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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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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.

The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.

“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.

“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.

“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

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Big Welsh Walk aims to tackle loneliness and isolation

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THE BIG WELSH WALK takes place in June to promote the benefits of walking groups; reducing loneliness and isolation, as well as improving fitness and general wellbeing.

Starting in Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion on Saturday (Jun 2) there are four walks to choose from, ranging from 6 to 20 miles. Participants can challenge themselves through the stunning landscapes, highlighting breath taking scenery along the way.

Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives. For many people, especially the older generation, this isn’t a fleeting experience, but one that can define and shatter your life. The need for action is increasingly understood and Ramblers Cymru is working hard to combat this through leading local walking groups.

Within in the UK, research shows that more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely, that around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month and up to 85% of young disabled adults – 18-34 year olds – feel lonely.

With around 20 million adults also failing to meet UK government recommendations for physical activity, walking is the obvious answer to help combat loneliness and isolation whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ramblers Cymru is working to change this by encouraging people to join their local walking group.

Local resident of Ceredigion, Dwynwen Belsey, walks with Aberystwyth Ramblers each week. She said: “It’s well-established that walking is good for you, but it also helps people develop social skills, and build confidence too.

“Life has its ups and downs and walking helps because it has a therapeutic effect,” explains Dwynwen. “The difference walking with the group has made to me, is fantastic. I have the confidence to volunteer through leading walks and helping maintain the public footpaths so that more people can enjoy the benefits of walking”.

Director of Ramblers Cymru, Angela Charlton, said: “It’s inspiring to hear about groups like Aberystwyth Ramblers and the fantastic work they are doing locally to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ceredigion. Loneliness and isolation is becoming a real issue people from all walks of life in Wales are faced with. Our vision in Ramblers Cymru is to work towards combatting this and ensuring we encourage people to use group walking as a way to a healthier lifestyles, mentally and physically”.

You can find out more about the local walks led by Ramblers Cymru by visiting www.ramblers.org.uk/wales and to join the Big Welsh Walk www.ramblers.org.uk/bigwelshwalk

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