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Award launched to celebrate Wales' high streets

People across Wales are encouraged to celebrate the businesses and individuals which make the biggest contribution to their local high streets by nominating them for a new national award.

Voting for the High Street Heroes awards is online via the Support Your High Street Facebook page.

The High Street Heroes awards are part of the Support Your High Street campaign, which showcases shops and services available on Wales’ high streets and town centres.

Businesses and services can be nominated in one or more of six categories: food & drink; fashion, health & beauty; leisure, home & garden; professional & financial services; eating out on the high street; and community service provider.

People are also encouraged to nominate their overall High Street Hero – an individual deserving recognition for their outstanding contribution to their local high street and community.

“High streets are the heart of our local communities. They offer access to vital services, support our economy and provide opportunities for people to come together to socialise. Our High Street Heroes awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people and businesses up and down the country which are providing high-quality services and boosting their local communities."

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister
The winners will be announced during High Street Week in September.

Voting for the High Street Heroes awards is online via the Support Your High Street Facebook page and entries close on 10 August 2015.

A shortlist of Heroes from across Wales will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select the overall High Street Hero winner, with the winners in the business categories decided by popular vote.

The winners will be announced during High Street Week, which is taking place 19-26 September 2015.

“High streets are at the heart of our communities, providing essential local services and creating valuable local employment. At FSB Wales we know there are some really great businesses based on our high streets, and we hope these awards will highlight some of the excellent businesses out there and the exceptional service they provide. There are special businesses in every town and we would urge everyone to support their local high streets and local traders.”

– Janet Jones, Federation of Small Businesses Wales Policy Chair


100 new jobs set to be created in Pembrokeshire

A Pembrokeshire company is expanding its operation which it is forecasting will lead to 100 new jobs.

Main Port Engineering provides an engineering service to the petro chemical, food processing, water treatment, manufacturing and power generation industries.

It is investing £1.6m in new purpose built premises in the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone at Cleddau Reach

The move is being supported by the Welsh Government.

Flybe officially opens new base at Cardiff Airport

50 jobs are said to have been created from the new flights. Credit: PA

Europe's largest regional airline will officially open its new base at Cardiff Airport.

Flybe is introducing new routes to Ireland Scotland, Portugal, Germany, Italy and France.

Cardiff Airport will also be home to two of the airline's aircraft.

The new airbase will mean an increase in flight frequency and capacity on existing routes to Belfast, Dusseldorf, Geneva and Jersey.


UCATT union: 'Members won't stand idly by'

UCATT members employed by Tata Steel have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

It's due to a running dispute over the company’s plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme.

UCATT members voted 95.1% for strike action and by 94.9% for action short of strike action on an 80% turnout.

This result shows that members are not going to stand idly by and allow Tata to close their pension scheme.

It is now imperative for Tata to swiftly return to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.

– Nick Blundell, Regional Secretary for UCATT Wales and South West Region

Tata steel workers vote for strike action

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000 Credit: PA

Union workers at Tata steel have voted to take strike action over their pensions.

The company says it is 'disappointed' saying it is "proposing to continue providing employees with highly attractive and competitive pensions".

Tata steel says it remains hopeful that employees will avoid taking any action that damages its objective of building a successful and sustainable UK business capable of supporting a secure pension scheme.

Retirement age would change.

Tata awaits result of strike ballot

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA

Steel giant Tata which employs thousands in Wales will hear today if it faces the threat of strikes by workers in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Community, Ucatt and GMB unions have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme to future accrual.

The proposed changes to the scheme could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60.

The unions urged their members to vote in favour of strike action and for other forms of industrial action.

Ballot results are due today, while Unite members are still voting until next week.

Talks were held last week but failed to break the deadlocked row, with unions describing consultations as a "sham".

Credit: Roland Weihrauch/DPA/PA Images

Officials accused Tata of a "flagrant disregard" for the views of employees.

The company said almost 5,000 workers had attended more than 100 pension roadshows in 20 locations across the UK in recent weeks, while 2,000 letters and emails had been sent.

Employees had expressed a "clear understanding" of the challenges facing the pension scheme.

Tata said it would consider the feedback, but continued to believe that any pension options must address the scheme's deficit

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