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100 Welsh Businesses Urge Number 10 to Back Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

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Over 100 of Wales’ most reputable businesses have joined forces to support the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon bid, signing a letter to urge Number 10 for approval ‘as soon as possible’.

Featuring signatures from an eclectic range of companies, advocates include Tata Steel UK, Penderyn Whiskey, Castell Howell Foods, WRW Construction, Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys and Scarlets rugby regions.

Representing over 30,000 Welsh workers, the letter explores the benefits of this large-scale sustainable energy project; one that aims to generate electricity for 155,000 homes for at least 120 years.

With many of the project’s investors requiring the green light sooner rather than later, this letter was presented to Theresa May on Monday, hand-delivered by Penderyn Whiskey owner, Nigel Short, along with Swansea council leader, Rob Stewart.

“Swansea needs it, Wales needs it and the world needs to embrace innovative, sustainable energy production of this kind to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” Mr Short said. 

Mr Stewart added: “This innovative, game-changing project is far too important to be shelved in any way. It’s worth many thousands of jobs to Swansea Bay and would generate zero-carbon power for over a century.

“Why are we still waiting for a UK Government decision? Even their own independent inspector backed this project – and that was 10 months ago. With private sector investment and confidence on the line for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, time is now very much of the essence.”

Gathering support from businesses and high-profile figures across the region, passing this bid could turn Wales into a renewable energy leader; an eventuality that the ‘Love the Lagoon’ campaign aims to achieve.

Launched back in September, this letter is part of the overall awareness mission, uniting businesses, sporting stars, political figures and individuals in Wales. Eager to promote the impact the lagoon will have on the world of Welsh sport in particular, some of the country’s most well-known rugby stars are backing the campaign, recently launching the below video.

Below is the full list of businesses that signed the ‘Love the Lagoon’ document sent to the Prime Minister:

  • Bimlendra Jha, CEO, Tata Steel UK
  • Nigel Short, Director, Penderyn, The Welsh Whisky Company
  • Chris Pearlman, Chief Operating Officer, Swansea City FC
  • Sir Stanley Thomas, Chairman, Road Safety Design
  • Nigel Williams, Finance Director, Castell Howell Foods
  • Mike Cuddy, Chairman, Cuddy Group
  • Christopher Kiley, Managing Director CK’s Stores Ltd
  • Robert Jones, Managing Director, Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd
  • Jonathan Roberts, Editor, South Wales Evening Post
  • Roger Blyth, Chairman, Ospreys Rugby
  • Martin Morgan, Director, The Morgans Group of Companies
  • Simon Cursio, Managing Director, First Bus
  • Roy Thomas, Managing Director, Bay Studios & Swansea Airport
  • Mark Bowen, Managing Director, Andrew Scott Ltd
  • W Robert William, Chairman, WRW Construction Ltd
  • Kevin Gittens, President and Plant Manager, JTEKT Automotive UK Limited
  • Juliet Luporini, Chair, Swansea Business Improvement District.
  • Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive, Swansea Business Improvement District
  • Hayley Davies, President, Swansea Bay Business Club
  • Bruce Roberts, Secretary, Swansea Bay Business Club
  • Debbie Green, Chief Executive, Coastal Housing Group
  • Gareth Davies, Director of Development, Coastal Housing Group
  • Helen Bowden, Chief Executive, Swansea Bay Futures
  • David Jenkins, Joint Managing Director, Jenkins Bakery Llanelli Ltd
  • Ben Francis, Director, Federation of Small Business Swansea Bay
  • Ian Owen, Operations Director, Owens Group
  • James Morse, Director, Oyster Wharf developments
  • Barry Evans, Regional Director, RBS & NatWest
  • Rob Vaughan, Partner, Ashmole & Co
  • Alan Brayley, Managing Director, AB Glass
  • Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director, Acorn Recruitment Ltd
  • Chris Hope, Senior Partner, Dawsons Property
  • Ian Gough, Head of Business Development, Juno Moneto Group
  • Sue James, Business Development Manager, Juno Moneta Group
  • Q James Davies, Managing Director, James Davies (Abercych) Ltd
  • Mike McCarry, Managing Director, Day’s Rental
  • Amy Seppman, Marketing Director, JCP Solicitors
  • Enzo Sauro, owner, Enzo’s Homes
  • Richard Selby, Director, Pro Steel Engineering
  • Jason Treharne, Owner, Treharne Automotive Engineering
  • Kevin Nicholas, Business Relationship Director, Santander Business
  • Mark Davies, Managing Director, LBS Builders’ Merchants Limited
  • Tony Beaujean, Director, Afon Engineering
  • Rachelle Sellek, Managing Partner, Acuity Legal
  • Adam Morris, Operations Director, ALM Group Facility Services Ltd
  • Tash Smith, Senior Event co-ordinator, Frontrunner Events
  • Hywel Evans, Managing Director, Computeraid Wales
  • Ben Wheeler, Founder, Copper Bay Creative
  • Ceri Davies, Director, Swansea Watersports
  • Steve Evans, Director, Saecom
  • Stuart Hammond, Hospital Director, Sancta Maria Hospital
  • John Bollom, Managing Director, Mumbles Pier
  • Adam Smith, Manager, Village Hotel Resort
  • Lawrence Bailey, Whiterock Consulting
  • Dawn Lyle, Managing Director, iCreate
  • Anna Redfern, owner, Cinema and Co
  • Matthew Wells, Solicitor, JCP Solicitors
  • Robert Vale, Director, Great Manager Training Ltd
  • Robert Chapman, Director, Chapman and Co
  • Kathy Whitehead, New Business Director, James Good Corporate Branding and Communications
  • Gareth Keen, Managing Director, Keen Insurance
  • Jessica Rice, Managing Director, JR Events
  • Peter Thomas, Managing Director, FPT Business Consulting
  • Damian Lewis, Field Sales Manager, Bunzl-Greenham
  • Mike Steeds, Director, Prescott Jones Insurance Brokers
  • Caroline Rees, Marketing consultant, Rees Marketing
  • Alison Orrells, Managing Director, The Safety Letterbox Company
  • George Parker, Director, Parker Plant Hire Ltd
  • Noah Redfern, owner, Noah’s Yard and Flickering Light
  • Nicola John, Managing Director, Jigsaw Creative Solutions Limited
  • Paul Piontecki, Business Development Director, Amaryllis Logistics Ltd
  • Karen McCarthy, Director, Property Search Wales Ltd
  • Gavin Roberts, Managing Director, Caerbont Automotive Instruments
  • Ben Davies, Managing Director, Belvoir Swansea and Belvoir Mumbles
  • Karen John, Managing Director, Glass Tech Recycling Ltd
  • Philip Jones, Director, Project 66 Consultancy Services Ltd
  • Patricia Price, Owner, The Lovespoon Gallery
  • Geraint Davies, Director, Facility Services Group Limited
  • Jeremy Bowen-Rees, Managing Director , Landsker Business Solutions
  • Lesley Walton, Owner and Proprietor, Lorien Business Services
  • Sue Heatherington, Director, The Red Dragonfly Partnership
  • Steve Heatherington, Director, The Red Dragonfly Partnership
  • Craig Brew, Founder, MyGeneration Limited
  • Andy Worsley, Business Development Manager (Print Division), Pisys.net Ltd
  • Sarla Langdon, Director, Markmaid Marketing
  • Elaine Watts, Marketing Manager, Barry Training services
  • Jason Mowforth, Director, Cotsolutions Ltd
  • R Williams, Managing Director, Sosban Llanelli
  • Nicola Lewis, Director, Easybooks (Wales) Ltd
  • Michael Morgan, Managing Director, Morgan and Morgan – total office solutions
  • Toni Kemp, Human Resources Director, Vizolution Ltd
  • Grethe Vaughan, Chief Operating Officer, Vizolution Ltd
  • Huw Rees, Chief Technical Officer, Vizolution Ltd
  • Brian Davies, owner, Country Stores Gowerton Ltd
  • Jennifer Jones, owner, Top Knot, Gowerton.
  • Chris Davies, owner, Colin Davies Quality Food and Butchers
  • Alan Adam, owner, Fade Zone, Gowerton
  • Amy and Laurie Roberts, partners, LA Candy
  • Declan Casey, owner, Image Solutions
  • Mark Hobbs, owner Student Digz Swansea Ltd
  • Ben Dobson, sales and marketing manager, VoiceBox
  • Alex-Michelle Parr, Managing Director, Wolfestone Ltd
  • Roy Allkin, co-owner, Boss Brewery
  • Sarah John, co-owner, Copper Bar
  • Simon Ashton, Managing Director, Simon Safety and Lifting Centre Ltd
  • Rhian Parry, Managing Director, Workplace-worksafe Ltd
  • Stephen Tippett, Sales Manager, Toppers Wales Ltd
  • Mark Jermin, Owner, Mark Jermin Stage School
  • Rhiannon Habertstraw, owner, The Man Cave
  • Louise Ruby Dymond, owner, Ruby’s, Gowerton
  • Jack Frazer, owner, Station 86, Gowerton