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Yogurt factory workers face redundancy

Workers at a Welsh dairy factory face redundancies following a decision by Tesco to stop stocking its yogurt range.

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Rachel’s Organic at Aberystwyth has 92 employees and the firm says it has now entered into a 30 day consultation period over possible job losses.

Tesco has regrettably chosen to remove the Rachel’s yogurt range from the end of April 2015 and our staff have been informed of this decision. As a result, we can confirm that we are now in a 30 day consultation period regarding potential redundancies and reduced hours at the Aberystwyth factory. As a business, we are currently focusing on replacing the volume lost from Tesco and we are doing everything in our power to minimise the impact on Rachel’s consumers and employees

– Rachel’s Dairy spokesperson

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Around 600 new homes to be built at Bridgend

Contracts have been exchanged for the sale of 98 acres of land to housebuilder Persimmon Homes to build 590 new homes on a residential development on the outskirts of Bridgend

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The announcement was made by the Welsh Government's Economy Minister Edwina Hart who said, "releasing this site to the market will allow developers to deliver much needed housing, including affordable provision. The development of the site is also anticipated to support some 75 full time construction jobs over five years."

The purchase of the 98 acres of land from the Welsh Government makes Persimmon Homes the largest land holder at the Parc Derwen site.

New service takes off to Norwich from Cardiff and Anglesey

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A new service starts today with flights to and from Cardiff and Anglesey to Norwich.

UK regional airline, LinksAir, says the move follows a 30% rise in passenger numbers for its service between Anglesey and Cardiff.

We are delighted at LinksAir with the initial response to us taking over the Cardiff-Anglesey service and already carrying such increased passenger numbers. Adding the new daily weekday Norwich service will add further to the destinations available from and to Wales helping business and leisure accessibility to the East Anglia region to both North and South Wales.

– Roger Hage, LinksAir Commercial Manager

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Tourism 'bounce' for Wales with trampoline centres

A series of trampoline parks are set to open across Wales. The first will be seen in Cardiff this summer.

The private enterprise which has been supported by the Welsh Government to the tune of £59,000 will see Air Trampoline Park open in Cardiff this June. There are also plans for one in Swansea later in the year and another in North Wales early in 2016.

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The all-weather indoor arena-style court concept will comprise of hundred interconnected trampoline beds and a three lane long trampoline that allows free jumping into a foam pit to practice skills.

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The Cardiff Park will be at the Old Britvic factory in Llanishen, while the Swansea one will be at Llansamlet.

The Welsh Government says the plans support its initiative of making Wales an adventure sports destination in 2016.

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The directors of Air Trampoline say the Cardiff operation will create 19 new jobs and they are now recruiting.

We chose Cardiff for our first site as it’s a vibrant Capital city with a dynamic tourism base and a rich sporting heritage. Trampoline arenas have mass appeal across all age groups and sectors - from kids’ parties to rebound exercise classes, from corporate teambuilding events to university dodgeball leagues - so we’re committed to rolling out the concept across Wales, and will have the Swansea site operational later this year

– Nigel Willetts and Jez James, Air Trampoline

Jobs Growth Wales hailed 'fantastic success'

The Welsh Government has described their flagship jobs scheme as 'a fantastic success'.

The programme has been temporarily closed.

The original programme was designed to create and fill 12,000 jobs and to date it has helped create over 17,000 job opportunities and fill almost 15,000 of these vacancies for young people aged 16-24.

In doing so it has made a significant contribution to reducing youth unemployment right across Wales. It has also helped businesses grow and expand.

The European Social Fund budget for the 2007-2013 programme came to an end on 31st March and we have already begun work on the successor programme. Subject to approval within the new European Social Fund for 2014-2020 we are aiming to launch the new Jobs Growth Wales programme in the first quarter of this financial year.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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