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BT boosts Welsh economy ‘by £575m’

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BT Employee: One of 2950 BT employs in Wales

BT Employee: One of 2950 BT employs in Wales

BT generated a massive £575 m for the Welsh economy in the past year – a £35 m increase on just two years ago, according to an independ­ent report published on Wednesday (Nov 4).

The report, by Regeneris Consult­ing, also shows that the communica­tions company supports 7,520 jobs in Wales through direct employment, it’s spending with contractors and suppli­ers and the spending of employees.

In employment terms, BT’s impact in 2014-15 was larger than the coun­try’s creative and media sector. Around £213 m was spent with local suppliers.

The overall beneficial financial im­pact of BT activities is expressed as a “Gross Value Added” (GVA)* contri­bution. For Wales the BT GVA totalled £575million – equivalent to £1 in eve­ry £90 of the total GVA for Wales.

Tim Fanning, associate director at Regeneris Consulting, said: “Our anal­ysis confirms the sheer scale and reach of BT’s ongoing economic contribu­tion to Wales and the UK as a whole.

“BT makes a contribution to every community across the UK. At the UK level, £1 in £80 of wealth created is attributable to BT – this is one of the single largest contributions to the UK economy by any firm.”

Alwen Williams, BT’s regional di­rector for Wales, said: “There are few organisations in Wales that have a larg­er impact on the day-to-day life and fu­ture prospects of the country than BT.

“We are one of the largest private sector employers and investors in Wales – our investment in fibre broad­band in Wales alone amounts to hun­dreds of millions of pounds – and the services that we provide are a vital part of every community.

“The facts and figures shown in this report highlight the full extent of BT’s contribution to the local econo­my as we go about the daily business of keeping people connected and in­troducing new technologies, which are creating fresh opportunities and trans­forming lives.

“Aside from the company’s activi­ties, the report also draws attention to the positive ways BT people are con­tributing to the communities where they live and work, whether they are a volunteer for a worthy cause or a local shopper.”

‘Social Study 2015 – The Eco­nomic Impact of BT in the United Kingdom’ analyses the key role BT and its employees play in economic, business and community life across the English regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It highlights the positive contribu­tions made by BT through the salaries and wages of employees and contrac­tors, and the beneficial impact of its procurement and overall expenditure around the UK.

The report highlights that BT in Wales:

  • Is responsible for the employment of 2,950 people – 2,790 direct em­ployees and 164 contractors – with a total employment income of £94 m;
  • Provides work for a further 4,570 people through BT’s spending with businesses that supply its equipment and services, and the spending of employees;
  • Committed more than £1 m to community, charity and voluntary programmes, spread around many regional communities in 2014/15;
  • Has enabled more than three-quarters – 77 % – of its employees to work flexibly.

BT is investing more than £3 bil­lion in the roll-out of fibre broadband in the UK through its own commer­cial programme and by working with the Government and local authorities in broadband partnerships to extend next generation broadband even more widely – especially to more rural and remote communities.

In Wales, BT is the major private sector partner in Superfast Cymru. Through this partnership and the com­pany’s commercial roll-out, BT has al­ready made fibre broadband available to more than 1.2 million Welsh homes and businesses – and this number is continuing to grow rapidly.

The report also highlights how BT is consistently one of the country’s leading investors in innovation with spending on research and development in the 2014/15 financial year reaching £50 m. Among the latest developments, the company has started trials in Swan­sea of ultrafast G.fast broadband, which is already delivering download speeds up to 330 megabits per second (Mbps).

This new technology will be rolled out to 10 million UK homes and busi­nesses by the end of 2020 and the ma­jority of premises within a decade.

Volunteering is also a core element of BT’s strategy. Last year, BT people in Wales contributed 2,416 volunteer­ing days to worthy causes, amounting to in-kind support of nearly £750,000. Across the UK, the figure is 50,500 days, worth more than £15 m.

In addition, MyDonate – BT’s commission-free online fund-raising service – has helped to raise more than £1m for charities across Wales.

Alwen Williams added: “It’s evi­dent BT people throughout Wales real­ly want to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work. Every day BT employees help millions of people to communi­cate, do business, be entertained and stay informed.”

UK-wide, BT’s total GVA contri­bution is assessed at £18 billion. The company supports 217,000 jobs di­rectly and indirectly and last year spent £6.5 billion with UK-based suppliers. As a result of the full economic impact of BT, the firm supports £1 in every £80 of GVA in the UK economy and one in every 110 UK employees.

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    Glyn Morgan

    November 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    We’ve been waiting forever for fibre in central Llanelli. I live in town and told by BT that our services won’t be upgraded until April 2016 -March 2017. Its madness. All the villages are upgrading to fibre under the superfast cymru scheme but since we are part of a “commericial rollout” we’re stuck waiting for another two years!

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£100k funding boosts local food production

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LOCAL AM, Lee Waters has announced £100,000 of funding for a project to transform local food production and boost the economy across Carmarthenshire.

The project by Carmarthenshire Public Service Board will provide business opportunities for locally or regionally-based companies and bring environmental benefits by lowering food miles and associated carbon costs. It has been funded as part of a £4.6m package to boost the foundational economy.

The foundational economy approach is being adopted by cities and regions across the world, but Wales is the first country in the world to embrace it on a national scale. The foundational economy is made up of the everyday goods and services we all need and use with estimates suggesting it accounts for four out of every 10 jobs and £1 in every three we spend.

Lee Waters, who is also the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, said,

“I came into politics and Government with the aim of helping the communities where I grew up and those like them.

“Supporting the Foundational Economy is a key way to do this. This is a vitally important part of the economy which makes a big difference to the livelihoods of many people as well as our cities, towns and villages.”

The announcement was made alongside the First Minister Mark Drakeford at an event at University of Wales Trinity St David.

Another project to be awarded funding is being led by Cyfle Building Skills Ltd. It will receive £86,500 to work with construction employers and provide opportunities for apprentices to receive valuable work experience placements throughout the industry in Carmarthenshire.

Lee Waters added “It’s been great to join the First Minister in Carmarthen to learn more about what it potentially a very exciting project and one which will change the way food is procured locally for the benefit of area’s communities.

“The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund is a clear demonstration of our commitment to supporting people in all parts of Wales today, tomorrow and into the future.”

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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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