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Owens Group shifts gear to join Pall-Ex Group

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CARMARTHENSHIRE based haulage firm Owens Group has strengthened its service offering by becoming shareholder members of Pall-Ex Group.

The family-owned business is a renowned name in the transport industry, employing around 1,000 people across the UK. Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, commemorated with a special one-off livery.

Reaching this milestone is testament to the quality lead approach of the business and its drive to deliver constant improvements for its stakeholders.

One such advancement is the recent opening of its new flagship facility in Bynea, supporting the business with its logistics, pallet distribution, bulk haulage, and express & home delivery services.

The Group’s quality is backed up by a range of accreditations and awards, including CILT National Road Safety Award, FORS Bronze accreditation and ADR certifications.

This commitment to excellence is a value it shares with Pall-Ex Group and its shareholder members across the whole of the UK.

Owens Group joined Pall-Ex in February and took ownership of longstanding Fortec member Celtic Couriers in late 2021.

For the Pall-Ex network, Owens Group covers parts of the CF postcode area, whilst Celtic Couriers makes collections and deliveries throughout the SA postcode area for the Fortec network.

From day one, Owens Group has been a family business, founded by Huw Owen in 1972. Now Group Chairman, Huw was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to employment and the community in Llanelli and South Wales.

Overseeing the daily operation of the business is Ian Owen, Managing Director of Owens Group.

Speaking about the factors that made the business choose to become shareholders in Pall-Ex Group, Ian comments: “Being a part of the Pall-Ex and Fortec networks will give the Group another service offering for its customers, with a euro pallet option alongside the standard pallet option.

“As shareholder members, we are working with likeminded, dedicated transport companies who are all invested in the success of the network.

“We are proud to have such a successful history as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, and this is just the next step in our success story.”

Pall-Ex Group’s Managing Director – UK Business Units, Barry Byers, oversees the Pall-Ex and Fortec networks.

He visited Ian and the team in Llanelli to welcome them and to see the celebratory livery himself.

Excited to have Owens Group onboard, Barry comments: “Owens Group have a rich history of quality, pride and success and are a renowned name in UK and European logistics.

“I speak for everyone at Pall-Ex Group when I say we are very excited to welcome them to both of our networks where they will deliver excellence throughout South Wales.

“Welcoming Owens Group to our networks signifies that Pall-Ex Group’s shareholder opportunities are the best in the sector, and that our model works!”

To find out more about Pall-Ex Groups shareholder membership offering, please visit: https://www.pallex.co.uk/become-a-member/.

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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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