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Food Innovation Wales to attend the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018

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Food Innovation Wales will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation show at the NEC Birmingham on 7 and 8 November 2018.

They will be offering advice and support to businesses looking to diversify into food and drink manufacturing. They will also highlight the continued interest in adding value to farm produce, particularly in Wales.

Internationally recognised experts at Food Innovation Wales provide support in all areas of technical expertise from food safety plans and new product development to product packaging and manufacturing facilities. Aimed at helping new start-ups through to established companies and entrepreneurs, they can help navigate the complexity of the modern food industry, taking them to the next level of success.

As a part of Food Innovation Wales, Food Centre Wales staff will be at the stand and will be speaking at the Show. Food Centre Wales is managed and supported by Ceredigion County Council.

The Farm Business Innovation Show brings together top industry experts to provide the guidance, education and opportunities needed to help farmers and rural business owners diversify and increase their income. Now in its sixth year, the Farm Business Innovation Show has established itself in the calendar as the event for innovative and diversifying farmers, landowners and rural entrepreneurs.

Arwyn Davies, Business Development Manager at Food Centre Wales said, “We’re proud of our team of internationally recognised food industry experts, available to help you find your way through a complex range of food disciplines and regulation, covering nutrition and dietetics, environmental health, new product development, factory and workplace design, quality assurance, hygiene, food safety, marketing and efficiency.

“Whatever your interest in the food and drink industry – whether you supply it or make it, run a food company, work in a big multinational, or are taking your first tentative steps to set up a food micro business – we want to help.”

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £28.8bn to the economy each year.

The Cabinet member responsible for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Rhodri Evans, said “I’m delighted that Food Centre Wales staff will be supporting Food Innovation Wales at such a high profile event. I’m certain that their broad expertise and services can really help people develop their businesses.”

Angela Sawyer, Senior Food Technologist at Food Centre Wales will also be speaking at the Show. She will lead a seminar on ‘farm diversification into food processing – exploring opportunities and avoiding pitfalls’. The seminar covers the things to consider before launching a new business on the food sector and where to find support.

If you are visiting the show, come and talk to Food Innovation Wales on stand number 2691. Not only would they be interested to hear from you, they can also share with you some excellent case studies of food businesses that are already growing, innovating and reaching new markets, thanks to support from the highly experienced team.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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