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Through to the final: Ysgol Laugharne’s successful team with the ‘super troopers’

PRIMARY school children from across Carmarthenshire took part in a competition to find and nurture the most promising young business talent in Wales.

Enterprise Troopers, the annual competition run by Big Ideas Wales – part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service – brings together 5 to 11 year olds from across the country, with participating learners joining together in teams to run their own enterprises, selling merchandise and services of their choosing in their schools and local communities.

Of the 15 primary schools from South West Wales that took part in the regional final, the four most exciting business ideas of the key stage two pupils will now head to the national final at Wales Millennium Centre on July 4. They will battle it out against other young entrepreneurs from across Wales, and present their shortlisted idea to a number of Big Ideas Wales Role Models and entrepreneurs in a bid to win the national title.

Pupils from schools including Peniel Community School and Ysgol Llys Hywel wowed the judges at the regional final of the Enterprise Troopers Competition at Folly Farm in Kilgetty, which saw 64 pupils from 16 teams in the region showcase their innovative business ideas for the future.

The competition aims to encourage creativity and business skills in young people, and challenges pupils across Wales to develop their own business ideas ahead of a national final in Cardiff next month. The intention being that the skills they learn and develop will ultimately provide them with an advantage when they eventually enter the workplace, or look to establish their own businesses.

One of the four successful schools came from Carmarthen, with Ysgol Laugharne impressing the judges with their ‘bags for life’ business idea.

Speaking at the event, Kimberley Perry, Ysgol Laugharne headteacher said: “Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the Enterprise Troopers event particularly the fun workshops and presenting our project to the judges. We are so proud of them for showing so much creativity throughout the process and for working so closely with local businesses and the community. We’re looking forward to the final now and crossing our fingers for more success there!”

Showing their support for the pupils at each regional final are four ‘super-troopers’, each representing the key attributes of entrepreneurship: attitude, creativity, relationships and organisation.

As well as the Pembrokeshire event, three other regional finals are taking place across Wales this month– in Blaenau Gwent, Llandudno and Swansea – ahead of the day-long national final in Cardiff in July​.​

The event’s headline sponsor, Hugh Evans, owner of Caernarfon Airport and Cardiff Heliport, said of the launch: “Encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in children from an early age  allows them to develop life skills and talents that are essential to their development.

“It’s clear that so many of the children who presented their business ideas today are budding young entrepreneurs and it is my hope that they continue to develop their entrepreneurial outlook and business ventures over the years to come.”

Cheryl Gourlay, Enterprise Manager at NatWest said: “Enterprise Troopers is a fantastic opportunity for primary school children to practise and develop skills which will be important in the world of work, including teamwork, creativity, working to deadlines and budgeting. These will be vital to them whether they go on to set up their own businesses or not.

“We’ve seen plenty of these skills on display at today’s event as well as lots of promising business ideas. The future of enterprise in Wales certainly looks bright.”

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Theft witnesses sought after John Street incident

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POLICE are looking for witnesses after a woman had money stolen from her in Carmarthen a fortnight ago.

The incident, which was described as ‘theft of money from a female’ by Carmarthen West Neighbourhood Policing Team, occurred by the public toilets in John Street Car Park on Wednesday November 29 between 10.45 and 11am.

The man police wish to speak to is white, in his fifties, and around 5’4” tall. He was described as ‘very very thin and weedy looking’, with a weathered look, a camel-coloured jacket, blue jeans, and dark grey untidy shoes.

His hair was straight, cut tidily to the back of his neck, with a fringe, and he spoke with a Welsh accent.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody

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A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county

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SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/education-schools/emergency-school-closures#.Wi5Sokpl_IU

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