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Breakfast club is bringing home the bacon!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.56.59IT’S BEEN described as the business breakfast club that really brings home the bacon.

To prove it, this small and creative local business group earned more than £400,000 in additional revenue for its members last year.

Now the Business Network International (BNI) Chapter in Llanelli has its sights set on bigger targets and is looking for new members.

The busy Thursday morning club meets at The Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli.

It’s an early 7am start – but these are men and women who are keen to make the most of their working days.

“Meeting first thing in the morning is great,” said Llanelli chapter (local branch) spokesman Phil Evans.

“We all have busy days and meeting first thing in the morning means that it doesn’t intrude into the rest of the working day.

“It also means that we start the day energised as there’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm in our meetings, the meetings really have a buzz.

“It’s a place where networking can really pay dividends and it’s a place where people appreciate exchanging ideas and information. Our members also appreciate that we are a great support network. We are there for each other.”

It is estimated that each seat around the Llanelli BNI breakfast table is worth £12,000 in extra referral business.

The key to this is in the makeup of the BNI membership. No two businesses in the BNI are allowed to be in the same category, so you get a mix, which can be as varied as the proverbial butcher, baker and candlestick maker.

In Llanelli, the membership includes a plasterer, an office supplies manager, carpenter, locksmith, accountant, painter and decorator, electrician, plumber, builder, IT support consultant and a roofer.

Two of the latest recruits are Andrew Glen, of John Glen Garage Doors in Gorseinon, and Robin Rees, of Rees Roofing in Llanelli. “It really is a great mix,” said Mr Evans.

As well as the networking and the support BNI provides, the meeting also enables members to pass business referrals to each other, which can vary from firm orders from one business to the next or an introduction to a potential client.

In short, the message is, “help others to help yourselve’s”.

The business between the BNI members is monitored and in money terms we know that the BNI members have done more than £400,000 worth of business during 2015.

In addition, we have regular training sessions and guest speakers. So, we are able to combine an entertaining way of business networking with some innovative ways of making sure we stay on top of our businesses in these challenging and changing economic times.

“The BNI experience is different to other networking organisations, but we are very open and accessible and would be delighted to welcome potential members who just want to come along on a Thursday and see what we are about.

“Our growing chapter has referrals for a photographer and an event’s organiser. If you know of a business that is looking to grow and can handle more work, we would like to meet them. Please spread the word.” You can contact Phil Evans on 01269 591133.

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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