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Oil 4 Wales acquires Milford Haven depot

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Oil 4 Wales acquires Milford Haven depotINDEPENDENT OIL distribution company Oil 4 Wales has expanded its presence in West Wales with the strategic acquisition of a fuel depot in Milford Haven.

The family-run business, set up by Colin Owens formerly of Owen Fuels, has acquired the depot from Silvey Oil for an undisclosed sum. The agreement sees Oil 4 Wales take on the company’s two oil tankers, two drivers and two additional members of staff.

Supplying domestic, marine, agricultural and commercial oil across Pembrokeshire, the new depot grows Oil 4 Wales’ offering in West Wales adding to its depots in Felinfach, Ceredigion and Nantycaws, Carmarthenshire.

Colin Owens, managing director of Oil 4 Wales, said: “After lengthy discussions with David Harris of Silvey Oil we reached a decision to purchase the Milford Haven depot as it was mutually beneficial for both businesses. Oil 4 Wales already has a strong presence in West Wales through our two depots and we wanted to build on this to the benefit of customers there, while Silvey Oil wanted to focus on growing its West Country depots in Bristol and Devon.

“The depot is ideally located next to Milford Haven’s oil refineries and bringing it under the Oil 4 Wales banner allows us to grow our buying power giving our customers in West Wales a much fairer price for their fuel. Over the next three years, we plan to increase the number of vehicles at the depot to six to ensure our customers in Pembrokeshire receive the best possible service from us.”

Continuing its focus on the West Wales market, Oil 4 Wales has additionally acquired Clynderwen based Tom Leavitt Heating and Plumbing. Having contracted out work to Tom and his four OFTEC qualified engineers for the past year, the acquisition will see all the company’s services, which include boiler installation, maintenance, warranty service calls and repairs, brought in-house at Oil 4 Wales.

Growing the West Wales team, former Welsh rugby international and Llanelli Scarlets’ back row Dafydd Jones has been appointed a full time sales executive for Oil 4 Wales.

Originally from Aberaeron, Dafydd Jones has been working as an ambassador for the company for the past year alongside Oil 4 Wales’ other ambassadors Scarlets’ hooker Ken Owens, Racing Metro flanker Dan Lydiate, Scarlets’ fly-half Rhys Priestland, Ospreys’ back row Ryan Jones and WRU kicking coach Neil Jenkins.

And completing the West Wales expansion, Scarlets’ centre Jonathan Davies, who starred in the victorious 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, joins as senior brand manager. In his new role, the 25-year-old, who has 36 international caps for Wales, will represent the company at events and openings as it continues with its ambitious growth plans across Wales.

Colin continued: “We’re delighted to welcome Jonathan to the Oil 4 Wales brand ambassadors team as we fulfil our dream and business plan of becoming the oil brand for Wales.

“We are a very proud Welsh company so it is great for us to have members of the Welsh rugby team on board as they share the same passion for Wales as we do.

“We know Jonathan will be a popular addition to our squad of ambassadors and look forward to having him at many events in the future.”

Jonathan Davies said: “I feel privileged to have been asked to join Oil 4 Wales. As a family, we know Colin well as my Mum and Dad use the company for their oil supply needs, but I also know Colin through his sponsorship of the Scarlets. I’m delighted to be joining this family-run business which has the community at the heart of its operation and hope my involvement will help them grow even more customers in Wales.”

Oil 4 Wales is a family run company, which was founded by entrepreneur Colin Owens, in 2011. The company, which supplies a range of fuel services to homes, businesses, commercial premises, agricultural and retail customers, has been well supported by those keen to see the success of a truly independent Welsh oil brand and now supplies over 17,000 customers in Wales.

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Commitment to collaborative approach for Celtic Sea floating wind project

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A SUCCESSFUL Celtic Sea APPG Reception, attended by over 100 key representatives of Industry and MPs, was hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory and the Celtic Sea Developers Alliance at the House of Commons on Monday.
The event, which included speakers from The Crown Estate, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart promoted floating wind (FLOW), which will become a key global technology in achieving a cost-effective Net Zero.
Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Truro and Falmouth and Celtic Sea APPG Member said:
“It was fantastic to be able to bring together developers, supply chain partners and Parliamentarians to hear more about the exciting opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea and positive announcements have set the scene for our discussions.
Particularly, the Government’s commitment to floating offshore wind as part of the Net Zero Strategy, building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030.”
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The development of floating off shore wind projects in our waters could create thousands of sustainable jobs in Wales, boosting our economy and accelerating the UK’s shift to clean growth. I’m delighted to support projects in the Celtic Sea which will help the UK Government reach our aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to see Wales at the forefront of this exciting opportunity. “
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change stated that offshore wind will become the backbone of the future energy system requiring 100GW of installed capacity by 2050, with floating wind set to deliver 50% of that target. Delivering 100GW of offshore wind will provide a huge economic opportunity across the UK.
The Celtic Sea will play a key role in delivering UK and Irish low carbon targets with an estimated 50GW of realisable wind resource, in turn, driving regional development, creating new supply chain opportunities, a just energy transition and a significant portion of the 29,000 jobs forecast by 2050.
The Celtic Sea Developers Alliance brings together FLOW developer interests from Cornwall and the Great South West, Ireland and Wales to strengthen collaboration between the three regions with the aim of realising the economic and low carbon energy opportunity presented by FLOW

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Creuddyn opens its doors for local businesses

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( L-R) Senedd Constituency Member for Ceredigion, Elin Jones MS and the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS opened the Creuddyn centre on 4 November 2021 in a recorded speech due to not being able to attend in person.

A NEW business centre in Lampeter has been officially opened for community and business use this week.

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS opened the Creuddyn centre on 4 November 2021 in a recorded speech due to not being able to attend in person.

Senedd Constituency Member for Ceredigion, Elin Jones MS was in attendance for the opening.

Creuddyn is a state of the art building offering business units for local businesses, the social care sector and charitable organisations and will be perfect for start-up businesses looking for premises in the town. It will be an exciting new community facility that will bring people together, help tackle social isolation, support jobs, provide training opportunities, and accommodate social enterprises. 

Chair of Barcud, John Jenkins, said: “We are thrilled to see over three years work come to fruition with the opening of this key Lampeter site. Along with our funders, I would like to thank and pay tribute to the design team and local contractor that have helped to translate the vision we had into reality. Creuddyn will provide an enterprise development building that will support the regeneration of the town, create new training and employment opportunities, and contribute to the development of the local foundational economy. Creuddyn is at the centre of our plans to deliver training into work opportunities, and social enterprise development. It will also enhance our close partnership working with local schools, technical colleges, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s.”  

 (L-R) Official opening with John Jenkins, Chair of Barcud and Elin Jones MS

Funding was provided for the £3.1M scheme by the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Programme (£1.53m) via Ceredigion County Council, the European Regional Development Fund through WEFO and Barcud.

GMW Partnership Support was received in prioritising the project to receive funding by both the ERDF Priority 4 and the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Programme.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Joint Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, said: “Supporting the development of Creuddyn is part of the Council’s key corporate priorities; helping to boost the economy. It’s our firm belief that investing in economic activity within our towns is essential to drive vitality and make them thriving places to live, work, and relax. It’s great to see that developments like this have benefitted from the funding regionally prioritised by the Growing Mid Wales (GMW) partnership since its formation in 2015. I wish luck and success to any start-up and growth businesses that are fortunate to be based at the Creuddyn centre.”

The core purpose of the development is to stimulate regeneration in Lampeter town by providing modern environmentally friendly business spaces to grow businesses in the area, particularly in the social care sector.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters added: “If we are to succeed in saving our town centres we need radical joined-up intervention.

“Creuddyn is an excellent example of how this intervention works – not only will the new business unit help to bring better jobs and services closer to home, but it will also help to boost the local economy and have a positive impact on climate change, offering people access to jobs and services without the need for a car.”

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Council selects Alcumus to maintain high standards of health and safety

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AS DIGITISATION and connecting data become increasing priorities for public sector organisations to deliver real-time risk insights, Alcumus is delighted to add Ceredigion County Council (“the Council”) to its clients as part of a G-Cloud tender

With 50 communities in the area, Ceredigion County Council in mid Wales covers an area of 696 square miles and has a population of around 75,000. To consolidate council and school incident accident management and reporting into one centralised platform, the Council needed a new system to replace its legacy IT, paper and spreadsheet processes to improve risk management. With a high proportion of people using the new platform having Welsh as a first language, the system will be available to users in both English and Welsh.

To maintain the highest standards of health and safety, Alcumus Info Exchange delivers a market-leading, fully integrated, digital technology platform that brings together operational and risk management information, processes and workflows. In 2020, Info Exchange reaffirmed a place on the G-Cloud 12 for cloud software. This is the second time that Alcumus has achieved G-Cloud accreditation on the Government’s Digital Marketplace, which brings together buyers and suppliers of cloud-based services where public sector organisations can find and compare a range of suppliers.

Councillor Ray Quant, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Legal and Governance, People and Organisation and Democratic Services, Ceredigion County Council commented: “As a responsible employer and managing incident reporting for schools, we wanted to streamline our processes into one digital platform to provide greater transparency and give access to data to everyone across the Council. Info Exchange will enable us to connect people, processes and data while effectively monitoring and managing risks and compliance through one integrated, scalable software solution.”

Alcumus software solutions also play a vital role in supporting Councils and government organisations such as East Renfrewshire Council and a number of Local Authorities such as Islington Council.

Helen Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Alcumus: “We provide a unique combination of technology, expertise and consultancy and our award-winning risk management solutions help our clients to deliver operational and safety excellence. Being part of the G-Cloud 12 marketplace is an excellent way for us to build new connections with organisations in the public sector and is an exciting opportunity for Alcumus and our clients. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support Ceredigion County Council and deliver the service and technology that helps them to achieve their objectives.”

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