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Andrew Price wins prestigious hairdressing award

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Andrew Price: Business Director of the Year

ANDREW PRICE, Business Director at Andrew Price Group, has recently stood tall over a vast industry of 245,745 professional UK hairdressers, who work in 35,000 hairdressing salons. He has been named by hairdressers as the Business Director of the Year at the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards awards ceremony, which was held at the Lancaster London Hotel.

This was awarded to Andrew for his outstanding passion and dedication to not only his role within the salon, but also to the hairdressing industry as a whole. The judges were wowed by Andrew’s achievements and how he motivates his team. They found his entrepreneurial skills second to none and it’s plain to see why he is viewed so highly within the industry.

Andrew now has 9 salons in total, including Haverfordwest, Tenby and Narberth, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Lampeter, Cardigan and Swansea.

Andrew says: “I am absolutely elated. If you look back in the history of the award and the people who have won it, it’s amazing to see myself up there with them. There are some real heroes who have won it and I’m still in shock! I was happy enough to have been a finalist three times but winning it is wow! We upped it a level this year in terms of our retail and client retention and have had a great year. To have a business award is really important as we are creative people by nature but we have a lot of responsibility to run a successful business. Huge thanks to my wife, my children and the team, and especially to all of our wonderful clients.

“We upped it a level this year in terms of our retail and client retention and have had a great year. To have a business award is really important as we are creative people by nature but we have a lot of responsibility to run a successful business. Huge thanks to my wife, my children and the team, and especially to all of our wonderful clients.”

The final word goes to Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr, who says: “It is a great honour to have business directors like Andrew Price within the industry as they are setting a new benchmark for others to follow. It is because of businesses like this that the UK hairdressing industry retains its position as the most highly esteemed in the world.

“British hairdressing is one of this country’s most positive business messages and of that, we are incredibly proud. The future looks incredibly bright as this recession resistant sector forecasts women’s haircare product sales alone to grow 9% to reach £1.51 billion by 2020. In the hands of these phenomenal business thinkers we can see why.”

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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song

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PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.

Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.

Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”

Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.

Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”

Follow all the news about the wider work of Cered, through liking the Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith or follow on Twitter @MICered.

For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email cered@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth

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THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.

Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.

Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.

“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”

Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.

For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088

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Surprise presentation for retiring cook

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AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).

Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.

She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.

Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.

“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.

“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.

“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.

“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.

“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”

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