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Halo Foods Factory to close with 105 job losses

The Halo Foods factory at Tywyn in Gwynedd will close today, with the loss of 105 jobs.

The company is moving production to its plant at Newport in South Wales.

It says all employees have been offered the chance to relocate, including financial support. A support hub in Tywyn will stay open until the New Year.

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Tywyn's Halo Foods factory to close on Friday

The Halo Foods factory at Tywyn in Gwynedd will close tomorrow. The company is moving production to its plant at Newport in South Wales. Only a tenth of the workforce is taking up the company's offer to move to the new factory.

It's emerged that the firm was considering moving out of Wales altogether, and transferring to Eastern Europe.

The loss of more than a hundred jobs at one of the town's biggest employers is expected to hit the area hard. There are calls for help to attract more investment.

Kevin Ashford reports.

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£5million improvements funding for Gwynedd hospital

Tywyn Hospital in Gwynedd is to receive more than £5million funding for major improvements, Health Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

The work will include the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition of part of the hospital and building a new extension.

A new primary care resource centre will also provide patients with several health services in one place and a new 16-bed ward will be built on the site of the existing Dyfi ward. The new ward is designed to allow improvements in patient dignity, privacy and comfort.

These are hard times economically, and we have tough spending choices to make. However, investment in hospital services continues, and the £5m funding for improvements at Tywyn Hospital will bring great benefit to the community.

An increase in bed numbers and the integration of several services here will enable more people to be cared for closer to home in an environment which is fit for purpose.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

RAIL - Disruption between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth and between Machynlleth and Pwllheli

Disruption on Arriva Trains Wales between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, and between Machynlleth and Pwllheli due to flooding.

No service between Caersws and Aberystwyth and no replacement bus due to conditions.

Passengers advised not to travel between Machynlleth and Tywyn.

Trains are running between Tywyn and Pwllheli and Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.

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