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A simple, complicated question

There are simple questions, complicated questions, and deceptively complicated questions. Among the latter, beware anyone who asks you ‘Are you happy?’ – there is no good answer. Watch Rob’s report online at ITV.com/Wales You might reckon, in an economic slump, that asking how many shops closed in Wales last year should be easy. You could … Continue reading

Flintshire businesses call for Welsh enterprise zones

With unemployment rising and business confidence falling, Wales’ economy is still struggling to pull out of the downturn. 122,000 people here are now jobless and our unemployment rate is above the rest of the UK. In fact Welsh firms are more likely to fire than hire according to the Institute of Directors in Wales. The … Continue reading

Welsh export levels boom – but can it last?

High quality slate from Penrhyn quarry has been shipped around the world for centuries – and now it’s experiencing an export revival. Demand for its roofing slates is at its strongest for half a century. The company Welsh Slate employs 210 people and turns over 17 million pounds a year. Its managing director Alan Smith … Continue reading

Enterprise boldly goes

The Welsh Government department headed by Edwina Hart is on the move. Staff working for Business, Enterprise, Technology (BETS) are currently scattered across several sites but Ms Hart’s plan is to bring them all together into a ‘central hub’ for what is still a new department at the QED Centre on an industrial estate at … Continue reading

Wales prepares for biggest day of industrial action since the 1980s

Wales is preparing for the biggest single day of industrial action since the 1980s. Tomorrow will see thousands of public sector workers including teachers, lecturers and civil servants out on strike campaigning against the Coalition Government’s plans for pension reform and job cuts. I’ll be in Swansea reporting for Daybreak and ITV Wales News from … Continue reading

Edwina as business minister: reaction

The Welsh business community has been reacting to Edwina Hart’s appointment as Minister for Business, Enterpriseand Technology. Head of the Institute of Directors Robert Lloyd Griffiths says Ms. Hart is experienced and has a reputation for getting things done. He believes it’s encouraging that her job actually includes the word ‘business’ in the title as it signals the Welsh Assembly … Continue reading

Angelsey booms thanks to royal couple

As Prince William heads back to work at RAF Valley on Anglesey, the island’s basking in sunshine but also in the publicity generated by being home to the royal couple. News crews from around the world have descended on the island, discovered Kate and Will’s favourite haunts and have given Anglesey a platform and prominence … Continue reading

How could Welsh economy prosper under new Assembly Government?

With just under three weeks to go until the Assembly Elections, all the political parties have been promoting their plans for the economy in Wales. Of course, most of the big policy levers that affect the Economy here are held in Westminster.  But what does the business world think the new Welsh Assembly Government could … Continue reading

Carmarthen hotel complex could create 100 jobs

More than 100 jobs could be created with the announcement of a proposed 100-bedroom four-star hotel on the outskirts of Carmarthen. This week the Welsh Assembly Government completed the sale of a 7.5-acre site in Parc Pensarn to Gryphon Leisure Ltd – whose directors, Angela Saunders and brother Barry Saunders, run the Stradey Park Hotel … Continue reading

Storm warning: public sector cuts to hit Wales hard

Ever since the 1930s, recessions have hit Wales especially hard. This time that’s not really been the case –so far. Our unemployment rate is higher than the UK average but not massively so. It’s a far cry from when Sir Geoffrey Howe was Margaret Thatcher’s Chancellor, cutting public sector spending at the start of the … Continue reading

Doctors condemn ‘pro-cigarette’ campaign

Doctors’ leaders in Wales are condemning a campaign to overturn a planned ban on displaying cigarettes in shops. Regulations from last the Health Act 2009 will also put an end to cigarette vending machines. Small retailers say the evidence for a ban impacting on youth smoking rates is “unconvincing” and it could cost them £40m. … Continue reading

The Boss

Who is the biggest boss in Wales, the person who has the greatest number of employees at his or her ultimate command? Edwina Hart must have a good claim to the title. The Health Minister has been very clear that she is in charge of the Welsh NHS, with its thousands of workers. But who … Continue reading

Corus to invest £185m rebuilding Port Talbot blast furnace

From ITV.com/Wales Steel company Corus has announced that it will spend £185m rebuilding a blast furnace at its Port Talbot works – the largest investment the steelworks site has seen in years. Capacity at the site will be increased by up to 400,000 tonnes a year after the number four blast furnace is rebuilt. The … Continue reading

Rachel’s Organic sold to French firm Groupe Lactalis

Ceredigion based dairy company Rachel’s Organics has been sold by its owners to a French company. Dean Foods sold the company – best known for its range of organic yoghurts – to Groupe Lactalis. The company was founded by Rachel Rowlands after a series of bad storms in 1982 prevented milk tankers from reaching the … Continue reading

Glass company’s new ‘green’ furnace

A small family run glass-making has managed to drastically cut their bills and go green with a new state-of-the-art furnace. Ed and Margaret Burke run a glass making company in the small village of Tallarn Green just south of Wrexham – before the new furnace was installed the couple were paying around £900 a month … Continue reading

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