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Andrew Price wins prestigious hairdressing award

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Andrew Price: Business Director of the Year

ANDREW PRICE, Business Director at Andrew Price Group, has recently stood tall over a vast industry of 245,745 professional UK hairdressers, who work in 35,000 hairdressing salons. He has been named by hairdressers as the Business Director of the Year at the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards awards ceremony, which was held at the Lancaster London Hotel.

This was awarded to Andrew for his outstanding passion and dedication to not only his role within the salon, but also to the hairdressing industry as a whole. The judges were wowed by Andrew’s achievements and how he motivates his team. They found his entrepreneurial skills second to none and it’s plain to see why he is viewed so highly within the industry.

Andrew now has 9 salons in total, including Haverfordwest, Tenby and Narberth, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Lampeter, Cardigan and Swansea.

Andrew says: “I am absolutely elated. If you look back in the history of the award and the people who have won it, it’s amazing to see myself up there with them. There are some real heroes who have won it and I’m still in shock! I was happy enough to have been a finalist three times but winning it is wow! We upped it a level this year in terms of our retail and client retention and have had a great year. To have a business award is really important as we are creative people by nature but we have a lot of responsibility to run a successful business. Huge thanks to my wife, my children and the team, and especially to all of our wonderful clients.

“We upped it a level this year in terms of our retail and client retention and have had a great year. To have a business award is really important as we are creative people by nature but we have a lot of responsibility to run a successful business. Huge thanks to my wife, my children and the team, and especially to all of our wonderful clients.”

The final word goes to Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr, who says: “It is a great honour to have business directors like Andrew Price within the industry as they are setting a new benchmark for others to follow. It is because of businesses like this that the UK hairdressing industry retains its position as the most highly esteemed in the world.

“British hairdressing is one of this country’s most positive business messages and of that, we are incredibly proud. The future looks incredibly bright as this recession resistant sector forecasts women’s haircare product sales alone to grow 9% to reach £1.51 billion by 2020. In the hands of these phenomenal business thinkers we can see why.”

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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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