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Welsh entrepreneurs launch app

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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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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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