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BUSINESS COMMENT: Newport is becoming powerhouse

South Wales Argus:

10:06am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Often viewed as the ugly sister by its two older Welsh city siblings, Cardiff and Swansea, Newport is emerging as an east Wales powerhouse of innovation and business, if not 'yet' beauty.

Convention centre will bring 'millions' to Gwent

South Wales Argus:

8:24am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A new convention centre at the Celtic Manor Resort will bring millions of pounds into the local economy according the chief operating officer of the resort.

Money matters

South Wales Argus: Robin Hall, Kymin Financial Planners

9:57am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Auto enrolment of workplace pensions commenced in October 2012, it started with the largest employers first and by February 2018 every employer in the UK will be affected.

Retail letting agent appointed for Friars Walk

South Wales Argus: Work is well under way on the Friars Walk development in Newport city centre

9:57am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Queensberry Real Estate has appointed Cooke and Arkwright as the new retail letting agent for Friars Walk, the 390,000 sq ft shopping and leisure development in Newport city centre due to open Autumn 2015.

Newport-based HardingEvans to run Cardiff Half Marathon for Bobath

South Wales Argus: Emma Brooks, Joy Baker, Amanda Campbell, Sarah Price

9:37am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Members of staff from one of South Wales’ leading law firms will be taking part in one of Cardiff’s biggest fundraising events to raise money for Bobath Therapy Centre Wales

Reboot secures six-figure financial package allowing expansion into South Wales

9:33am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Up-and-coming chain Reboot, which buys and sells secondhand CDs, DVDs and electrical goods, is planning to move its headquarters to Newport and open three shops in Wales over the next two months.

Solicitors achieve Lexcel accreditation

South Wales Argus: Sam George

9:31am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Cwmbran- based law firm QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O'Brien has recently achieved the Lexcel accreditation for its practice.

The big question...

South Wales Argus: Group of people holding hands in circle, low angle view (9386324)

9:28am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Recent research has shown that having a modern, tidy place of work with views over greenery is one way to keep staff happy, productive and motivated.

Pamper party at Monmouth beauty studio is a grand success for charity

South Wales Argus: PAMPER PARTY: Denise Jones, third left with, left to right, Elita Hippolyte, Belinda Tamlyn, Aimee Jones, Jessica Sayce, Natalia Antypa, Jemma Leonides-Morgan and Kimberley Danter

9:20am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A hair and beauty pamper day in Monmouth raised £1,000 for St David’s Hospice Care.

Smarter recycling for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

South Wales Argus: Nathan Bowles, CEO, Smart Solutions

9:20am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Outsourced services specialists, Smart Solutions, which is based in Newport, has won and is now delivering a £2m contract to provide managed services to support waste operations at a Welsh local authority.

Newport-based UHY Hacker Young bolsters team to support growth

South Wales Argus: Bradley Awuah-Peasah, Katie Williams, Lee Davies, Jamie Eddy, Christian Davies, and Shelly Desmond

9:20am Tuesday 30th September 2014

In response to a number of new client wins, Newport-based chartered accountants, UHY Hacker Young, has boosted its team with the appointment of six specialist accountancy professionals.

Auctioneer looking for a deep freeze to help prepare for gruelling Arctic ultra-marathon challenge

South Wales Argus: Super cool: Paul Fosh is looking to get in some sub zero training

9:18am Tuesday 30th September 2014

DETERMINED Newport-based property auctioneer Paul Fosh remains cool about the challenge he has set himself to complete the toughest endurance event in the world.

Torfaen Business Voice event

South Wales Argus: Bernadette Davies, Ideal Weight; Dennis Ricketts, Spectrum Positive; Katie Allen, Katie Allen Communications

9:14am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Around 50 members of the Torfaen business community gathered at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran last week for Torfaen Business Voice’s regular networking evening.

Football coach in running for top care award

South Wales Argus: Care Awards nominee Julian Edwards at Q Care in Abergavenny

9:08am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A football scout with Newport County is hoping to net an award for his health and safety work.

New sales director appointed at St Mellons-based Paramount to drive growth

South Wales Argus: Alasdair McIntyre

10:04am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Paramount Interiors has made a key appointment to its board as part of the company’s continuing strategy to increase its share of the UK office design, fit-out and furniture market.

Coleg Gwent develops partnership with South Africa

South Wales Argus: From left to right: Julian Newberry, Pierre de Waal (quality manager, Northlink College), Jonathan Williams (Grwp LLandrillo Menai), Dion Miller (engineering occupational training manager, Northlink College) and Nigel Ridout

9:51am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Coleg Gwent staff shared their expertise with a partner college in South Africa on a recent visit as part of an on-going British Council funded partnership.

Wales could become a cradle for future tech giants

South Wales Argus: Ian Menzies, chairman of the ESTnet address audience at the awards launch

9:51am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Exciting new start-up companies in the technology sector could become a major source of prosperity and high-quality jobs for Wales in years ahead, according to the ESTnet, the body representing electronics and software technology firms in Wales.

BBC Wildlife expert opens new animal care teaching centre in South Wales

South Wales Argus: Dr Rhys Jones and student with snake

9:49am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Aspiring animal care workers in South Wales now have more opportunity to train and develop their skills following the launch of a new animal care centre in Caerphilly.

Talking training

South Wales Argus: 19/04/2013  Pics (C) Huw John, Cardiff. Tel: 07860 256991. MANDATORY BYLINE - HUW JOHNCardiff Metropolitan University and Acorn join forces to launch a new work based learning degree. Sarah John, Learning & Development Commercial Director, Acorn Group

9:45am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Latest findings from the UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey have shown that while job vacancies in Wales have increased by 14 per cent over the last two years, a shortage in skills remains a key issue for employers in Wales and indeed, across the rest of the UK.

Celtic Manor Resort CEO to talk to business club

9:43am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Dylan Matthews, CEO of the Celtic Manor Resort, will be the first speaker of the City of Newport Business Club’s 2014/15 season.

Innovation and entrepreneurship business awards launched at city centre campus

South Wales Argus: Jackie Harris, senior lecturer, University of South Wales, Jonathan Davies, editor of, awards ambassador Aimee Bateman and Kevin Morgan, regional director - Business Banking, NatWest at the launch of the 2015 Making Business Happ

9:39am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The University of South Wales is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs in Wales and from across the rest of the UK to show how they’re ‘making business happen’ to be in with a chance of winning a support package worth up to £12,500 to invest in their business or business idea.

Newport illuminates innovation in the digital economy

9:37am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The organisers of Newport-based Digital Tuesday have announced the line-up for the fourth edition of the region’s pioneering forum for digital innovation.

Research reveals technical skills gap and differing drivers for economic growth in Wales

South Wales Argus: Report highlights skills gap in engineering in Wales

9:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Research carried out by the University of South Wales into the needs of local industry in materials and advanced engineering sector has revealed a lack of technical expertise.

Blackwood recruitment firm has clear view of future with the opening of new office in Cardiff

South Wales Argus: Ross Porter, MD of Clear Sky Recruitment

9:21am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FAST growing recruitment agency, Clear Sky Recruitment, has opened a Cardiff office in line with its expansion plan to further establish its presence in the south Wales area.

Cwmbran solicitor becomes trustee to Sparkle charity

South Wales Argus: Caitlin Lewis

9:17am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Caitlin Lewis of Cwmbran-based QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O'Brien has just been appointed trustee and director of the charity Sparkle.

Talking business

South Wales Argus: (1704013)

9:11am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

At the FSB we are very keen to understand what is going on within our members’ businesses and the issues that they face on a day-to-day basis.

Back of the net for ex Newport County man Hamer as he opens gastro pub in his home town

South Wales Argus: Gr- eight investment: Former County player Richard ‘Rioch’ Hamer and Haydn Thomas, of Hutchings & Thomas Chartered Surveyors, outside Bistro 8 in Blackwood

9:11am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Former Newport County apprentice Richard Hamer is hoping for a good result from his latest business venture in South Wales.

Cwmbran IT specialist scores major new contract

South Wales Argus: Left to right: Mark Williams, Ross Madden, and Steve Emms

9:09am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Cwmbran-based IT specialist, OSSC IT, has been appointed by Cardiff City Football Club as its in-house IT support company.

Wanted: Ambitious young people to become Newport's next top entrepreneurs

9:03am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The challenge has been set for Newport and south east Wales' next top entrepreneurs to step forward to be fast-tracked into business as part of the second Big Ideas Wales Challenge – one of the largest campaigns of its kind backed by the Welsh Government.

Imposing 19th century listed Newport house is snapped up pre auction

South Wales Argus: Rothbury House

10:04am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ONE of the city of Newport’s grandest historic houses sold prior to going to auction.

Cwmbran solicitors launch landlord forum

South Wales Argus: Douglas Haig and Sam George

10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O'Brien enjoyed great success with the launch of the Cwmbran Landlord Forum at the Parkway Hotel.

Caerphilly’s top performers urged to go for glory

10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Businesses in Caerphilly borough have until October 3 to enter this year’s Caerphilly Business Forum Awards.

Confidence in the future has prompted hotel to invest £1.5m in 10 new rooms

South Wales Argus: Ian Solkin and Kerry Jennings

10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Cwmbran’s Parkway Hotel and Spa is getting 10 luxury bedrooms and suites as part of a £1.5m investment by it’s owners de Savary Hotels.

Wales is lagging behind in R&D claims

9:47am Tuesday 16th September 2014

New figures show that Wales is lagging behind England and Scotland when it comes to claiming valuable incentives for research and development, according to Newport-based independent accountancy Broomfield & Alexander.

A new name and new prospects for one of Wales’ longest established organisations

South Wales Argus: Glyn Dorking, business development manager and Andy Wilkins, chief executive

9:45am Tuesday 16th September 2014

One of Wales’ longest established health plan organisations, Gwent Hospitals Contributory Fund, has undergone a rebrand to ensure its position within the modern health plan marketplace.

Hair and beauty apprentices enjoy Cyprus learning experience

9:37am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Ten young hairdressing and beauty apprentices, including one from Gwent, swapped their salons in South Wales and Gloucestershire to experience working in Cyprus.

Garden marketing campaign brings jobs, investment and now Canmol glory to Newport

South Wales Argus: The Nordic Garden Buildings team

9:31am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Newport-based Nordic Garden Buildings has topped off an impressive year of investment by becoming the sole Newport entry to land a place in the finals of The Chartered Institute of Marketing Canmol: Wales Marketing Awards.

Newport engineer answers the riddles of the pyramids on TV

South Wales Argus: Cintec Waterwall airbags supporting ceiling of Step Pyramid

9:25am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Peter James, managing director of Newport-based Cintec International will be featured on More 4’s ‘Treasures Decoded’ programme on Wednesday.

M4 Breakfast network event

South Wales Argus: Alison Davies, John Lloyd Jones, Joy Phillips

9:25am Tuesday 16th September 2014

More than 170 business people attended the recent M4 Business Network event when the guest speaker was Dame Tessa Jowell

Newport firm welcomes new trainee solicitors

South Wales Argus: Lucy Thomas, Rachael James and Rhys Dando

9:19am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Three trainee solicitors have joined Newport law firm HBJW.

Ex- Minister urges to Welsh businesses to show Scots their support for the Union

South Wales Argus: Paul Byett, Dame Tessa Jowell, Lisa White

9:19am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Dame Tessa Jowell, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, called on Gwent businesses to demonstrate to Scottish counterparts that they want the UK to stay together.

The Estates Office, Newport, official opening

South Wales Argus: Chris Taylor, Suzi Purnell, Adam Ryan

9:17am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The team behind the newly-refurbished The Estates Office, at Pentonville in Newport city centre, held an event to celebrate the listed-building's official opening.

The big question...

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 04/03/14 of Edinburgh bakery Cuckoos which launched their own referendum opinion poll survey with cupcakes. Campaigning on both sides continues with only a week to go before Scotland decides on independence.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issu

9:17am Tuesday 16th September 2014

This week sees the historic independence vote taking place in Scotland.

Unsung heroes rewarded by Monmouthshire County Life magazine

South Wales Argus: Jo Barnes, editor of Monmouthshire County Life, centre, with the MCL team and the inaugural winners of The Mons awards

9:09am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Mons, a new award for Monmouthshire, were picked up by ten businesses, charities and individuals from the county at a special event held at St Pierre, near Chepstow.

Financially speaking

9:05am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Unless you’ve been holidaying on the moon for the last month or so you can’t fail to have noticed the arrival in town of President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron, Chancellor Merkel et al for the Nato summit.

Important historic commercial building at the vanguard of rejuvenation of the city of Newport

South Wales Argus: Business confidence: Mayor of Newport, Councillor Matthew Evans opens The Estates Office, Pentonville, with (l to right) David Jones, of Hutchings and Thomas, Justin Kingdon, managing agent, David Pugsley and Haydn Thomas, of Hutchings and Thomas

8:56am Tuesday 16th September 2014

LORD Tredegar’s former estates office in the heart of Newport has emerged as a beacon of business excellence for the city after a complete refurbishment and rejuvenation.

Newport data centre makes it onto prestigious list

10:46am Tuesday 9th September 2014

UK Data centre operator Next Generation Data Limited, which has a base in Newport, has been included for the first time in the The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table of fastest growing private UK technology, media and telecoms companies.

20 questions

South Wales Argus: Mike Jones

10:14am Tuesday 9th September 2014

1. How did you get into your current job?

The cloud is still a good place to be

South Wales Argus: 57339832 (3528557)

10:04am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Last week, cloud security hit the headlines as a host of celebrities became victims of a major hacking scandal which has cast doubt on the safety of cloud computing systems.

You’ve been nano-ed! Blackwood-based Bon Bon Buddies’ expands own-brand offering as Tango Nanobytes lifts off

South Wales Argus: Chris Howarth, MD of Bon Bon Buddies

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Blackwood-based Bon Bon Buddies, Europe’s leading licenced character confectionery company, has teamed up with infamously irreverent soft drink brand, Tango, to extend its own-brand range with the launch of new Tango Nanobytes.

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