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First Minister opens trading on Wall Street

First Minister Carwyn Jones rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street today to signal the start of trading.

Mr Jones is visiting the USA to raise the profile of Wales as a business destination.

First Minister to promote Wales in USA

The First Minister will spend three days in Washington before moving on to New York Credit: PA

First Minister Carwyn Jones is to travel to the USA in an attempt to raise the profile of Wales.

The Welsh Labour leader will spend three days in Washington, before moving on to New York.

The visit will include the launch of the 'Friends of Wales Caucus', made up of Congressmen and women with Welsh links.

They'll promote Wales in Washington by staging events on Capitol Hill and raising Welsh interest at the heart of US Government.

Mr Jones will also launch a walking tour in New York, celebrating famous Swansea-born writer Dylan Thomas, who reportedly died in the Big Apple after a marathon drinking session.

He's also planning to stage a number of business meetings with key US investors, including Airbus and the CEO of New York Stock Exchange.


First Minister: 'We are a great location for business'

First Minister Carwyn Jones is to travel to the USA in an attempt to raise the profile of Wales.

Speaking ahead of his visit he said,

It is the largest single destination for UK exports and is one of the biggest markets for Wales in terms of international trade.

Our programme of trade missions includes six further visits to the USA between now and the end of March 2015 - the first of which will be a delegation of more than 20 companies on a trade mission to San Francisco next month.

We have a clear message - we are a great location for business, with a skilled workforce, access to the European Single Market and a unique package of support.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Lack of website 'putting businesses at risk'

A large number of small businesses in Cardiff are alienating potential customers because they don't have a website, research from marketing services company HIBU suggests. The number of people shopping on the internet has increased by 10% since last December.

The warning comes as the UK government announced funding for smaller businesses in Cardiff to connect with online customers. Grants of up to 3 thousand pounds are now available to help cover the costs of installing high speed broadband.

Researchers say those shops without an online presence could be losing thousands of pounds. Alexandra Lodge reports.

Cardiff businesses risk with lack of online presence

Cardiff businesses risk alienating consumers with a lack of online presence, a survey out today suggests.

Small and medium-sized business (SME's) in Cardiff are "making themselves invisible" to potential customers because they are not keeping pace with consumers' preferences for using the web and social media to find local businesses, the research from marketing services company HIBU suggests.

The research found that SMEs significantly underestimate how active consumers are online. Less than a quarter think that their customers actively use the web to search for products and services.

The figure is actually more than three times higher.


For Sale: 'Extremely rare derelict cottage'

The guide price for the property near St Briavels in the Wye Valley is £39,000. Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

You wouldn't think it just by looking but apparently this derelict and ramshackle shepherd's cottage is 'idyllic' according to estate agents.

The 2 roomed, tiny tumble down house is in the heart of the Wye Valley and on the edge of the Forest of Dean.

Planning consent has been granted to convert it into a one bed holiday home with a mezzanine above a lounge and kitchen.

It goes up for auction next month with a £39,000 reserve.

Holyhead 'going through some difficult times'

Like all town centres in United Kingdom, Holyhead is going through some difficult times.

Town centres need to be distinct and find a new way of attracting visitors and shoppers. Finding local solutions is therefore key to Holyhead moving forward.

We would therefore greatly value input from the local community and businesses when meeting the consultancy team and help us shape the emerging ideas in creating a bright future for the town centre.

– Jim Woodcock, Anglesey County Council

Locals asked for ideas on Holyhead's future

Holyhead has suffered from job losses and business closures in recent years.

Holyhead's residents, organisations and businesses are being invited to discuss the future of its town centre.

A day of events is planned as part of Anglesey County Council's commitment to regenerating the town.

It is hoped that ideas generated will help attract new visitors and investment to the town.

A breakfast meeting will be held in the Internet Cafe on Market Street between 8am and 9am followed by a drop-in session at 7-13 Market Street from 11am.

Task force set up to help workers at Carmarthenshire factory

A task force is to be set-up to support workers at the Dewhirst factory at Capel Hendre which is due to close leaving 114 people unemployed.

Carmarthenshire County Council says it is speaking with the distribution company – which stores clothes for Marks and Spencer - to offer support in finding alternative employment or training for its workers. The council says it is hoping to find another tenant for the building.

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