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Pembrokeshire’s best businesses receive award recognition



businessawardLOCAL businesses and business people were honoured this week (July 9) at the Radio Pembrokeshire Business Awards supported by the Port of Milford Haven.

The awards ceremony was held at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven and hosted by The Call Centre’s Managing Director Nev Wilshire and Radio Pembrokeshire’s daytime presenter Jay Curtis.

Fifteen local businesses came away with awards, including Fenton Vets who scooped the Innovation Award as well as the overall Gold Award.

A panel of judges shortlisted each category down to three finalists before opening each award to a public vote.

The awards, now in their second year honour the businesses and business people who play a vital role in creating growth and prosperity in Pembrokeshire.

Radio Pembrokeshire’s Managing Director, Martin Mumford said “I’d like to thank everyone involved in re-establishing a Business Awards event in the county:  the businesses who took the time to nominate, the finalists and winners, the public who voted in their thousands and the sponsors who make such an event possible.”

A charity raffle raised over £700 for Pembrokeshire MIND and the evening concluded with a packed auditorium sing-a-long of ‘Mr Brightside’ led by Nev Wilshire.

The full list of winners:

  • Customer Service Award sponsored by Thomas Carroll Insurance

The Giltar Hotel

  •  Pride in Pembrokeshire sponsored by Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

Keep Wales Tidy (Pembrokeshire)

  •  New Business Award sponsored by PBI – Pembrokeshire Business Initiative

Here to Buy

  •  Local Independent Business sponsored by Kilgetty Motor Factors and Bumper to Bumper

Snowdrop Independent Living

  •  Leisure and Tourism Industry Award sponsored by Oakwood Theme Park

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

  •  Food and Drink Award sponsored by Pembrokeshire Tourism

D Fecci and Sons

  •  Small Business Award sponsored by Antur Insurance

iSea Surfwear

  •  Specialist  Niche Business of the Year sponsored by JCP Solicitors

Skybound Autism Therapies

  •  Business Person of the Year sponsored by Futureworks, Pembrokeshire County Council

Paul James (Red Kite Law)

  •  Hair Health and Beauty  Award sponsored by ProNails Wales


  •  E – commerce in Business Award sponsored by Radio Pembrokeshire

FBM Holidays

  •  Innovation Award sponsored by Lloyd Motors Aberaeron

Fenton Vets

  •  Business making best use of National Park sponsored by Pembs Coast National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire Photo Walks

  •  Community Arts Awards sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Span Arts

  •  Agricultural Business of the Year sponsored by Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society

Puffin Produce Ltd

  •  GOLD AWARD sponsored by Port of Milford Haven

Fenton Vets

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Investigation into remains found at Aberaeron property continues



POLICE say the surrounding the discovery of remains of a body, at a house in Aberaeron, is ongoing.

On Monday, March 12, Dyfed-Powys Police received a report concerning the welfare of two women from the Aberaeron area.

On police attendance at the property one woman was taken to hospital, where she remains.

Searches of the property proved difficult due to the conditions inside.

On Monday, March 19, remains of a body were found.

Police believe the body had been there for some time. The complex investigation in to the circumstances is ongoing and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. H.M. Coroner has been informed but formal identification has not yet been carried out.

The second person, Mrs. Gertrude Gaynor Jones, known locally as Gaynor, currently remains outstanding and is being treated as a missing person until her whereabouts are confirmed. Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries is urged to speak to police officers in Aberaeron, either by calling 101 or visiting Aberaeron Police Station.

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Sushi company nominated for national awards



A SUSHI company based in Ceredigion has been nominated for two awards.

Swshi, which was started in 2016 by Sion and Rhiannon Tansley, offers the sushi through mobile and pop-up business.

The business has been dominated in the Food Awards Wales 2018 for the Best Street Food and Takeaway of the Year categories.

The pair gained their experience with sushi from roles as head chef and senior manager for the largest sushi restaurant chain in the UK.

The pair then moved to Ceredigion and felt there was a gap in the market for high quality sushi.

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Two years of Active Travel improvements worth £336,750 completed in Cardigan



Councillor John Adams Lewis: On the newly widened footway

WORK has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Technical Services said, “I’m delighted that grant funding of £294,575 has been received from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund over the two year programme. Coupled with financial contributions also made by Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council, the total value of this package scheme amounted to £336,750 to benefit the well-being of residents of Cardigan town. Further potential improvements have been identified by Highways Officers and these will be developed next year with a view to future implementation and construction.”

During the first year, the improvements were concentrated in the vicinity of Cardigan Primary School, which saw the introduction of a new 20 mph zone with traffic calming, wider footways, upgraded crossings and a new path to the swimming pool. A new cycle shelter and two new scooter shelters were installed at the primary school to help encourage more Active Travel journeys and less car trips. This was aided further by providing two brand new scooters and helmets which the school have used for pupils to earn ‘Scooterer of the week’.

The second year saw a 20 mph zone and traffic calming implemented outside Cardigan Secondary School, again with wider footways and new raised table crossings to aid pedestrians and mobility users. A new cycle shelter was installed to encourage pupils and staff to cycle to the school. The scheme included completion of the ‘missing’ footway link to the other side of the road on Aberystwyth Road with new resurfacing which has improved pedestrian connectivity and user comfort.

A new pedestrian refuge was also installed in the carriageway to aid crossing on Aberystwyth Road. The footway on Pont y Cleifion road was previously narrow and unsuitable for pushchair or mobility users due to the lack of dropped kerb provision. However the recent construction works have brought this section of footway up to modern design standards and provides a better quality Active Travel link between the town centre and the Parc Teifi Business Park.

Councillor John Adams-Lewis, Local Member for Mwldan ward and Chair of governors for Cardigan Primary School added, “I’m pleased that Cardigan Town Council has supported these improvements financially which has resulted in a number of footway enhancements in the town, especially at both our school locations which have benefited from road safety improvements and reduced speed limits. I would also like to thank Ceredigion County Council for their financial contributions and to Highways Officers for securing this grant funding and for overseeing these high quality works.”

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