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Opportunities for Farmers and Producers   Are you involved in producing/manufacturing food and drink in Caerphilly? Yes 🙂 Then check out the following Opportunities for producers / manufacturers of food and drink in Caerphilly Food Business Workshop and networking Event The Rural Development team in Caerphilly CBC have been working with RDP teams from other Local Authorities, Farmers Union Wales and Cywain to offer a Food Business Workshop and networking event covering; Routes to market, Social Media, and a Local Produce success story If you are a farmer, small producer, market stall holder or someone starting on a food venture check out the Invitation – 23/24 Feb 2016 for more details, call Kevin Eadon-Davies on 01443 838632 or email localfood@menterabusnes.co.uk to book a place. To make it as flexible as possible, the same workshop will run over two days at different locations both from 9.30-2pm (there’s even a local food buffet included). Tuesday 23rd February, Margam Park, Port Talbot and Wednesday 24th February at Big Pit, Blaenafon. Cwm a Mynydd Food and Drink Network The Cwm a Mynydd Rural Development Programme host a Food and Drink Network that runs throughout the year and we are currently looking for your thoughts and views as farmers, producers and makers of food and drink. We’d be grateful if you could answer the few questions on this link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/928X3S8 Local Markets Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent are home to a growing number of local produce markets that are actively looking for food and drink makers to attend and sell their goods. If you are a small producer and would like to…
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Poundworld Opens in Bargoed This morning Poundworld was opened in Bargoed by the Deputy Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Cllr Diane Price and the leader Cllr Keith Reynolds.   The Poundworld store anchors the new Lowry Plaza scheme and joins existing tenants Greggs and Subway. The plaza links the town centre with the Morrisons store which opened in December 2013.   Poundworld Area Manager Jason Davidge said: “Poundworld is a growing brand across the UK and it’s good to be in Bargoed. Our presence in town centres generates footfall and we hope that this new store we will benefit the whole community”.
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Caerphilly Town Centre Welcomes New Designer Flooring Company Haydens Designer Flooring is a new business which opened in Caerphilly town centre before Christmas. They are situated on Castle Street next to Corals opposite the castle. They have just launched a new website www.haydensdesignerflooring.com. Owner Jason Williams said: “After years of working in the flooring trade mainly in the commercial sector, I decided to start my own business. I wanted to offer customers a wide range of designer flooring products at prices that are surprisingly affordable. A town centre location is really important because it allows us to reach more people than if we were tucked away on an industrial estate”
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Traders – Apply now! For your pitch at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s events Traders – we would like to inform you about the possibility of having a pitch at some of our 2016 events.   Please note that the deadline for applications to be received into the event office is Friday 12th February 2016, however please be aware that the allocation of spaces will not wait until this date, they will be issued as indicated previously. Applications are still welcome after this date and will be added to the reserve list if all spaces are already filled.   Caerphilly County Borough businesses will be given priority, where possible, up until Friday 12th February only. After this date all applications are dealt with as and when they arrive into the office. Upon receipt of your application form, you will be notified of your success in being granted a stall in writing as soon as possible; verbal requests for stalls will not be considered.   Application Forms are only accepted via post – Emailed application forms will not be accepted. Please post to:- Events Team, Tredomen Business & Technology Centre, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7FN   We have a varied programme of events whereby pitches can be applied for as detailed below:   EVENT DATE & TIME LOCATION APPROX FOOTFALL EVENT OFFICER APPLICATION FORM Bargoed Spring Fair Saturday 9th April 10am – 4pm Hanbury Square, Bargoed, CF81 8QT (Town Centre) 2,000 Sarah Kate Ackerman 01443 866234 Download Caerphilly Food Festival Saturday 7th May 10am – 5pm Cardiff Road & Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL (Town Centre) 8,500 Stacy Francis 01443 866390 Download Caerphilly 10k Sunday 19th June…
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Welsh ICE launch Accelerator From The Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (ICE), Gareth writes:   We’re excited to bring some news to you of our Accelerator programme, focused on supporting companies with high potential, and founders with big ambitions and even bigger dreams. The Accelerator is a work of collaboration between a number of key partners, Business Wales, the Excelerator Consortium, our incredible coaches, and our team and community here at ICE.     From Welsh ICE website: The programme is calling on Welsh businesses in development with high growth potential to apply for the scheme providing tailored support to help their business grow, boost exports and create new jobs. Welsh ICE will be delivering the 12-week business accelerator here in Caerphilly. The pre-start business accelerator programme is open to businesses that can outline an ambitious growth strategy with the aim of creating 10 jobs and turning over £2m in its first three years. Applicants will also be assisted in identifying opportunities in international market, with the aim of generating 30% of its revenue through export. The closing date for applications is February 7th and submissions will then be evaluated by a panel of judges, with businesses being notified by February 19th. Read more…  
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New Barber shop comes to Penyrheol The Penyrheol Barber Shop has opened for business at 6 Shopping Parade, Troed y Bryn, Penyrheol, Caerphilly. The new shop has been set up by Victoria Wheeler and Milton Baker who are both qualified barbers and have previous experience of managing a busy barber shop in Cardiff. Victoria said: We felt that the time was right to set up our own shop here in Penyrheol. We offer high quality hair cuts, male grooming from hot towel shaves to eyebrow shaping and have a comfortable waiting area with a TV and games station. They received a grant from the Caerphilly Business Start up grant which is funded through UK Steel Enterprise.   For further information on the Start Up grant and how the Business Enterprise Support Team in CCBC can help you please call Sharon Owen or Claire Vokes on 01443 866208.
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Postcode Community Trust are offering grants of between £500 – £20,000 Postcode Community Trust are offering grants of between £500 – £20,000 to “grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses seeking to effect positive change within their local area”. Apply by 29th of January 2016.   The following is taken directly from http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/ – highlighted for relevance to Wales: Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills & resources to effect change in their own communities – awarding £2 million of funding in 2015. Postcode Community Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. In 2016, the Trust will invite applications that help communities to overcome barriers to participation in creative and sustainable ways, and increase social cohesion through developing access to community facilities and activities. Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000 *Please note that in order to apply for over £2,000 you must hold a current registration number with either the Charity Commission for England & Wales and/or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) The form will be open at the following times in 2016: Tue 5th Jan – Fri 29th Jan 2016 Sun 1st May – Tuesday 31st May 2016 For more information, please visit the Grants page and thoroughly read the Guidance Notes before applying: 2016 PCT Guidance Notes Online Application Form If you wish to apply for a project which does not meet…
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Review of SmartZone – Business Park in Tredomen, Caerphilly by John James Dew “Our Caerphilly-based business established in 2011 has been located here at the Council owned Innovation and Technology Centre since 2013. In that time, we have needed a range of different accommodation needs (reflecting the agile nature of a niche change management practice like ours). That has including: the ability to host a fairly major three day public sector transformation event with nearly 100 participants; having a holding base from which to run the business; requiring different accommodation at different times in the lifecycle of the business; through to making use of the excellent meeting and conference rooms as and when we, and our clients, required them. The economic development team responsible for the Centre really do understand the needs of business and have been absolutely outstanding. They are constantly trying to innovate and provide a wider range of services to support local businesses and their shared business zone is just one of a series of initiatives that are providing sustainable options for local entrepreneurs. We are delighted that we chose to locate the business here and we’re keen to stay – that is in no small part, due to the fantastic team that support us and the other highly innovative companies that are located here. It’s a great place to locate your business!” John James Dew OBE, Managing Director, The Dew Cadre   Check the SmartZone page for more info.
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Give your Mobile Phone a Facelift for 2016 A new business has opened in Caerphilly town centre. Excelsior Phones is located on Cardiff Road and sells mobile phone accessories.   Owner Oamar Munir said: “We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with a wide range of choice and on the local high street”
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