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Cardiff West Constituency Surgery moves to Ely & Caerau Hub

Ely and Caerau’s new Hub will open on the Jasmine Centre site this summer. Mark Drakeford AM and Kevin Brennan MP will hold the Cardiff West Constituency Surgery at the Hub every Saturday 10am-1230pm, starting July 5th. Surgeries will no longer be held at Ely Library from this date. The Hub is located in Ely just off Cowbridge Road West by the Fire Station. The address is: Ely & Caerau Hub, Treseder Way, Cardiff CF5 5NW. Click here to see the Hub on a map. Other facilities at the Hub will include: Full library service with events and activities for children. IT and self-service facilities including free internet access and telephone. Quiet area for study and use of IT. Housing advice and Benefits advice. Base for Communities First group ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely). Space for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Credit Unions and other community groups to offer their services. A café where people can mingle and share ideas informally. Caerau’s two Labour councillors praised the new facility.  Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “This is the one-stop shop Caerau needs – a place where you can get advice, develop your skills, access the full range of council services or just sit down and read a book.” Cllr Read more [...]

CGI to bring 620 jobs to Bridgend thanks to Welsh Government Support

First Minister, Carwyn Jones and Economy Minister, Edwina Hart have welcomed 620 new jobs which are being created in Bridgend by CGI, the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world, with Welsh Government support. CGI is expanding its operation in Bridgend with £3.2m business finance from the Welsh Government. The expansion will bring the total employed by CGI in South Wales to 1,540 and ensures Bridgend, which employs around 25% of the firm’s UK based staff, will continue to be a strategically important part of the company’s growth plans. Its South Wales operations deliver a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK. The announcement comes following a meeting between the First Minister and Michael Roach, the President of the Canadian based company in Montreal in July. Speaking during a visit to CGI the First Minister said: “This is great news for Wales and our IT sector and a great vote of confidence in Wales as a place to do business. It speaks volumes about what Wales has to offer as a business location for companies looking to expand.” The Minister said: “CGI is an important employer in South Wales Read more [...]

CGI i ddod â 620 o swyddi i Ben-y-bont ar Ogwr diolch i gymorth gan Lywodraeth Cymru

Mae'r Prif Weinidog, Carwyn Jones ac Edwina Hart, Gweinidog yr Economi, wedi croesawu 620 o swyddi newydd sy'n cael eu creu ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr gan CGI, y pumed gwasanaeth technoleg gwybodaeth a phrosesu busnes annibynnol mwyaf yn y byd, gyda chymorth Llywodraeth Cymru. Mae CGI yn ehangu ei waith ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr gyda £3.2 miliwn o gyllid busnes gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Bydd yr ehangu yn dod â chyfanswm y gweithwyr CGI yn Ne Cymru i 1,540 ac mae'n sicrhau y bydd Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, sy'n cyflogi oddeudu 25% o staff y cwmni yn y DU, yn parhau i fod yn rhan strategol bwysig o gynlluniau twf y cwmni. Mae ei waith yn Ne Cymru yn darparu amrywiol wasanaethau sy'n cael eu rhoi ar gontract allanol, gwasanaethau defnyddio a gwasanaethau seilwaith i gleientiaid ledled y DU. Mae'r cyhoeddiad yn dilyn cyfarfod rhwng y Prif Weinidog a Michael Roach, Llywydd y cwmni o Montreal, ym mis Gorffennaf. Gan siarad yn ystod ymweliad â CGI, dywedodd y Prif Weinidog: “Mae hyn yn newyddion gwych i Gymru a'n sector TG ac yn dangos hyder yng Nghymru fel lle i gynnal busnes. Mae'n dweud cyfrolau am yr hyn sydd gan Gymru i'w chynnig fel lle i gwmnïau sy'n bwriadu ehangu eu busnes." Dywedodd y Gweinidog: "Mae CGI yn gyflogwr pwysig Read more [...]

Operational hours at St Athan Airfield extended

The Welsh Government is upgrading services at St Athan Aerospace Business Park – part of the St Athan-Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone - and extending the operation of the airfield to seven days a week to meet the growing needs of commercial businesses. The airfield is currently moving to a permanent seven day a week operation, which will be complete by December 15th, when the standard operational hours will be between 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs. Serco, a civilian contractor, has been appointed to meet the exacting demands of the diverse and growing client base operating from St Athan. In operating the Airfield Operating Service (AOS), all aspects of running the Airfield are included, from the issue of aviation fuel to the provision of fire cover, ensuring the vehicles are serviceable and able to safely execute the transmission of Air Traffic Control instructions with all its constituent parts. The investment is set to create 28 high skilled jobs, some of which have already been created with a number of ex-servicemen gaining employment. Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: "This is an important step which will provide far more flexibility for tenants and make the Park and Enterprise Zone even more attractive for businesses Read more [...]