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  • This month Wales sent some of its very best exports to Japan to compete in the Rugby World Cup.

    Ahead of the highly anticipated tournament, Business Wales – the Welsh Government support arm – has launched a new campaign designed to encourage more Welsh businesses to consider exporting, choosing one of Wales’ most famous exports, rugby icon Shane Williams, to front the campaign.

    The international rugby star, who has represented his country all over the world and played in Japan, will be the face of the campaign which will call on companies across Wales to recognise their export potential.

    The campaign aims to inspire more companies across the country to consider how their products and services could play in overseas markets, including Japan.

    Speaking about his involvement in the campaign, Shane Williams said:

    “Wales has so many fantastic products and services and, as a nation, we have so much to offer to the rest of the world. It’s important to remember that ultimately if your product is a success in Wales, it can also be a success abroad. I am certainly hoping the lads can prove just that in the World Cup!”

    “As a proud Welshman, I am passionate about seeing Wales showcased on the international stage just as I was proud to represent Wales around the globe.

    The Welsh Government Minister for International Relations, Eluned Morgan, said:

    “It is great to see one of Wales’ greatest exports to Japan, Shane Williams, leading this campaign to share his experience of the market and inspire Welsh businesses to export.

    “As the Welsh Rugby team heads off to compete on the World stage, Welsh businesses should be doing the same. Japan is a good market for Welsh exporters and is one of many markets where Welsh businesses can grow their exports.

    “Exporting can transform a business and take it to the next level. It is good for Wales too.

    “I am committed to ensuring that we provide the support to businesses to help them achieve their export potential and bring their own international success back to Wales.”

    Business Wales provides access to a whole range of services including export specialists within the Welsh Government. For more information visit www.businesswales.gov.wales/ export or call 03000603000.

  • Eluned recently accompanied local Parliamentary Candidate, Graham Hogg and Dwyfor Merionnydd Labour Members on a visit to the fascinating hydroelectric power station at Maentwrog, where we toured the facilities and heard how hydropower represents 4 per cent of all renewable electricity generation in Wales.

    The station was built by Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners for the North Wales Power Company and opened in 1928.

    Fed with water via the two-mile-long pipeline from Maentwrog Dam at Llyn Trawsfynydd, it was originally equipped with three turbines, with a combined output of 18 MW – which, at the time more than sufficient to meet the electricity needs of North Wales. An additional turbine was installed in 1934 and in 1991 the power station was re-equipped bringing its output capacity up to 30 MW.

    Construction of the sites were incredible feats of pioneering 20th century engineering, which, for Maentwrog, included the formation of the second largest man-made lake in Wales with the construction of its 4 concrete dams.

    Hydropower a well-established renewable technology providing a predictable source of energy, generating over 300 GWh annually.

    Renewable energy is a key part of the Welsh Labour Government’s vision for a more sustainable future and have made encouraging progress – capacity has increased over 47 per cent since 2014 and makes up 18 per cent of all electricity generation in Wales. 

    Welsh Labour believes that by using our abundant natural resources in a sustainable way, we can ensure energy continues its important role in achieving our energy and decarbonisation targets.

    Our key priority remains to deliver a prosperous and secure low carbon Wales.