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November 29th 2013
New UK joint venture and market leading business continue to cement their strategic partnership with the Community Green Flag and Santander Social Enterprise Development Award- winning Amman Valley Trotting Club.
January 29th 2013
A food growing area, supported by a low impact drainage system using natural features, has been created to support the curriculum, school kitchen and engage the community.
September 21st 2012
Challenging Further Education College students, in the Valleys, to generate ideas and solutions to improve the visitor offer for a leading UK outdoor activity centre specialist that has recently opened its first centre in Wales.
September 21st 2012
A pilot to design and market test linking business and personal development training requirements with real community and environmental projects and expanding the outdoor activity provider industry.
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November 28th 2013

Have you ever looked up at a dark sky and wondered what was out there and do you want a unique gift for Christmas with the proceeds used to reconnect people with and enhance nature? Here is your chance to find out at the next in the series of Living Landscape Lectures hosted by Torfaen CBC and jointly sponsored by WECAN and Rhymney Brewery.

Dark Sky Wales will be providing a fascinating talk about the night sky and their work in promoting sky watching here in Wales. This is an opportunity to learn more about what is fast becoming a growing tourism activity here in the Valleys and Wales as a whole. After the talk you can have a go at using the telescopes and experiencing the mobile planetarium.

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November 27th 2013

Power Media Management Ltd. is a publishing house with offices in Swansea and London. A new publication, SME Wales, targeted at SMEs in the Principality, was launched in January. The company has agreed a discounted 12 month PR deal, as part of its commitment to being a ‘responsible business’, to enable WECAN to promote this agenda and the related benefits to businesses, the environment and communities.

The WECAN business engagement articles published to-date are:
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September 16th 2013

Book your place and raise your glass at a business networking event with a difference…The brewer and Dark Sky Wales are jointly hosting an innovative event facilitated by WECAN, as part of the wefundthevalleys initiative.

The event is Friday 6-9pm, 15 November at the new Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre, adjacent to Big Pit, in Blaenavon. There are only 60 tickets available at a cost of £6. Please download and complete and post the booking form and your cheque to confirm your place.

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July 18th 2013

The Living Landscape series of lectures continue in August with an opportunity to “Learn about real ale at Rhymney Brewery”. The event is the second of a monthly series of twelve lectures and activities supported by the Valleys Regional Park / WECAN Project and Rhymney Brewery (www.rhymneybreweryltd.com), with half the events taking place at the new Rhymney Brewery and Visitor Centre, adjacent to Big Pit: National Coal Museum in Blaenavon.

Taking place on Tuesday 20 August at the Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre at 6pm, this month’s lecture is hosted by Steve Evans, the Managing Director of Rhymney Brewery.  Come along to find out more about the history of the brewery, the benefits of drinking real ale and the links to the natural environment.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy a tour of the brewery visitor centre and take part in a tasting session.  Entry is FREE but places are limited so booking is essential.  Download the event poster.

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July 18th 2013
Mountain biking has been a key tourism product in the Valleys for over 10 years and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Trail centres have been developed at Afan Forest Park, Cwmcarn, Margam Park and Gethin Woods that are providing visitors with world class mountain bike trails and facilities.

Cognation Ltd., a social enterprise, was formed in 2010 to make this investment more sustainable and benefit the wider community. As a result businesses and the public are being encouraged to donate their time or money (see http://bit.ly/134qWBJ).
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July 18th 2013
HM Revenue and Customs provide guidance on how sole traders, partnership and companies can gain tax relief on gifts of time, equipment, goods or money to charities. For more information access the HMRC website (http://bit.ly/15lg7ZX) or contact the HMRC Helpline on 0845 302 0203 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).
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July 18th 2013

Ideal weather and fantastic activities brought nearly 5,000 visitors to the Go Wild! event in Pontllanfraith, in June, to mark the beginning of Biodiversity Week in Wales.  One out of every three mouthfuls of food depends on pollination and yet half of our 27 bumblebee species are in decline so there was an opportunity to imaginatively mix fun and education. 

For example, children fought for the survival of their hive on the ‘Battle of the Bees’ obstacle course by collecting as much pollen as they could whilst being sprayed with water; they threw seed-bombs to create a wildflower meadow, helped to build a bee hotel and nailed together a bee box to take home with them. 

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July 15th 2013

The Living Landscape series of lectures will burst into life in July with a talk on “Archaeology in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site”. The event is the first of a monthly series of twelve lectures and activities supported by the Valleys Regional Park / WECAN Project and Rhymney Brewery (www.rhymneybreweryltd.com), with half the events taking place at the new Brewery and Visitor Centre, adjacent to Big Pit.

This month’s lecture, on Tuesday 16 July at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre at 6pm, is hosted by Torfaen County Borough Council’s Community Heritage Development Officer.  Come along to find out more about the Scheduled Ancient Monuments within Blaenavon.  Entry is FREE but places are limited so booking is essential.  

Following on from this lecture on Friday 26 July, 1-3pm, visitors will have a chance to experience archaeology in action and participate in an archaeological dig, with the opportunity to excavate and record archaeology at Llanyrafon Manor, which also coincides with the CBE (Council for British Archaeology) Festival of Archaeology 2013 running from 13-28 July across the UK.  Places limited, booking essential.

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May 24th 2013
Lafarge Tarmac, the leading UK building materials and solutions company, has invested in the Amman Valley Trotting Club – a former slag heap transformed by local volunteers. Leigh Smith, Lafarge Tarmac Zone Manager for Cornelly Quarry, Bridgend explained: “Supporting local community initiatives is really important for Lafarge Tarmac. As a responsible company, we want to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to local community groups around our sites. Getting involved in projects like this is a great way for us to help out. We’re delighted to support the Amman Valley Trotting Club by donating 200 tonnes of crushed stone for the track. We hope it will go from strength to strength.”
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May 21st 2013
All tourism in Wales should be community tourism’ – That was the message at a national conference, 23-24 April 2013, which showcased how a form of tourism in the South Wales Valleys, that involves and positively impacts local people, can benefit the prosperity of an area.
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May 21st 2013
The inaugural networking event of the Responsible Business Partnership was held on 18 April 2013 at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. 22 organisations, including 15 businesses, attended the event, with all recommending that it should be repeated. WECAN generated six business leads and converted the first one with a reciprocal marketing deal with Power Media Management Ltd. and the SME Wales publication (http://bit.ly/14hDcg3).
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March 22nd 2013
Thanks to Tony Sheehan (MD, Joyner PA Cymru and Chair of the Caerphilly Business Forum), the Welsh arm of the Joyner Group is providing £150 and a prize to support the annual Go Wild event which this year is in Caerphilly, on the 8 June, at the start of Wales Biodiversity Week.
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March 22nd 2013
Rhymney Brewery has just been announced as the headline sponsor for the Community Tourism Conference at Margam Park on 23-24 April.
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March 04th 2013
Celebrating Responsible Business Week: Calling all businesses – your invitation to an innovative networking event on18 April (8:00-10am) at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
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February 22nd 2013
Contact Gareth Jones (Groundwork Wales), on 01443 844 866, to see how you can benefit from the UKAS accredited Green Dragon Environmental Standard. For more information please see www.greendragonems.com or download the attached flyer
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February 22nd 2013
Download the WECAN business engagement article published in the Winter edition of ‘Heritage News’ (see http://bit.ly/XOBsFz), the newsletter for the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
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February 21st 2013
A deal has been agreed in principle for Swansea-based Tomos Watkin’s Ales (www.tomoswatkin.com) to supply Amman Valley Trotting Club (see video at http://bit.ly/156RmBr) with temporary bar facilities and product to support regular events from May 2013.
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January 24th 2013
The Wales Responsible Business Awards, organised by BITC, are now open for entries until 1 March 2013 http://bit.ly/11TGV58
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January 24th 2013
Caerphilly Saturday June 8th 2013 #GoWild event receives sponsorship from local web design company Amity Web Solutions http://bit.ly/11TFbJ6
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January 22nd 2013
Businesses with 20-1500 employees: try the #BITC #ResponsibleBusiness Check Up: http://t.co/m5DlgX3Z to benefit society, environment & you
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January 15th 2013
Amman Valley Trotting Club http://bit.ly/RZBsmj highlights 4 investment opportunities for responsible businesses: http://bit.ly/VHWlWP 
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January 09th 2013
BiTC / WG event: Creating a sustainable business through good environmental practice - Jan 29 N.Wales http://bit.ly/XNnERL 
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November 22nd 2012
Exhibiting at the Wales Community Green Flag Awards, today, in City Hall, to capture green investment opportunities for businesses!
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November 22nd 2012
Positive intial discussions with DS Smith Recycling, Lafarge and Rockwool to potentially work with WECAN / Groundwork Wales
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September 13th 2012
We are pleased to announce the release of the new website for www.wefundthevalleys.co.uk. A special thanks to Amity Web Solutions and The Arts Factory for their excellent work the past couple of months.
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August 17th 2012
Award winning Rhymney Brewery http://t.co/5hWQUAhq pledges financial support for Green Loyalty Card pilot in south Wales valleys
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August 17th 2012
Postive talks with Tilon Composites Ltd., Ebbw Vale. They have agreed to support to the Blaenavon World Heritage Site boardwalk.

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