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                                   Business and Education
Virgin Atlantic to create 200 jobs in Swansea
Airline Virgin Atlantic is to create 200 call centre jobs in Swansea. The new centre will be
based in Alexandra House and will handle UK and US calls. The airline, which last year
celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first flight from London Gatwick to New York,
currently operates a fleet of 38 aircraft out of London Heathrow and Gatwick flying to thirty
destinations worldwide. The Swansea centre will run in conjunction with the existing
contact centre in Crawley. Virgin Atlantic Airways began recruiting in March with the aim
of having the new centre operational by September. Julie Southern, chief commercial and
financial officer at Virgin Atlantic said: “We know that Swansea has many experienced
customer service staff and we look forward to being able to use their valuable experience
to support Virgin Atlantic’s customers. We are lucky to have dedicated and passionate
staff and are sure those in Swansea will be no exception.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/virgin-atlantic-to-create-200-jobs-in-swansea/


H & M set to open in Swansea
Swedish clothing giant H&M will open its first store in Swansea on 6th May. The firm is
now hiring for the outlet on Oxford Street which is expected to bring 30 jobs to the city. It
is in the process of being fitted out in the premises of the former TK Maxx store near
Castle Gardens. H&M has more than 160 stores across the UK, including two in Cardiff
and one in Newport. A spokeswoman for the firm said: "H&M are pleased to announce the
opening of the new store in Swansea. We are excited about our continued expansion in
Wales and pleased to open a store in this great location.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/h-m-set-to-open-in-swansea/

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Admiral's pride at new deal for Wales rugby
Wales-based insurance giant Admiral has been named as the new sponsor of Welsh
rugby. The name of the SA1 employer will adorn the famous red rugby shirt from
November, replacing current sponsor Brains beers. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has
signed a three-year deal with Admiral, which has more than 3,000 staff in Wales, almost
half of whom are based in the city. Admiral chief executive Henry Engelhardt said it was
"an incredibly exciting partnership" for the company. The new deal with Admiral kicks-in
during the autumn internationals, when Wales meet the southern hemisphere super-
powers of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, as well as Fiji, in Cardiff. Meanwhile
shirts featuring the Admiral logo will go on sale in shops from September.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/admirals-pride-at-new-deal-for-wales-rugby/


£4m plan for ship recycling firm at Swansea docks
Broken barges, past-their-best hovercrafts and old submarines could end their days in
Swansea, under £4 million plans to breathe new life into the city's docks. Swansea
Drydocks aims to invest the money in the ship repair, recycling and breaking venture, and
create 85 new skilled jobs. It has the backing of Swansea port owner, Associated British
Ports (ABP), and has applied to Swansea Council for a certificate of lawfulness to prepare
the way for operations to begin. The company, whose registered office is in Walter Road,
hopes to start work this year. If given the go-ahead, the company will occupy Phoenix
Wharf and the Prince of Wales Dock.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/4m-plan-for-ship-recycling-firm-at-swansea-docks/


£1M contract for Swansea firm
Two business-minded women have gone from a bright idea to a £1 million contract in just
eight months. Sharon Stephens and Rachel Bryan met at Swansea University and began
their translating business on a dining room table last summer. Now their firm, Veritas
Language Solutions, has moved in to new offices in Swansea's Exchange Building, and
has landed a deal to run a multilingual customer service centre for clients around the
world. The company’s new headquarters in Swansea's Maritime Quarter employs 12
people and Veritas now has more 40 full-time staff in offices in London, Spain and Russia
as well as more than 1,000 translators on its books.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/1m-contract-for-swansea-firm/


Digital life for the Iron Lady's paperwork
A Swansea Bay company has landed the job of digitising the private archives of
Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The thousands of archive boxes include
personal letters, details of her egg-based diet, her father’s sermon notes and draft
manifestos with her amendments scribbled in the margins. Swansea-based Transmedia
Technology saw off eight rivals to win the tender to digitise the archives from Churchill
College, Cambridge. Staff will scan the former Tory leader’s entire private collection of
papers and it will take at least a year for staff to digitally archive the collection. Many
papers will be available to the public on the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website.
However, most will remain under lock and key until officially cleared for publication by the
Cabinet Office. The papers from her 11 years as Prime Minister will be subject to the
Public Records Act. Greg Pye, managing director, said: “We’re delighted to have won
such a prestigious contract. We are already in discussions with other historical archives to
provide similar services.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/digital-life-for-the-iron-ladys-paperwork/




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UTV consortium is preferred bidder for ITV news
A consortium headed by Northern Ireland television channel UTV has been named as the
preferred bidder to provide a news service for ITV Wales. The Wales Live consortium
includes north Wales newspaper group NWN Media and Swansea Bay radio stations The
Wave and Swansea Sound. Subject to agreement from ITV, the Government hopes that
contracts for a two-year period pilot in Wales, worth £12m, can be signed off before the
general election. Llanelli-based media company Tinopolis, which was shortlisted for the
Welsh contract, is part of a winning consortium for the Scottish IFNC.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/utv-consortium-is-preferred-bidder-for-itv-news/


New photography gallery in Swansea
A former Marketing Manager who set up his own photography business after being made
redundant has opened a gallery in Swansea. Liam Reardon, who had been a semi-
professional photographer for over 10 years, said “I didn’t plan to open the gallery for
another 12 months, but the business has grown so quickly, we decided to open it earlier
than planned’. Located on Walter Road, the gallery compliments the busy studio he runs
at the same site. The work currently on display includes images taken by Mr. Reardon
and there are plans to introduce work by other photographers in the future. Offering a
range of services from corporate events and PR shots to weddings and fashion portfolios,
the gallery is the latest addition to Photographsof.com. Mr. Reardon said “we have
aggressive growth plans for the business and 2010 promises to be an exciting year for us,
with a number of new services that we will be announcing as the year progresses.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/new-photography-gallery-in-swansea/


Swansea Bay ice cream wins healthy million-tub order
A pair of brothers whose grandfather brought his ice cream-making skills to Wales from
Italy are set to make a million tubs of their healthiest dessert to cheer the nation’s hospital
patients.     Giulio and Renaldo Dallavalle of Frank’s Ice Cream have long been
acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers. Now the business that was
originally established in 1920 has secured a two-year contract to supply all NHS hospitals
in Wales with its premium ice cream. Giulio Dallavalle said: “This is a substantial contract
for us and we’re delighted with the outcome. We developed a distinct recipe and a specific
product in order to meet the nutritional and dietary requirements of the NHS and we
worked closely with dieticians to create a skimmed milk, low-fat product that is suitable for
all types of patients.” Frank’s Ice Cream, of Capel Hendre in Ammanford, is already the
distributor for leading ice cream brands including Walls, Nestlé and Mars using a fleet of its
own refrigerated vehicles. And Frank’s supplies a number of major supermarket chains
including Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Holland & Barrett, Tesco Ireland and Waitrose.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-bay-ice-cream-wins-healthy-million-tub-order/


Industrial park that could create 1,500 jobs is on the cards
The managing director of Halal Industries UK says the company hoped to bring a £150
million Super Halal Industrial Park (Ship) to the area as soon as possible, with
Carmarthenshire or Neath Port Talbot its preferred site. Mahesh Jayanarayan said 1,500
jobs would be created by the park, with a further 1,500 created indirectly.
"We have met with the Welsh Assembly Government and they have been very helpful and
supportive. "We are in discussions with a number of people, and we are very confident we
will get this project off the ground as soon as possible." Mr Jayanarayan said the park
would include the key areas of meat processing, dairy, pharmaceuticals and food
additives. "We want easy access to the M4," he said. "It is now about the choice of land,
getting planning permission and getting consent."
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/industrial-park-that-could-create-1500-jobs-is-on-the-cards/
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Prima aims to corner UK suet market after move to Swansea Bay
A food company in Llanelli could be producing as much as half the UK’s suet within two
years following a £400,000 inward investment project. Prima Foods has taken over a
disused food processing plant at Dafen and transformed it into a modern suet-making
factory. The company now produces 20 tonnes a week of shredded vegetable and beef
suet from the plant and aims to boost this to 50 tonnes in two years. The investment
package was cornerstoned by a £100,000 loan from Corus subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise
(UKSE). Glyn Thomas of UKSE said: “This is an excellent project that has come to this
part of West Wales, and will bring jobs where they are badly needed. It is also good news
that this site has been brought back into use as a food processing plant, for which it was
designed.” Other funding was provided by Finance Wales, the Welsh Assembly
Government, bank facilities and private capital. Carmarthenshire County Council also
played a key role. Turnover stands at £1.5m, and the business plan foresees this doubling
in two years, in line with the doubling of production. At that stage around 15 people will be
employed. Some former workers have already been taken on at the plant which currently
employs eight people.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/prima-aims-to-corner-uk-suet-market-after-move-to-swansea-bay/


New tourism fund to develop a distinctive Carmarthenshire
A new £250,000 tourism fund has been launched to help communities develop a
distinctive Carmarthenshire. The Sustainable Community Tourism Fund will encourage
the development of community tourism that will encompass the economic, social, cultural
and environmental dimensions of rural community life. Up to £25,000 is up for grabs to
develop new tourism projects such as trails, walks and interpretation to link to local
legends, history, culture and language, outdoor adventure activity facilities, wildlife
woodlands, view points, and picnic areas. The funding could also go towards historic sites
and premises with tourism potential. It is hoped the fund will attract more visitors to rural
communities and increase the money spent locally. Regeneration executive board
member Cllr Clive Scourfield, said: “Tourism in Carmarthenshire is worth £332million every
year, and so it is a major contributor to the economy of Carmarthenshire, supporting local
business and community amenities. This fund will promote awareness and pride in the
environment and cultural heritage of the area.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/new-tourism-fund-to-develop-a-distinctive-carmarthenshire/


Swansea Bay woman launches Welsh Business Show
For the past 4 years, Swansea Bay woman Emma Wilkins, has been director of Baglan
based Biz Mobiles a successful mobile phone business, specialising in business mobiles.
After 3 years of networking and attending business exhibitions, Emma saw a gap in the
market, an opportunity to develop more tailored business shows in the UK, and began
planning her first event in Wales. The Welsh Business Show 2010 will be held at The
Millennium Stadium Cardiff on June 10th & 11th. The show will attract thousands of Welsh
entrepreneurs, business owners, directors and decision makers. Emma Wilkins, Managing
Director of The Welsh Business Show is a great supporter of networking: “Business,
owners and directors need as many support networks as possible to help them and their
business grow and succeed. The Welsh Business show will provide business with the
opportunity to socialize /network in a relaxed environment". To book a stand or to book
your free visitor tickets please visit www.thewelshbusinessshow.co.uk
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-bay-woman-launches-welsh-business-show/




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Kuecept becomes institute of life sciences first affiliate
Kuecept Ltd, a specialist drug delivery technology company, is the first company to sign up
as an Affiliate of the Institute of Life Science (ILS) at Swansea University. The ILS Affiliate
Scheme is specifically designed to encourage life science and healthcare companies to
access the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities available in Wales’ foremost life science
incubator. Explaining why the company found the ILS Affiliate Scheme so attractive,
Executive Chairman and CEO, Bryn Williams, said: “The Affiliate Scheme is ideal for
Kuecept. It gives us a ‘home’ at the ILS and access to expertise and facilities across the
University campus, including specialists in Swansea University’s new Centre for
NanoHealth.” The ILS Affiliate Scheme is open to all companies working in the life science
and healthcare sectors, with a particular emphasis on potential high-growth organisations
wishing to establish a foothold in south west Wales. To find out more, contact Sian
Newman on 01792 6023262 or email s.y.newman@swansea.ac.uk
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/kuecept-becomes-institute-of-life-sciences-first-affiliate/

South Wales Regional Partnership's economic link with China
The Regional Partnership Forum for South West Wales supported Swansea University in
welcoming a delegation from Anhui Province, China to South West Wales. Past meetings
between the university and representatives from Anhui have identified an opportunity for
an economic development link between Anhui Province and South West Wales, key to
which is collaboration between Swansea and Anhui Universities. Anhui has been
establishing overseas relationships for over 30 years and now 67 cities in 40 countries are
twinned with cities in Anhui Province. During their visit, delegates were welcomed by the
Lord Mayor of Swansea and met with representatives from the University and from across
South West Wales.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/south-wales-regional-partnerships-economic-link-with-china/

Swansea University microalgal biotechnology centre to help Welsh businesses bloom
Welsh businesses are set to benefit from access to specialist expertise in microalgal
biotechnology, through a new £383k project established by Swansea University’s Centre
for Sustainable Aquaculture Research. The project will provide businesses with up-to-date
information and advice on microalgal bio-technologies, regulatory frameworks, and
markets; access to industry-focused research and technological development to assist
with the development of new products, processes, and services; and access to
demonstration and training facilities. Microalgae are a highly diverse group of microscopic
single-celled organisms that live naturally in most aquatic environments on Earth. For
further information visit: www.aquaculturewales.com.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-university-microalgal-biotechnology-centre-to-help-welsh-businesses-bloom/


Swansea Met launches new Network
A unique network that brings together the diverse disciplines of art, science and
technology has been launched at Swansea Metropolitan University. SATnet (Science, Art
and Technology Network), part of the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre
(CIRIC) based at Swansea Met, will focus on building new networks across the visual arts,
sciences, technology sectors. It will facilitate interaction between creative arts academics
from Swansea Met (and its project partners), and Welsh science and technology-based
companies within the convergence areas of Wales. CIRIC Co Director James Moxey said:
“Much debate about the role of creativity in academia, society and the business leaves out
the importance of connectivity. SATnet is a response to this. It allows connections to be
made between artists, scientists and business for the creation of exciting and innovative
work.” For more information about SATnet visit: http://ww2.smu.ac.uk/satnet/
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-met-launches-new-network/

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Swansea Met Professor Receives First University of Wales Alliance Research Chair
A Swansea Metropolitan University Professor has become the first recipient of a University
of Wales sponsored Alliance Research Chair which will further enhance the University’s
work with industries across Wales. Professor Kelvin Donne is the Dean of Swansea Met’s
Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering. The Chair has been created as part of the
University of Wales’s commitment to working in partnership with the institutions in Wales
that offer University of Wales’ degrees. This has led to the creation of the ‘University of
Wales Alliance’ whose primary goal is to develop new strategic initiatives that will
contribute to the economic, social, cultural and intellectual well-being of Wales. This is the
first of five University of Wales Research Chairs. The Chairs will act as focal points for
work on pan-Alliance initiatives and will also work with the University of Wales’ prestigious
industry-based programme, the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships (POWIS).
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-met-professor-receives-first-university-of-wales-alliance-research-chair/


Gorseinon College celebrates Beacon Award for Engagement with Employers
Gorseinon College has marked its Association of Colleges Beacon Award with a
celebratory event. The UK-wide Beacon Awards provide national recognition for
excellence and innovation, as well as acknowledging the talents of staff at all levels.
Gorseinon College won the Welsh Assembly Government Award for College Engagement
with Employers, specifically for its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) provision, a
programme for collaboration between business, further education, universities and
research organisations. Gill Davies, Director of Innovation at Gorseinon College, stated
that the College is very proud of its KTP provision and has benefited from working with
over 60 companies. Projects have covered a diverse range of subjects but the emphasis
has been on IT, business and management. A recently completed project with
Clynderwen Farm Co-operative resulted in the development of a software system to
introduce e-commerce and electronic management to their wholesale and retail network.
As a result, turnover has increased by 10%, the graduate has been employed by the
company, and the project has been named runner-up for the Best KTP Project, Wales
Award. In addition, the College has won the Best Short KTP Project Programme Award.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/gorseinon-college-celebrates-beacon-award-for-engagement-with-employers/


Celtic Enterprise - Winners with a twist
A team of young entrepreneurs from Ffynone House School in Swansea has won the
Welsh Celtic Enterprise Competition. The team, ‘Jams with a Twist’ beat 21 other teams at
the event in the National Botanic Gardens and will join 7 fellow finalists at the celebration
event in Plymouth. The team had been asked to develop and market a product for the
competition. They decided to consider a way of utilising unused fruit and recycling it in a
sustainable and cost effective way. Jam making was considered as sustainable but not
unique enough to be successful by itself. By adding several unusual special ingredients
the team was able to take ‘Jam with a Twist’ to market. The judges were enthused with the
idea of flavours such as ‘Strawberry and Black Pepper’, ‘Raspberry and Mint’ and ‘Pear
and Nutmeg’. The Ffynone team now go on to Plymouth where they will be faced with an
unseen business challenge and participate in a team building event. Sofia Grammenos,
manager of ‘Jams with a Twist’ commented, “It was a really great day which we all
thoroughly enjoyed. It would have been worth it for the experience even if we hadn’t won!”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/celtic-enterprise-winners-with-a-twist/




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                                     Development Update
Progress for Swansea University £500 million campus
Plans for a £500 million university campus off Fabian Way have taken a big stride forward.
Swansea University has submitted an outline planning application for the development,
which is to be called The Bay Science and Innovation Campus. A 21-day consultation
period began once the plans, which are part private and part publicly-funded, were
registered with Neath Port Talbot Council. Designs of the new campus show a mix of
residential, academic and research and development buildings at the former British
Petroleum site. The planned beach front campus, opposite Elba Crescent, has 1,270
parking spaces and University bosses expect it will house 4,000 students many of whom
will be working closely with science and engineering companies on site. Negotiations with
various multi-national companies are continuing, with Rolls Royce already signed up to a
new materials testing and research centre. These collaborations, it is hoped, would
generate thousands of jobs in the region. And the university hopes there will be students
on site by September 2013. To find out more visit: www.swansea.ac.uk/campusexpansion
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/progress-for-swansea-university-500-campus/


Proposed new look for key area of Swansea City Centre
Plans for a £30m overhaul of Swansea’s High Street area have been unveiled. The £30m
mixed-used regeneration scheme has been designed by Holder Mathias Architects on
behalf of Coastal Housing Group, and will provide a new-look retail frontage for Swansea
High Street while regenerating The Strand. The scheme will be split into four development
phases and comprise retail and office space, residential units with car parking and Wales’s
first Creative Cluster to accommodate creative industries in a new purpose built facility.
While it will predominantly consist of new-build offices and apartments, it will also include
re-use of the dilapidated Kings Lane Warehouse. Terry Morley, director at Holder Mathias,
said: “Our scheme proposals seek to regenerate this key site within Swansea city centre
while at the same time improving the connections between the east and west of the city
centre. The designs will help introduce new life and activity to The Strand area and
improve its links to the city by upgrading Kings Lane, which originally connected the
commercial centre of Swansea with trade focused around The Strand and the original
docks area. This will be achieved through a series of new courtyard spaces that will
provide new, vibrant places to work, live and shop.” Geoff Pettifor, Director of
Development at Coastal Housing, said: “This development has been a long time in the
planning, and a huge amount of effort has gone into acquiring the land required. We are
now in a position for the development to go ahead and look forward to there being a
tangible improvement to Swansea’s High Street in the not too distant future.”
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/proposed-new-look-for-key-area-of-swansea-city-centre/


New road scheme for Swansea
Plans for a new road to run through the middle of one of Swansea's most important areas
of industrial heritage have been given the green light. The road will link the Liberty
Stadium with New Cut Road and will open up a large area of riverside real estate for
development. Councillors voted to approve the scheme — while also calling for the history
of the area to be preserved. The new road is a key part of the ambitious Tawe Corridor
regeneration plans. Council chiefs eventually want to the see the Hafod side of the river
from the city centre to the Liberty Stadium developed. With plans for the road now in
place, the council hopes private investors will come forward with projects. Yesterday
Councillors also approved an associated planning application for that site for 52 three-
storey houses and 84 flats in five-storey blocks. The developers will be expected to fund
the section of the new road through the site, estimated to cost around £543,000.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/new-road-scheme-for-swansea/
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Go ahead given for two new Llanelli hotels
A four-star boutique hotel and a second Premier Inn in Llanelli have been given the green
light by council planners. Planning permission has been granted to build a 28-bed Premier
Travel Inn at the Sandpiper Restaurant, and a hotel with a ground floor restaurant at Le
Caprice in Llanelli town centre. Both applications were given approval by Carmarthenshire
Council's planning committee. The go ahead for the Premier Inn, which is owned by the
Whitbread Group, will mean the creation of 12 full-time jobs. Rory Dickinson, Millennium
Coastal Park Manager said: "We are delighted with anything that is going to improve visitor
numbers. Anything like this will be a boost for the town and I think it is a growing sign of
confidence in this area."
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/go-ahead-given-for-two-new-llanelli-hotels/

                         Exciting news from around the region!
Swansea Bay organisations honored for tackling Climate change
The DVLA, Corus in Llanelli and Carmarthenshire Council have all been honoured for
tacking climate change. The three were recognised at the Carbon Standards Trust dinner
in Cardiff's Hilton hotel. The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations that are
tackling climate change and have made genuine reductions in their carbon emissions
and is the world's first carbon award scheme that requires an organisation to measure,
manage and reduce its carbon footprint and make real reductions year-on-year.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/swansea-bay-organisations-honured-for-tackling-climate-change/


Welsh museums recognised for high quality education
Two Swansea Bay museums have been recognised for their high quality education
provision. The National Waterfront Museum and the National Wool Museum, Drefach
Felindre received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The Sandford Award
Scheme incorporates 200 historical sites within Britain and Ireland. The awards are made
annually and recognise quality and excellence in the educational services provided by
each provider. Steph Mastoris of the National Waterfront Museum said: “This is a
marvelous achievement by the learning team and further recognition of the super work that
we have been developing since we opened.” The free educational programme at the
National Wool Museum includes studies of the woollen industry, the industrial revolution,
clothes, materials and their properties. The museum was praised by judges for its variety
of provision, made possible by the education officer and consultants.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/welsh-museums-recognised-for-high-quality-education/


Hurns boss Connie Parry wins Welsh business woman title
A woman who is leading the family brewing firm she joined as a teenage school leaver has
been named Wales' businesswoman of the year. Connie Parry, chief executive officer of
Swansea-based Hurns Brewing Company, landed the top title in the Welsh Women Mean
Business Awards (WWMB) in Cardiff. Hurns employs more than 60 people, has an
independent chain of pubs across Wales and owns the Tomos Watkins brand of beers.
Connie Parry entered the best manufacturing business run by a woman category. Ms
Parry said: "I'm hoping the next five years will see Hurns become the number one brewery
in Wales. I'm really proud of how far the company has come over the years, it has taken a
lot of hard work and we have overcome a lot of obstacles but it has been worth it."
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/hurns-boss-connie-parry-wins-welsh-business-woman-title/




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Dylan Thomas Prize is launched
Some of the literary world’s most respected names gathered in Boston in March for the
launch of the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Professor Peter Stead,
chairman of the prize, said: “The University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize has a global
reach and focus, so we wanted to reaffirm its international status by launching the 2010
award overseas.” But he pointed out that key events will be taking place in Wales,
including the announcement of the winner in Swansea later this year. The Dylan Thomas
Prize honours young writers for published work in the broad range of literary forms. Those
who make the shortlist will be invited to the UK to take part in key events, as well as
participating in an educational outreach programme. Entries for this year’s prize must be
submitted by April 30. Writers must be 18 to 30 years old and the literary works must have
been published within the past year to be eligible.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/dylan-thomas-prize-is-launched/


Another great year for Afan Forest Park
Over 40 Canadian journalists have chosen to visit Afan Forest Park to witness the famous
mountain bike trails and Forest Park that keeps on making the news for all the right
reasons. Afan Forest Park’s 2009 figures show that over 80,000 mountain bikers visited
the Forest Park, all wanting to try what many have quoted, as some of the 'best trails to
ride in the world'. The figures also showed that Afan Forest Park was also a popular
destination for walking, visited by thousands each year. The Canadian journalists had the
opportunity to experience what Afan Forest Park has to offer, as part of the Travel Media
Association of Canada (TMAC) annual conference to Wales organized by Visit Wales.
This was the fist time for the conference to be held outside of Canada. Their visit included
a guided walk of the forest park and lunch in the newly renovated Afan Lodge.
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/another-great-year-for-afan-forest-park/


Aberglasney gardens inspire Iris Gower
Aberglasney house and gardens in Carmarthenshire has been mentioned in literature
since the 15th century and now Swansea novelist Iris Gower has chosen it as the setting
for her latest novel, House of Shadows. In keeping with the house’s long history, there are
many old tales associated with it. One of the most famous of these tales will feature in the
new novel. The novel is based on the local legend of five serving girls who all died at the
house in mysterious circumstances. Mrs Gower, who has written more than 40 books, all
set in and around South West Wales, visited Aberglasney, where coins dating back to
1288 were found in the Cloister garden, to get a feel for the setting. House of Shadows is
published by Severn House Publishers and will be released in hardback in May
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/news/aberglasney-gardens-inspire-iris-gower/


                                      Events and Activities

 GENERAL EVENTS

Easter holiday events
1 – 19 April                                              Venues throughout Swansea Bay
http://www.abayoflife.com/en/school-holiday-events/
With an extensive range of activities, festivals and performances you’re bound to find
something to entertain the family in Swansea Bay, from bushcraft and environment days in
Margam Park, pond dipping and arts and crafts at WWT National Wetland Centre Wales
and animal antics at Plantasia you’ll be spoilt for choice.


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Shelf Life
7 – 25 April                                         The Old Central Library, Swansea
http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/performances.php?id=60
Joining forces with Volcano Theatre and Welsh National Opera, National Theatre Wales
takes over the evocative domed reading room of Swansea's old library. Follow a choir of
librarians through the abandoned book stacks on a journey to whisper about for a very
long time.

Radcliffe on Trent and Dunvant Male Voice Choirs
9 April, 7pm                                 St Benedicts RC Church, Uplands, Swansea
In their first visit to Swansea Bay, the Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir join the Dunvant
Male Voice Choir and a special guest artiste in concert. Tickets cost £5/6 and are
available by calling Eric Jones on 01792 873435 or Roy Morris on 01792 873965.

Oklahoma!
13 April                                             Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot
http://www.neath-porttalbot.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2487&event_id=5434
The story of Curly the Cowboy and his fight for the affections of Laurey is loved and known
the world over. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first show together Oklahoma! Features a
wealth of classic songs including 'Oh What a Beautiful Mornin', 'The Surrey With the Fringe
on Top', 'People Will Say We're in Love', and 'Oklahoma', this outstanding show is
guaranteed to give audiences a wonderful time.

Niall Griffiths talk and book reading
16 April, 3.30pm                                        Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6379
Acclaimed Welsh author Niall Griffiths will be visiting the Glynn Vivian to discuss his back
catalogue of work and talk about his more recent projects such as his book reviews and
travel writing, including the honest and frank depictions of ‘Real Aberystwyth’ and ‘Real
Liverpool’.

Murder Mystery Evening - May Ball Mayhem
23 April, 7pm                                         Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
The Brandon family's ball, being held in aid of fallen women, ends up containing a fallen
corpse.... Can you spot the murderer? The evening includes a welcome drink, a three
course dinner and plenty of fun.

Gorseinon Food Festival
24 April, 9.30am – 5 pm                                        Gorseinon, Swansea
http://www.gdt.org.uk/foodfestival/index.html
The inaugural Gorseinon Food Festival will feature trade stands from over 80 local
businesses and food producers and celebrate the very best in local produce from the
‘Mountains and the Sea’.

Cwtch Exhibition
Until 24 April                                       Black Mountain Centre, Brynaman
http://www.brynaman.org.uk/index.html
Following the installation of a Swansea Met student’s 20ft hand knitted wool blanket deep
in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park, Ann Jordan’s Cwtch exhibition is comprised
of various images from the project as well as film footage of the blanket’s journey and a
fictional story written and narrated by Ann herself.



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Mediterranean Weekend
24 & 25 April                           National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne
http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/en/72.html
Visit the Garden of Wales to see Mediterranean botany, crafts a food fair and live
entertainment.

Spring Antiques and Flea Market
25 April, 10am – 4pm                         United Counties Show Ground, Carmarthen
http://www.towyevents.co.uk/
Dealers and private sellers alike bring all manner of antiques, collectables and just plain
second-hand goods for sale! This is great fun, with stands both inside and out, and
regularly attracts large crowds of bargain hunters.

Admiral 2010 Mumbles Mostly Blues and Jazz Festival
30 April – 3 May                                Venues throughout Mumbles, Swansea
www.mumblesmostlyjazzandblues.co.uk
The sixth festival presents a world-class programme of music by the seaside for the May
Bank Holiday weekend. The theme for this years festival is the Year of Women in Blues &
Jazz and headlining will be three remarkable bands led by top women singers: Scottish
blues diva Maggie Bell, Serbian-born Ana and first lady of British jazz Claire Martin.

 BUSINESS EVENTS:

Question Time West Wales - A 21st Century Economy or Poor Relation?
15 April, 6pm                                    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
http://www.accaglobal.com/databases/events/wales/3307293
ACCA Cymru/Wales is hosting a business debate which will explore the issues
surrounding Swansea's economic future and the region's ability to compete. How vibrant a
business location is Swansea? What do we want our future business landscape to look
like? What are the obstacles in attracting major employers to the region and how can they
be overcome? Which parallels can be drawn from other thriving cities? Join the debate
with a panel of experts including Dr Dai Lloyd AC/AM Plaid Assembly Member South
Wales West, Dr John Ball, Senior Lecturer, Swansea Business School and Councillor
Chris Holley, Leader, Swansea City and County Council.

CMI Resources for Managers and Business
22 April, 6pm                                      Swansea Metropolitan University
http://www.managers.org.uk/events
Hear about and discuss members' experience of the benefits of CMI membership. To
reserve your space or for more information contact Win Hawkins on 01792 413639 or
email win.hawkins@ntlworld.com.

Swansea Business Club Lunch
23 April, 12.30pm for 1pm                                      Marriott Hotel, Swansea
http://www.swanseabusinessclub.com/
Join members of the Swansea Business Club for lunch and listen to guest speaker Tim
Jones, formerly managing director of Rolls Royce, South East Asia.

Free energy procurement seminar
27 April, 8.30am                           Technium Performance Engineering, Llanelli
http://www.southwaleschamber.co.uk/show_event.asp?id=178
If you want practical advice on reducing your energy bills this is the event for you. The
seminar is designed for those responsible for managing utility procurement. Places are
limited so secure yours today by emailing info@southwaleschamber.co.uk
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Light Bite Workshop: Buying & Selling a Business
28 April, 7.45 am                John Collins & Partners LLP, Swansea Enterprise Park
http://www.southwaleschamber.co.uk/show_event.asp?id=179
Delivered by Partner and expert in this area of the law, Mike Williams. The workshop will
cover the following areas: What you can do to prepare for a sale; what a buyer will be
looking for; types of sale; what to expect and common problems. A light breakfast will be
provided.

South Wales Evening Post & Swansea Bay Business Life Business Show
29 April, 4pm – 7pm                                      The Dragon Hotel, Swansea
www.thisissouthwales.co.uk
Network with like minded businesses from across Swansea Bay, browse the trade
exhibition and hear from special guest speakers Nick Leeson – the world’s most famous
stock broker, Sean Holley – Head Coach of the Ospreys and Ron Mounsey – MD of
Lonetree Ltd McDonalds. For more information contact Andrew Davies: 01792 514544 or
Eleri Walters: 01792 514112.

                                       Contact
Ruth Dockerty
Communications and Marketing Executive
Swansea Bay Futures Ltd,
Llys Tawe,
Kings Road,                            Tel:          01792 634662
Swansea                                E-mail:       Ruth.Dockerty@swansea.gov.uk
SA1 8PG                                Website:      http://www.abayoflife.com/




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