Welsh rugby heroes take on Brecon’s budding stars

By Raspberry Jim,

Welsh rugby heroes take on Brecon’s budding stars

Brecon’s budding rugby stars have gone head to head with their Welsh sporting heroes thanks to the nation’s leading oil supplier.

Pupils from Gwernyfed High School took on Welsh international Dan Lydiate and former international Dafydd Jones at a recent training day organised by Oil 4 Wales.

The players, who are sporting ambassadors for the community-focussed oil brand, carried out drills and demonstrated some of their famous moves for a group of 25 boys from Year 7 and 8.

The training day was labelled “a huge success” with pupils and parents alike delighted to welcome the rugby stars to the school.

Oil 4 Wales managing director Colin Owens said: “As a family-run business, which works in communities across Wales, our main focus is giving back to our loyal customers who have supported us over the years.

“Our ethos has, and always will be, to work with the community and for the community putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

“As such, we were delighted to be able to bring both Dafydd and Dan to Gwernyfed High School, and give the pupils an experience they will never forget.

“The Year 7 and 8 boys were brilliant, and even gave the players a run for their money on the day! I certainly think there are a few future Welsh rugby stars there.”

This is just the latest in a string of community-focussed events hosted by Oil 4 Wales to reward its loyal customers across Wales.

At the recent launch of its Maesteg 24/7 petrol garage lucky customers got the chance to meet even more rugby stars, including Rob Evans, Ken Owens, and Jonathan Davies, and even got autographs and photos with their heroes.

The brand also put its customers evolving needs first with the recent launch of its online oil ordering service, which allows customers to purchase vital business, residential and agricultural supplies on the go.

This will enhance the service for its 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales who rely on the family-run brand for a range of fuel services.

Techniquest’s new virtual reality changing room to inspire next generation of STEM stars

By Raspberry Jim,

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Young people aspiring to be the next Tim Peake can now get a virtual representation of themselves as an astronaut, thanks to a new installation at Techniquest.

The science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay has installed a virtual reality changing room in time for half term.

As part of a strategy to refresh and renew its visitor experience, Techniquest has partnered with Cowbridge-based Creative Jam to develop the interactive augmented reality experience, the first of its kind in Wales.

Visitors can try a range of costumes and uniforms, allowing them to imagine themselves in a variety of careers including astronomy, astronomy, engineering and veterinary.

The installation follows a review and recommendations by Julie Williams, Wales’ Chief Scientific Adviser, looking into how the education charity can improve science engagement amongst young people and inspire them in different scientific professions.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest said: “At Techniquest, we’re committed to inspiring the next generation in STEM through interactive engagement and our latest installation is designed to do exactly that.

“Young people are often heard saying ‘when I’m older, I want to be a….’ and our virtual reality changing room allows them to explore a range of STEM careers and picture themselves in the profession.

“Retailers like Topshop are trialling digital technology to go virtual in their changing rooms, but this is the first of its kind in Wales. As technology continues to advance, so do many of our exhibits. We really wanted to introduce new technologies to our exhibition floor, and while virtual reality continues to develop, we thought it would be a great experience.”

To ensure the new installation provides an engaging, memorable and innovative experience to audiences of all ages, the virtual reality changing room has over 30 costumes allowing visitors to see themselves in Welsh themed costumes (a Welsh lady costume, football strip, daffodil hat), fairy tales, Halloween and Christmas costumes.

In honour of Techniquest’s building’s former use as a dry dock in Tiger Bay, there is also historical costumes including the Marquis of Bute and a dock worker.

Lesley continued: “We’re always looking for ways to enhance our visitor experience and extend our appeal to audiences of all ages. With a range of categories and costumes, not only will our new installation will inspire and engage young people in STEM, but it will provide an engaging, memorable and innovative experience for visitors of all ages.”

Over half term visitors to Techniquest can also enjoy science shows – Generation Game and Pawprints in the Summer Sky.

Techniquest is an educational charity based in Cardiff Bay and Wales’ largest provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment activity. It offers more than 120 hands-on exhibits, a Science Theatre, a Planetarium and a shop packed full of Welsh souvenirs and educational gifts

For more information on the centre’s half term activities please visit www.techniquest.org or call 02920 475475.

£300,000 investment for local oil depot

By Raspberry Jim,

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An oil depot in Powys has invested £300,000 in its facilities making it easier for the local community to access its fuel services.

Independent oil distributor Oil 4 Wales has upgraded the depot’s facilities and rebranded it from Powys Petroleum merging it into the wider family-run business.

The depot is now fully bottom loading allowing the local farming community to pick up fuel on the pump.

Oil 4 Wales has also invested in its fleet in order to provide greater efficiency and reliability to its service for customers in the area.

Powys Petroleum was acquired by Oil 4 Wales in 2015 in order to grow its presence in Powys. It employs three office-based staff and four drivers and is one of seven depots owned and operated by Oil 4 Wales.

Colin Owens, managing director of Oil 4 Wales, said: “Since welcoming Powys Petroleum into the Oil 4 Wales family, we have invested in the depot and our fleet in order to serve the Powys community more efficiently.

“Having bedded in the company over the last year, the time felt right to rebrand and merge the trading name into Oil 4 Wales.

“We are confident that the improved facility will benefit the Powys community and look forward to continuing to provide an excellent and cost effective service.”

Since it was founded in 2010, Oil 4 Wales has been well supported by those keen to see the success of a truly independent Welsh oil brand.

It supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales with a range of fuel services and hosts community events across the country alongside its brand ambassadors – rugby players Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar, and Dan Lydiate and TV farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.

It is the only Welsh oil distributor to have its fuel accredited by the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) and is one of 18 Welsh companies included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Leading business experts launch ‘exciting’ Cardiff advisory firm

By Raspberry Jim,

Leading business experts launch ‘exciting’ Cardiff advisory firm

Two of Cardiff’s leading corporate finance experts have joined forces to create an innovative advisory boutique supporting the region’s fastest growing businesses.

Founder and director of leading business advisory firm Greenaway Scott, Nigel Greenaway, has teamed up with financial stalwart Tom O’Brien to launch their new company Verde Corporate Finance.

The new joint venture will see both Mr Greenaway and Mr O’Brien combining their extensive industry expertise to help support the fast-growth business sector from start-up right through to development.

Verde Corporate Finance will operate as an advisory boutique within the Greenaway Scott Group, with the award-winning Cardiff-based firm taking a 51 per cent stake in the new joint venture.

Heading up the project is experienced corporate finance manager Tom O’Brien, who will act as lead advisor for the business. Mr O’Brien was previously corporate finance manager at award-winning Top 15 Group of UK Chartered Accountants UHY Hacker Young, after acting as acquisitions director for design practice HLN Group.

On the launch of the venture, Mr Greenaway, whose firm recently claimed the top Legal and Financial prize at the 2017 Cardiff Life Awards, said the launch marked the beginning of an “exciting new phase” for the business.

He said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Tom O’Brien to launch this exciting new venture which we feel will fit perfectly within the Greenaway Scott brand.

“Tom’s experience within the corporate finance industry is extremely impressive and something we feel will undoubtedly strengthen and add value to our new offering.

“Verde Corporate Finance will offer expert advice to a niche fast-growth business sector in Wales offering vital support to all levels of companies from start ups right through to established brands.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom to the Greenaway Scott family and look forward to taking this successful venture forward.”

The move comes after an already thriving period for Greenaway Scott, which provides corporate, commercial and intellectual property advice to companies across the life science, technology, pharmaceutical and IT sectors.

The Cardiff-based firm recently celebrated after receiving approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to alter its structure to an Alternative Business Structure (ABS).

This will allow the thriving firm to operate within a group structure as a multi-disciplinary practice delivering other professional services, alongside its legal activity, in the future.

Greenaway Scott has also enjoyed unprecedented growth of 130 per cent over the past year with turnover soaring to an impressive £1,020,000 and staff numbers rising to 25.

Mr Greenaway added: “We look forward to watching the growth of Verde Corporate Finance throughout the year and seeing what exciting developments it brings.”