Following on from the hugely successful ‘She Can Start’ conference in February 2021, which saw over 100 people hear the inspirational journeys that women have taken to launch their business, Focus Newtown Enterprise Hub is pleased to announce ‘She Can Start 2’.
The conference will run on 10 September 2021 from 10:00 – 16:00 and will feature award-winning speakers including: founder of The Bug Farm, Dr Sarah Beynon, Hannah Hoskins owner of Not Your Grandma’s, TEDx speaker, trainer and bestselling author, Bernie Davies, and Elinor Davies-Farn, founder of Olew Hair. Finally, Ceri Gillet, founder of Mubo, will be closing out the conference with a talk on building a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well her experience of setting up her own business.
Holly Jones, Hub Manager at Focus Newtown Enterprise Hub said:
“After seeing the success of February’s successful celebration of women, attracting over 100 sign-ups, we’ve created part two to continue on the journey of empowering more women in Wales to take charge of their future and start-up. Get ready for another super inspirational day with some of the UK’s finest examples of women in business.”
The aim of the event is to stimulate fresh ideas, create genuine collaboration and a focus on the practical ways in which we can all work together.
Dr Sarah Beynon, founder of The Bug Farm commented:
“We are living in the middle of a biodiversity mass extinction and a climate emergency. There has never been a more important time to innovate for a more sustainable future. I am thrilled to be involved with the BeTheSpark campaign to discuss how we can deliver real change via interdisciplinary, collaborative, innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Wales.”
TEDx speaker, trainer and bestselling author, Bernie Davies, added:
“I am very pleased to be taking part in ‘She Can Start 2’, particularly at such a time when we are coming out of the most unprecedented times this world and our region has seen. It therefore means we are in a time of hope and new beginnings and a time for women to come into their own and make dreams a reality, establish that vision and start again. I look forward to sharing my experience to inspire and educate.”
You can register for this excellent virtual conference by searching ‘She Can Start 2’ on Eventbrite.
The Focus Newtown Enterprise Hub is an innovative space to incubate and accelerate new, and growing businesses based at Royal Welsh Warehouse, Newtown, Powys. Focus Newtown Enterprise Hub is funded by the Welsh Government.
British sporting heroes, Tokyo 2020 medallists, world champions and former stage and jersey winners will all feature in this year’s famous Tour of Britain cycling race which is heading to Mid Wales next week.
The coastal resort of Aberaeron hosts the start of the fourth stage of the race on September 8, with cyclists heading to Aberystwyth, Borth and Machynlleth before continuing to head north through Corris, Dolgellau, Barmouth, Harlech, Talsarnau, finishing at the Great Orme in Llandudno.
The race, which will see the world’s top cyclists compete in iconic locations across the UK, is an opportunity to showcase the beautiful scenery of Mid Wales.
Although spectators will not be allowed at the start of the fourth stage in Aberaeron for safety reasons, they can support the event along the route whilst being mindful of social distancing and road safety.
Alternatively, fans can also watch the event from the comfort of their own home as it will be televised live and in full on ITV4, as well as in over 150 countries around the world.
Cyclists are expected to be travelling through the different places along the route at the following times: Aberaeron 10.30am, Aberystwyth 11.15am, Borth 11.30am, Machynlleth 12 noon, Dolgellau 12.30pm and Harlech 12.55pm.
Information guides and maps are available on the Tour of Britain website, www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-four .
Among the cyclists competing are:
Deceuninck-Quick-Step, the most successful team in modern Tour of Britain history, will be led by fan favourites Cavendish and Alaphilippe.
The Manxman won the last three of his 10 stage victories in the race riding for the Belgian team in the 2013 edition. He returns to Britain after a spectacular Tour de France in which he won four stages and the points jersey.
Frenchman Alaphilippe, who will be easily distinguishable to roadside spectators owing to his world champion’s rainbow jersey, has been tipped by many to repeat the overall victory he achieved in the 2018 race.
Van Aert, winner of three Tour de France stages in July and silver medallist in the Olympic road race, spearheads Jumbo-Visma’s team. Alongside Kiwi climber and Grand Tour top-10 finisher George Bennett, Norwegian road race champion Tobias Foss and Australian all-rounder Chris Harper, van Aert is one of four riders in their squad who will make their Tour of Britain debuts in 2021.
INEOS Grenadiers, the world’s number one team, have once again named a strong team for the Tour of Britain, led by Londoner, Tokyo 2020 silver medallist and recent Tour of Norway winner Ethan Hayter.
Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski and Welshman Owain Doull are both former Tour of Britain podium finishers; Kwiatkowski and Australian Rohan Dennis have also previously won stages of the UK’s biggest bike race. Richie Porte, third overall at the 2020 Tour de France, returns to the event for the first time since his 2010 debut.
Three Tour of Britain stage winners – André Greipel, Matthias Brändle and Briton Alex Dowsett – feature in Israel Start-Up Nation’s powerful line-up. The tour will be one of the final races of Greipel’s prestigious 16-year career, during which time he has claimed over 150 victories.
The German sprinter has remarkably won at least one stage in each of his four visits to the Tour of Britain, amassing seven victories in total. He is also one of only five men in modern race history to have won stages in England, Scotland and Wales.
Other stars competing include trailblazer Nic Dlamini (Team Qhubeka NextHash), who became the first black South African to compete in the Tour de France in 2021, renowned stage race talent Marc Soler (Movistar Team) and 2018 British road race champion Connor Swift (Team Arkéa-Samsic).
In addition to INEOS Grenadiers, six other home squads will be in action at the 2021 Tour of Britain: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, TRINITY Racing and a GB national team.
Cavendish said: “It is always an honour to race on the home roads of the Tour of Britain. It has already been a special year for me and riding the Tour of Britain will be a great way to see so many of the people who have supported me throughout.”
Some of the star cyclists who will be competing in the Tour of Britain that comes to Mid Wales next week.
Tour of Britain cyclists.
Continuing our spotlight on some of Mid Wales Tourism's longest standing members, in celebration of our 30th year, we're delighted to publish this piece from Alison Gallagher at Nannerth Country Holidays; quality self catering cottages on a working farm near Rhayader and The Elan Valley.
Thank you, Alison.
"We bought the 200 acre farm by sealed tender 33 years ago when it was in a derelict state. An old fashioned and very beautiful farm, Nannerth Fawr had no modern buildings and the farmhouse was without a bathroom, had no hot water and ancient wiring. Likewise the farm had collapsing fences and gates.
Over a few years we converted several of the stone and slate built farm buildings into three self catering properties and have been operating as a 4 star farm tourism business since about 1991. Our guests include families, couples and larger groups. Many guests return every year and have become friends. We think 27 years is the longest period a family has been coming here. We aim to make improvements to the cottages and the outdoor areas every year, so for example have added hot tubs to the properties in previous years. These are very popular but require a lot of work keeping them clean and in good condition.
Our guests love being on a traditional farm with sheep, goats and poultry outdoors and free and with farm activities such as shearing and haymaking occurring throughout the year. Children very much enjoy being able to feed and handle animals and they look forward to seeing our two friendly working cocker spaniels every year. Many guests spent much of their time exploring the farm and don’t need to go out in the car. We are linked to many cycle routes and are finding that cycling, mountain biking and other outdoor activities are increasingly popular.
We have maintained and increased the wilder areas on the farm and have our own private nature reserve. Wetlands, riverside, ancient woodlands and traditional hay meadows mean that we have a very biodiverse environment with many species of birds and animals. Dragonflies on the ponds are stunning and the woodlands are full of birds especially in May and June. To further improve the environment we have put up over 100 bird boxes and planted over 10,000 trees. A treehouse above a large badger sett provides a hide for badger watching.
Overall I would say that ‘too much to do and not enough time’ is our greatest challenge to running the business and this continues throughout most of the year. Keeping up with repairs and building work is an ever present challenge.
Historically the biggest challenge has been Foot and Mouth in 2001 which affected the tourism business and the farm, causing a large loss of income and a loss of some of our sheep flock. Currently Covid 19 is still a challenge, but we are busy with lots of bookings while maintaining precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible. The time spent doing routine sanitising and cleaning is very substantial. Likewise the admin for refunds, rebookings and vouchers has also been time consuming. Like everyone involved in hospitality we hope that staying in the UK and coming to Mid Wales will continue to be much more popular and we can all contribute to making our guests have a great time when they are here.
We feel it is crucial for trade bodies and Welsh Government to use the opportunity we now have to support and promote tourism in our area. Being a member of MWT is important to keep up to date with developments and promotions. We have found that there is always a helpful and friendly response to queries and an awareness of what is going on at policy making level.
Guests are usually lovely and a joy to get to know. Seeing longstanding guests and getting to know new ones is one of the best things about running our business. Chatting about farming and country life is also enjoyable and we find that most people are incredibly interested in how farming life and the community in our area works. We like to hear about their lifestyles as well!"
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