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£8.1 million for training at Airbus

Broughton makes wings for all airbus aircraft. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today announce an £8.1 million funding package for training at Airbus at Broughton, in Flintshire, which employs 6,000 people.

It will enable the workforce to exploit new technology at the site.

The announcement will be made at Wales' UK Investment Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

This funding will help safeguard jobs at Broughton and ensure we remain at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation in a fiercely competitive global market.

Airbus makes a major contribution to the Welsh economy and employs 6,000 people in North Wales in a world class, highly advanced manufacturing facility responsible for assembling more than 900 Airbus aircraft wings a year.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

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Jobs news is sign UK Government's plan is working says Welsh Secretary

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has welcomed the announcement of more than a thousand new jobs at six projects in Wales. He said the news is sign that the UK Government's long term economic plan is working and that Wales is poised to benefit from this week's investment summit.

The UK Government has a long term economic plan for getting right behind Welsh businesses and creating the perfect conditions for growth. We have reduced the deficit, cut Corporation Tax and slashed red tape to make our economy more competitive and more attractive for inward investment.

This has led to 8,000 new businesses starting each year in Wales and the creation of around 100,000 new private sector jobs since 2010.

This week’s summit will send a message to the world that we are an ambitious nation that is open for business. There has never been a better time for Wales to capitalise on an investment summit - to turn the success of the recent Nato summit into jobs and prosperity so that more people in Wales can benefit from the security of a regular wage.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales
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German airline drops Cardiff route for 2015

Part of the Germanwings fleet at Dusseldorf Airport Credit: Matthias Balk/DPA/Press Association Images

The only direct air route linking Wales and Germany, a weekly flight between Cardiff and Dusseldorf, will not operate next year unless a new airline takes over the service.

Germanwings, which is owned by the Lufthansa Group, launched the low cost flights in April, as a seasonal service which ran until last month. The German route was seen as an important part of a strategy to bring more tourists to Wales. Visit Wales, the tourism arm of airport owner the Welsh Government, was closely involved in securing the Dusseldorf flights.

Cardiff Airport is still trying to renew the service for 2015.

The reports circulating today regarding the service for next year are misleading as we are in discussions with a number of airlines – including Germanwings

– Cardiff Airport Spokesperson

However, Germanwings confirmed to ITV News Cymru Wales that the airline has pulled out of Cardiff.

In 2015 we will not operate on the route Dusseldorf-Cardiff.

– Germanwings Spokesperson

The Welsh Government has been asked to comment. The Conservative opposition in the Assembly see this latest development as a further sign of trouble for the Welsh Government's running of Cardiff Airport, which it bought for £52 million.

This is very worrying news for Wales’ state-owned airport, following the recent withdrawal of Cityjet flights to Glasgow and a downward trend in annual passenger numbers.

This route was only launched seven months ago to great fanfare as a way to tap into the German market to bring more tourists to Wales. The fact that Germanwings has pulled out of Cardiff Airport altogether so soon suggests a complete failure to properly market Wales to German travellers and improve business links between Wales and Germany.

Labour ministers must engage with Cardiff Airport’s remaining carriers to maintain and expand their route options and focus on attracting new airlines to restore confidence in Wales’ flagship airport.

– Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies AM

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Jobs boost for north Wales food company

A North Wales food company is creating ninety jobs in north Wales.

KK Fine Foods, which makes ready meals, is based on the Deeside Enterprise Zone.

It announced a £4.2m factory expansion back in October.

The company has received support from the Welsh Government and Finance Wales.

It is the largest investment made by KK Fine Foods to date.

Colwyn Bay crowned coastal High Street of the year

Colwyn Bay has been awarded Great British High Street of the Year in the Coastal Category.

Judges recognised it as a fantastic example of a High Street that looks to the future whilst making the most of its heritage.

Footfall in the town has risen by 30% in the last two year and 52 new shops have opened.

The award will be presented at an official ceremony in December.

Judges commended the Town Team's regeneration of the High Street Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales
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