• Geraint's crushing choice to be green traveller

    A MOTORIST is about to sacrifice his family car for the sake of the environment. Geraint Roberts volunteered to have his beloved Volvo 740 squashed into a cube in exchange for a year's free bus and train travel. It is a response to a campaign by Newport

  • Rawlins Butchers a cut above the rest

    Rawlins the butchers, based at Market Street, Abergavenny, supported by Barclays is celebrating the title of All Wales Champion 2005 traditional pork sausage after more than 11 years of competing for this illustrious title. The sausage, now named 'The

  • IG Lintels picks up two new contracts

    A Cwmbran supply firm is celebrating two major new contracts. IG Lintels signed contracts with The Lovell Partnership and Fairclough Homes. Social housebuilder Lovells has re-newed its contract with IG as the main lintel supplier to the Morgan Sindall

  • Teacher admits slapping pupil

    A TEACHER who slapped a 15-year-old pupil's backside in a "friendly manner" had charges of indecent assault against him dropped. But Trevor Towers, 59, of The Moorings, Newport, agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for twelve months in the sum of

  • Seaside glory for lovely Lexi

    LEXI Johnson thought she would be spending the day persuading other girls to enter a modelling competition - she certainly didn't expect to end up winning it herself. Lexi, 20, from Ty-Canol, Cwmbran, was doing promotional work for an energy drinks company

  • Boost to firm's cashflow

    Many Welsh companies do not reap the potential benefits of their property says The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The organisation is providing new guidance for businesses of all shapes and sizes to better manage their property requirements

  • Steve's RICS role

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Wales (RICS) has appointed Steve Slocombe as the new chairman of its South East Wales Local Association. Steve, a married father of three, is with Newport Unlimited as development manager. He takes over at

  • Warning that UK could miss target

    Environmental campaigners have warned that the UK could miss its Kyoto Protocol target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Friends of the Earth based its warning on new government figures suggesting that carbon dioxide emissions continued to rise in

  • Buy-out at travel company

    PGL Travel Ltd, the UK's market-leading activity holiday specialist and school tour operator, has been acquired by its management from the family of its founder, Peter Gordon Lawrence, in a deal valued at £42m. Based in Ross-on-Wye, near Monmouth, PGL

  • Group on move

    A Welsh environmental group has moved into new premises in Gwent. Wales Environment Trust, which provides free advice and support to help local authorities and small businesses realise the value of their recyclable materials, has moved to Imperial Park

  • It's sickening- injured Jones

    England will be forced to make a change for the first time in the series after Simon Jones lost his fitness battle and was ruled out of the Ashes decider. Welshman Jones misses the fifth Test at The Oval, where only victory for Australia will deny England

  • Inheritance tax - find out more at seminar

    It is often quoted that there are two certainties in life - death and taxes, and they combine in the form of inheritance tax. Spiralling house prices over the last few years means that many people who previously thought that inheritance tax was not an

  • Make sure you are a part of it...

    The Newport and Gwent Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry (ngb2b) has had a vast amount of experience in helping businesses in the former Gwent area to achieve their goals. The organisation is exceptionally proud to have forged strong links

  • Make new friends on Freshties website

    A Gwent entrepreneur has launched a new super-networking website. Abergavenny entrepreneur Ashish Poddar set up Freshties, a site that is described as a "people-helping-people place to get together". The concept is to unite a broad community of site users

  • Sky's the limit for Gwent apprentices

    A gifted footballer turned engineer who realised his ambitions after winning one of the most prestigious awards for young people in Wales, is calling on Gwent apprentices to follow in his footsteps by entering this year's competition. Jamie Veitch, aged

  • Up, up and away for loan firm

    Newport's mayor Councillor Ken Critchley officially opened Picture House, at Imperial Park, following £6m investment, which has resulted in more than 100 jobs being created, with plans to increase this to 250 staff by the end of 2006. After releasing

  • We don't want schools merger, say parents

    PARENTS reacted angrily to new council proposals to merge two Torfaen primary schools. As reported in yesterday's Argus Torfaen council's director of education Mike de Val has put forward a plan to close Brookfield and Hollybush primary schools in Cwmbran

  • Firm backs awards

    Fast-growing national PR and marketing company Freshwater UK is sponsoring the Award for Outstanding Achievement at this year's Five Counties Business Awards. Run by ngb2b, Newport & Gwent Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the South Wales Argus

  • Excited Phil joins Lambert Smith Hampton

    Cardiff consultant surveyors Lambert Smith Hampton has appointed Phil Matthews, to senior surveyor in the professional Consultancy Department. Phil is no stranger to the Welsh market having joined from GVA Grimley's Cardiff office. He said: "I am really

  • Running in aid of charity

    Banker John Lloyd-Jones threw down the gauntlet to the business world of Wales - catch us if you can! The HSBC senior public relations manager for Wales and the West issued the challenge to companies to sign up for a run around Cardiff. His corporate

  • Onward and upward

    A Welsh electronics firm is getting the green light in the fiercely competitive Contract Electronics Manufacturing (CEM) market after adopting a leading excellence model designed to make European businesses more globally competitive. Newbridge-based manufacturer

  • Building jobs needed

    CITB-ConstructionSkills is urging employers to act now to recruit remaining high calibre apprentices. CITB-ConstructionSkills - the construction industry training body and a partner in the construction Sector Skills Council - has hundreds of quality young

  • Timber frames help solve disaster crisis

    The British Red Cross is working with Caldicot-based timber frame company Benfield ATT to use factory-produced kit homes as construction site offices in the tsunami-hit Maldives. The charity is helping people in the area recover from the disaster by re-establishing

  • Award for bridge

    Newport's River Usk Bridge was honoured by two prestigious organisations. The recently opened bridge, constructed by Morgan Vinci CJV, scooped one of four coveted awards at the recent annual Structural Steel Design Awards 2005 and was praised in a leading

  • All change with new face at bank

    Fortis Bank has appointed Stella Staley as relationship manager to the bank's Bristol office. Ms Staley will be responsible for managing the bank's business in South Wales and the South West. Fortis Bank, the pan-European bancassurer, has developed an

  • OAPs angry as free bus service is axed

    ELDERLY shoppers are calling for a free bus service to be saved. Users of the bus run by Asda to their store at Duffryn, Newport, are angry as the service is ending next week. They say it is vital because it allows pensioners to travel home without changing

  • Bombshell

    Those weak Welshmen, you can never rely on them. Only joking. But there can have been few occasions when the fitness of a Welshman was so important to a sporting team going under the title of England. But that was most definitely the case this week. The

  • Financial and practical help at hand for your firm

    Creating a modern environment for businesses to start up and grow has always been a priority for the Caerphilly County Borough Council. The authority has successfully accessed more than £1.5m funding for financial support for business. This financial

  • Gabbidon wants a repeat performance

    Key Wales defender Danny Gabbidon believes his side must achieve a higher level of consistency as they rebuild for the future, whether it helps England or not. New-look Wales have received considerable praise for their display against England in Cardiff

  • Customers at bank are all shook up over launch

    A Gwent bank launched its new current account with the help of some famous faces. Barclays customers at Risca branch were all shook up after Elvis, Tony Blair and Ali G decided to call into the branch to launch the new Barclays current account. Kath Davies

  • Come fly with me, you'll be high as a kite

    FLYING with the birds is a dream one Gwent couple is set to make a reality. The Black Mountain falconry centre in Abergavenny is training three red kites to fly alongside paragliders. Roger and June James opened the falconry centre at Wern Ddu Farm, on

  • Counting the costs

    Almost without exception, commercial property is viewed by occupying businesses as an overhead and therefore a liability. A property portfolio is usually the subject of scrutiny at times of financial pressure for business and all too often, in order to

  • Arthur in quit shock

    FORMER Common-wealth gold medallist Jamie Arthur, who turned professional with high expectations of a lucrative career, has stunned the sport by quitting after just 11 fights. The Cwmbran super-featherweight has suffered a nightmare 2005, losing his unbeaten

  • Not just jobs for the boys

    Boys and girls have fixed ideas about traditional career routes despite strenuous efforts to dismantle gender 'barriers', new research shows. The situation is harming individuals in terms of their career and salary aspirations, and the economy of Wales

  • Porn pics left on boy's phone

    AN INVESTIGATION was launched after a teenage boy found pornographic images on his mobile after it was returned to him from a supermarket repair centre. Tesco apologised to the youngster after they sent the phone to him containing graphic pictures and

  • Bowen set to give County a boost

    NEWPORT County star Jason Bowen is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee ligament injury and could even come into contention for a place on the bench for Saturday's Nationwide South trip to Lewes. The mercurial winger has been out since suffering

  • Event Spotlight

    The Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Leadership and Management and Wales Management Council have joined forces to present

  • Firm launches new service for recycling waste wood

    New company Reseiclo - Rescued Wood, launches a new service to organisations in Newport and the surrounding area to recycle their waste wood. Up until now, the majority of waste wood produced in the area has been sent to the landfill site. A lot of that

  • Hundreds of cars at mega site

    A new car supermarket was opened in Newport when Motorpoint opened its fourth and largest site. The new 10-acre site on Queensway Meadow Industrial Estate has taken over the location formerly used by British Car Auctions and will create around 40 new

  • Trio join forces in industry

    Three leading authorities in the South Wales telecommunications industry have joined forces to set up the region's latest networks company. Bridgecom Networks, which is based in Cardiff, has been formed by Ian Norton, Julian Hopkins and Steve Johns, who

  • Recruitment firm's success

    A Gwent-based recruitment and training specialist has clinched a Top 10 spot for the first time in the UK's prestigious rankings of leading recruitment companies. Acorn, based at Cleppa Park, near Newport, posted a record turnover of more than £38m in

  • Housing work helps boost profits

    Affordable housing developer Lovell, which is working on a major housing programme for Newport Housing Trust, contributed to a record set of half-year results released by parent construction group Morgan Sindall plc. Morgan Sindall, which operates through

  • Britain is blighted by yob culture

    Research commissioned by one of the UK's largest commercial insurers, Royal & SunAlliance, shows that 37 per cent of Britain's businesses have fallen victim to yob behaviour. On average, the businesses affected say that yob behaviour has cost them

  • Don't skive - you're on a sickie wicket

    CRICKET fans in Gwent are being warned that if they bunk off work to watch the crunch Ashes finale it could put their jobs in jeopardy. Bosses are expected to take a tough stance after business experts warned there could be a rise in sick days during

  • Putting repair skills to test

    Students in Newport can put their vehicle repair skills to the test on four new trucks. Global automotive supplier ArvinMeritor Inc has donated four trucks to the motor vehicle department at Coleg Gwent's City of Newport Campus Newport. The company's

  • Brothers battle it out in giant arena

    A NATIONAL championships attended by thousands of people, a constant battle to break world records, and a specially-dedicated website in Gwent which received more than 3,000 hits during the first week of its launch. It sounds like one of the UK's top

  • Family forced from home by yobs

    YOBS drove a family out of their home after police and council bosses admitted they could no longer protect them. After suffering two years of intimidation, culminating in a violent attack, Wendy and Andrew Palmer, from Woodlands, Pontypool, found themselves

  • Job for life may not be such a myth

    People are spending more time than previously thought in their jobs, effectively dispelling the myth that employees no longer want a 'job for life', according to People Management, the magazine for the CIPD. A new book on the future of the workplace,

  • Forum shows the way for business

    An Assembly minister is set to urge Welsh businesses to learn how to become more globally competitive at a landmark business conference being held in Cardiff. Top UK and international business leaders will head to Wales' capital in October for a conference