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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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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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