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Framework for action for regional economy

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Councillor Gareth Lloyd - Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Community and Economic Development Services, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn - Ceredigion County Council Leader and Vice Chair of Growing Mid Wales, Councillor Barry Thomas – Leader of Powys County Council and Chairman of Growing Mid Wales, Arwyn Watkins - representing the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership, and Ann Watkin - Welsh Government.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd – Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Community and Economic Development Services, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn; Ceredigion County Council Leader and Vice Chair of Growing Mid Wales, Councillor Barry Thomas; Leader of Powys County Council and Chairman of Growing Mid Wales, Arwyn Watkins; Representing the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership; Ann Watkin – Welsh Government

WHEN businesses and organisations from Powys and Ceredigion met at the Winter Fair on Monday (Nov 28) the theme was  ‘Achieving better economic outcomes for mid Wales’.

Growing Mid Wales – a regional partnership comprising of representative bodies from across the private, public and voluntary sector in mid Wales – met to mark the introduction of its ‘Framework for Action’.

The framework sets out the economic aspirations for mid Wales and highlights key opportunities to transform the region’s economy.

The partnership, includes significant membership drawn from the private sector including partners representing manufacturing, agricultural and tourism businesses, together with higher and further education, the voluntary sector, Welsh Government and local government representatives.

Cllr Barry Thomas, Chair of the Growing Mid Wales partnership and Leader of Powys County Council, said: “The production of this document is a key milestone in our work to achieve better economic outcomes for the mid Wales region.

“Together we want to provide a strong voice for rural Wales. We may have a relatively small population but that does not mean the area does not present numerous opportunities, and does not deserve the same amount of attention or intervention as other areas of Wales.”

Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn / Vice Chair of the Partnership and Leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “I outlined to the former Economy Minister how rural areas in mid Wales were being ignored in favour of big projects in north and south Wales. The largest area of Wales geographically was being ignored. This is exactly why Cllr Barry Thomas and I sought the former Minister’s approval to set up a partnership for mid Wales, concentrating on rural economic development in this region.

“By working together across the Powys and Ceredigion area we can take a collaborative approach to key challenges and opportunities. The agriculture and forestry businesses make up a third of our active businesses in the region, so it’s fitting the framework is marked at the RWAS Winter Fair. I am excited to see how this collaboration will contribute to develop the economy of this region.”

Growing Mid Wales was supported at this event by the Mid Wales Regional Engagement Team, who are part financed by European Structural Funds.

The Framework for Action is available online at www.growinpowys.com

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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new-jobNEWLY released figures show that the number of young people claiming benefits in Ceredigion is the second lowest in Wales.

The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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