Meet the Buyer Workshop

On Tuesday 23rd February, we’ll be hosting a workshop with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. This will be a chance for connectors to meet the council’s Procurement Team and take part in a Q&A session.  For any businesses wanting to build relationships with the council and keep an eye on upcoming work, this is an…

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Reflections on our Sell2Wales Masterclass

We’d firstly like to thank everyone that attended and presented at our event – it was indeed a masterclass! The content covered was a real boost for those who could take part. Our first speaker was Adam Challonder from Trivallis, a housing association based in Pontypridd. He provided some really useful feedback as someone who…

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How to Make the Most of Sell2Wales

Between January and March 2021, Connect4SuccessRCT is holding a series of training and engagement events for our members. The first session will be a How to Make the Most of Sell2Wales Masterclass on 26 January, from 12.30-14.00. The session will include information on: How accessing Sell2Wales can help your business How to improve your company’s profile What’s…

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How to support your community through collaboration

One of the driving ideas behind Connect4SuccessRCT is how local businesses can collaborate to improve their community. A great example of this is Play It Again Sport, a social enterprise in Rhondda Cynon Taf , who work alongside the Too Good to Waste charity to make sport more accessible. We spoke to Enterprise Manager Natasha…

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What opportunities are available with housing associations?

Written from an interview with Steven Cranston,Foundational Economy Lead at United Welsh Housing Association As a housing association, we require a wide range of services, but not everyone knows what’s available. We own a lot of housing stock, so the primary areas are planned and reactive maintenance services: planned is any work we know needs…

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Connect4SuccessRCT – The Story So Far

Connect4SuccessRCT is a foundational economy project in Rhondda Cynon Taf delivered by Practice Solutions. It aims to increase the proportion of goods and services supplied to the public sector by local businesses in the area. In practice, this means we are collaborating with a number of local suppliers to provide the goods that public bodies…

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How housing associations in Blaenau Gwent make a difference in their community

Written from an interview with Steve CranstonFoundational Economy Lead at United Welsh Housing Association In 2017, all four housing associations in Blaenau Gwent (Tai Calon, United Welsh, Melin Homes and Link Cymru) formed a partnership to strengthen our local economy. Between us, we own around 20% of all homes in the county. This is a…

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How Hensol Castle Distillery thrived by adapting to changing demands

Hensol Castle Distillery in the Vale of Glamorgan was due to open the doors of its gin-making visitor centre in March this year. The family-run distillery, based in the dungeon of the historic Hensol Castle, began trading its own blend of gins in August 2019 to retailers, and was on the verge of becoming one…

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