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Winter is on its Way Over the next few days the weather forecasts are predicting a sharp fall in temperature, bringing with it the increased risk of snow and ice. Caerphilly County Borough Council is ready to respond to these types of adverse weather conditions and we will be paying particular attention to our town centres if there is heavy snow. We recognise the importance of keeping town centres ‘open for businesses’, particularly as they are key focal points for the community during periods of inclement weather. Each of our principal town centres have a number of yellow grit bins placed throughout the core retail areas and these are for use by local businesses to assist them in keeping the area outside their shops clear of ice and snow. If you notice that the grit level in any of the bins is low please contact the Council’s Customers Service Team on 01443 815588 / 01495 226622 and they will arranged for more grit to be delivered.   The council has a detailed Winter Maintenance Plan in place which aims to keep the area’s main highway network open, as well as minimising disruption to key frontline services and protecting the vulnerable. Our fleet of gritters will pre-salt key strategic routes with priority given to the main ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. The Council also tries to ensure, where possible, that access is maintained to residential accommodation for older people, education establishments, hospitals, doctors surgeries, town centres & major bus stations.   Salt/grit box photo by Lee Haywood . True grit photo by Mary Hutchison .
Welsh ICE wins Coworking Space of the Year Boost Award at the 2016 Great British Entrepreneur Awards This year recognising the entrepreneurs behind the spaces that are actively supporting entrepreneurship across the country a list of the top 100 co-working spaces in the UK was drawn up for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Welsh ICE has been presented with the Coworking Space of the Year Boost Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Welsh ICE has posted their announcement and more details here: Welsh ICE wins Coworking Space of the Year Boost Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards
New venture begins thanks to council grant – soft play centre in Blackwood A new soft play centre in Pengam, Blackwood has opened its doors thanks to the Caerphilly council and UK Steel Enterprise, start-up business grant. The start-up business grant offers up to £500 to help residents, who may not be able to access other funding, to set up their first, full time business enabling it to grow and develop. Cerys Mayne, Owner of Tumble Jaks said: I became inspired for personal reasons to open a soft play centre where adults and their children can come and enjoy. The grant and the support from Caerphilly council were amazing. The girls I spoke to were so helpful and without the grant I would not have been able to afford to buy much of the kitchen equipment. Tumble Jaks opened on Wednesday 14th September and has received great success ever since. With opening day reaching full capacity, the centre continues to prove its popularity even during off peak times. Cerys used Facebook to advertise and promote her business and was blown away by the amount of support. Using Facebook to promote the business was a great success. So much so, I have decided to advertise my events on there. The Halloween Disco has already been sold out because of social media and through word of mouth. I hope to do the same with my Santa’s Grotto for Christmas event. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: It is great to see the positive impact the start-up grant has made to Cerys and her new venture. This is the very…
Start-up grant gives new Caerphilly business a boost A new business in Caerphilly county borough has recently received start-up support thanks to Caerphilly County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise. Specialist recruitment business Profession Direct Ltd has been awarded a start-up grant, as well as business support from Caerphilly County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise, allowing the new business to purchase IT equipment and marketing materials. Profession Direct Ltd is a specialist recruitment business which offers recruitment, training and consultancy services. Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Profession Direct said: Profession Direct Ltd was formed out of the wish to capitalise on the demand for professional recruitment services in the specialist professions of financial services, medical, education, legal and estate agents, as well as utilities and energy. Thank you to Caerphilly County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise for the start-up support that they have provided, which has given our new business a firm foundation to build on. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said: I am thrilled that Caerphilly County Borough Council has been able to assist in the start-up of yet another business within Caerphilly county borough. The grant and support received by Profession Direct Ltd from Caerphilly County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise will enable the new business to grow to its full potential. The business start-up grant enables residents of Caerphilly county borough who are not able to access any other source of funding, to set up a full-time business for the first time. The funding is a discretionary grant and can provide up to 50% of eligible…
FREE Master Classes for Businesses 2016 events from Superfast Business Wales Master Classes for Businesses Put your company ahead of the competition Superfast Broadband Wales are hosting a series of a Masterclasses for businesses topics cover: Social Media Digital and Online Marketing Making the most out of your website Managing your business online This is a FREE Master class and numbers limited to one per company see links above for the details on how to sign up.
15th annual Caerphilly Business Forum Awards for 2016 The Caerphilly Business Forum Awards are considered one of Wales’s most hotly contested and prestigious business awards. Rewarding success and recognising business excellence within Caerphilly County Borough over the last 12 months, the Awards are open to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors who can compete for one of 9 coveted titles – register now! This year Caerphilly Business Forum will be celebrating the 15th anniversary gala awards dinner on Friday 18th November 2016 – hosted by BBC Wales TV Presenter Jamie Owen at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa. View the categories here To buy your tickets to the CBF Awards, click here.
Community Catalysts launches a free marketing guide Community Catalysts launches a free marketing guide This week we launch a clear and practical marketing guide. The booklet is aimed at people running small community enterprises and ventures that offer health, care and wellbeing services and supports to other people. Written in partnership with the University of Worcester the cost of producing the guide was funded by the prize money we gained from winning the Carnegie Trust’s Enabling State Challenge. To find out more click on the link    
Welsh ICE expanding to launch ‘ICE Campus’ Earlier this month Gareth Jones CEO had a special announcement from Welsh ICE, a centre supporting enterprising people and their businesses. Read all about it on their website. We have some pretty amazing news and wanted you to be the first to hear. We are hugely excited to announce the expansion of our start-up community with our third building, the Octagon! This latest acquisition is the result of a million pound investment which will allow us to increase our capacity as well as offer more memberships to entrepreneurs and launch our ICE Campus. We already have a waiting list for the new space, which will be available from September, but if you’re interested in joining our Campus, get in touch with our team. Otherwise we will look forward to welcoming you back here soon.
Social Business Wales Awards 2016 – spread the word! Apply for the Social Business Wales Awards for your chance to win £1000 and be crowned a Wales social business champion. Open to Social Enterprise Businesses. The Social Business Wales Awards (previously branded as the Social Enterprise Awards Wales) celebrate the success and achievements of social enterprises and co-operatives in Wales. Now in their sixth year, the Awards recognise the most dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious social businesses in Wales – those which are expanding, diversifying, transforming and collaborating, and which are taking the sector forward through business growth. There two headline categories – Social Enterprise of the Year and One to Watch. For the first time, social enterprises can also enter five categories which are specific to the business sector they are trading in. The winners of all categories will be announced at an awards ceremony being held at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on Wednesday 28th September. The winners of each category will then go on to compete against winners from Scotland, Northern Ireland and in the UK finals. The Awards application deadline is midnight on 8 July. For more information and to register for an application pack, just visit
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