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Major Employment Initiative Launched in Caerphilly Hundreds of unemployed and marginalised Caerphilly families are set to benefit from the launch of a new job club at Love Caerphilly in Cardiff Road Caerphilly town centre. The job club is part of a national employment initiative run by the charity Christians Against Poverty and will be staffed by volunteers who have undergone training. The aim is to offer extra support and practical advice to unemployed people in the Caerphilly area. Since it was launched in 2012, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Clubs have grown to a network of 163 across the UK, helping more than 1,000 people into work, many of them long-term unemployed. Photo – Volunteers who will run the Job Club Job Club Manager Lesley Thomas said: Knowing many people are out of work and yet have talents and skills going to waste, we just felt we had to do something and Christians Against Poverty’s training and resources seemed like a really great fit for us. The club will run weekly starting from March 1st at 1.30pm at Love Caerphilly, 76 Cardiff Road, Caerphilly. To find out more about CAP Job Clubs or to book your place visit www.capjobclubs.org or telephone 0800 328 0006
Ambitious Business Expands A Caerphilly business has expanded and moved to larger premises. Honeycomb Hair Design was started just over a year ago by friends Charlotte Zerk and Lauren Rees who worked together at another hair salon. They decided it was time to start their own business and opened Honeycomb’s first salon in Van Road. Due to the success of the business they have decided to move to a larger property and found the perfect unit on Castle Street, close to The Piccadilly in Caerphilly town centre. Not only have they moved premises, but the ambitious business partners have also taken on an apprentice Jaydee Matthews. Photo – Left to right India – Salon Makeup Artist, Charlotte – Salon Manager, Jaydee – Salon Apprentice, Lauren – Salon Manager Charlotte said: Starting your own business is a huge step but we decided to just go for it and haven’t looked back. At Honey Comb Hair Design we offer the latest styles and a friendly service and treat our clients like friends. Jaydee said: I was studying nursing in college but as I wasn’t enjoying it I decided to change course to Hair Dressing NVQ Level 2. I wasn’t sure that I would like it but I love working here with Charlotte and Lauren
Local Caterers Required – Wales International Documentary Festival We have an amazing opportunity for our local caterers to supply and promote local Welsh produce. The Wales International Documentary Festival is coming to Blackwood on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April and require a local catering company to show of all that’s good about our local Welsh produce. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your company and the tasty Welsh produce you can supply, providing a buffet for three days and chance to provide some scrumptious canapes for the awards evening. PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY Procurement / Supply Opportunity Client: Wales International Documentary Festival Goods: 5th, 6th and 7th April – Welsh / Local Produce buffet lunch for 20 people 7th April – Welsh / Local Produce evening buffet for awards night (canape’s) Buffets to be supplied and delivered to Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Blackwood. If you would like to express your interest in catering for this international event, please reply by email to Kevin Eadon-Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01443 838632 to discuss. Priority will be given to those that demonstrate the use of local (Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Counties or within 20 miles of Blackwood), quality and innovative ingredients. Background Over three days, Wales International Documentary Film Festival draws independent filmmakers, industry experts and international audiences to Blackwood, Wales. The festival screens over 50 of the year’s best documentary films, hosts networking events, masterclasses, training programmes and celebrates the best in documentary film making over the last year. This year, in a new joint initiative with Cwm a Mynydd, WIDF are looking to work with local producers to really…
Working Women get Mindful We all know how hard it is to juggle family, work and other commitments. So ladies, why not join us at the Women’s Networking event with Lorraine Harris from the Samye Foundation Wales for a taster session on mindfulness. Benefits of Mindfulness There are numerous clinical studies that have indicated that mindfulness can do the following: A 70% reduction in anxiety Fewer visits to your GP Longer and better quality sleep, with fewer sleep disturbances A reduction in negative feelings like anger, tension and depression A taster session will give you some basic techniques that you can use to start your practice of mindfulness and an understanding of the benefits. Ladies whether you are an employer or employee, Working women will give the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded women and have fun in an informal setting. Price includes buffet and light refreshments and your Mindfulness taster session. Wed 15 March 2017 -18:00 – 20:00 GMT – £10 To register for this event please click on the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/working-women-get-mindful-tickets-32402393431 If you have any queries please call Sharon Peters on 01443 866397 we look forward to seeing you on the night. Event listing
Welsh Government Announces Business Rate Support for Retailers On Friday 17th February the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford AM announced an extra £10 million from Welsh Government to help high street retailers, pubs and restaurants with their non-domestic rates. Some details have now been announced & more are expected to follow in the next few weeks. Here is the link to the statement: Welsh Government announces details of High Street Rates Relief Scheme There are now a number of different scheme to support businesses in Wales in respect of business rates, these can be summarised as follows: Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) scheme which is already in place will remain the same until 31st March 2018 Transitional Rate Relief scheme (announced in December) will help ratepayers whose entitlement to SBRR is reduced or removed due to an increase in the rateable value of their premises following the revaluation which takes effect from 1st April 2017 One-year Targeted High Street Relief scheme announced last week is new and is in addition to the above schemes. Council’s Business Rates Teams do not yet have any further details on how this scheme will work and are awaiting an update from Welsh Government. Please note: Actual relief ascribed to each individual business will need to be calculated by the respective Local Authority’s Business Rates team. Business Rates in Wales are devolved so they differ from England, meaning that Small Business Rate Relief & Transitional Rate Relief will be different in Wales. From 1st April the appeals system in England is changing but the Welsh Government has yet…
Retail Manager Takes New Opportunity Castle Court Shopping Centre in Caerphilly town centre, which boast 100,000 shoppers each week, has welcomed another retailer to add to its existing impressive tenant mix which includes: WH Smith, Argos, Boots and Costa Coffee. Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors have taken over one of the centres largest retail units to replace value retailer Store 21. The quality clothing retailer stocks timeless classic brands including PG Field, James Pringle, Country Rose and Honor Millburn, as well as a range of bedding and curtains. In addition to being a boost for shoppers in Caerphilly, the change is also good news for the new store manager Sue Roberts. Previously, Sue was the Store 21 store manager in Caerphilly, but was specifically recruited by Edinburgh Woollen Mill to lead their new Caerphilly investment. Sue said: It’s an incredible opportunity to head up the new Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors store in Caerphilly. The company have been really supportive and I have a great new team who are working really hard to make sure we deliver an exceptional level of customer service. John Couzens Castle Court Shopping Centre Manager said: We are delighted to welcome Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home to Castle Court. They are an excellent addition to our strong tenant list and have already proved very popular with visitors.
Change of Career Brings Success Six years ago lifelong teachers Keith and June Anthony decided to take early retirement from teaching to open the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Caerphilly Town Centre. The centre is located in Castle Street and currently has 100 pupils aged between 5 and 18. The centre offers tuition in English and Maths. Keith was previously a Head of Year at Cardinal Newman Secondary School in Pontypridd, and June was a primary school teacher at Nant y Parc School in Senghenydd, so between them they have a wealth of teaching and academic experience. The decision to leave teaching and run the Kip McGrath Education Centres as a franchise was driven by a desire to spend more time actually teaching. Keith said: At Kip McGrath we aim to build a long-term relationship with our clients, which allows us to make a real difference to their academic performance. Whether someone is with us a few years or just a few months our real joy is what we call the ‘light bulb moment’, when a piece of work just ‘clicks’, which – for any good teacher – makes it all worth while. June said: We operate on first name terms at the centre which helps us create a relaxed learning environment, we emphasise that this isn’t school! We enjoy focusing on purely teaching with no distractions.
Caerphilly Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company Creates a buzz Social Enterprise Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company (SVHC) scooped the Pride in Your Place overall award. SVHC were recognised for their success in the innovative and ground breaking project bringing the importance of bees into the local schools. Honeybees are in crisis worldwide said SVHC founder, experienced beekeeper Lorne East Disease and climate change are decimating the numbers and impacting on the health of bee colonies. The knock-on effect of this decline is that our plants – most especially food crops – are not being pollinated as well as we might like them to be, and there is a real threat to our capacity to produce food. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Pride in Your Place award ceremony was recently held at Blackwood Miners’ Institute to celebrate the environmental work undertaken by groups, schools and individual volunteers. The Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company clinched the overall award for their efforts in helping to stimulate local bee populations, as well as developing a honey education centre in Ynysddu. The education centre helps to teach groups of all ages can learn about the importance of pollinators in supporting a healthy food chain. Tyn-Y-Wern Primary with their award Other winners during the awards ceremony included: Environmental Champion – Mrs Daryl Resting for her work on litter clearance and bird box installations in and around the Caerphilly Basin Tyn Y Wern Primary – improving the local community with clean ups, planting and creating habitats for hedgehogs Fochriw Primary – salmon hatchery project Pengam Primary – making their school a more attractive place to learn and visit Cllr…