Business & Economy

Thursday 10 January 2019

Torfaen Adult Learning class contribute to UK Study for Contemporary Adult Reading

Torfaen Adult Learning class contribute to UK Study for Contemporary Adult Reading
Description:
Torfaen Adult Community Learning's Essential Skills Communications class has been a part of a growing study headed by University College London about 'Reading Aloud in Britain Today'.
Friday 21 December 2018

Torfaen Employability Work Placement Scheme takes off

Description:
34-year-old Dafydd Howells from Blaenavon, 21-year old Lucas Vaughan and 29-year-old Sammy Edwards from Cwmbran are the latest candidates to successfully find full time employment through the Bridges into Work 2 work placement scheme
Friday 14 December 2018

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council for successes during 2018

Description:
A number of Torfaen businesses and individual professionals who have been successful in winning national and regional awards during 2018 have met with Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council.
Wednesday 21 November 2018

Torfaen hosts inspirational women in business event

Torfaen hosts inspirational  women in business  event
Description:
On Thursday 8 November 2018 over 75 women from Torfaen and across the South East Wales region gathered at the Cwmbran Parkway Hotel & Spa, Cwmbran to attend the borough's annual celebration of women in business and the contribution they make to the economy.
Wednesday 14 November 2018

Online Blaenavon family business, Sprinklez, expands into retail premises

Online Blaenavon family business, Sprinklez, expands into retail premises
Description:
Torfaen Economy and Enterprise project supports online start-up to expand into retail premises at Heritage Court in Blaenavon.
Wednesday 31 October 2018

Closed Pontypool bank reopens as vintage and antiques emporium

Closed Pontypool bank reopens as vintage and antiques emporium
Description:
A former Barclays Bank in Pontypool, which was saved by the local community when it closed its doors in 2017, has reopened as a vintage and antiques emporium.
Monday 29 October 2018

Pontypool buildings given new lease of life

Pontypool buildings given new lease of life
Description:
The renovation of two buildings in Pontypool has created 10 new affordable homes in the town centre.
Monday 15 October 2018

A new Universal Credit Hub opened its doors in Panteg

A new Universal Credit Hub opened its doors in Panteg
Description:
Today, Torfaen Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 teams launched a their first Universal Credit Hub at Age Connects, Sebastopol.
Wednesday 10 October 2018

A new Universal Credit Hub is due to launch in Panteg

Description:
Come along and join the Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 teams at the official opening of their new Universal Credit Hub at Age Connects, Sebastopol on Monday 15 October from 1pm.
Tuesday 2 October 2018

Bookings open for women in business event

Bookings open for women in business event
Description:
Bookings are open for Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 8 November.
Wednesday 26 September 2018

Iconic building set for transformation

Description:
One of Blaenavon's most historic buildings is to be transformed after being awarded funding of almost £280,000.

'Women in Construction' event coming to Cwmbran

'Women in Construction' event coming to Cwmbran
Description:
Acorn Recruitment is partnering with Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 to host a 'Careers for women in construction' event in Cwmbran.
Friday 21 September 2018

The traineeship that transformed Demi's career

The traineeship that transformed Demi's career
Description:
21-year-old Demi Jenkins is the latest Torfaen Training trainee to successfully setup her own beauty and nails business.
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Pontypool business celebrates four year anniversary

Pontypool business celebrates four year anniversary
Description:
A business owner from Torfaen is celebrating the fourth anniversary since opening her business in Pontypool.
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Young entrepreneurs win enterprise award

Description:
Young entrepreneurs from Griffithstown Primary School are starting their summer holidays on a high after winning the 2018 Torfaen Enterprise Week.
Friday 20 July 2018

Lift off for Front Row Food

Lift off for Front Row Food
Description:
A new catering business venture has opened in Pontypool this week. Front Row Food is a cafe situated on Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate and has been opened by local resident Johnathan Gibbs.
Thursday 12 July 2018

Blaenavon World Heritage Site awarded £1.2m National Lottery grant

Blaenavon World Heritage Site awarded £1.2m National Lottery grant
Description:
The Blaenavon World Heritage Site has received a share of an £8.6m National Lottery investment to help preserve the UK's industrial heritage.
Monday 11 June 2018

Have your say on gambling policy in Torfaen

Have your say on gambling policy in Torfaen
Description:
Residents and businesses in Torfaen are encouraged to have their say on a revised gambling policy for the borough.
Tuesday 15 May 2018

Local business supported by Torfaen Council to expand workforce

Local business supported by Torfaen Council to expand workforce
Description:
King's Financial Services, located on Mamhilad Park Estate has recently expanded its workforce, with assistance from Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team.
Wednesday 9 May 2018

Transform your idea into a business

Transform your idea into a business
Description:
Torfaen council and the Gateway Credit Union are offering new start-ups a business loan to help them get up and running.
Wednesday 2 May 2018

Cwmbran jobs fair success

Cwmbran jobs fair success
Description:
Last week, Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team hosted another hugely successful jobs fair at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Friday 16 March 2018

Jobs fair offering local opportunities

Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council will be hosting another FREE Jobs Fair on Tuesday 24 April 2018, at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran Town Centre
Monday 19 February 2018

Torfaen business breakfast addresses cyber-crime

Torfaen business breakfast addresses cyber-crime
Description:
More than 50 members of the Torfaen business community met at Greenmeadow Golf Club to discuss cybercrime and data protection.
Thursday 8 February 2018

Business breakfast to address cyber-crime

Business breakfast to address cyber-crime
Description:
A free breakfast event to help businesses protect themselves against cyber-crime and understand new data protection rules is being held on Thursday 15 February at Greenmeadow Golf Club from 7:45am.
Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mobile business gets the green light

Mobile business gets the green light
Description:
Kiaya Watkins from St Dials, Cwmbran has realised a lifelong dream and started her own mobile hairdressing business in the county borough.
Friday 19 January 2018

#YOURFUTUREYOURCHOICE

#YOURFUTUREYOURCHOICE
Description:
From Monday 22 January, Torfaen employability teams will be taking over Torfaen social media channels for the whole week.
Monday 8 January 2018

New bakery opens in Pontypool

New bakery opens in Pontypool
Description:
Visitors to Pontypool Indoor Market can fight off the cold this winter with a selection of warming soups, homemade pies and pasties, and freshly baked bread.
Tuesday 19 December 2017

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council
Description:
A selection of Torfaen businesses who have been successful in winning awards or have made significant achievements during 2017 have met with Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council.

Business event raises money for children's charity

Business event raises money for children's charity
Description:
Torfaen's annual women in business event has raised a whopping £2,220 for Ty Hafan children's hospice.
Thursday 30 November 2017

Celebrate Christmas with the Torfaen business club

Celebrate Christmas with the Torfaen business club
Description:
The Christmas meeting of Torfaen Business Voice, Torfaen's business club, takes place on Thursday 7 December at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran.
Friday 24 November 2017

Women in business event a success

Women in business event a success
Description:
More than 135 members of the Gwent businesses community visited the Cwmbran Parkway hotel on Thursday 23 November for Torfaen's annual women in business event.
Thursday 23 November 2017

STEPS to Excellence

STEPS to Excellence
Description:
Seven intrepid young ladies in Torfaen have recently completed the four day Pacific Institute's STEPs to Excellence course at The Powerstation Cwmbran

Doors open for successful six in Torfaen

Doors open for successful six in Torfaen
Description:
Six unemployed participants living in Communities First areas across Torfaen have successfully completed a Security Industry Authority (SIA) training course
Monday 13 November 2017

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market for Christmas Foodie Thursday

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market for Christmas Foodie Thursday
Description:
Food businesses are being offered free space to trade in Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 7 December as part of a special Christmas Foodie Thursday.

Under two weeks to go until women in business event

Under two weeks to go until women in business event
Description:
There is still time to book onto Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 23 November.
Thursday 19 October 2017

Blaenavon resident becomes Bridges into Work 2 Project's 100th 'Volunteering Placement' success

Blaenavon resident becomes Bridges into Work 2 Project's 100th 'Volunteering Placement' success
Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team recently celebrated its 100th successful volunteering placement.
Wednesday 11 October 2017

New beauty salon opens its doors in Pontypool town centre

New beauty salon opens its doors in Pontypool town centre
Description:
A new beauty salon has opened its doors in Pontypool town centre.
Tuesday 10 October 2017

Torfaen businesses celebrate success

Torfaen businesses celebrate success
Description:
Three businesses from Torfaen received awards at the 2017 Monmouthshire Business Awards at the Celtic Manor on Friday 6 October.
Friday 6 October 2017

Bookings open for women in business event

Bookings open for women in business event
Description:
Bookings are now open for Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 23 November.
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Be sure of a big surprise!

Be sure of a big surprise!
Description:
Varteg residents Miranda and Pete have opened up a new and unique business venture based at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Thursday 31 August 2017

Meet employers at Cwmbran jobs fair

Meet employers at Cwmbran jobs fair
Description:
Job hunters will be able to meet local employers at a jobs fair in the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran on Tuesday 5 September from 11am – 2pm.

Have your say on life in the valleys

Have your say on life in the valleys
Description:
Residents and businesses in Torfaen are invited to a meeting of the Welsh Government's Valleys Task Force on Wednesday 13 September at 6pm at Blaenavon Workmen's Hall.
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Have your say on licensing policy in Torfaen

Have your say on licensing policy in Torfaen
Description:
Residents and business in Torfaen are being asked comment on the way the council licenses businesses such as pubs, clubs and taxi firms.
Wednesday 9 August 2017

Free e-newsletter for Torfaen businesses

Free e-newsletter for Torfaen businesses
Description:
Businesses in Torfaen are being encouraged to sign up for a free, quarterly newsletter.
Thursday 3 August 2017

Popular Pontypool florist is changing hands

Popular Pontypool florist is changing hands
Description:
One of Torfaen's most popular florists has hung up her secateurs for the last time.
Wednesday 5 July 2017

Coopers serves up treats in Trevethin

Coopers serves up treats in Trevethin
Description:
A brand new café enterprise has established in Trevethin.
Thursday 22 June 2017

Blaenavon Post Office recognised with national award

Blaenavon Post Office recognised with national award
Description:
Blaenavon's Post Office has been named as the Best Independent Retailer of 2017 at the Post Office's Retail Sales Awards 2017.
Tuesday 20 June 2017

Torfaen businesses take off at Fairwater shops

Torfaen businesses take off at Fairwater shops
Description:
Two new ventures, supported by Torfaen council and its partner agencies has recently launched in the county borough.
Friday 16 June 2017

Try business networking for free

Try business networking for free
Description:
The next meeting of Torfaen's business club, Torfaen Business Voice, takes place on Thursday 22 June at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Free drop-in session for businesses

Description:
A free drop-in session to help businesses make the most of new technologies is being held at the Springboard Business Innovation Centre in Cwmbran on Wednesday 14 June between 9am and 4:30pm.
Friday 9 June 2017

Project success helps people into employment

Project success helps people into employment
Description:
5 unemployed Torfaen residents have entered work this month through a collaborative partnership between the ESF funded Communities for Work programme and Bron Afon Housing Association.
Tuesday 30 May 2017

STEPS to employment

Description:
A Torfaen resident who undertook a series of courses, including confidence building and successfully completing a volunteering role in line with their goals and aspirations, has recently secured a job thanks to council's Bridges into Work 2 Project.
Monday 15 May 2017

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum
Description:
Big Pit has introduced a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at providing the next generation of staff for the world-famous mining museum.
Friday 5 May 2017

Countdown to the Torfaen Business Show

Countdown to the Torfaen Business Show
Description:
There is just over a week to go until Torfaen's biggest business show.
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Vitalize Radio 'The voice of Torfaen' launching in June

Vitalize Radio 'The voice of Torfaen' launching in June
Description:
A Torfaen based radio station is set to officially launch on Saturday 3 June 2017. Offering a non-profit making approach which actively encourages volunteers to get involved, get trained and become active to voice local and topical news to the residents of the county borough.
Thursday 20 April 2017

Sign up for the Torfaen Business Exhibition

Sign up for the Torfaen Business Exhibition
Description:
Torfaen businesses will have the opportunity to create their own two minute promotional film at the Torfaen Business Exhibition on 17th May 2017.
Tuesday 4 April 2017

Social media guru to address Torfaen business exhibition

Social media guru to address Torfaen business exhibition
Description:
National media consultant Miranda Bishop will give her top tips to help businesses in Gwent improve their use of social media when she addresses the Torfaen Business Exhibition on Wednesday 17 May.
Thursday 23 March 2017

Renovation of Pontypool gateway building complete

Renovation of Pontypool gateway building complete
Description:
A project to transform a key gateway building at the entrance to Pontypool has now been completed.
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Key speaker announced for Torfaen Business Exhibition

Key speaker announced for Torfaen Business Exhibition
Description:
BBC Wales's business correspondent, Brian Meechan, has been announced as the key note speaker for the Torfaen Business Exhibition which takes place on Wednesday 17 May at Cwmbran Stadium.
Monday 13 March 2017

Torfaen business venture takes off

Torfaen business venture takes off
Description:
As part of Torfaen council's anti-poverty programme Communities First is helping local people to get back to work with its comprehensive employability programme.
Tuesday 7 March 2017

Torfaen's business club hosts first event of 2017

Torfaen's business club hosts first event of 2017
Description:
Torfaen's business club will hold its first networking session of 2017 at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran on Thursday 16 March from 5pm.

Council seeks local views on licensing

Council seeks local views on licensing
Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents and businesses to have their say on the way it licenses businesses such as pubs, clubs, taxis and cinemas.
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Bridges into Work 2 launch new community hub

Bridges into Work 2 launch new community hub
Description:
A new community hub has been launched in The Melin Academy Blaenavon. The ESF funded projects Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 host an experience team of Employment Support Workers who offer support to job seekers to gain new skills, build their confidence, and improve employment opportunities, the team also help those already in work to improve their workplace skills.

Cwmbran entrepreneurs turn over £1.7 million in first year

Cwmbran entrepreneurs turn over £1.7 million in first year
Description:
A pair of Cwmbran-based serial entrepreneurs are celebrating a £1.7m turn over in insurance premiums in the first year of their new business.
Wednesday 8 February 2017

Bridging the gap to employment

Bridging the gap to employment
Description:
A Torfaen resident who took on a series of volunteering roles while struggling to find employment has just gained a full time job with support from a Torfaen Council project.
Friday 27 January 2017

Try your hand at market trading

Try your hand at market trading
Description:
Budding entrepreneurs can try their hand at market trading with a causal stall or table at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Thursday 26 January 2017

Business start-up loans

Description:
New business start-ups can access a loan of up to £1,500 from the Torfaen Credit Union.
Wednesday 25 January 2017

Free space to promote public services in Pontypool Indoor Market

Free space to promote public services in Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Organisations that offer Torfaen residents support, advice and training are being offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market to promote their services.
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Tasha's Tea Room, open for business

Tasha's Tea Room, open for business
Description:
Local lady Natasha Maddison - Herbert has opened up a café facility within the Torfaen Council's Power Station building in Blenheim Road, St Dials. The café, Tasha's Tea Room is open to users of the adult education centre and members of the public on a daily basis and serves teas, coffees, cakes, hot and cold rolls.
Monday 23 January 2017

Stalls available at Pontypool Indoor Market

Stalls available at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Pontypool's town centre team are seeking new businesses to join 18 independent traders at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Friday 13 January 2017

Torfaen business exhibition

Torfaen business exhibition
Description:
Torfaen's second business exhibition takes place on Wednesday 17 May at Cwmbran Stadium.
Wednesday 14 December 2016

Event raises money for Alzheimer's Society

Event raises money for Alzheimer's Society
Description:
Torfaen's annual women in business event raised more than £1,500 for the Alzheimer's Society.
Monday 5 December 2016

Local shop expands creating new jobs

Local shop expands creating new jobs
Description:
A local shopkeeper in Pontypool has expanded his business, creating two new jobs.

Council project supports Pontypool man into work

Council project supports Pontypool man into work
Description:
A 30 year old Pontypool man, who has been unemployed since he was 16, has landed his first job with support from a Torfaen council project.
Friday 2 December 2016

Torfaen Christmas business event success

Torfaen Christmas business event success
Description:
More than 60 members of the Torfaen business community gathered at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran on Thursday (1 December) for Torfaen Business Voice's Christmas event.
Thursday 24 November 2016

Women in Business event a success

Women in Business event a success
Description:
More than 100 businesswomen took part in Torfaen's annual Women in Business event at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 22 November 2016

Project to tackle long term unemployment launched in Torfaen

Project to tackle long term unemployment launched in Torfaen
Description:
A project that aims to tackle poverty through sustainable employment has been launched in Torfaen.
Friday 4 November 2016

Local artist sets up business with council support

Local artist sets up business with council support
Description:
A former Cwmbran graffiti artist is sharing his love of art with school children thanks to support from Torfaen council.
Friday 7 October 2016

Funding available for rural projects

Funding available for rural projects
Description:
A series of information sessions to help businesses and entrepreneurs tap into funding for the development of projects in Torfaen's rural areas are being held in October.
Tuesday 27 September 2016

Award-winning fish monger comes to Pontypool

Award-winning fish monger comes to Pontypool
Description:
An award-winning sea food supplier is setting up shop in Pontypool Indoor Market every Thursday.
Tuesday 20 September 2016

Award winning Cwmbran tech company expands with £160k investment

Award winning Cwmbran tech company expands with £160k investment
Description:
A Torfaen technology firm plans to triple its workforce by 2019 thanks to a six figure investment.
Tuesday 16 August 2016

Frog Bikes opens new factory in Pontypool

Frog Bikes opens new factory in Pontypool
Description:
Frog Bikes, which specialises in developing light weight children's bikes for export all over the world, has officially opened a new 60,000 sq ft factory at the Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool.
Friday 12 August 2016

Entrepreneurs launch businesses with council support

Entrepreneurs launch businesses with council support
Description:
Three entrepreneurs have launched their own businesses this month with support from Torfaen council.
Monday 8 August 2016

New vintage shop opens in Pontypool

New vintage shop opens in Pontypool
Description:
A new business that has supplied antiques and collectables to TV shows such as Eastenders, theme parks and global fashion brands, has opened in Pontypool town centre.

Time to revisit Pontypool

Time to revisit Pontypool
Description:
A series of promotional films have been released showcasing some of Pontypool's hidden gems.
Wednesday 22 June 2016

Quirkey business opens on Blaenavon high street

Quirkey business opens on Blaenavon high street
Description:
A new independent shop has opened on Broad Street in Blaenavon.
Friday 17 June 2016

New cafe opens at Llanyrafon Manor

New cafe opens at Llanyrafon Manor
Description:
Llanyrafon Manor Tearooms are now open under new management.
Tuesday 7 June 2016

Former Pontypool pub transformed into residential and retail units

Former Pontypool pub transformed into residential and retail units
Description:
Work to transform the former Greyhound pub in Pontypool into new residential and retail units well underway.
Friday 13 May 2016

Cwmbran security company expands with UK-wide deal

Cwmbran security company expands with UK-wide deal
Description:
The Cwmbran-based Weston Facilities Management Group, headed by Simon Weston CBE, has signed a major national contract with leading integrated services provider, Speedy Services.
Monday 25 April 2016

Budding baker prepares to launch business with support from lone parent scheme

Budding baker prepares to launch business with support from lone parent scheme
Description:
A Cwmbran mum, who was unemployed for more than three years, is now working to set up her own business creating bespoke celebration cakes.
Monday 4 April 2016

New Pontypool business is coming up roses

New Pontypool business is coming up roses
Description:
A young entrepreneur who was left out of work following a serious car accident in December 2015 has launched a new florist in Pontypool Indoor Market.
Monday 14 March 2016

New guidance for waste oil burners

New guidance for waste oil burners
Description:
Torfaen businesses which dispose of waste oil by burning it are being advised of new government guidance.
Monday 29 February 2016

Businesses become dementia friendly

Businesses become dementia friendly
Description:
Around 35 members of the south Wales business community have taken part in a dementia awareness training session at Pontnewydd Golf Club in Cwmbran.

Cwmbran technology firm launches innovative new product to help SMEs

Cwmbran technology firm launches innovative new product to help SMEs
Description:
A Torfaen technology firm has launched a new product designed to give small-to-medium sized businesses in the manufacturing sector affordable access to industry-leading financial management software.
Wednesday 24 February 2016

Blaenau Gwent Council joins SRS partners for ICT Services

Blaenau Gwent Council joins SRS partners for ICT Services
Description:
This week, Torfaen County Borough Council, Monmouthshire County Council and Ian Johnston, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent Police approved reports recommending Blaenau Gwent Council join the Shared Resource Service (SRS) as a partner from April 2016.
Thursday 18 February 2016

Blaenau Gwent Council looks to merge ICT services into SRS

Blaenau Gwent Council looks to merge ICT services into SRS
Description:
Next week, special cabinet committees of Torfaen Council and Monmouthshire Council will be asked to approve reports recommending that Blaenau Gwent Council join the Shared Resource Service (SRS) as a partner from April 2016.
Monday 18 January 2016

Fresh fruit and veg at Pontypool Indoor Market

Fresh fruit and veg at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Shoppers at Pontypool Indoor Market can now add fresh fruit and veg to their shopping baskets.
Monday 21 December 2015

Blaenavon business become Dementia Friendly

Blaenavon business become Dementia Friendly
Description:
Blaenavon's popular art and craft shop and Post Office is the first business in the town centre, and the first Post Office in Gwent, to become Dementia Friendly.
Friday 18 December 2015

Trading Standards warn residents of dangerous hover boards

Trading Standards warn residents of dangerous hover boards
Description:
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Trading Standards are warning residents of dangerous imported hover boards
Monday 14 December 2015

Pontypool travel agent expands town centre operation

Pontypool travel agent expands town centre operation
Description:
Pontypool-based travel agent Jetaways has expanded into new premises in the town centre.
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