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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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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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