Month: March 2013

Coleg Morgannwg student wins national hairdressing competition

A Coleg Morgannwg / Caerphilly student beat off thousands of hopefuls from across the UK to win a national hairdressing competition to style models at the London Collections Men fashion show. Jorden Bowen, 20, from Caerphilly, a level 2 hairdressing student at Coleg Morgannwg entered a competition for the chance to assist top name hairdressers at the prestigious fashion event. The three-day event, which is presented by the British Fashion Council, saw Jorden and the two other competition winners work with renowned hairdressers John Vial and Dale Ted Watkins to prepare the models for the runway. Jorden said: “I...

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Coleg Morgannwg will rock you

Coleg Morgannwg is set to become a ‘school of rock’ as pioneering students launch their very own charity music festival. Music technology students at Coleg Morgannwg’s Rhondda Campus are planning to give the summer festivals a run for their money this year, as they make final preparations for their own music event called “Valley’s Sound Fest”, bringing some of Wales’ up-and-coming bands to the Valleys. The music festival, which has been entirely organised by the student themselves, will be open to the general public between 2pm – 10pm on Friday 22 March at Coleg Morgannwg’s Rhondda campus. Valleys Sound...

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Bid to give more practical support to micro-businesses

Workshop-based management training that provides practical and relevant solutions has the potential to support the success of micro-businesses in Wales. In a survey of Welsh micro-businesses, more than 75% believed that developing their business management skills would enhance their long-term success. But they struggled to identify their development needs and to find suitable and affordable training. The survey, published today, was commissioned by Leadership & Management Wales (LMW) after a preliminary investigation revealed that more had to be done to understand and fulfil the specific needs of micro-businesses. Micro-businesses, which are defined as having nine or fewer employees, make up more than 94% of active enterprises in Wales. They are eligible for subsidies of up to 70% towards the cost of leadership and management training but current take-up is low. “If we are serious about strengthening this vital sector of the Welsh economy, we cannot afford to ignore the need for specific skills and support,” said LMW director, Dr Barrie Kennard. “To address some of the issues identified, we are now looking to run a pilot series of learning workshops tailored to micro-businesses.” LMW’s survey, The business skills development needs of micro-businesses in Wales, also recommends the creation of an independent one-stop shop to provide advice about skills needs and resources, funding and recommendations for appropriate training workshops and events. Training providers interviewed for the report agreed that the...

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County Cup success for South Wales tennis girls

The South Wales girls’ tennis team had a successful weekend (1st March) at the County Cup in Sheffield. The girls were up against teams from Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and the West of Scotland, and they were led by team captain Melissa House from Penarth. Friday’s single matches ended in a tie 3-3 against Gloucestershire, with wins by Swansea’s Alice Warren (6-0, 6-1) and Joely Lomas (6-4, 6-3), and Alex Oelmann from Cardiff (6-1, 6-3). The girls won all three of their doubles matches, with Alice Warren being joined by Llanelli’s Chloe Alpine and winning 6-4, 6-2, while Alex Oelmann played...

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Bake for Bobath Treorchy Primary Coffee Morning

It is a huge thanks to all the parents and local businesses who supported the coffee morning in The Family Room of Treorchy Primary School. The Helping Hands group organised the morning and raised a staggering £229.40 for children in Wales with Cerebral Palsy. Donations to aid the event were received from:- Baileys Building Supplies, Sugar n Spice, Carpanini’s Café, Stag Café, Treorchy Pet Supplies, Davies Jewellers, Savers, Mannings, Carpets n Carpets, Shop by the Bus Stop, Top to Toe, Picture Framing Shop, Frazer Jones Chemist, Touchwood and U...

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