Abakhan opens in Altrincham

Leading fabric, yarn and crafting retailer Abakhan is set to open its latest UK store in Altrincham, near Manchester this month (June).   The two-storey shop will include a range of crochet yarns and accessories, alongside dressmaking, soft furnishing and quilting fabrics, including the end of line and remnants that the store has become famous for stocking.   Upstairs there ... [More]

Fundraiser marks retirement with challenge of a lifetime

While retirement usually means time to take things easy, Sylvia Jones from Llandudno plans to mark her final day at work hurtling through the air at 70 mph with a high-flying fundraiser for Wales Air Ambulance.   Sylvia, who has worked with accountancy firm Williams Denton since 1970, is being sponsored to take flight on the Zip World Titan at Llechwedd Slate Cavern on March 27.   There’s just ... [More]

Remembrance Day cards create lasting memories

This 11th November, ex-service personnel are being encouraged to not only remember, but share their memories for future generations with a special set of cards launched to support this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.   A special pack of ‘Family Legacy’ cards, made of archive quality paper, has been created to help people with wartime or Forces memories capture their stories for ... [More]

Recipe: Bacon, leek and cheese rosti

The chef at the head of Wales’ ‘best large restaurant’ is sliding open the door on his kitchen secrets in a series of video tutorials. Jimmy Williams, executive chef at Signatures Restaurant at Aberconwy Resort & Spa, is launching an online, video recipe book, where he gives away some of the tips and tricks that have made his dishes award winners. This month’s recipe is an impressive ... [More]

Dumping office furniture costs businesses £9m a year

North Wales businesses are being urged to save money and reduce their carbon footprint by donating their unwanted office furniture in National Recycling Week (June 16-20). It’s estimated that approximately 1.2 million office desks and 1.8 million chairs end up in landfill each year in the UK. With up to 50 per cent of the furniture still in good condition it’s not only bad for the environment, ... [More]

Welsh organisation creates buzz for beekeeping

A campaign is being launched to encourage more people in Wales to take up beekeeping, following devastating losses to the country’s best-known pollinator. Latest figures showed a sharp drop in bee numbers following the winter of 2012/13, with 45 per cent of colonies lost. While early indications suggest a good recovery in numbers, it’s still early days. Holly Pinkney, project manager for the ... [More]

Masterclass for North Wales voluntary groups

A leading North Wales company is sharing its insights with community groups keen to get business backing. With grants and many income streams drying up, Business Supporting Communities (B2C), a project funded by the Big Lottery and delivered by North Wales County Voluntary Councils, is holding the masterclass later this month. Gaerwen based Peninsula Home Improvements is taking part in the ... [More]

Pioneering project helps 400 businesses connect with their communities

In 2011 a pioneering project to bring community groups and businesses together launched in North Wales. A partnership between North Wales’ county voluntary councils, the Business Supporting Communities (B2C) project was awarded £810,000 by the Big Lottery to create and maintain sustainable links between third sector groups and local businesses. In the just two years B2C has helped more than ... [More]

North Wales launch of UK’s first Crowdfunding Options app

A unique app to help business owners source funding has been launched in North Wales by Williams Denton and The Corporate Finance Network  (CFN). The Crowdfunding Options app, which is the first of its type, is designed to help business owners determine which crowdfunding websites may be most suitable for them. Developed by The CFN, the app was launched at the Conwy Business Centre this week ... [More]

The value of photography to PR

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes, but it is isn’t it? When trying to get a story published, whether it be in a newspaper or magazine, a picture is worth its weight in gold. For an editor who has to fill space on a paper, to one that has to sell magazines, a picture can make or break a story. Given the choice between one article which is accompanied by a picture to one that ... [More]