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Entrepreneur busier than ever since becoming Powys Business of the Year

Entrepreneur busier than ever since becoming Powys Business of the Year

4 July 2022

Image of Aled Woosnam and Evie Williams from AL Technical, 23 Social and Severn Valley Events, at the launch of the Powys Business Awards 2022.

Young entrepreneur Aled Woosnam is busier than ever since winning the coveted Powys Business of the Year Award last October

Aled owns AL Technical, an electrical and specialist communications business, 23 Social, a flagship, multi-purpose bar and grill in Newtown and a partner of Severn Valley Events, a mobile bar, catering, technical and security business.

He has taken on another five staff, boosting his workforce to nearly 35 full-time and 45 part-times employees, since becoming Powys Business of the Year and winning Entrepreneurship Award last year.

Severn Valley Events, in particular, is booming with many of the events that were postponed during the pandemic now being resurrected in 2022.

AL Technical was formed in 2015 followed by Severn Valley Events in 2019 and 23 Social during the pandemic. All three businesses are inter-connected.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards, organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG), Aled said:  “Since winning the Powys Business of the Year Award, we have become even busier. People now have more trust in our businesses.

“It also shows our staff that their hard work pays off and gives them the satisfaction to succeed. The award is a recognition of quality and we have worked hard for it.

“The award is a recognition of quality and we have worked hard for it. My advice to all Powys businesses is ‘submit your entries’. We applied for three or four years and we learned something each time. Entering opened doors to new contacts and like-minded businesses that we have learned from.

“Powys is a thriving county for businesses of all sizes and the awards provide a great platform for them.”

Ceri Stephens, MWMG’s group manager, encouraged businesses across Powys to enter this year’s awards. “We want to find the real gems that exist within the county and promote what a fantastic place Powys is to do business” she said.

This year’s categories are: Start up Business Award sponsored by EvaBuild, Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Welsh Government, Micro Business Award (fewer than 10 employees) sponsored by Welshpool Printing Group, Growth Award sponsored by The County Times, Small Business Award (under 30 employees) sponsored by WR Partners, Social Enterprise/ Charity Award sponsored by Myrick Training Services, Small Business Growth Award sponsored by EDF Renewables, Technology & Innovation Award sponsored by ForrestBrown and People Development Award sponsored by NPTC Group of Colleges.

From the category winners, an overall Powys Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Powys County Council, is chosen. In addition, the judging panel can make a discretionary Judges Special Award to recognise an outstanding achievement by a business or person who is not one of the category winners.

Entries must be received by Sunday, July 31 and the awards presentation will be held at Dering Lines, Brecon on Friday, October 7. Entry forms may be completed online or downloaded at www.powysbusinessawards.co.uk/entry-form .

The awards, which began in 2009, are an opportunity for all businesses, social enterprises and charities of all sizes in Powys to compete for a chance to be a finalist at the county’s main business event of the year. 

AGM for Mid Wales Corporate Joint Committee

AGM for Mid Wales Corporate Joint Committee

5 July 2022

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A committee to strengthen regional working across mid Wales has held its Annual General Meeting.

The Mid Wales Corporate Joint Committee is one of four established across Wales by the Welsh Government. The aim is to strengthen local democracy and accountability by integrating decision making in three key areas.

The committee includes the Leaders of Ceredigion County Council, Powys County Council, Vice-Chair of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (for planning matters), and senior representatives from their organisations.

Several appointments were made at the AGM on July 4. Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council has been elected Chair for the next 12 months. Councillor James Gibson-Watt, Leader of Powys County Council has been elected Vice-Chair.

Dr Caroline Turner, Chief Executive of Powys County Council, will continue to carry out the committee’s Chief Executive duties.

The committee has been tasked with the development of regional transport, strategic development plans and improving economic wellbeing.

The Corporate Joint Committees are being introduced by the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021.

Have Fun, Take Care and Stay Safe during Royal Welsh Show week

Have Fun, Take Care and Stay Safe during Royal Welsh Show week

5 July 2022

Image of people launching a campaign outside a building

A campaign encouraging people to Have Fun, Take Care and Stay Safe during Royal Welsh Show week has been launched.

The Builth Wells Event Safety Group has launched the campaign ahead of the return of Wales’ premier agricultural show later this month (July).

The campaign will see a series of posters and banners displayed at licenced premises during Royal Welsh Show week, encouraging people to behave responsibly in a creative and humorous way.

It is one of a series of measures that will be introduced by the safety group, which was formed in 2017 and led by Powys County Council.  The measures aim to reduce public risk and improve the safety of those in and around Builth Wells during the period of Royal Welsh Show.

Other safety measures that will also be in place includes:

  • Safe walking route known as the Green Route
  • Drug amnesty boxes will be placed on approaches to venues in and around Builth Wells
  • Welfare support to be provided by Street Pastors at night during Royal Welsh Show week
  • Medical and wellbeing centre operated by St John Cymru from the Strand Hall.

Cllr Richard Church, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys, said: “The return of the Royal Welsh Show after three years will undoubtedly draw tens of thousands of visitors to Builth Wells and the surrounding area.

“While we welcome the show’s return, it’s important that visitors and residents enjoy the annual agricultural event safely. Although this campaign is humorous in its approach it does have important safety messages for those in and around Builth Wells during Royal Welsh Show week.

“We want people to drink and behave responsibly and to look after themselves and their friends. As long as people Have Fun, Take Care and Stay Safe then they will have a memorable time during Royal Welsh Show week.

“We understand that some of the measures that will be in place may cause some disruption for residents living in Builth Wells. However, they are necessary to ensure to keep visitors and residents safe throughout Royal Welsh Show week.”

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, said: “The Royal Welsh has played a leading role in helping to improve safety inside and outside our perimeter fence.  We applaud the success of the Builth Wells Event Safety Group in extending safety measures into the town and bringing all the various events that take place in Show week together in one place.

“The measures will improve the safety of everyone coming to Builth and we encourage visitors to follow the guidance, act responsibly and look after each other. Have a great show.”

Silver Kite Award for litter picking champion

Silver Kite Award for litter picking champion

>Keep Wales Tidy’s Project Officer for Powys, Rachel Palmer, has been presented with a Silver Kite Award in recognition of her years of dedication in championing volunteers to care for their local environment.

The Powys County Council Silver Kite Award is a civic award presented by the Chair of Council, Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe, to recognise outstanding commitment to the community. As well as being a Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer for Powys for 15 years, the award is also in recognition of Rachel’s earlier career in the council’s museums service.

Rachel was nominated for her award James Thompson, the council’s Waste Awareness and Enforcement Manager, as a thank you for all her hard work over the years. Throughout her time as the Keep Wales Tidy’s Project Officer for Powys, Rachel has dedicated herself to supporting community and environmental projects in the county.  She has supported schools, community groups, charities, businesses, councillors and local individuals to take direct action to help make their communities cleaner and greener.

“I am delighted to officially recognise Rachel’s dedication and commitment to the county of Powys,” said Cllr Ratcliffe, “and although the award is made to Rachel personally, it also reflects on the hard work of so many of the local volunteers across Powys who do so much to help keep our county free of litter.

“Rachel and her volunteers have done so much for Powys, not just litter picking but also championing environmental projects, encouraging wildlife and nature habitats and gardening ventures across the county.

“I know first-hand from volunteering with local environmental tasks just how much this improves the physical and mental health of those partaking, as well as improving the local environment for the whole community.”

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive said “I’m delighted that Rachel’s outstanding contribution in Powys over the past 15 years has been recognised by Powys County Council. Rachel has worked closely with our local authority partner and so many others in Powys to protect and improve the local environment which has made a huge difference to communities across the county.”

From powys.gov.uk

Staff shortages causing disruption to bin collections

Staff shortages causing disruption to bin collections

Front line workers, such as the waste and recycling crews, have been relied upon to continue working hard throughout the chaos of the past couple of years. Despite the strains of a global pandemic and budget pressures, the council’s key workers have worked tirelessly to ensure services are maintained and resident’s needs are met.

However, the current national recruitment crisis is now taking its toll and the waste and recycling service are suffering a staff shortage. At times this is resulting in missed collections and delays to emptying litter bins and the banks at community recycling sites. We are working hard to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys says: “We understand that missed or delayed collections can be very frustrating to everyone including our crews, residents, and commercial customers.

“We would like to thank our crews for their continued commitment and hard work and the residents and commercial customers for their understanding. Please be assured that we are working hard to keep the service going as effectively as possible and actively recruiting additional staff to help relieve the pressures on the current team.”

Residents are advised to keep an eye on the councils Powys Recycles social media pages and the council website for any updates to collection arrangements:

Facebook: @recycleforpowys / www.facebook.com/recycleforpowys
Twitter: @PowysRecycles / twitter.com/PowysRecycles
Bin collection details: Bin collection day

“Despite the hard work, being part of the waste and recycling team can be a very rewarding job” added Cllr Charlton. “We would encourage anyone looking for a job in their local area to consider applying to become part of our team.

“It is important to us to employ local people and we would especially welcome applications from women wanting to take advantage of the good work-life balance. As well as friendly and committed colleagues, you will also have the satisfaction of helping the council to become a top preforming recycling authority and contributing to the county’s climate change agenda.”

For more information on the current vacancies within the waste and recycling service, please visit: Search and Apply for Jobs

Free sporting activities for Powys children

Free sporting activities for Powys children

Children across Powys are invited to attend free sporting activities this summer.

Powys County Council, in partnership with Freedom have arranged free sporting activity sessions in nine different locations across the county. These sessions are for children and young people aged 6 to 12 across Powys is part of Welsh Government’s Playworks Holiday funded project.

Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Future Generations, Cllr Susan McNicolas said: “We are delighted that we are able to provide summer holiday activities for children across the county, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. These sessions will provide an opportunity for children to take part in fun outdoor activities and make new friends at the same time!”

Places will be limited so parents must book their child’s place online.

Applications will open on Friday 8th of July onwards for 5 weeks of the summer holidays. For your child to attend, you must book a place online by Wednesday 12 noon for the following weeks sessions.

Families will be notified of confirmed places a week in advance for activities the following week.

If you have any questions, please contact us on [email protected].

For more information visit en.powys.gov.uk/article/11259/Holiday-Playworks-Summer-Sessions-with-Freedom-Leisure

Article from Powys Council

Powys to become a Proud Council

Powys to become a Proud Council

A local government partnership that supports and actively champions LGBTQ+ inclusion in Welsh communities will have a new member.
Powys County Council is to become a ‘Proud Council’ and will be first rural authority in Wales to join the partnership.

Proud Councils is a voluntary partnership of Welsh local authorities who are proactive in the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people.  It was formed in 2015 to ensure that local government across Wales is a visible leader in the field of LGBTQ+ rights and actively championing LGBTQ+ inclusion in communities across Wales.

The partnership aims to create a unified and collaborative approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion across Wales, supporting member local authorities with their commitment towards creating equal, diverse, and inclusive workplaces and communities, where the LGBTQ+ community can be free from discrimination or prejudice.

The decision to become a Proud Council was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday 28 June.

Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys, said: “I’m delighted that Powys County Council will become a Proud Council. It’s especially pleasing that the decision to join this partnership was taken during Pride Month.

“The decision to become a Proud Council sends a very clear signal that we are a welcoming and inclusive employer that supports and promotes diversity across our workforce while supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Powys.

“It is important that the council does more to support our LGBTQ+ staff and residents. Our ambition is to build a Fairer Powys, becoming a Proud Council is an important step in achieving this.”

The other Welsh local authorities that are Proud Councils are:

Blaenau Gwent; Bridgend; Caerphilly; Cardiff; Merthyr Tydfil; Newport; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Swansea; Torfaen.

Article from Powys Council

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