Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from February 24, 2010

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Activity in Buy-to-Let Re-Mortgage Market Remains in Decline
The proportion of landlords re-mortgaging their investment properties continued to decline in the final quarter of 2009, research from Paragon Mortgages has revealed. Its financial adviser confidence tracker (FACT) Index, a panel-based survey of...
A Flexible Economy Needs Flexible Businesses
Byline: JOHN CULLEN Recent research from Clydesdale Bank suggests that Welsh workers are more stressed at work and are struggling to maintain an adequate work-life balance. Certainly, we can accept that the recession has taken its toll and played...
A Focus on Savings in the Tender Process Undermines Best Practice; Milica Kitson, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales, Argues That Real Value: For Money in Construction Comes from Teamwork and Planning - Not Choosing the Cheapest
Byline: Milica Kitson Haggling doesn't come easily to the British, let alone the Welsh, but everyone does like to get the best for their money. That goes for every walk of life, none more so than in construction, where we can be talking about...
After 10 Months'warning, Why Will There Be a Scrum? Six Nations Row Breaks out over Who Is to Blame
Byline: Sam Malone A ROW broke out last night over who is to blame for the possibility of thousands of rugby fans being left stranded in Cardiff after Wales' Friday night Six Nations game. It comes as the city's main train operator Arriva Trains...
A New Relationship Based on Partnership and Co-Operation; Aled Blake Assesses the Role of Trade Unions in the 21st Century
CAST your mind back more than 25 years. It is 1984 at the height of the Miners' Strike. 'The enemy within' is fighting to save an industry from destruction. Political opinion is polarised, the battle lines between left and right are drawn. There...
Average Band D Tax Up 3.6% ... England's Up 1.6%
Byline: David Williamson THE lowest average council tax increase since the start of devolution will be promised today by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). The average council tax increase for a Band D property will be around 3.6%...
Back-Row Ready to Roar - Ryan; Ryan's Backing Back Row to Hit the French Hard
Byline: Andy Howell RYAN JONES has pledged Wales' under-fire back-row men will pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Warren Gatland and help inspire the team to a memorable Friday night triumph over France. Gatland accused the trio which started...
Barclays Ready to Meet Lending Need of Businesses of All Sizes; ADVERTISING FEATURE: Angela Gilchrist, Barclays Local Business Area Manager for Cardiff, Looks at the Importance of Keeping Cash Flow Alive and Well
Byline: Angela Gilchrist AT Barclays, we are committed to finding the right balance between risk and lending restrictions in terms of business lending. From a risk management perspective we have learned valuable lessons from the recession of...
Base Rate Looks Set to Remain at All-Time Low; Independent Financial Advisers Not Optimistic about Imminent Rise
Nearly a third (31%) of independent financial advisers predict it will be a year before the Bank of England raises the base rate from its current historic low of 0.5% The research was conducted by AXA Investment Managers, Baring Asset Management (Barings)...
Be More Ambitious, Welsh Firms Told
SMALL companies in Wales should seek markets across the UK and the world, Trade Minister Lord Davies of Abersoch has told executives in Cardiff. The minister urged more firms to expand their ambitions and exploit the opportunities which exist to...
Bid to Privatise Finance Wales Raises Doubts over EU Funding; WAG Says No Sector Is Denied Access to European Finance
Byline: Si'n Barry A BID to reclassify the Welsh Assembly Government's investment bank, Finance Wales, as a private entity, has left a question mark over its current funding from the European Investment Bank. As reported by the Western Mail earlier...
Bosses Bring Their Bonuses Forward to Avoid 50% High-Earner Tax Rate; TUC Calls on Government to Clamp Down on Pay Dodge
Byline: Si'n Barry HIGHLY-PAID executives are trying to avoid paying the 50% high-earner tax rate by moving some of their earnings, including bonuses, into the current tax year, a report claims. Pay analysts Incomes Data Services said it appeared...
Boss's Trip to War Zone to See TA Soldiers in Action 'An Eye-Opener' Insight into Skills Gained on Battlefield
Byline: Robert Llewellyn Jones THE scene is straight from a Hollywood movie. An RAF TriStar aircraft converted for military use begins its descent into Afghanistan. The lights go out, the talking stops and the pilot's instructions come through...
Bothy Books Festival Ticket
BOTHY maintained his unbeaten record over timber and qualified himself for the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with a second success at Taunton yesterday. Keith Mercer made the arduous journey to Somerset...
Brothers Died in Same Part of River
A MOTHER whose two sons died within seven months of each other in the same stretch of river, will never know exactly why they died. Football-loving postal worker Shaun Hugh Bowen, 21, of Lark Place, Blaenymaes, Swansea, drowned on January 28, 2008,...
Colleges Shall Talk Training Unto Business; Moves to Close the Communication Gap between SMEs and Higher Education Is Welcome News, Writes Non Rhys, Wales Policy Manager, Federation of Small Businesses
Byline: Non Rhys Asurvey of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) members in Wales for February 2010 reported that more than half (53%) have introduced new or improved products or services over the past 12 months, and slightly fewer businesses (48%)...
Demand for Farmland Rises as Supply Falls
AVAILABILITY of farmland in Wales for sale is continuing to fall, according to the latest Rural Market Survey published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The survey found that landowners' reluctance to sell pushed supply to...
Does This Climate Sceptic's Argument Stand Up to Scrutiny?
Prof Michael Beenstock's argument is not convincing, writes Chris Kelsey. He concedes that the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a warming effect but argues it is only a temporary one. Yet it's not clear why he can be so confident...
Doing Business across Europe Has Now Become Faster and Simpler; SPONSORED FEATURE
From now on, businesses should find it easier to provide or use services across the European Union with less red tape. It should be faster and simpler to set up a business abroad, whether it is a start-up or new branch, or conversely, to offer services...
Entrepreneurs Set to Taste Success; Sion Barry Talks to the Brains Behind a Website Promoting Welsh Independent Restaurants
ITMAY only appear in the entrepreneurial small print but the world of business start-ups is littered with failures. However, for maiden entrepreneurs Victoria O'Connell and Sophie Crofts, their online venture Dine Out Wales is well placed to more than...
Euro Trading Opportunities
COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES Spanish manufacturer of plaster ceilings seeks distributors. REF: V1/ES2 Belgian company specialising in installation of coin-operated massage chairs seeks business partners for franchising agreements. REF: V1/Bel1 Romanian...
Fair Blows the Wind for Chemical Corporation; Changing the Oil in Britain's Rapidly Growing Ranks of Wind Turbines Is Big Business
Wind power is the fastest growing UK energy source. In 2007 it provided just 2.2% of the UK's electricity supply. By the end of the decade that will have grown to around 30%. The manufacture of turbines and the operation of wind farms are both dominated...
Finance Wales Sees the Light in iVision UK; Investment of Pounds 700,000 to Fund Expansion
Byline: Si'n Barry A CWMBRAN company specialising in microchip lighting technology has secured a pounds 700,000 follow-on investment from Finance Wales to support its growth plans The investment in IVM (UK), which trades as iVision UK, involves...
Focus on R&D and World Market Lifts Reid above Recession; UK Launch for Mini Crane Next Month
Byline: Aled Blake A LIGHTWEIGHT portable jib crane capable of lifting a tonne in weight will be launched in theUK next month. The system designed, developed and manufactured in-house by Chepstow-based Reid Lifting, is specifically designed to...
Footsie Falls into Red amid Doubts over US Recovery; City Bulletin
THE FTSE 100 Index slipped into the red yesterday after disappointing consumer confidence figures in America raised doubts over the recovery of the world's biggest economy. The Footsie closed 37 points lower at 5315.1 - a drop of 0.7% - after figures...
French Reveals the Secret of Flybe's Flight to Success; Airline Aims to Grow Cardiff Passenger Base by 20%
Byline: Robert Llewellyn REGIONAL airports have become pawns in a game of politics, believes chairman of airline Flybe, Jim French Addressing a meeting of Cardiff Business Club, Mr French said: "Too many regional airports are seen by politicians...
Friday Is Deadline Day for Pompey
PORTSMOUTH will go into administration on Friday unless a buyer comes forward before then, the club's owner yesterday announced. Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai is in talks with four different consortia about a takeover, but admits it is "unlikely"...
Friday Night Fever; from Fans to Players to Police Officers, Wales' First Friday Night Six Nations Game in Two Days' Time Will Present Everyone Involved with Different Challenges from the Traditional Saturday Afternoon Kick-Off. Here Jonathan Evans and Sam Malone Speak to Those Heading to Cardiff - and Those Trying to Make the Historic Rugby Night Run Smoothly
Byline: Jonathan Evans ; Sam Malone The police officer Steve Murray, South Wales Police's commander inside the Millennium Stadium It's a Friday night Six Nations game and it's the first one we've had to deal with. Although we are very experienced...
Global Warming - the Greenhouse Gas Illusion? Earth Is Set to Cool Writes Julian Hodge Lecturer Prof Beenstock
Byline: Julian Hodge Greenhouse gas theory predicts that if the level of atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases increases, global temperature rises because it is more difficult for the heat of the sun to escape the earth's atmosphere. ...
Grand Gestures Don't Mask Bank's Results
Byline: Tim Jenkins ERIC DANIELS of Lloyds and Stephen Hester of RBS have read the mood of the country well and have voluntarily waived their bonus entitlement. At pounds 2.3m for Daniels and pounds 1.6m for Hester, these are by no means small...
Hopes of Deal as Port Strike Action Is Suspended; Breakthrough in Negotiations over Pension Scheme Row
Byline: Robin Turner PLANNED strike action at Wales' largest port which threatens UK gas and oil supplies has been suspended for 28 days following lastminute talks. Pilots and launch crews at Milford Haven had planned to walk out yesterday but...
Hothouse Training Puts Start-Up on Track; Technology Firm Isca Networks of Portskewett Has Had a Good Start, Chris Kelsey Writes
Byline: Chris Kelsey There can be few bolder steps to take in life than to set yourself up in business. It is the dream of thousands of young entrepreneurs, but all too often the dream turns into a nightmare as inexperience and the lack of access...
Housing Market Freezes to a Trickle; Bad Weather and End of Stamp Duty Holiday Blamed for Low Sales
Byline: Helen Turner MORTGAGE lending slumped to an 81/2-year low in January as the housing market suffered a lull after the end of the Government's stamp duty holiday, figures showed yesterday. The major banks advanced just pounds 8.02bn during...
How Yesterday's Waste Plastic Can Become Today's New House
A WELSH company is using recycled waste plastic destined for landfill to build new homes. Swansea-based Affresol aims to build 3,000 homes a year and says its range of low-carbon homes and portable buildings could help revolutionise the building...
HydroVenturi Heads out to Silicon Valley in a Bid to Clean Up
A FIRM that has developed products which promise to treat water and produce clean energy will be going to California's Silicon Valley on a trade mission. HydroVenturi , of Langstone Business Park, Newport, has come up with technology that can remediate...
'I Know Gordon as a Strong, Hard-Working and Decent Man' Sarah Brown Speaks out in Defence of Her Husband in Bullying Row
Byline: Tomos Livingstone SARAH BROWN came out fighting yesterday to defend her husband Gordon Brown against claims he bullied junior staff at Number 10. Downing Street have issued a carefully-worded denial that Mr Brown had to be warned by the...
Innovating through Internationalisation; Engaging with the Global Economy Is Crucial for Competitiveness,but There Is a Danger Devolution Could Lead to Greater Isolation,writes Prof Robert Huggins of the UWIC School of Management
Akey factor hindering economic competitiveness in Wales is the lack of businesses involved in international trade. Compared with many other regions,Wales barely engages in the global economy. The percentage of Welsh companies engaged in exporting...
Investment in Wales' Rail Infrastructure Lags Behind Rest of the UK; the View from the Business Desk
While the funding mechanism for Wales - the so called Barnett Formula - is no longer fit for purpose and should be replaced by a fairer needs-based model, so is rail infrastructure investment. The recent publication of the Welsh Assembly Enterprise...
Isn't It Time You Treated Your Employees to a Medical MOT?
Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of pre-employment medicals and regular health checks for their employees. Looking after the long-term health of your employees will save you money in the long term. Whatever the size of your business...
It Must Have Been a Hard Decision Because Clearly Cheryl Loves Him and, in Spite of Everything, That Will Have Been a Very, Very Painful Thing; Singer Cole Decides to Split from Her Football Star Husband
Byline: Sherna Noah CHERYL COLE is separating from her husband Ashley Cole, her spokesman said yesterday. The split follows allegations that the star's husband, the England and Chelsea footballer, had again been unfaithful. Cole flew back...
Just When You Thought You Understood Teenage Text Jargon along Comes Code 9; 'As Parents Learn the Words Kids Come Up with New Ones'
Byline: Helen Turner IF you thought you were finally starting to grasp the new texting jargon, think again - a new generation of words and acronyms have emerged. And these appear to have evolved specifically to throw parents who have come to...
Keeping It in the Family Is the Smart Way to Do Business; John Smart Founded His Construction Business with His Late Wife More Than 30 Years Ago. Now His Two Sons Work Alongside Him, Writes Robert Llewellyn Jones
Byline: Robert Llewellyn Jones It has been said that nobody sets out to start a family business. Cardiff-based JR Smart (Builders) is an exception. Now one of Wales' most successful property companies, this family-owned business was launched by...
Kempton Aim for Punjabi
PUNJABI is one of 10 entries for the Racing Post iPhone App HBLB Champion Hurdle Trial at Kempton on Saturday. The two-mile contest was added to the fixture due to the loss of last weekend's Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton and provides reigning champion...
Kieswetter Has Staked Claim for England, Admits Cook
Byline: Rory Dollard ALASTAIR COOK conceded the rapid emergence of Craig Kieswetter would cause England's selectors some problems in the near future after the wicketkeeper-batsman blazed 143 against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah yesterday....
Killer Was on Bail over Earlier Murder
A KNIFEMAN arrested for the "senseless" murder of an innocent A-level student was freed on police bail to take part in another killing, it was revealed yesterday. Anthony Maina stabbed 17-year-old Rizwan Darbar during a mobile phone robbery in October...
Labour MPs Press to See the Severn Barrage in Party's Election Manifesto; They Argue That Scheme Could Create Thousands of 'Green Jobs'
Byline: Tomos Livingstone LABOUR MPs are pushing the party to commit to a multi-billionpound project to build a barrage across the River Severn. They want the pledge included in the party's election manifesto. The Department for Energy and...
Leeds Shrugs off Woes
LEEDS Building Society yesterday shrugged off economic woes and intense competition for savings deposits to post a record profits haul for 2009. The UK's sixth largest mutual said underlying earnings rose 17% to an all-time high of pounds 80.1m,...
Llanmoor Homes Buys 7.5-Acre Site to Build 100 Houses; First Major Land Purchase since Recession Began
Byline: Aled Blake HOUSEBUILDER Llanmoor Homes has made a major land acquisition. The Talbot Green housebuilder - established 44 years ago and which has built more than 4,000 homes across South Wales - has completed a deal with another housebuilder...
Luminar Founder Set to Step Down
A FORMER motor mechanic who switched careers to create the UK's biggest nightclub operator is to leave the business he founded 22 years ago. Cardiff-born Stephen Thomas, who started Luminar from a site in King's Lynn, currently oversees about 90...
Managing a Change of Ownership; Sion Barry Talks Q&A Style to Senior Partner of Cardiff-Based Gambit Corporate Finance, Frank Holmes, on the Challenges and Opportunities around Owner Managers Exiting from Their Businesses
Byline: Sion Barry QUESTION: Many owner mangers feel daunted by the whole process of change of ownership of their business. Should they be? FRANK HOLMES: In a word, yes. For many entrepreneurs this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it is...
Manufacturing Still at the Core of Future Prosperity
Byline: david rosser ANOTHER set of concerning economic statistics - this time the Treasury's tax receipts in January - reveal just how fragile our recovery is looking. Yet the CBI's industrial trends survey published last week also showed manufacturers...
Money Worries Are Hitting Health
MORE than a third of people are so worried about their finances the stress is affecting their health and relationships. Around 37% of people said they worried about money, and this was leading to problems such as depression, sleepless nights and...
Monty Delighted with the Desert Success of Poulter
Byline: Mark Garrod COLIN MONTGOMERIE has not always seen eye-to-eye with Ian Poulter - and vice-versa - but Europe's Ryder Cup captain has declared himself "delighted" with what happened in Arizona at the weekend. Poulter beat compatriot Paul...
Morning Serial
Byline: Alun Richards 'WOULD you like cornflakes, cereal, fruit juice or grapefruit?' Bashie glowered once more at the menu, then at her, then cast a resentful glance up the table where several rashers remained on other plates. "Wassamatter?"...
Motoring Fan Died in Dream-Car Test-Drive Crash
A YOUNG motoring enthusiast hoping to buy his dream car was killed on a test drive when it crashed at almost 100mph. Gavin Collier, 20, was a passenger in the Peugeot 106 Rallye hatchback being taken on a country road by the owner. Mr Collier,...
Mourinho Playing Down His Blues Link
Byline: Adrian Curtis JOSE MOURINHO stressed his intricate knowledge of Chelsea does not mean his Inter Milan side have an advantage ahead of tonight's Champions League clash. Mourinho faces the Blues for the first time since leaving Stamford...
Navigating the Challenges; EXPERT ADVICE: Today's Business Environment Makes the Non-Executive Director's Role Particularly Tough. Jason Clarke, Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cardiff, Highlights Some Key Issues
TOO big to fail. Jobless recovery. Systemic risk. It seems like the past 15 months have brought a new lexicon to our business community. They also brought challenges and opportunities unique to this generation of company directors. Non-executive...
Nid Y Lle Sy'n Bwysig Bellach, Ond Gallu Dangos I Ni Fod Yno
Byline: Dylan Iorwerth EFALLAI bod rhai pobol yn dechrau amau a ydi'r hinsawdd yn newid. Y gaea' oera ers 30 mlynedd a hafau sydd mor llwyd --'r Llipryn. Ond dydi'r corff sy'n gofalu am hen adeiladau'r Alban ddim yn cytuno. Dyna pam eu bod nhw'n...
Nothing Comes with a Full Users' Manual - from Bins to Children; OPINION
Byline: Abbie Wightwick WHAT better way to entertain the children at half term than try to work out the new recycling regime? A cute little composting bin has arrived courtesy of the local council. The accompanying leaflet refers to it as a "caddy",...
Not the End, a Beginning; as 900 Workers Come to Terms with Redundancy at a Welsh Factory, Former First Minister Rhodri Morgan and AM Jane Hutt Say the Sad Story May Still Just Have a Happy Ending
Byline: Rhodri Morgan IT is not in anybody's interest for Bosch's legacy to Wales to be just a huge, empty factory on the M4. Last week, we led a delegation of workforce representatives and their union officials to Stuttgart to meet Bosch chiefs,...
Office Visions Score Knockout Results with New Fit-It-Out Job; Boxing Board Contract for Cardiff Firm
Byline: Aled Blake AN office design and fit-out specialist has clinched another major contract for a top sporting client. The British Boxing Board of Control - the governing body for professional boxing in the UK - has awarded a major design...
O Leia' Gwnewch Rywbeth! Pan Nad Yw ein Llywodraeth Yn Deall Strwythur Economi Cymru, Mae'n Amser Gofidio
Mae Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru wedi dod i benderfyniad fod angen Rhaglen Adnewyddu Economaidd ar Gymru. Amcan cyntaf y rhaglen hon yw "i sicrhau gwell dealltwriaeth o strwythur economi Cymru, ei phrif nodweddion a'i gyrwyr ac ennyn consensws ar...
Opportunities out There, Says Builder Morgan Sindall as Profits Fall
CONSTRUCTION company Morgan Sindall, which has an operation in South Wales, has reported a downturn in profits in the past year. The company said its pre-tax profit was pounds 51.5m in 2009, compared to pounds 71.4m in 2008, with revenue at pounds...
Perfect New Unit for Wind Turbines
WIND turbine manufacturer Mabey Group acquired South Wales' largest speculative industrial unit at Severn Crossing in Chepstow in a multi-million-pound investment last month. The company also bought 18 acres of development land, for pounds 13m....
Phillips Heads Golden Chance
DEFENDING triple jump champion Phillips Idowu heads an Aviva Great Britain team with the potential to claim four gold medals at next month's World Indoor Championships in Qatar. Although Idowu has had an indifferent season with only one low-key...
Political Leaders United in Condemnation of Car Bomb; 'Miracle' No-One Was Injured in Northern Ireland Blast, Say Police
Byline: Steven McCaffery NORTHERN IRELAND'S political leaders yesterday pledged to defend their power-sharing government against dissident republicans who launched a car bomb attack on a court. Police said it was a miracle no-one was killed in...
Pounds 2m Investment Puts Broadleaf Timber on the Expansion Trail
A TIMBER firm has invested pounds 2m in its warehouse and manufacturing facility at its base in Carmarthenshire. Llandybie headquartered Broadleaf Timber is on the expansion trail after opening its new units. The company, which secured the funding...
Powers That Would Boost Welsh Democracy; COMMENT
D EVOLUTION, as Ron Davies memorably said, is a process not an event. While the next step in Wales will be the referendum on further lawmaking powers, an equally important debate concerns the level of financial autonomy that should be available to...
Powers to Set Tax 'Will Make WAG More Accountable' 'No Sense That a County Council Can Levy a Tax While the Assembly Can't'
Byline: Martin Shipton GIVING the Assembly Government the freedom to set taxes and borrow money would improve accountability and help Wales deal with looming spending cuts, a conference will be told today. In the third of three public debates...
Purple Vision Keeps Business in the Black; Chris Kelsey Meets Mazuma's Founders: Winning Team Have Complementary Skills
Sophie Hughes and Lucy Cohen have come a long way since the days when they used to go to the gym together and talk about setting up their own business. Now they are settled into their new Bridgend head office, which can accommodate up to 110 staff...
Recovery Still in the Balance, King Warns; Gloomy Forecast Hints at More Quantitative Easing
Byline: Si'n Barry BANK of England Governor Mervyn King kept the door ajar for further money supplyboosting measures yesterday after warning that the UK's economic recovery was still in the balance. In a gloomy update to MPs, Mr King warned that...
Rees Aiming to Ensure Phillips Has a Watching Brief on Friday
Byline: andy howell ALL the talk since Warren Gatland gambled by naming Mike Phillips as a substitute against France has been about what minute theWales star will be sent on. But a bloke by the name of Richie Rees could have something to say...
Rooney Turns on the Class Again for United
Man Utd West Ham 3 0 WAYNE ROONEY produced another match-winning performance for Manchester United as he took his tally for the season to 27 by bagging a double againstWest Ham. Michael Owen scored for the first time since that hat-trick at Wolfsburg...
Rugby at the Heart of Economy; However Well the Welsh Team Does, Our Passion for the Game Brings Millions of Pounds to the Capital, Writes Richard Thomas, Managing Director of Cardiff & Co
Byline: Richard Thomas It all started with rugby. Cardiff was famous above all else for stirring battle on the field at Cardiff Arms Park, then the National Stadium. The 'old' stadium used to bring 60,000 people into the city centre for the Five...
Saunders Calls for Dragons to Fight
WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders has called on his players to put in the hard yards as they bid to claw their way back into contention for a play-off scrap towards the end of the season. Victory over Crawley Town last Saturday put the Dragons 14 points...
Shadow Chancellor's Doctor Brother Guilty of Misconduct; Faked 'Escort Girl' Prescription
Byline: Matt Williams THE doctor brother of Shadow Chancellor George Osborne was found guilty of misconduct yesterday in a case that revealed he wrote a fraudulent prescription for an "escort girl" he was seeing. Dr Adam Osborne wrote out the...
Sixties Stars All Set to Sparkle Again; Preview the Searchers Venues throughout Wales
POPULAR '60s band The Searchers are launching their mammoth newUK tour in Wales next week. The group, who are behind such classics as Sweets For My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don't Throw Your Love Away and When You Walk In The Room, have achieved...
Some Refreshingly Plain Talking from the Co-Founder of Admiral; David Stevens Speaks His Mind to Chris Kelsey
Byline: Chris Kelsey Preparing to interview David Stevens, co-founder and chief operating officer of Admiral Group, I've been told to expect someone friendly and easy to talk to you. But I'm not expecting someone quite as open and honest as Stevens...
Storms on Markets Have Sunk a Number of Planned Flotations; 'There's a Debate in Terms of Recovery and Where We Are'
Byline: Aled Blake THE recent storms in global share markets have thrown the fragility of recovery into sharp relief as plans for a raft of high-profile flotations were sunk. The owner of Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds shelved a stock market...
Swansea Law Firm Expands into Cardiff
Cardiff is set to benefit from the expertise of well-established Swansea-based law firm, Benson Watkins Solicitors. Benson Watkins Solicitors directors Paul Sohal and Rhys Williams are to develop Benson Watkins Solicitors into a leading law firm...
Talk Training Opens New Learning Centre; SPONSORED FEATURE
TALK training was established in 1996 to provide vocational training to companies in South Wales. Following a management buyout in July 2007, the company, with its head office in Nantgarw, has established itself as a market leader in the delivery of...
Tax Planning for a Brave New World; SPONSORED FEATURE
In this second article of a two-part series, Anne Smith, tax partner at Watts Gregory LLP, offers some tax planning ideas to help businesses and their owners take advantage of a relatively benign tax regime. The first article, in the Western Mail on...
TB Tests for People in Three Towns Caught Up in 1996 Outbreak; Any Close Contacts of Previous Sufferers Urged to Get in Touch
Byline: Madeleine Brindley THE first TB community screening programme of its kind in Wales has been launched to test people in three towns hit by an outbreak. Tuberculosis tests will be offered to 250 people living in parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf...
Telecoms Firms 'Should Be Forced to Extend Their Broadband Coverage'
Byline: Darren Devine TELECOMMUNICATIONS firms should be forced by the government to extend their broadband network coverage as a condition of allowing them to operate, it was claimed last night. The Government's plans for a 50p-a-month tax on...
The Woman Helping Government Cut Its Coat According to Its Cloth; the Squeeze on Public Sector Budgets over the Next Few Years Should Mean Even More Work for Rhiannon Cooke of CMC Partnership, Robert Llewellyn Jones Writes
When Rhiannon Cooke talks about "being in control" the phrase has an added significance. It implies a greater control over the services her company offers its customers and what they are being charged. "The majority of our work has always been public...
Tonmawr in Dream Draw with Cup Kings
TONMAWR, the last remaining Division One side in the Swalec Cup, have been well rewarded for their thrilling one point victory over Llandovery in round three last weekend. They will host Llanelli, the most successful club in the competition and...
Training Provider Helps to Fill Vital Skills Shortages; TI Hall Chief Executive, Vale of Glamorgan Training Association Sponsored Column
Businesses across Wales recognise that skills shortages and recruitment difficulties pose a bigger threat to performance than the rising oil prices and declining consumer confidence that make the headlines. The best way to ensure a workforce has...
Trinh-Duc Has Seized Total Control of the Keys to No 10
Byline: simon thomas FOR THE past decade, stepping onto the field for France with the No 10 jersey on your back has been akin to walking through a revolving door. So many different fly-halves have been tried out at the helm that it became just...
Two-Tier Market as Property Faces Long Road to Recovery; Chris Sutton Assesses the Prospects for the Industrial Market in South Wales
Byline: Chris Sutton Floorspace availability within Wales (December 2009) now stands at 16.33 million sq ft - an increase of 10.7% over 12 months and an increase of nearly three million sq ft since the summer of 2007. Much of this increase is...
US Shows Signs of Being on the Road to Recovery; but It's Far Too Early to Pop the Champagne Corks
Byline: andrew farr THERE are no hard and fast rules for a recipe for recovery, but some or all of the following are important: stock market rally, falling unemployment, and company consolidation or acquisition. However, what is generally considered...
Walcott Is Finally Seeing the Light
THEO WALCOTT hopes he is now on course to get back to his best - both for Arsenal and England. The 20-year-old made only a fifth Barclays Premier League start of what has been an injury-plagued season so far in the 2-0 win over Sunderland. With...
We'd Go to Barry Island Every Weekend. I've Been on the Log Flume and the Pirate Ship, but My Favourite Was Quasar. X Factor Winner Leona Loved Her Welsh Holidays
Byline: David Owens HER multi-platinum selling albums and pounds 5m recording deal have placed her among the world's biggest female solo artists. But Leona Lewis last night fondly recalled childhood family holidays at a Welsh caravan park. ...
Welsh Entrepreneur Takes on Brand Giants with His E-Reader; Interead's Cool-Er Product Claims 20% of the Market
Byline: Aled Blake ANe-reader pioneered by aWelsh entrepreneur is taking a lead in a market dominated by brand giants such as Sony and Amazon. Neil Jones, originally from Neath, is founder of Interead, which makes the Cool-er e-reader - a product...
Welsh Rivals Are Gunning for Glory with Outlook on Numbers Game
Byline: chriswathan ATHIRD of the season to go and four points between them - but the decisive numbers could be in the dressing room for Cardiff and Swansea's promotion hopes. Perfectly placed as the end of season approaches, there is little...
Welsh Solicitor Named to Clinical Negligence Panel
A SOLICITOR at law firm Leo Abse &Cohen has been appointed to the Law Society clinical negligence panel. Rhodri Williams, who is based in the Newport office, joins the panel for specialist lawyers, a qualification that requires demonstration...
Welsh Woman Killed in Pakistan Suicide Blast; Islam Convert's First Husband Killed by Taliban
Byline: Chris Haines Islam convert's first husband killed by Taliban A WELSH woman who converted to Islam was killed by a suicide bomber after moving to Pakistan to be with her new husband, it emerged last night. Belinda Khan, from Ynyshir, Rhondda,...
What's On
FIELDS IN TRUST LUNCHEON Feb 25, 12 noon, Swalec Stadium. Organised by Cardiff Fields in Trust, Carolyn Hitt, broadcaster and Media Wales columnist. www.fieldsintrust.org LEADING WALES AWARDS Feb 25, 12.30pm, Cardiff Hilton. Organised by Leading...
When an Accountant's Name Is Not Worth the Paper It's Written on; You Wouldn't Trust a Quack with Your Health So Why Trust an Unqualified Accountant with Your Money, Writes Ben Cottam, Head of ACCA Wales
Byline: Ben Cottam You feel ill, so you go to a doctor. You have toothache, so you go to a dentist. You need legal advice, so you go to a lawyer. You need financial advice, so you go to an accountant. Of these four professional titles above,...
Why Anne Puts a Roof over Wales' Head; SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Committed Christian Anne Hinchey Sees Her Role as Chief Executive of Wales' Largest Housing Association as Improving the Lives of Her Neighbours, Chris Kelsey Writes
Byline: Chris Kelsey Why do some people go into social enterprises rather than 'conventional' businesses? Is it perhaps because they want to make a difference to people's lives and communities in some deeper way? It's a contentious point of course...
Why Europe Envies the Way We Nurture Links for Entrepreneurs
Byline: russell lawson IRECENTLY returned from a conference with the ever-sexy title Stimulating Entrepreneurial Education And Training in Amsterdam. But the day-long event (the venue being a considerable distance from the city's cannabis cafes...