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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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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…




Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children




Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to:

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package




A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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