DESPITE a spate of business closures in Lampeter over the past few weeks there is a little light on the horizon in the form of new Lampeter start-up company Rails Direct Ltd.
Founded by UWTSD research student Abi Jenkins and her partner and Swansea Business School student Chris Vance, the company will be supplying a range of handrails and grab rails to both homes and businesses across the UK.
Their vision is not only to become recognised as one of the top handrail and grab rail suppliers in the UK but also to be recognised for having a different approach to manufacturing and business. With innovation, and excellence at the heart of what they do both Abi and Chris want to create a workspace that doesn’t follow the norm. Encouraging growth and development within the staff team and offering opportunities to local people, as well as collaborating with local businesses to support the town.
CEO Abi Jenkins is no stranger to start up businesses, having previously held senior roles at Lampeter based Perpetual V2G Systems and Trade Balustrade, and as a result she is familiar with the challenges that lie ahead, but confident that she has the right team around her to succeed.
‘Starting a business is never easy and no amount of planning can prepare you for every eventuality, at some point you have to stop talking about it and take the plunge.
People are concerned that Lampeter is losing businesses and there are concerns about the towns future, but I don’t look at things that way, I see an excellent little town, full of potential and opportunity and we are looking forward to working with other local businesses to grow, thrive and flourish, not only in the context of our business, but in the context of our people and our community’.
As well as traditional banisters and handrails for stairs, Rails Direct will be developing a range of stylish grab rails for those needing accessibility aids in their homes, as well as a range of brightly coloured and patterned rails for children.
Examples of their product range can be found at www.railsdirect.co.uk and they will be officially launching from October 1.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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