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Carmarthenshire logistics firm diversifies after record 2020



LOCAL logistics company, Celtic Couriers, is looking to diversify after the most challenging yet successful year in its 31-year history.

The business, based in Burry Port, saw an incredible rise in demand for its parcel collection and delivery services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now looking to introduce two new pallet options to satisfy the growing demand for residential deliveries.

The increased demand for parcels has spurred the management team at Celtic Couriers to now turn its attention to the other side of its operation, palletised freight distribution.

With many local companies seeing their e-commerce boom, business owners are searching for more cost-effective logistics options.

As a shareholder member of Fortec Distribution Network, Celtic Couriers offer economical quality palletised freight solutions, which was recently bolstered with the introduction of innovative new pallet sizes. 

The Micro and Full Light pallet sizes provide customers with a palletised freight option for lighter goods and a viable alternative to oversized parcels.

Gareth Jenkins is Managing Director of Celtic Couriers and he explains why a positive year in 2020 has allowed him and the team to now focus on their pallet service offering.

He comments: “The last year has been unlike anything we have seen before. The pandemic forced businesses to completely change the way they operated and the public had to change the way they purchased items. 

“Thankfully, we have a great team who adapted very quickly to a new way of working to ensure the record volumes were delivered. We all took great pride in delivering all the important PPE to our hospitals and care homes and now hopefully we can all see some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

“With the new pallet sizes from Fortec, we feel now is the perfect time to support businesses in the area who are looking for new services they can rely on to get their products to their end users.”

Celtic Couriers has been a member of Fortec, which last year became part of The Pall-Ex Group of Companies, since 2003.

Barry Byers, Pall-Ex Group’s Managing Director for UK Business Units, which includes Fortec, describes why the new pallet sizes should benefit Celtic Couriers.

He comments: “We have a strong desire to grow the Fortec Distribution Network throughout the UK, and long-standing members such as Celtic Couriers are key to that ambition.

“I am really pleased that Gareth and the team have enjoyed so much success in recent months and I hope that the innovative service offering we have designed will now help them achieve similar success with palletised freight.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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New recycling facility opens for Carmarthenshire businesses



A new commercial waste recycling centre located in Nantycaws has been launched today (Monday October 31) by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with CWM Environmental Ltd.

Located next to Nantycaws Household Waste Recycling Centre, the new facility will focus on providing an outlet for businesses in Carmarthenshire to recycle their waste responsibly, with the waste collected at the site recycled or re-used to create sustainable products whenever possible.

The paid for service accepts a range of materials including metal, cardboard, plastic, plasterboard, soil, hardcore, paint, glass, asbestos (double bagged), large white goods including fridges and mixed general waste.

Costs will be competitive to encourage as many businesses as possible to use the facility and will vary depending on the type and amount of waste presented.

A valid waste carrier’s certificate and waste transfer note will be required to use the site.

Cllr Edward Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste and Infrastructure Services said: “We hope to significantly increase the amount of waste being recycled from businesses in Carmarthenshire thanks to the introduction of this new recycling centre in Nantycaws”.

“Our long-term ambition is to change the perception of recycling for businesses by supporting them to recycle as much as possible. We want to promote responsible waste practices in the county and minimise the levels of business waste being presented at our household waste recycling centres, which has risen in recent months.

The new commercial recycling centre will help to achieve Carmarthenshire’s ambition of delivering a circular economy throughout the county as well as becoming a leader in recycling and re-use within Wales.

For more information visit the recycling section of the Council’s website –

A circular economy focuses on eliminating waste by cutting down on throw away consumption and turning materials that would have previously been sent to landfill into a valuable resource.

This project has been funded through Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund.

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National Botanic Garden of Wales welcomes new director



Dr Lucy Sutherland is the new Director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

She has joined the Welsh institution from her role as a strategic consultant to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust which manages the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

She started in her new job on Monday October 24.

Dr Sutherland said: “It is an exciting and rare chance to lead a relatively young botanic garden through its next phase of maturity.

“It is also a unique opportunity at a time when the global population is facing multiple crises and there is growing ambition and support for addressing climate change and continuing efforts towards biodiversity conservation and a sustainable future.”

Dr Sutherland sees the National Botanic Garden of Wales as “continuing to have a critical role in this agenda.”

She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide and was previously the Director of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in South Australia, Acting Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Co-ordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.

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