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Steel troubles ‘suggest core industry crisis’



Rising energy costs and global competition: Left steel industry ‘vulnerable’

Rising energy costs and global competition:
Left steel industry ‘vulnerable’

PLAID CYMRU’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth has warned that the current crisis in the steel industry is an indicator of potential problems across Wales’ foundation industries. Rhun ap Iorwerth warned that the steel industry’s troubles were a ‘canary in the mine’ warning of deeper problems across a range of core industries. Figures highlighted by Plaid Cymru show decline in the turnover in some of Wales’ core industries, such as the chemical industry and the production of basic metals. Total GVA of the Foundation Industries in Wales has declined by 39% in recent years – from £2.8 billion in 2008 to £1.7 billion in 2013.

Rhun ap Iorwerth called on the Welsh Government to take action to help industries combat high energy costs, and also says said Governments should look for maximum flexibility in the use of EU procurement rules. Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said: “Rising energy costs, competition from global markets and a lack of support from both the Welsh and UK governments have left Wales’ steel industry vulnerable. But these problems are not exclusive to steel, and we should view the problems in the steel industry as a canary in the mine warning for all of Wales’ core industries.

“Figures show that the threat to our economy runs far deeper than steel, but affects the range of industries that our economy is built upon. This includes the chemical industry, other metals, and wood products. Wales’ foundation industries have witnessed a steep decline of almost 40% since 2008. “We need to take action now before it’s too late. We know that high energy prices for industries are a problem, and we need to explore how we can reduce these costs. But UK governments should work with the EU to ensure maximum flexibility in use of procurement legislation so that they can better protect British industry.”

A Welsh government spokesman said: “We have raised with the UK government over several years our concerns about the impact high UK energy prices are having on the competitiveness of our industries and again call on them to address this major problem. “The economy minister has setup an industry-led task group to gather examples of good procurement practices and to identify support other EU countries have provided to their steel industries.”

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



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

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

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