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Success for young business woman in national awards

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AN ABERYSTWYTH web designer and multiple business owner, Kerry Ferguson, was announced as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Forward Ladies National Awards for the North West, Ireland and Wales, which were held on October 12th 2018.

The National Awards were introduced nine years ago to acknowledge and promote the fact that women are an integral part of every business and venture across the United Kingdom and this years’ regional final was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Managing Director of Forward Ladies, Griselda Togobo said:

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, and our regional shortlists are the everyday heroines, trailblazers and role models who have succeeded despite enormous challenges. They deserve recognition.”

Alongside running Gwe Cambrian Web in Aberystwyth with her partner Emlyn, Kerry has pioneered “Discover Your Wales”, which is a web-based solution to tourism in Wales, offering an outlet for accommodation providers to advertise and a one-stop shop for visitors to book and find out more about the area they are visiting. Alongside this, she and her partner started the Aberystwyth Business Hub in 2016, and also launched a new digital marketing company called Digida earlier in 2018. Kerry is actively involved in her local community of Aberystwyth, as a board member for Menter Aberystwyth and a member of two local choirs.

Kerry will move forward to a live judging day before a distinguished panel of business leaders in Manchester in November. The overall national winners will be announced at the Grand Final which is being held in Leeds, on the 7th of December.

Kerry said:

“I was absolutely shocked to win this award, I had to be prompted twice when they called my name and I was still shaking when it came to having my photo taken! It’s an absolute honour to go forward and represent Wales as a Young Entrepreneur in the National Awards, and I hope my success will inspire other young women in business to just go for it!”.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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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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