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Keep the office germ-free this summer

South Wales Argus: Woman sweeping crumpled paper (8157474)

9:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Office cleaning is essential throughout the year, but, it is even more crucial when it comes to the warm weather we have been experiencing of late, as the office environment becomes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

Should holiday pay include commission?

South Wales Argus: Luke Welsh

9:34am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

As holiday season is upon us and people’s minds are drifting to thoughts of relaxing on a tropical beach with a book in one hand and a pina colada in the other, a recent case held by the European Court of Justice has ruled that an employee’s commission should be taken into consideration when calculating their holiday pay.

Making the most of your conference

South Wales Argus: (8157439)

9:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Organising a conference or event for your business can be great for external or internal relations, it can also be a daunting task.

First Welsh woman president for Law Institute

South Wales Argus: Frances Edwards

9:14am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Newport-born Frances Edwards has become the 51st president, and the first Welsh woman president, of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Boutique brings style and choice to High Street

South Wales Argus: Moving away from the Internet: from left Ruth Headon UK Steel Enterprise, Ceri Nash and Louise Harris Blaenau Gwent Council

9:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Local choice for local people is the aim of Ceri Nash’s new boutique for youngsters.

Mercedes-Benz Arocs goes to waste for GD Environmental

South Wales Argus: GD Environmental’s general manager (West) Mike Underwood with one of the new truck. Mike is in charge of the fleet

9:03am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Fast-growing waste management specialist GD Environmental Services is running its first examples from the all-new Mercedes-Benz Arocs truck range.

Tiger Wales expands its operations and creates new jobs

8:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Danish retail brand Tiger is expanding its operations in Wales by opening a new 195 sq metre store in Cwmbran, which is set to create 10 new jobs.

Welsh big businesses back M4 Relief Road

South Wales Argus: NOSE TO TAIL: M4 traffic in Newport

7:40am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FOUR leading business organisations have written an open letter to the Welsh Government urging the transport minister to “push forward” with plans to build the M4 relief road.

Innovative mobile technology app showcased at event for independent retailers

South Wales Argus: Peter O’Toole and RMS’ marketing assistant Ronja Moln

10:38am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Independent retailers have been given an opportunity to discover how innovative smartphone-based technology can improve the service they offer, and drive customer loyalty.

Financially speaking

South Wales Argus: (2869206)

10:28am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Now that we appear to have emerged from the recession, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has been criticised by many commentators (myself included) for the apparent failure of their so-called quantitative easing policy.

PHP Genie expands into the USA and forecasts turnover will hit £5 million mark in three years

South Wales Argus: The Incubator, Miami

10:04am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Newport-based web developers PHP Genie forecast turnover will rise from £500,000 to £5m within three years following their expansion into the US with the opening of a new office in Miami, Florida.

Newport steel firm secures £1m Finance Wales loan to reach Olympic-sized ambitions

South Wales Argus: Left to right: Alan Jones at BPU Accountants, Richard Selby at Pro Steel Engineering and Oliver Jenkins at Finance Wales

10:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A South Wales-based steel specialist has secured a £1m loan from Finance Wales to complete a high-profile project at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Viaggio UK adds expert touch to Newport beauty boutique launch

South Wales Argus: One Touch: Owner Andrea Stephens

9:54am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A VIP launch of Newport’s One Touch Health and Beauty Boutique will take place at the end of this month.

Mitel appointment sharpens focus on maintaining leadership in Europe and growing strategic markets

South Wales Argus: Graham Bevington, Mitel’s newly-appointed executive vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa

9:38am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Global business communications firm Mitel, which has its UK base in Caldicot, has appointed Graham Bevington as executive vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

When business becomes personal

South Wales Argus: 87509373 (3387735)

9:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Most of us would agree that a company’s employees are its greatest asset and high employee productivity is the heartbeat of a successful business. But when staff are distracted and unhappy due to personal issues, their work suffers, and ultimately so does the company.

20 questions...

South Wales Argus: (8111036)

9:26am Tuesday 15th July 2014

1. How did you get into your current job?

Cwtch is shortlisted for top blogging award

South Wales Argus: Maria Farrelly

9:22am Tuesday 15th July 2014

One of Wales’ leading wedding blogs, Cwtch The Bride, has been shortlisted for the coveted ‘Best Wedding Blog’ award at this year’s Cosmopolitan Magazine blog awards.

Chepstow firm seals mobile future

South Wales Argus: Production director Vince Johnson and managing director Nick Jones show off S&D Sealants new app

9:17am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A new mobile app is helping a Chepstow-based sealant specialist achieve its ambitious growth target of doubling its turnover within two years, by enabling improved staff efficiency.

Chartered surveyors provide ‘vantastic’ Three Peaks Challenge support for Tenovus cancer charity

South Wales Argus: Vantastic: Liz Wilson, of Tenovus with left to right, Paul Edwards, performance and technology manager at Marshalls  and Haydn Thomas, of Hutchings and Thomas,  picking up the vehicle from Cwmbran van hire

9:12am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Newport-based chartered Surveyors Hutchings & Thomas helped a charity fundraising Three Peaks challenge run more smoothly by arranging transport for a group of entrants.

‘Manifesto for Work’ test needed to sustain economic recovery

South Wales Argus: Nerissa Williams

9:09am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Next year's general election will require policy programmes which pass the ‘Manifesto for Work’ test if the economic recovery is to be sustained, according to the professional body for HR and people development.

Survey reveals recruitment frustration in Newport as recovery continues

South Wales Argus: Graham Morgan

8:46am Tuesday 15th July 2014

More businesses in Newport are finding it difficult to recruit the right people, according to the South Wales Chamber of Commerce’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey.

Look of Celtic Manor convention centre revealed

South Wales Argus:

10:56am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE Celtic Manor have revealed how their planned Wales International Convention Centre will look.

Big boosts for Welsh tech sector

South Wales Argus: 57339832 (3528557)

12:32am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Welsh Government’s flagship technology event, Digital 2014, continues today in Newport, following the announcement last night of a number of major new projects to boost the ICT and digital sectors across Wales.

Topstak opens new Monmouth store

10:52am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Topstak, a market leader in woodstoves and interiors, has opened a new showroom in Monmouth.

New co-working hub for entrepreneurs in Torfaen

South Wales Argus: Found of Indy Cube Mark Hooper with Councillor Gwyneira Clark, executive member for housing, planning and public protection at Torfaen council

10:19am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Torfaen council has teamed up with the co-working network Indycube to offer affordable office space for small businesses, new start-ups and social enterprises, at the Corn Bin in Garndiffaith.

Chepstow dentists move into new home

South Wales Argus: Gaenor Davison, left, and Alison Jones, right, with Neil Williams of NatWest in the dentist’s chair

10:13am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Two dentists who have worked in Chepstow for three decades between them are celebrating moving into a new surgery of their own in the town centre.

Car auction business achieves milestone

South Wales Argus: Ian Higson, manager, Newport-based Auction4Cars

10:05am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Newport-based Auction4Cars is celebrating selling its 100,000th car – just five years after it was launched.

Health cash plan provider to target new business with latest appointment

South Wales Argus: L-R Glyn Dorking and Andy Wilkins

10:05am Tuesday 8th July 2014

One of Wales’ longest established healthcare organisations has strengthened its senior team with a new appointment as it aims to target new business and expand its reputation.

Society launches £25,000 fund to celebrate financial milestone

10:01am Tuesday 8th July 2014

This year, Newport-based Monmouthshire Building Society, one of Wales’ largest and most successful financial institutions, hits a major financial milestone – £1bn in assets.

Business training is recipe for success

South Wales Argus: (From back to front) Jamie Jones, Abdel Moneah Dhouibi, Monika Szymczak, Maureen Powell

10:01am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Staff working for a food production company in Abergavenny are helping the business go from strength to strength – thanks to workplace training from Coleg Gwent’s business team.

Ty-Hafan appoints Newport businessman as first corporate ambassador

South Wales Argus: TOP FUNDRAISER: Corporate ambassador Lloyd Davies with (left to right) Sara Webber, Ruth Kearney and Alison Stallard, of Ty-Hafan

9:57am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Lloyd Davies, managing director of Newport property lawyers, Convey Law, has been appointed as Ty-Hafan’s first corporate ambassador.

New chairman for Caerphilly ventilation manufacturer

South Wales Argus: Nuaire CEO Mark Huxtable and chairman Kevin Sargeant

9:49am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Caerphilly-based ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has announced the appointment of Kevin Sargeant as its new chairman.

New business is the icing on the cake

South Wales Argus: On the rise: from left , Sally Jones Blaenau Gwent Council, Ruth Headon UK Steel Enterprise and Deborah Love

9:45am Tuesday 8th July 2014

After recovering from a serious illness, Deborah Love was looking for a new challenge in life.

Bridgepoint sells specialist manufacturer SPTS Technologies Group for approximately $370m

South Wales Argus: Kevin Crofton

9:43am Tuesday 8th July 2014

SPTS Technologies Group, which has a manufacturing facility in Newport, has been sold by Bridgepoint to Israel-based Orbotech Ltd for around $370m.

Torfaen Business Voice networking event

South Wales Argus: Deborah Spedding, Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt and David Griffiths, Griffiths & James Limited

9:35am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Torfaen Business Voice held a networking event at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran when the guest speaker was Steve Dalton, managing director of Sony UK.

From the director's mouth

South Wales Argus: ROBERT LLOYD-GRIFFITHS (1329756)

9:29am Tuesday 8th July 2014

There was plenty going on at the Celtic Manor Resort this weekend with The Celebrity Cup, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play The Twenty Ten Course, which was, of course, built to stage The 2010 Ryder Cup.

Gwent businesses prepare showcase at Made in the UK

South Wales Argus: SPTS Technologies

9:18am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Nine companies, including a number from Gwent, will be representing Wales at the first Made in the UK Awards in Liverpool later this month.

Budding entrepreneurs sought for graduate scheme

South Wales Argus: (L-R) Dave Sadler, Manager, Acorn IT Division, and Raman Mistry, COE, Alacrity Foundation help promote the Alacrity graduate scheme

9:16am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Newport-based recruitment and training company Acorn has teamed up with The Alacrity Foundation, to help find the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.

The big question...

South Wales Argus: mid section view of a sales executive giving brochure to a businessman (7933073)

9:10am Tuesday 8th July 2014

We've all been to business exhibitions and trade shows and come away with giveaways from the various stalls we have visited. But how useful a marketing tool are these for the companies which have paid for them and are giving them away?

Newport property auctioneer Paul Fosh prepares for gruelling Arctic ultra-marathon challenge

South Wales Argus: Going with the floe: Paul Fosh with his recently delivered sled or ‘pulk’ with staff at his office in Newport

9:03am Tuesday 8th July 2014

INTREPID Newport property auctioneer Paul Fosh will have a lot on his mind over the coming months as he trains for one of the the toughest endurance events in the world.

From the chamber

South Wales Argus: Keith Palmer, of South Wales Chamber of Commerce

10:22am Monday 7th July 2014

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the final of the Young Enterprise Wales Awards 2014.

Newport docks to get £2.5m boost

South Wales Argus: Newport docks

9:16am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Associated British Ports’ Port of Newport is to invest £2.5m refurbishing its Atlantic Shed warehouse to provide additional covered space for its growing steel and bulks business.

Commercially speaking

South Wales Argus: (6745419)

2:01pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A report out last week on prime retail rentail values in the UK placed Newport firmly at the bottom of the chart.

Pandora puts faith in Newport

South Wales Argus: L to r: Jeannette Dyer, manager Pandora Newport; Neil Thompson, account manager Pandora; Huw Thomas, Cooke & Arkwright; Ffion Hughes, assistant manager, Pandora Newport

9:45am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Danish jewellery retailer Pandora, one of the fastest growing jewellery brands in the world, has opened a new store in Commercial Street, Newport.

Cwmglo is jewel of the Valleys

South Wales Argus: Shining example: from left Diane Collins, Louise Harris, of Blaenau Gwent Council, and Kim Robinson, of UK Steel Enterprise

9:42am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A new jewellery company is proving a shining example of enterprise in the Valleys.

Wales most responsible businesses recognised recognised

South Wales Argus: Paul Fears (7696240)

9:33am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Three businesses with strong connections to Gwent were among the winners at the Business in the Community Wales Responsible Business Awards 2014.

It's time to update the staff handbook - again

South Wales Argus: (7680327)

9:31am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Most business owners know that employment legislation can be as changeable as the British weather, and this year certainly has been no exception.

Admiral House being marketed as an investment opportunity

South Wales Argus: New Admiral office opens in Newport.  Pictured is Admiral House on Queensway in Newport. (6730078)

9:28am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Admiral House, the new home to insurance firm Admiral in Newport city centre, is being marketed as an investment opportunity for £17.5m.

20 questions...

South Wales Argus: (7699578)

9:20am Tuesday 1st July 2014

1. How did you get into your current job?

Society staff complete mountain challenge for chartiy

South Wales Argus: The Monmouthshire Building Society team celebrating finishing the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge in aid of St David's Hospice Care

9:19am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Eight members of staff from Monmouthshire Building Society successfully completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge fundraising event in aid of St David’s Hospice Care, helping to raise more than £2,000.






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