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Tourism Update - 6 May 2022

Supporting our local tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Register your place: Online Tourism Stakeholder Event, with Swansea Council's Tourism Team - Thu 19 May (10:30am-12noon)

Join us for an interactive session to find out how we promote Swansea Bay as a visitor destination and how your business can benefit from our year-round campaigns and marketing activity.

You'll get an insight into our 2022 campaigns, which are underway and a sneak preview of our latest promotional videos. Hear how we have been doing on TikTok since we launched on there in April. This is your chance to get involved and make sure you make the most of your Visit Swansea Bay Partner Package.

Not a Partner yet? You can join for free anytime and start reaping the benefits straight away with your free listing on

But we are not just about great campaigns. We can support your business in many other ways, from advice on the latest regulations, business development, funding, recruitment, training and marketing opportunities.

Join us Thursday 19 May at 10:30am via MS Teams to meet the team and find out more.

Booking is essential - please email to register interest and the meeting link will be emailed to you closer to the time.

Who's recruiting? Latest tourism and hospitality vacancies

·The Bay Bistro and Coffee House, Rhossili: Summer season students needed for general café work. Full-time or part-time Barista position also available. Call Sue 07717194662 or email

Just Stay Wales - Short Stays are looking for an energetic Part Time Operations Assistant.  Click here for more details on this varied and exciting role.

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2022 - entries close 20 May

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru rewards individuals, learning providers, and employers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government's Employability and Apprenticeship Programmes across Wales.

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

The Awards offer individuals and organisations the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, hard work, achievements and success in the Welsh Government's Employability and Apprenticeship Programmes.

Entries close 20 May 2022 so don't delay, enter now.

Castle Square proposals - deadline 24 May

Have your say on a new design proposal for Swansea city centre's Castle Square, which has been developed by Swansea Council after earlier public consultation on initial design ideas.

The proposals show a new-look Castle Square with features such as an increased amount of greenery, including planting, lawned areas and an increased number of trees.

They include a new planters, steps, seating, lighting and paving, and two green-roofed commercial units which could each be divided in two and have uses such as retail and cafes with outside seating.

The existing water feature would be removed and replaced by a new water jet feature which can be switched on and off so that the space can still accommodate events.

The Castle Square proposals can be seen online.  Comments are due by Monday 24 May 2022.

Business Swansea: Getting Started with Instagram Reels - 26 May (10am)

You'll perhaps be familiar with Instagram in its basic format, you'll perhaps even be comfortable posting regular content to your feed to improve engagement but what about Reels? If Instagram Reels are something you're aware of but don't really understand, this session is designed with you in mind.

Instagram Reels is the secret to Instagram growth. But how do you use this Instagram feature for business? Rebecca Wade from Purple Dog will be showing us how to make reels and provide you with some content ideas to get you started.

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British Business Awards 2022 - entries close 27 May

Nominations are open for the 2022 British Business Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the awards have recognised and celebrated the innovative and outstanding achievements of small and medium size British businesses across all industries.

The British Business Awards offers you and your colleagues the opportunity to gain the industry and country-wide recognition you deserve.

These awards are open to any businesses in the UK which fall within the traditional definition of an SME - namely up to 250 employees. Ideally the business should have been trading at least since January 2020, but the judges will consider younger businesses formed after this date. The awards are also open to those service providers and investors who help create the 'eco-system' which enabled SMEs to flourish and survive particularly over the last two years.

Nominations will close on 27 May 2022.

For further information visit British Small Business Awards

Superfast Business Wales - Tourism and Hospitality Webinars: May/June 2022

Join Superfast Business Wales for a free two-part webinar tailored for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Learn how to make your business stand out online, engage new customers, make more of reviews, as well as use digital tools like online booking platforms to run your business successfully.

·       Part 1: Social media for tourism and hospitality

·       Part 2: Running your tourism and hospitality business online

See dates and book


Celebrating Rural Wales Event: 9-10 June 2022

As the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 enters its final year, the Celebrating Rural event looks more closely at the projects and beneficiaries of the funding, not just over the last programme but many projects that started with smaller grants and have grown and moved on to apply and receive funding through other schemes.

The aim of the event is to bring the projects to life - showcasing the real stories from the real beneficiaries by sharing their experiences, challenges and successes first hand.

Details of how to register to attend the event will be made available closer to the date. In the meantime, visit the Wales Rural Network (WRN) website or contact if you have any queries.

Great events heading to Swansea Bay in 2022

1-31 May: Clyne in Bloom

15 May: Wales on Wheels, outside National Waterfront Museum

4 June: Gerry Cinnamon live in Singleton Park

2-3 July: Wales Airshow

9 July: MacMillan Gower Peninsula Mighty Hike

26-30 July: Beach Sculpture Festival, various beaches
29 July: Nile Rodgers and CHIC live in Singleton Park

30 July: Anne-Marie live in Singleton Park

31 July: Paul Weller live in Singleton Park

31 July: The Gower Show
5 Aug: Outdoor Theatre: Rapunzel, Oystermouth Castle Grounds

6 Aug: World Triathlon Para Series

7 Aug: IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea

27 Aug: RNLI 35th Mumbles Raft Race

3-11 Sept: Gower Walking Festival

18 Sept: Admiral Swansea Bay 10k

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