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One of Ashmole & Co’s longest serving Partners set to retire

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Christine, Sam and Rob

ROB VAUGHAN, one of Ashmole & Co’s longest serving partners, is putting his calculator away for the final time at the end of this month when he is set to retire.

Rob joined the accountancy firm as a qualified accountant in 1995. Born and bred in Haverfordwest he worked in the town centre office for four years before moving to become a Partner in the Swansea office in 1999. After moving to Swansea, he also worked for a day a week in the Ammanford office for a few years.

A lot of changes have taken place during Rob’s time with Ashmole & Co. When he started there were just three main offices in Carmarthen, Ammanford and Haverfordwest. The nature of the work has also drastically changed with advances in technology over the years. 

Rob said, “The years have flown by. I’m pleased to say that some of my clients have been with me since I started all those years ago and I’ve worked with some fantastic businesses including ones that have now been passed down through generations of the family. It has been a privilege to work with and help so many local companies and individuals.”

Rob has worked with Evan Pritchard Contractors Ltd since his early days in Haverfordwest as well as Knight and Brenchley Tool Hire in Swansea, to name just two on his long list of clients.  

Although sad to say goodbye to Rob, the Swansea office has taken advantage of this opportunity to promote two new Partners who will be looking to expand the team further and take on additional staff in the future. When Rob became Partner of the Swansea office there were six staff and as he leaves there are 13 members of the team.

Sam Keith and Christine Daultrey will join Dave Morgan as the resident Partners in the firm’s Swansea office from 1 April 2022.

Sam qualified with a first-class honours degree in Accountancy and Finance from Cardiff University in 2007 and became a qualified accountant (senior member of the team) in 2010 after passing her ACCA professional examinations. She lives in Port Talbot and is married with two children. During her spare time she helps coach rugby with Aberavon Green Stars and she also trains and teaches karate, something she has been doing since she was 9 years old.

Christine worked for a printing company based in Llansamlet before joining Ashmole & Co.

She qualified with an accountancy practice in Bridgend where she worked for four years. She then moved to Hammond & Davies accountants before it was acquired by Ashmole & Co. Christine has worked with Ashmole & Co since April 2016. She lives in Cwmtwrch. Christine represents Ashmole & Co at the networking group BNI (Liberty Chapter) and in her spare time enjoys walking her dogs with her partner Phill.

Rob is looking forward to pursuing other interests after he retires. He’s hoping to travel more and will have time to train his new rescue dog as well as enjoy running and cycling. Rob was part of the Ashmole & Co team that ran Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Wales Air Ambulance. You can donate to the team’s justgiving page here: Vinal Patel is fundraising for Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (justgiving.com)

Ashmole & Co Chartered, Certified Accountants is celebrating its 125th anniversary as they have been established since 1897 and are one of the largest accountancy and auditing practices in Wales, operating from 13 offices throughout south and west Wales.

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New recycling facility opens for Carmarthenshire businesses

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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 – Carmarthenshire.gov.wales/recycling

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

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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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Community groups receive a share of cash from Ogi’s community fund ‘Cefnogi’

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COMMUNITY groups across Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan have each received a cash injection, thanks to Ogi’s new ‘Cefnogi’ local support fund.

Wales’s homegrown internet company, Ogi has given over £4,000 so far to community groups in Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan, to date, with everything from community gardens to coffee mornings being supported by the broadband provider’s micro-fund.

Building on the company’s sponsorship of local grassroots activities at Haverfordwest AFC, Llantwit Major RFC and Portskewett and Sudbrook FC, the ‘Cefnogi’ micro-fund offers small, local groups a cash injection to support activities that directly benefit their communities.

Speaking about the fund, Head of Brand and Engagement, Sarah Vining, said: “Investing in our communities is an important part of our plan to bring full fibre connectivity to towns and villages across south Wales.

“This initiative, bringing small, but no less vital, cash injections to thriving local community groups is our way of giving back to those that are providing much needed support locally.”

The fund, set up by the regional Community Liaison team, offers grants of around £250 to local grassroots groups in the broadband providers roll our areas.

Community Liaison Officer, Martin Jones, one of the team who originally came up with the idea for the fund, said: “I’m thrilled to see so many groups being supported by the ‘Cefnogi’ fund.

“Community really is at the heart of all we do here at Ogi, and giving back through our micro-fund is making a real difference to the local groups we support.”

Ogi’s support extends to volunteering opportunities too, with teams across the businesses having supported the clearing of residents gardens, hosting coffee mornings and redeveloping community spaces.

For more information on the ‘Cefnogi’ micro-fund visit www.ogi.wales/support

The latest round of the fund is accepting applications until the end of October 2022.

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