mbira African Instrument Workshop
Every Saturday 13:00 – 14:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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OMD
16 March 19:00
Swansea Arena
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34 ****ing Years – Cai Bosch, Lou Dog and Tim combs Birthday Ripper
16 March 19:00 – 23:55
Elysium Galley & Bar, Swansea
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Ginger Plays Wildhearts
16 March 19:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Pregnancy Hypnobirthing Classes
17 March 10:00 – 15:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement’ classes
17 March 10:45 – 11:45
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Quiet Hour at the Museum
17 March 15:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Weekly Group Meditation
Every Sunday 19:15 – 20:15
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Introduction to Welsh Language
18 March 13:00 – 14:00
South West Wales Connected Office, Swansea Railway Station
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Sensory Wellbeing – 6 week course
Intro 18 March 13:00 – 14:30
Continuing on Thursdays from 15 April or 2 May 19:00 – 20:30
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Caffi Cymraeg
19 March 10:30
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Charity Cyberwatch: Safeguarding Against Fraud and Cybersecurity Risks
19 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by Bevan Buckland
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Introduction to Psychotherapy
19 March 13:30 – 15:00
HQ Urban Kitchen, Swansea
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Pembrokeshire ‘Living Coast’ 2024
19 March 19:00
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Hosted by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum
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Managing Sickness Absence & Return to Work Conversations
20 March 09:00 – 11:00
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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Marina Litter Pick
20 March 10:00 – 12:00
The Environment Centre, Swansea
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Pentre Awel Llanelli – Site Visit & Presentation
20 March 16:00 – 19:00
Bouygues Site Office, Delta Lakes, Llanelli
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Early Years Education and Care Online Open Evenings
20 March 18:00 – 19:00
Online
Hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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The Science of Psychedelics with Dr David Luke
20 March 18:00 – 20:30
Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus
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NEXUS – A story of hope in our troubled times (Performance and Q&A)
20 March 19:30 – 21:00
HQ Urban Kitchen, Swansea
Performed by Carl Gough
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Rheoli Absenoldeb Salwch a Sgyrsiau Dychwelyd i’r Gwaith
21 March 10:00 – 12:00
Online
Hosted by RCS Wales
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Heritage Landscape Tour
21 March 11:00 – 13:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Construction!
21 March 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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Wales Virtual Networking
21 March 13:00 – 14:00
Online
Hosted by FSB Wales
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The Originals Only Open Mic
21 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Romesh Ranganathan: Hustle
21 March 20:00
Swansea Arena
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Swansea Area Business Networking
22 March 09:00 – 11:30
Penderyn Swansea Copperworks Distillery
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Pembrokeshire Drop In Business Support
22 March 09:00 – 12:00
Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock
Hosted by FSB Wales
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Pembrokeshire Four Seasons Business Lunch
22 March 12:30 – 16:00
Tenby Golf Club
Hosted by Ashmole & Company, JCP Solicitors, Thomas Carroll and the Development Bank of Wales
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Massage Your Mate
22 March 13:00 – 15:00
HQ Urban Kitchen, Swansea
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MeatLoud: The Ultimate Tribute to MeatLoaf
22 March 19:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Vegetarian and Vegan Spring Banquet
22 March 19:00 – 22:00
HQ Urban Kitchen, Swansea
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Live Music: Adfeilion + Celavi + Catherine Elms – FREE FRIDAYS!
22 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Monthly Drop-in
23 March
Green Health Hub, Cynefin, Johnstown
Hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Coed Lleol and Carmarthenshire Council
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NO WORD Call Out for Art Practitioners
23 March 10:00 – 12:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Sound Bath
23 March 11:00 – 13:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Yscolan – Ceri Rhys Matthews’ Welsh Folk Tune School
23 March 11:00 – 13:0
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Exploring Systemic Constellations
23 March 11:00 – 15:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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10cc
23 March 19:30
Swansea Arena
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8 BEAT DEEP | Drum n Bass Jungle Hip Hop
23 March 20:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Tywi Valley Vintage Crank Up
24 March 10:00 – 15:00
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
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Pregnancy Hypnobirthing Classes
24 March 10:00 – 15:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Easter Movie – Wonka (PG 2023)
24 March 14:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Music of the Movies: Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Beyond
24 March 15:00
Swansea Arena
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Make & Take – Crazy Caterpillars
25 – 27 March 12:30 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Talisman Poetry Open Mic
27 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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‘Mostly Jazz Thursdays’ feat Gypsy Jacques
28 March 19:00 – 23:00
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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The Big Museum Easter Trail
29 March – 1 April 10:00 – 15:30
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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Easter Eggstravaganza
29 March 12:00 – 16:00
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
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UB40 SHOW with JHONNY 2 BAD
29 March 20:00
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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Live Music/Cerddoriaeth yn fyw: The Shunkos + Lacross Club + Lurcher + Dead Noize
30 March 21:00 – 23:55
Elysium Gallery & Bar, Swansea
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Full Circle – Spring Wellbeing Day
31 March 10:00 – 17:00
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre
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Jesus Christ Superstar
2 – 6 April 19:30
3 & 6 April 14:30
Swansea Arena
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ALT Conference – Swansea 2024
11 April 09:30 – 12 April 16:30
Richard Price Building, Swansea University Singleton Park Campus
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Young People!
18 April 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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April Lunch
19 April 12:15 – 16:00
Blanco’s Hotel, Port Talbot
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Creativity and Innovation
26 April 13:00 – 15:00
ATiC Research Centre, UWTSD SA1 Waterfront Campus
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Introduction to the Research and Development Tax Credit Scheme
1 May 10:00 – 14:00
ATiC Research Centre, UWTSD SA1 Waterfront Campus
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It’s Your Pembrokeshire – 4theRegion Conference
8 May 09:30 – 14:30
The Queens Hall, Narberth
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But what do I say? Creating effective marketing content (for beginners)
15 May 10:00 – 12:00
ATiC Research Centre, UWTSD SA1 Waterfront Campus
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Regional Food!
16 May 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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May Lunch
17 May 12:15 – 16:00
Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel, Milford Haven
Hosted by Swansea Bay Business Club
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Community Resilience!
20 June 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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It’s Your Carmarthenshire – 4theRegion Conference
11 July 09:30 – 14:30
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Circular Economy!
18 July 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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New IPM: Emerging Opportunities
2 September 09:00 – 4 September 17:00
The Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus
Hosted by Natural Products BioHUB
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It’s Your Neath Port Talbot – 4theRegion Conference
12 September 09:30 – 14:30
Blanco’s Hotel, Port Talbot
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Transport!
19 September 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Buying Regional!
17 October 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Green Economy!
21 November 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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4theRegion Monthly Meetup – Giving Back!
19 December 13:00 – 14:30
Online
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