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pizzamanON THURSDAY (Jun 11) at 8pm, Domino’s Pizza featured in a documentary on Channel 4 called Domino’s Pizza: A Slice of Life, which is a behind the scenes peek at daily life at Domino’s.

One of the main characters in the show was Matt Taylor, store manager at Domino’s Llanelli. Matt is incredibly committed to Domino’s having progressed from driver to store manager in 5 years, and is looking to step up to Area Manager next year (he even considered getting a Domino’s tattoo!) He was also a nominee for ‘Manager of the Year’ at the 2015 Domino’s UK Rally Event. Matt met his wife Emma whilst working at Domino’s and they married at the 2014 Domino’s global rally in Las Vegas.

Herald reporter Alan Evans caught up with Matt for a chat ahead of the show.

When did you start work with Dominos Pizza?

“I Started with Dominoes Pizza in December 2006. I went to the job centre and I saw a job advertised and it was just across the road from my Mum’s. The job was team member, making pizzas, doing a bit of everything.”

Do you think young people think that jobs like making pizzas are beneath them?

“It depends; some people think they can do a lot better. Some are fussy about what job they want but you have to start somewhere to get experience but working for Dominos is amazing. We have a great team and we mix outside the work place. Staff moral is high and we have fun. We form groups outside of work and go out together.”

How far would you like to go with the company?

“I have been there nearly nine years so the next step might be looking to buy my own franchise. Absolutely, with myself if I was going to buy in I would have to look outside of Llanelli. If you have a goal, nothing should stop you.”

What is the strangest or biggest order you have had to deal with?

“Someone phoned me up and had got the wrong number. She was trying to phone a friend. I sold her a pizza.”

Do you buy into healthy eating and if so how does Dominos pizza cater for that?

“I buy in to healthy eating and we offer healthy options. We are classed as fast foods but we offer wraps, salads, light cheese and different pizza bases. We do promote healthy eating when we can.”

How will TV stardom affect you?

“To be honest I don’t think I will get a lot of people coming up to me in the street. I might have some friends recognising me. I was going to watch but I am working. I am recording it and my friends and family will be watching it.”

Will you be watching the programme and if so will you be ordering pizza?

“I was going to have the Dominoes logo tattooed on my chest close to my heart because that is where the company sits with me.”

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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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