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Strategic Regeneration of Blaenau Ffestiniog

Total cost: £4.1 miliwn
European Funding: £1.9 miliwn
Further Information: www.gwynedd.gov.uk/blaenauymlaen

25p. That’s how much each tourist spends on average in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a town that boasts 150,000 visitors each year thanks to the Ffestiniog Railway.

This startling statistic was one of factors that sparked the Strategic Regeneration of Blaenau Ffestiniog project. It was identified that the vast majority of visitors did not venture further than the town’s train station so a plan was created to develop and regenerate the first thing that visitors encounter when they step off the train, the town centre.

The scheme, which was set up in 2007, includes extensive improvements and features that compliments and celebrates the history of Blaenau and the surrounding area. It has already resulted in over 12 of the town’s shops investing into shop-front improvements, as well as attracting substantial new private sector investments.

One of these is the Gwesty Ty Gorsaf, a new business that employs 20 local residents, with 12 of these jobs being newly created. “The future is very bright for Blaenau. With it being home to two of Wales’ top ten tourist attractions as well as its central location in Snowdonia, the town has the potential to be a major tourist destination. That, as well as the town regeneration project, were my reasons for investing in the area.” Andrew Lewis, Gwesty Ty Gorsaf.


G.L. Jones

Funded through : North Wales Local Investment Fund
Total cost (Gwynedd): £2.6 miliwn
European Funding (Gwynedd): £1.2 miliwn
Further information: www.lifcymru.org.uk

Nestled in the heart of the Ogwen Valley, GL Jones Playgrounds has been designing and creating innovative children’s playgrounds equipment for over thirty years.

Founded in 1978 by Hefin Jones and his two brothers, Gwyn and Emrys, the Bethesda based company has grown into one of the UK’s leading playground equipment manufacturers – their equipment has been used in Peppa Pig World in New Forest and Channel 4’s Big Brother. They have exported their innovative Ability Whirl Wheelchair Roundabout to Australia, Russia, Ireland, Shetland Islands and Isle of Man.

With a grant from the Local Investment Fund, GL Jones were able to invest in new software that facilitated the factory work flow and created a platform to increase their production capacity. “Our production capacity was quite small before we purchased the software, we couldn’t take on any big orders because the system couldn’t handle it. The upgrade has already created one job but it will make the most impact when we take on bigger jobs because we will need even more staff,” said Hefin’s son Aron Jones, who now runs the factory with his father.


PWLLHELIFFANTOD

Funded through: Llwyddo'n Lleol

Total cost (Gwynedd): £1.4 miliwn
European funding (Gwynedd): £0.9 miliwn
Further information:

A group of young entrepreneurs from Pwllheli have created a business to raise money to fix their favourite skating haunt.

The young skaters of Pwllheli were disappointed when their skate park was closed in the summer of 2011 because of unsafe equipment. The friends wrote a business plan for Pwllheliffantod – a business that designs, manufactures and sells hoodies, t-shirts and jackets. And thanks to the Llwyddo’n Lleol bursary they had the opportunity to turn the idea into reality.

By using enterprise skills the business has created enough profit to fund half the skate park repairs, which re-opened in the summer of 2012. Pwllheliffantod continues to trade in order to repair the rest of the park, after which all their proceeds will go to youth activities.

Sion Bryn of Gwynedd Youth Services, said: “What the crew is doing is a great example of young people showing entrepreneurial spirit and taking responsibility for their community and making a difference.


For case studies of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Plan for Wales' activties in Gwynedd, under the banner "Llwyddo yng Ngwynedd", please go to: Case Studies
 

Llwyddo Yng Ngwynedd

Gwynedd Ar Y Cyd / Gwynedd Together Partneriaeth Twristiaeth Gogledd Cymrul / Tourism Partnership Wales Hyrwyddo'r Iaith Gymraeg yng Nghwynedd / Promoting the Welsh language in Gwynedd Partneriaeth Twristiaeth Canolbarth Cymru / Tourism Patnership Mid-Waes Cyngor Gwynedd / Gwynedd Council Bwrdd Yr Iaith Gymraeg - The Welsh Language Board Leader LCC / WAG