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31 January 2018
Greater depth of consultancy from highly-qualified specialists, together with a fully bi-lingual delivery, are among reasons that a fast-growing business support service has seen significant growth during 2017, says its chief executive.   And Menter a Busnes’ Alun Jones says that, thanks to some longer-term contracts, it is now in a ‘very good position’ to continue developing its commercial services and signing up more new customers, even during the period of expected uncertainty.   He also noted that among recent trends, there was an increasing willingness among Welsh enterprises to adopt open-minded attitudes in order to capitalise on new opportunities.    Mr Jones also predicted that
Project: Agora
31 January 2018
Start-up and existing small land-based businesses looking to diversify and generate a new income stream can get free expert advice under a newly-launched scheme.   Agora is a two-year project to help producers of goods grown, grazed or made across 11 local authority areas in mid and south-west Wales.    Any kind of land-based business – whether a producer of food or drink, or items such as wood or wool, is eligible to apply to join the scheme. Support will be available to help 240 consumers over the next 18 months.   The collaborative project is led by Bridgend County Borough Council and delivered by Menter
18 January 2018
Carn Edward, producers of Welsh lamb and Longhorn beef in Pembrokeshire, featured on Channel 4’s Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast over Christmas. The episode, which aired on 22nd December 2017, championed mutton meat, showcased the best that Welsh mutton has to offer and saw Jamie Oliver preparing dishes such as kofta balls and mutton lollipops.   Robert Vaughan, one of Carn Edward’s farmers, said: “We were very pleased when Channel 4 approached us with an opportunity to provide such exposure to mutton. We had to keep the appearance a secret for a good part of last year but hopefully the viewers
15 January 2018
Welsh food and drink producers are being encouraged to publicly prove their excellence by putting themselves forward for food industry awards.   A series of ‘Getting Award Ready’ workshops* will be held across Wales throughout January, to encourage producers to take the plunge and present their products for expert scrutiny.   They are being run by Cywain – a project which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the agri-food sector – and begin in Aberystwyth on January 18th.   The workshops highlight the raft of competition opportunities available - from local shows to international awards – along with practical advice on
20 December 2017
In the following article, Dafydd Owen Jones from Mabis explores the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on small business. On the 25th of May 2018 the New European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force which will replace the 1988 Data Protection Act (DPA). All companies operating in Europe will have to comply with these regulations regarding the collection, storage and use of personal information. The good news for small businesses is that they will be treated slightly different from larger organisations, but it’s still good practice for small businesses to follow GDPR guidelines. Although the UK will

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