Hello Again!

Beth Winkley

It’s been a hugely busy few weeks and things don’t look like quietening down any time soon.

We’re into the final month of applications for our REMake  programme for manufacturers. If you know a manufacturing SME in Wales which you think may benefit from using recycled materials, do encourage them to get in touch. The programme’s free and it gives companies really valuable advice about whether using recycled content could work for them. There’s also a REMake conference for manufacturers in Brussels which I’ll be attending. Here’s the agenda [link] and I’ll keep you posted about how our Welsh nominees get on in the awards.

There’s also capital funding available for manufacturers in Wales’ Convergence Region (North West Wales, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys), under our ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. The programme offers up to £40,000 or 40 per cent of capital costs for SMEs which want to use recycled materials.

Wales’ manufacturing industry is so important, which is why we’re proud to be supporting the Made in Wales Awards again this year. Again, I urge manufacturing businesses to nominate themselves, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the Made in Wales breakfast on 30 May and at the awards themselves later in the year.

In the meantime I hope you like the new website, and if you haven’t done so already I recommend that you visit the new Love Food Hate Waste site for Wales, which is full of gorgeous recipes and some really nifty money-saving tips. My land cress which has been supplying me with salad for over 8 months has finally bolted so I pulled it up and made soup with it for my lunch this week. There is a little bit left so I’m going to try out the alternative pesto recipe on the website and freeze it in ice trays for future pasta suppers.