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Hotel unveils new head chef

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LEADING West Wales boutique hotel The Corran Resort & Spa has announced the appointment of talented Head Chef Justin Heasman.

Justin, 44, hails from Salisbury and has worked in a number of high-end hotels and restaurants since becoming a chef at the age of 21.

He is particularly well-acquainted with Welsh cuisine having lived in Wales for the past 18 years and is joined on his team by Sous Chef Alex Rees and Pastry Chef Matt Judd.

“I see Justin as the captain of our good ship steering the Corran kitchen and restaurant to great success,” said CEO Henrietta Hensher.

“Not only is Justin a brilliant chef but he mentors a fantastic team around him producing great food, most of which is sourced locally.  We are lucky to have him and it is vital such a talented and trusted chef is driving The Corran forward.”

Justin insists that his move to The Corran is an exciting move for him.

“I love it at The Corran – the place has history with such stunning surroundings,” said Justin.

“It is also a great place to be able to cook in – especially as most of the produce is sourced locally from the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire areas. As well as working with great produce it is also a pleasure to have such a enthusiastic team around me such as Alex and Matt.”

The Corran, set in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside lying amongst the salt marshes near Laugharne, caters for all events such as weddings, christenings, events and group bookings as well as romantic weekends.

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Community at heart of plans to transform Llanelli’s Tyisha

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LLANELLI’s Tyisha ward is to be transformed as part of a multi-million-pound regeneration project with the community at the heart of it.

It follows a massive consultation exercise which took place last year in which residents, tenants and local businesses were asked to help plan for changes and improvements that will affect their future.

All the views, opinions and ideas gathered from the community have been used to develop a regeneration masterplan for the area.

Whilst representing socio-economic and environmental challenges, Tyisha is seen as an area of strategic importance, providing a vital link between Llanelli town centre and the Wellness Village at Delta Lakes.

It has the highest population density in Carmarthenshire, and over a quarter of housing is social rented, in low demand and difficult to let.

The aim is to create a vibrant community where people want to live and work by delivering new mixed-use housing developments, improving the local environment, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, developing more community facilities, bringing vacant business premises back into use and providing opportunities for education, training and employment.

The council is working in partnership with a number of key organisations including the police and Llanelli Town Council to drive forward the regeneration plans, and a community steering group has been set up.

A report setting out the long-term ambition for the Tyisha area will go before the council’s Executive Board on Monday, October 21.

Executive Board Member for Communities Cllr Cefin Campbell who is also chair of the project steering group, said: “The people of Tyisha want to see the area improve and want to be part of the change, which is so important. They have come to us with their ideas for the area and we know what matters to them; now it is time to put all this into action.

“We are committed to working with the community to improve their prospects by developing their skills and confidence and giving them aspirations for the future. There is a lot of work to do but I am very excited about what is to come, I hope the community are too.”

A total of £9.3million has been allocated from the council’s New Build Programme (Housing Revenue Account) specifically for the Station Road area to assist in its regeneration.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I would like to thank residents, tenants and businesses for working with us to develop this plan for future investment and development for the area.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners and with the community to make sure what is being delivered is what the community needs and wants. Housing officers will be engaging directly with tenants to discuss their housing needs and options for the future. Drop-in sessions will be held throughout the ward during November and December to discuss the proposals with residents and we are also looking at setting up a base in the Station Road area. It is time for change and by working together we really can make this happen.”

Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau am y datganiad hwn, neu os hoffech ofyn am gyfweliad, e-bostiwch swyddfawasg@sirgar.gov.ukneu ffoniwch 01267 224900

If you have any enquiries about this press release, or would like to request an interview, please email pressoffice@carmarthenshire.gov.ukor call 01267 224900

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MPN Windows becomes Which Magazine Trusted Trader

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FAMILY-OWNED MPN Windows, Doors and Conservatories has become a member of a prestigious national trade body and have also recently become accredited as a Which Magazine Trusted Trader.

Independent Network only accepts the country’s most professional window and door companies, and each one must undergo rigorous vetting before being allowed to join, and display the IN branding.

Companies like MPN must then agree to continuous auditing to ensure they maintain that same level of absolute professionalism.

Paul Webster, owner of MPN explained: “Independent Network imposes very strict criteria on its members; we must commit to using exceptional quality VEKA materials and every single one of our customers is given a customer satisfaction report to complete, which is sent directly back to the organisation – so they can make sure we are as good as our word when it comes to quality products and installations.

“In this way, IN can be sure that we continue to operate to the highest standards and they are happy to offer our customers a fantastic ten year insurance-backed guarantee.

“This provides complete peace of mind for customers. They can rest assured that their investment is safe and protected, and they can see – at a glance – that we carry the Independent Network logo, which signifies that we’re among the top VEKA fitters in the UK.

“We were award-winning members of the organisation for many years, back when it was known as Network VEKA, and then we changed PVC-U suppliers and were no longer eligible.

“Although the quality of our products was still good, we are so committed to customer satisfaction that we decided to make the move back to VEKA PVC-U so that we could rejoin the network and offer our customers all the benefits that go with it.

“Benefits include things like deposit protection, insurance-backed guarantees, finance options and a phenomenal choice of window styles and colours, to name just a few.”

MPN Windows becomes a Which Magazine Trusted Trader

At this family run business, MPN have managed to create a successful blend of 25 years’ experience in double glazing along with being an innovative online company. We offer our customers the opportunity to arrange a free home visit or get an instant quote all via our numerous digital channels including our website to facebook to whatsapp.

Independent Network’s Karen Lund said: “It’s been great to welcome MPN back to the organisation. The company has won numerous awards for customer satisfaction over the years, and we know that the team represent everything we want to see from an IN member.

“They are committed to quality, service and professionalism, and I’m sure we’ll see them win even more customer satisfaction awards in the years to come.”

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