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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

Welsh Government job scheme closes

The Welsh Government's flagship employment programme Jobs Growth Wales has been temporarily closed, it's been announced.

The scheme places applicants in a range of different careers Credit: PA

The scheme, for 16-24 year olds, aims to secure six month job placements in a job which pays at least national minimum wage.

The closure was confirmed in a short statement on the Careers Wales website.

Thank you for your interest in the Jobs Growth Wales Programme, there will be no further jobs advertised as the programme has now closed. But there will be an exciting new programme, it’s currently in development, so please check back soon for updates.

– Careers Wales

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Remploy group celebrates 70th anniversary

Disability employment group Remploy is today celebrating 70 years since its formation.

It is also the day the group leaves the public sector in a joint venture partnership between US company Maximus and Remploy employees.

Remploy is marking its 70th anniversary on the same day it leaves government ownership. Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Remploy was set up after the Second World War to provide training and employment for injured service personnel and disabled miners.

At its peak, the company's network of factories employed 10,000 disabled people - though in recent years its focus has shifted to supporting people into mainstream employment.

£3m for 'tatty' car park with world class views

Rhossili Bay Credit: ITV Wales

The National Trust has spent £3million on a so-called 'tatty' car park overlooking Rhossili Bay.

Bought from private landowners, the National Trust Manager Paul Boland, defended the cost saying: "We want to ensure that we provide Gower with a first-class car park for a first-class destination."

The destination is popular with tourists Credit: ITV Wales
New facilities may be opened too Credit: ITV Wales

Rhossili Bay is a popular destination for tourists. In the past it's been voted the UK's number one beach, third best in Europe and 9th best in the world, by Travel Review website, TripAdvisor.

The National Trust are now considering whether to add extra facilities to the car park, providing they're "harmonious with the outstanding beauty of this unique part of the world."

Bottled water company to double workforce

The family business started in 1991 Credit: Princes Gate

Princes Gate Spring Water has announced plans to invest £5.5 million in a major expansion project, which aims to double staff numbers and more than triple production volumes.

As part of the project, the Narberth-based business is investing in a new bottling line, which is capable of producing 37,000 bottles an hour - increasing their annual production to a potential 370 million.

The expansion is being supported by £250,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

Over the next three years the company is expected to create 25 new jobs, bringing the total number of people working on site to over 50.

This investment will create a range of news jobs in rural Wales and help Princes Gate Spring Water - one of our iconic Welsh brands - reach new markets both in the UK and overseas and increase turnover.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister
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