Businesses and Council Officials from Ceredigion and Powys travelled through the winter weather on Thursday to attend an event to promote the Mid Wales Growth deal in the National Assembly.
The event was jointly sponsored by Ceredigion AM Elin Jones, alongside Montgomeryshire’s AM, Russell George, and Kirsty Williams AM from Brecon and Radnorshire.
The event brought together business and technology sectors of Mid Wales together with local Politicians and Government Ministers to discuss the deal and to raise awareness for businesses looking to start or locate in Ceredigion.
Elin Jones AM, said:
“This event has brought together so many different sectors that are based in Ceredigion and Powys, and has highlighted the importance of working across county lines.
“It’s obvious that Mid Wales is fruitful ground for anyone looking to start a business, or to relocate here. Work in our Universities are advancing in many technological sectors, and local produce is sold around the world.
“There are many lessons we can learn from each other, and opportunities for Ceredigion and Powys to work together in order to share prosperity and opportunities throughout our region.
“Our cross-party meeting with the Minister, Ken Skates, emphasised this.”
Leader of Ceredigion Council, Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, who gave evidence to a scrutiny committee regarding the Mid Wales Growth Deal in the National Assembly for Wales in the morning, said:
"The way things are sounding with Brexit, who knows what will happen between now and the end of March.
"We have got to try and take every opportunity we can to support businesses and the development of businesses in mid Wales. Otherwise there is not much future apart from as a playground.
“The Mid Wales Growth deal gives us a pot of money with which we can invest in the future. And hopefully invest to the benefit of the private sector."
Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Helen Mary Jones said:
“As someone who represents all of the mid Wales region I was pleased to meet with representatives from the area. We face a number of challenges in rural Wales including depopulation, a weak economy with many people in part-time employment and on low wages.
“One of the essential sectors for our rural communities is agriculture, but the sector has faced immense pressure in recent years, which will be further compounded post Brexit.
“As someone raised in Powys throughout my teenage years, I often feel the county’s potential has been held back. I know many people are concerned that, with all the talk of City Deals, Powys and Ceredigion are forgotten.
“It was pleasing, then, to see firms and public sector organisations, like Aberystwyth University, being able to take part in a showcase at the Senedd building in our National Parliament to promote the best of the region.”
Plaid Cymru’s Leader on Powys Council Councillor Elwyn Vaughan added:
“I welcome the Growing Mid Wales Trade exhibition in association with Powys and Ceredigion County Councils in the Senedd. I look forward to working together to make the ideas expressed realised.”