GOING PLACES

GOING PLACES

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two: 22/12/2019 When organisations consider committing investment and employment opportunities to a region, there are key economic building blocks they want to see in place. High on everyone’s list is transport...

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BUCCANEERS AND BURIED GOLD

BUCCANEERS AND BURIED GOLD

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty One: 21/12/2019 Treasure Island is one of the most frequently adapted novels ever written. To date there have been sixteen movie versions, including one featuring the Muppets. It takes boldness and creativity to...

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THE MORNING AFTER

THE MORNING AFTER

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty: 20/12/2019 Welcome to Black Friday, the final Friday before Christmas and traditionally a night when we over-indulge and paint the town red. Swansea city centre will be buzzing tonight. How many heads will be buzzing...

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HEROES AND LEGENDS

HEROES AND LEGENDS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Nineteen: 19/12/2019 A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a franchise was born that would revolutionise not only popular cinema but also the memorabilia industry. Today, 42 years after Luke Skywalker’s first encounter...

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YOU’RE HIRED

YOU’RE HIRED

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eighteen: 18/12/2019 Tonight sees one of the TV highlights of the year, as the fifteenth series of The Apprentice comes to a close. As with any reality TV show the contestants often seem to have been showing off for the...

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YOU’RE WELCOME

YOU’RE WELCOME

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Seventeen: 17/12/2019 Statistics can be misleading, but not always. Some numbers paint a clear picture, and not a pretty one. 15 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry in Britain each year. This supply chain...

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FOR EVERYONE

FOR EVERYONE

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Sixteen: 16/12/2019 There are cities, in the UK and around the world, in which art is inaccessible to many residents. Many of these cities are famous for their art and artists, but they fail to include and inspire the wider...

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MAKING IT

MAKING IT

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Fifteen: 15/12/2019 At a time of year when we’re all decorating our homes and choosing last minute gifts, why not think outside the box when it comes to our choices? Yes, we can click a button and order the same generic...

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LITTLE AND LARGE

LITTLE AND LARGE

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Fourteen: 14/12/2019 A Conservative government was elected in the same year that the Swansea Little Theatre Group began performing, but Boris Johnson was nowhere to be found. The year was 1924, the Prime Minister was Stanley...

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FRIDAY THE 13TH

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Thirteen: 13/12/2019 Next May sees the 40th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking horror movie Friday the 13th. It was a low budget success, filmed not in Hollywood but on the streets of New Jersey. It made far...

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GAME ON

GAME ON

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twelve: 12/12/2019 The rise of online gaming has been well documented. There are currently 200 million online gamers in Western Europe and a similar number in North America. Latin America has over 230 million players, and the...

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2020 VISION

2020 VISION

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eleven: 11/12/2019 From today there are 20 days to 2020. Twenty days to the beginning of a new decade. What do you want the new era to be, for yourself and your community? What’s your 2020 vision? Swansea has both vision and...

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THE EQUALIZER

THE EQUALIZER

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Ten: 10/12/2019 For those of us who have easy access to technology, every new breakthrough is a source of excitement. Faster ways to communicate. More efficient, cost-effective ways to share our skills and services. It’s a...

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A QUARTER OF A MILLION REASONS

A QUARTER OF A MILLION REASONS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Nine: 09/12/2019 When Patrick Glavee arrived in Swansea from Ireland in 2017 he quickly found outlets for his creative talent. Using BA Graphic Design studies at he University of Wales Trinity St David as a springboard, he...

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DIAMONDS

DIAMONDS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eight: 08/12/2019 For something to remain fresh and vibrant after sixty years is quite an achievement. Tonight at the Brangwyn Hall, the Swansea Philharmonic Choir will give their rendition of Bach’s B Minor Mass. It’s the...

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OPENING DAY

OPENING DAY

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Seven: 07/12/2019 In the 108 years since the Glynn Vivian Gallery opened, it’s showcased the work of artists including Thomas Gainsborough, William Blake and Claude Monet as well as the cream of local talent. That tradition...

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NO PLACE FOR DINOSAURS

NO PLACE FOR DINOSAURS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Six: 06/12/2019 For many of us, the focal point of Christmas lunch three weeks from now will be a lovingly roasted turkey. For Britain’s 600,000 vegans, though, it will be a different story. Over the past decade the number of...

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INCLUDED

INCLUDED

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Five: 05/12/2019 It matters how we treat our guests, as individuals and as a community. When they tell us they’ve been made to feel welcome, it’s something to be proud of. One in twenty Welsh residents and one in ten Swansea...

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THAT’S THE WAY IT CRUMBLES

THAT’S THE WAY IT CRUMBLES

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Four: 04/12/2019 It may not quite have the cachet of Christmas Day or Valentines Day, but the fourth of December is National Cookie Day. This isn’t a long-standing tradition – it’s barely three decades old – but those of us...

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HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Three: 03/12/2019 Plastic was the mid-20th century’s miracle product. Inexpensive, strong, durable and malleable, with almost unlimited applications. Since the 1950s we’ve produced over 8 billion metric tonnes of it. And of...

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A NEW KARDOMAH GANG

A NEW KARDOMAH GANG

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Two: 02/12/2019 If you’re walking through Castle Square today you’ll pass between the Big Screen that delivers 21st century advertising and entertainment, and the building remains that offer multiple links to our cultural...

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IN FOCUS

IN FOCUS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day One: 01/12/2019 What’s your vision for Swansea? A place of creativity? A place of beauty? A place of aspiration? That’s the city we know and love. It’s the city with the drive and accomplishment to step into the next decade...

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AB Glass praised for transforming Dylan Thomas School

AB Glass praised for transforming Dylan Thomas School

Aluminium manufacturing and installation company AB Glass has been praised for its work renewing the windows at Dylan Thomas School, Swansea. The award-winning Swansea-based company installed the windows in the school’s main corridor just in time for the winter. As...

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Cygnet Gin the ‘Perfect Serve’ for Wetherspoons

Cygnet Gin the ‘Perfect Serve’ for Wetherspoons

Premium Welsh Gin a hit with the national chain Cygnet Gin, the Welsh gin brand has added an extra 'splash' of success to its busy year, by ending it celebrating the inclusion into the JD Wetherpoons menus. The gin itself, created, distilled and bottled in South Wales...

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Changing the Headlines

Changing the Headlines

At a recent meeting, a senior Swansea Council officer said that what he wanted for the region was to “Change the Headlines”.  That’s what we want too, so we’ve done just that!  Here’s a glimpse into the future we are working to co-create, in this newspaper front cover from March 2030… Do you share our vision of a flourishing future for South West Wales?

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Swans Sign Peter Lynn and Partners for a Third Season

Swans Sign Peter Lynn and Partners for a Third Season

Leading Welsh law firm, Peter Lynn and Partners, have extended their partnership with Swansea City for a third consecutive year. Peter Lynn and Partners, who have been associated with the Swans for many years, will continue as the club’s ‘Official Preferred Legal...

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Lottery Boost for Seed Pod

Lottery Boost for Seed Pod

Young Dragons, a Community Interest company based in Swansea, in partnership with the Village Hotel and supported by Big Ideas Wales, have received a small grant from the National Lottery’s Awards for All to establish Seed Pod, an initiative to support early stage...

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Gower Gas Secures Foundational Economy Funding!

Gower Gas Secures Foundational Economy Funding!

This week, Welsh Government ministers announced the first three projects to be allocated funding from the Foundational Economy Fund, and a growing regional business is proud to be among the successful recipients! Gower Gas & Oil is an "organically Welsh" sme based...

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The Future is Bright for South Wales Law Firm

The Future is Bright for South Wales Law Firm

Leading regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners have invested in the future of the firm with the appointment of several new trainees and paralegals. Ciaran Sturge, Amber Harding, Alexander Kurtz - Shefford and Dominic Dineen are all starting their legal careers...

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5G Rollout in the Well-Being Region

5G Rollout in the Well-Being Region

Now this is a difficult one, but I don't think we should avoid discussion because it's difficult.  All around the world, sensible and well-meaning people are coming together to share their fears about the potential health impacts of the roll-out of 5G technology. And...

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