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WELSH entrepreneurs are launching a search for the UK’s most fashionable pet to be the face of their new social petwork app, Fuzmo.

The free photo-sharing app launches live on the IOS and Android app store today (Friday 20th February). As part of the launch, the app is inviting owners to post pictures of their fashionista pets in a bid to become the face of Fuzmo.

The search follows a UK survey, conducted by Fuzmo, which reveals that one in five owners consider their pets to be fashionable while 70% dress up their pet or decorate its home for special occasions.

The results also reveal that UK owners are notably fashion conscious, with a quarter splashing out on pet clothes and two thirds investing in grooming products to style their pet’s look.

The Fuzmo app is an extension of Fuzmo.com, which already attracts 20,000 members worldwide and has more than three million followers on Instagram – including the likes of Katy Perry, Aaron Paul Sturtevant and Christina Perri.

Fuzmo was founded by Welsh entrepreneurs, Elliot Thomas and Jack Morris who launched the start up company with the help of online crowd funding, managing to raise £55,450 in just 11 days.

They then raised a further £50,000 following the success of their initial crowd funding project, receiving backing from three major investors including NewLook founder, Tom Singh.

The duo has recruited seven members of staff since the investment to help manage operations.

Elliot said: “We started by launching the Fuzmo website off our own backs, hoping it would support our business case to crowd fund the app. We knew we were on to something when we had thousands of members signup to Fuzmo.com from all over the world within just two months. Fortunately, many other people saw the potential of Fuzmo, too, and made a decision to invest in us. More than 20 of our initial investors are from the local community and we are so grateful for that vote of confidence which was invaluable in helping us to secure the investment we needed to launch the app. Jack and I make a great team. My background lies in tech and web design and Jack has an uncanny eye for spotting content which is going to be popular online – he can actually look at a photo and tell you how many likes and views it will get. Our combined skills meant that launching Fuzmo seemed to make perfect sense as a business venture.”

Jack said: “Our search for the UK’s most fashionable pet just shows what Fuzmo is all about – pampered pets that love to have their photograph taken and owners that want to share how much they love them with the world. Owners are very passionate about their pets and fill their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds with photos of them getting up to all sorts of mischief. By launching an app which allows pets to have an account of their very own, we hope to host an entire community of people who are passionate about animals and sharing pet-related content. The app will make it easy for owners to upload photos of their pets to Fuzmo when they’re on the move and we’re really excited to see cute and funny contributions from UK animal lovers.”

To take part in the search for the UK’s most fashionable pet, download the app to your device and post a photo of your pet using the hashtag #FaceofFuzmo.

To register an account with Fuzmo, download the app for free on iOS or Android, or visit fuzmo.com.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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