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Neil Hamilton backs Going for Growth

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Going for Growth: Neil Hamilton

​NEIL HAMILTON, UKIP’s Group Leader in the Assembly and AM for Mid & West Wales is backing an initiative to help local food and drink businesses grow.

Next week, Food Centre Wales in Horeb, Ceredigion, will be hosting a ‘Going for Growth’ event to assist businesses in developing and reaching new markets.

Mr Hamilton, the party’s spokesman for Rural Affairs and the Environment, recently praised Welsh food and drink businesses for achieving success in national competitions.

He congratulated Pembrokeshire couple, Nick and Annette Tonkin of Coedcanlas, for winning the coveted Great Taste Golden Fork Award for the best food or drink from Wales with its organic Welsh blackcurrant jam.

He also praised two other businesses from his Region who were nominated, Powys based Monty’s Brewery with its Great Taste 3-star winning Monty’s Dark Secret and a Rack of Welsh Lamb by Brecon-based Welsh Venison Centre & Beacons Farm Shop.

Mr Hamilton said:​ “The demand for good local food has been steadily increasing as more and more people are keen to buy and eat local produce.

“I welcome events like ‘Going for Growth’ which will encourage and help small businesses to develop and become even more successful.

“I am delighted that local food and drink enterprises are receiving this kind of support and would encourage them to make every effort to attend the day at the Food Centre Wales on Tuesday October 10.”

The event will be opened by Rachel Rowlands, founder of the highly successful Rachel’s Organic who will be sharing her experience of growing a food business. Representatives from the Welsh Government will also be on hand to highlight the latest industry research data to help businesses identify potential growth areas for their business.

Also speaking will be Ruth Davies from Cwm Farm, who will talk about product development, supplying Selfridges and exporting; Andrew Martin from Welsh Government Food Division, who will give an insight into the Welsh food and drink industry; Morrison’s buyer, and Matt Trigg, who’ll be giving a talk about what they look for in food products and how to get onto their shelves.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said:​ ​“To have such an experienced and successful group of businesses and local producers come together to offer their experiences, knowledge and advice, it will be an opportunity not to miss. We’re proud of the high standard of our locally produced food and drink within Ceredigion and are enthusiastic about how we can show support in local businesses to flourish.”

A lunch of locally produced food will be followed by an afternoon, offering optional 1-2-1 discussion slots with any of the food technologists and industry experts present at the event. There will also be a chance to take a tour of the research and development facilities at Food Centre Wales.

To book your place contact Food Centre Wales on 01559 362230 or email gen@foodcentrewales.org.uk.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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