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Ty Bro Dyfi

Y Plas,
Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965

Become a member of ecodyfi We want everybody in the Valley to join, so it only costs £1. Drop into Ty Bro Dyfi or send some stamps.

The information centre is open Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 3.00. You might even like to get involved in staffing it or in helping to run a project. Please come and see us!

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Business support

WDA support

Wales Development Agency 08457 775577. Newtown office 01686 613154 (Powys); Aberystwyth office 01970 613208 (Ceredigion/Gwynedd)

Arts Disability Wales supporting disabled creative people in business

WDA Business Information Gateway - the complete online resource for business in Wales.

Chwarae Teg - business support for lone parents 0800 052 2255

Disability Wales, helping disabled people stay in work: 029 2085 3175

Ethnic Business Support Programme 0800 028 8211

Finance Wales - access to funding 0800 587 4140

Interreg - grants for West Wales/ Eastern Ireland collaboration

Knowledge exploitation fund linking academic institutions with businesses: 01792 354069

Menter a Busness; support for Welsh speakers 01970 626565

Prime Cymru - business development packages for the 50+

Princes Trust, helping young people 18 - 30 with their business ideas. 029 2043 7000

Business Eye is a free, impartial information service created to find the answer to your business questions. Whether you are an established company, a new venture, a sole trader or an employer of hundreds, Business Eye is here to help - and if necessary will put you in contact with support from the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Finance Wales for cheap loans and equity

National Assembly for Wales Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) Scheme and the SMARTWales suite of innovation grant schemes

Opportunity Wales - support for communities and SMEs - many kinds of grant explained here, including Regional Assistance, SMART innovation, Eurpoean Objective 1 and 2 Funding. SPUR, the Grant Finder Service, Wales Tourist Board, Cultural Enterprise award, local authority awards and much more

Getting projects off the ground Agoriad has published information sheets on topics such as: Feasibility Studies, Business Planning, Making Community Buildings Accessible and Green Landscape Design. For copies contact 01633 250271 or

Welsh Langauge Board for translation assistance; 0845 6076070 Link Line to Welsh for translation help by phone

Welsh Assembly Government


Subject index page - go straight to your area of interest

Wales Trade International - export assistance services

Welsh European Funding Office - the Private Sector Unit provides advice and practical help to private companies on how to benefit from the Objective 1, 2 and 3 programmes.

Local authorities

Local authorities

Ceredigion County Council and Tourism Web sites

Gwynedd Council

Gwynedd Council Agenda21 pages

Local government links - councils, WAG, MEPs, etc. for Wales - all on one page

Powys County Council

Manufacturing industry


Manufacturing Advisory Service Email Peter Jones @ WDA

IP Wales free patenting advisory service for SMEs 01792 295472

Welsh Centre for Manufacturing Excellence

Local businesses

Old Smithy, Machynlleth

Machynlleth and District Chamber of Trade

List of shops in Machynlleth and their phone numbers; also services and accommodation.

Business indexes - to find a business or post your own

Find a business

CAYW - Wales on the Web Subject gateway to material of Welsh interest on the world wide web. An online guide to high quality, validated websites offering dependable information relating to Wales and all aspects of Welsh life.

Wales Index - Find the region or sector you want to be listed under

Saving money, waste and energy

save energy and money

The Carbon Trust A Government programme providing free information to businesses to help them cut their energy bills.

Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme Enables businesses to claim 100% first year capital allowances on investments in energy saving equipment.

EnvirolinkUK - environmental advice for SMEs on a wide range of subjects including ecodesign, energy efficiency and health and safety. A useful site for small businesses seeking environmental information.

Envirowise - 0800 585 794 - A government programme offering free, independent advice on practical ways to end the inefficient use of raw materials, packaging and technology, which "could be costing you thousandsof pounds in lost revenue, and ruining your competitive edge".

Groundwork - Provides practical support, advice, information, and training to companies on environmental business issues.

Let's Recycle - Core resource for waste and recycling.

Food, Farming and Forestry


Coed Cymru promotes management of broadleaf woodlands and use of locally grown hardwood timber

DEFRA - latest news on farming, animal welfare, diversification, rural development

Energy crops - grants for growing

Farming Connect for assistance and advice 08456 000813

Food Wales for a sustainable agri-food industry 01970 613222

Forestry Commission Technical research and trouble-shooting advice in all forestry related subjects.

The National Farmers' Union representing farmers and growers in England and Wales.

Organic Centre Wales / Canolfan Organig Cymru disseminates information on organic farming in Wales. Helpline (01970 621000. Publications, demonstration farm network, courses and advisory service.

Soil Association The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Sustain Represents over 100 national public interest organisations working at international,national, regional and local level

WDA Agribusiness advice 01970 613214. WDA Forestry and timber advice 01970 613237

Tourism industry


Festival of the Countryside - now known as Countrywise

Gwynedd's tourism pages

Hospitable Climates Help on cutting fuel bills for hotels and guest houses T: 020 8772 7400.

Mid Wales Tourism MWT provide regional marketing opportunities, specialist tourism related business advice, membership services and trade representation to tourism businesses in Mid Wales.

Tourist information centres in Powys. Other TICs: (all seasonal April- Sept.) Borth:Tel. (+44) (0)1970 871174; Email: Aberdyfi: Wharf Gardens, Aberdyfi LL35 0ED; Tel. (+44) (0)1654 767321; Corris: Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth SY20 9RF; Tel. (+44) (0)1654 761244; Email:

Visit Wales / Croeso Cymru: - industry site.

Visit Wales / Croeso Cymru Gateway entry point.

business trends

Business trends

CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey

Regional forecasts from Cambridge Econometrics (Regional Economic Prospects)

UK statistics latest figures

What's new

Flag on pier Aberdyfi

Renewable Energy Route Map: ecodyfi responded to the Welsh Assembly Government's recent consultation. Download ecodyfi's document - pdf or Word doc, or access the consultation documents.

Spring into action!

First Dyfi Biosphere grants approved

Grants available through the Dyfi Biosphere

Gwenno follows in Bev's footprints

Ecodyfi is looking for a Sustainable Living Officer

Innovative village bus services in the Dyfi Valley

Dyfi Valley to ask for new Biosphere status

Summary of ecodyfi 's Business Plan for 2007 / 08 [Word doc 57kB].

Local student helps the Dyfi Biosphere

Out and About with US Mach

Waste Watchers Job Vacancy

Dyfi Biosphere opinions needed

Lunch Launches Slow Food Group

Great news for Penegoes - our safe route is one step nearer

How Big is your Footprint?

Community Strategy offers help

Encouraging people to get out and enjoy the open air

Investing in the Dyfi Valley

Trail blazing festival lights up the nights

The only Biosphere Area in the country

Dyfi Light Fest programme

Using old vegetable oil as bio-diesel in Powys

Machynlleth's second community-owned wind turbine

Plugging the leaks!

Oil and food mix at ecodyfi! (AGM invite: Thurs. 22 June)

Plas Machynlleth: The People's Proposal

Business Eye would like to invite all potential, new and existing businesses to come and see what support we can offer. More >> [Word doc 130kB]

Newsletter Winter 2005-6 [PDF 270kB]

Summary of ecodyfi's Forward Plan for 2006 / 07 [Word doc 64kB]

Peak oil and climate change

New start for Plas Machynlleth

Saving energy in Dinas Mawddwy

New start for the Plas?

Other news

What's on in the Dyfi Valley - our events calendar

Cambrian News local news page

Employment issues

Machynlleth clock

Job Centre Plus - find your nearest Job Centre, Benefits office or Registry office

Cedaresource Career and recruitment service in Forge

MasnachCymru Rhyngwladol

National Minimum Wage DTI web site

Part time Workers DTI’s web site

Stakeholder Pensions - the Inland Revenue Employers website

The Wales TUC



Arts Wales

CYFLE - media training

WAG Education and skills

Skillset - audiovisual industry training


Machynlleth station


Is the A487 Dyfi bridge down? See the EA's flooding situation page.


Timetables: 0845 7 484950; Minicom: 0845 6050600

Virgin Trains

Arriva Trains Wales


Arriva timetables. Or phone 0870 608 2 608

National Express 08705 808080


Mach Taxis 01654 702048

Lloyds Taxis 01654 702100


National Cycle Route through the area

Emergency numbers

Police station Machynlleth

01654 702215


0800 555111

Gas leaks

0800 111999

Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water

0800 0520 1340

Manweb 24hr emergency

0845 272 1212


08457 909090

Hospital Machynlleth

01654 702266

Dentist (Mr Botha, Machynlleth)

01654 702753


0800 1111

Powys Citizens Advice Bureau

Machynlleth Advice Centre, Owain Glyndwr Centre, Machynlleth.
Advice Line: 0845 601421
Administration No: 01686 624390 - (available to make client appointments).

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