AM Supports Fair Trade

images (1)Its Fair trade Fortnight and as part of the celebrations Alyn & Deeside Assembly Member, Carl Sargeant has joined Fair trade Wales to announce the launch of the ‘Year of Fair trade’. Throughout 2012 supporters across the country are being invited to ‘Take a Step’ for Fair trade.
It can be a simple step, like swapping your tea to Fair trade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too. You’ll be joining thousands of others all over the UK. Make it as inventive, daring, funny or messy as you like.
Every step counts for millions of farmers, workers and their communities in developing countries who urgently need a better deal from trade.
Supporting Fair Trade Carl Sargeant AM said: “Wales is a World leader in Fair trade, being the only Fair Trade Country in the World. Through just small steps we can all help to support Fair Trade and help some of the poorest communities in the World.
“There are a multitude of Fair Trade events taking place all across Wales this Fortnight and I encourage all that are able to visit one and find out more.”
– Take a step in 2012 begins in Fair trade Fortnight from 27 February – 11 March 2012.

AM Welcomes Fund

Assembly member for Alyn & Deeside Carl Sargeant welcomes a new £6million loan fund to support the growth of micro-businesses in Wales announced today by the Labour Business Minister Edwina Hart.
The new Fund is to be created as a direct response to the report of the Micro-Business Task and Finish Group which emphasised that access to finance is a key barrier to growth.
Announcing the fund Labour Minister for Business said: “I am listening to business and welcomed the report from the Micro Business Group. It highlighted the significant contribution these enterprises make to the Welsh economy and the real difficulty they have in accessing the levels of finance needed to grow and invest and create jobs.
“I have therefore decided to set up a £6million Micro-Business Loan which will provide scope to support at least 300 businesses and anticipate it will become operational very early in the 2012/13 financial year.”
Welcoming the news, Alyn & Deeside Assembly Member said: “This new fund should give micro businesses access to vital funds which is crucial in the current climate of global economic downturn.
“Micro-businesses are the sparks that breathe life into local economies and help employ local people developing vital skills.”
The report published in January this year recommended the Welsh Government facilitate accessible finance of between £1,000 and £20,000 for micro-businesses that are simple and reflect the level of investment required.
The £6m capital investment is specifically to support micro-businesses and the Welsh Government is in advanced discussions with Finance Wales regarding management of the fund.

AM Support for Armed Forces Day


CARL RALLIES SUPPORT FOR ARMED FORCES DAY Alyn and Deeside assembly member Carl Sargeant is lending his support to our Armed Forces ahead of this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) on 27th June. Plymouth sees the focus of this year’s Official events, however, there are many events taking place across the UK and it’s not too late to hold your own event! Speaking on his support for the Armed Forces personnel, Carl Sargeant AM said: “The brave men and women of the Armed Forces put their lives on the line on a daily basis defending our liberties and way of life. Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to show them just how much we appreciate the hard work they do and to honor our veterans. “Our Armed Forces are currently stretched to their limits with deployment levels among the highest they have ever been and with the UK Government delivering some of the most extreme cuts to the defence budget, our Armed Forces need our support now more than ever. The UK government has shown no respect for our Armed forces and plans to destroy the Welsh Cavalry, the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Use Armed Forces Day to show your support for the Welsh Cavalry!” For more information on local and national events taking place for Armed Forces Day 2012 or to donate / buy any merchandise visit:

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