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L to R: John Heap, Sales Manager, Julie Lardie, Food Service Development Dietitian exhibiting at the Care Show London 2011

Award-winning Tillery Valley showcased its latest offering at the 2011 Care Show which took place at Olympia, Londonon 11th-12th October.TilleryValley, which has been providing meals to the healthcare, education and local authority sectors for over 25 years is branching out into the care home industry, offering an alternative catering solution for care homes. Tillery Valley specialises in providing nutritious meals which are freshly cooked with care before being frozen for distribution.

The Care Show provides companies serving the care sector with an opportunity to demonstrate their offerings in terms of products and services to those who are responsible for the care of vulnerable people in theUK. Attendees included proprietors, directors and managers of care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care agencies, sheltered accommodation, learning disability homes, local authorities, specialist care units and private hospitals.

The Care Show was the first event in which TilleryValley demonstrated what it has to offer the care sector. The members of staff manning the event stand cooked samples of the food it offers throughout the day for visitors to enjoy whilst hearing about the beneficial aspects and the convenience of frozen meals in care facilities. A specialist dietitian was also present to talk about the importance of the nutritional value of the food on offer and share TilleryValley’s expert knowledge and insight into understanding the needs and wellbeing of people in care homes.

Julie Lardie, Food Service Development Dietitian for TilleryValley, says:

We believe that mealtimes should be a daily highlight in people’s lives beyond the physical act of simply eating food. Our aim is to deliver a consistent and satisfying meal service to residents in care homes whilst ensuring nutritional standards are met”.

She concludes: “We want to educate people on the importance of eating well and the benefits it has on not only the physical but also the mental wellbeing of people who live in care facilities.”

Tillery Valley’s production plant based in Abertillery, South Wales, already has the capacity to produce up to one million meals per week, with attention focused on taste and choice as well as the nutritional value which is of utmost importance. The company is also keen to communicate its environmental efforts at the exhibition by promoting its commitment to energy reduction and increased sustainability.


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Notes to Editors

  • ·         Formed in 1984, Tillery Valley, part of the worldwide Sodexo Group, is a national provider of chilled and frozen prepared meals to the healthcare sector, local authorities and education.
  • ·         Based in Abertillery, South Wales, and managed by Site Director Philip Hall, Tillery Valley is a major employer in the area, providing 350 jobs to the local community. Its advanced production plant has the capacity to produce one million meals per week.
  • ·         64% of Tillery Valley’s annual expenditure is invested in businesses in Wales and adjoining regions.  Collaborative initiatives such as sustainable local sourcing that help to support both local businesses and the wider community are top of Tillery Valley’s agenda. The company is also proactively helping to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
  • ·         Tillery Valley currently serves 89 NHS trusts and 26 local authorities in 180 locations throughout the UK.
  • ·         Tillery Valley operates to Carbon Trust Standards and was the first food manufacturer in Wales to receive the Carbon Trust Accreditation in 2010.
  • ·         Other notable awards and accreditations include Investors in People (2008), Gold Food Hygiene Award (2010) ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for the development, manufacture and distribution of chilled and frozen ready meals and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Safety Standard Version 5 Grade A accreditation (2009) and ISO14001:2004 environmental management system accreditation.
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LtoR Phil Hall, Site Director Tillery Valley Foods and Rob Petersen, Managing Director, Petersens PR

Petersens PR, the award-winning PR, events and marketing agency based in Pentwyn, Cardiff has been appointed by health, education and local authority caterer, Tillery Valley Foods to handle an integrated marketing and PR campaign.

Managed by Site Director, Phil Hall, Tillery Valley Foods, which is part of the worldwide Sodexo Group, employs over 350 local people in its food manufacturing factory in Abertillery. The company supplies nutritious meals to the healthcare and education sector, in addition to local authorities, whilst carrying out a sustainable and environmentally responsible business. Tillery Valley Foods has achieved a number of notable awards and accreditations including an Investors in People Award, an ISO 9001 (2008) accreditation for the development, manufacture and distribution of chilled and frozen ready meals and the Carbon Trust Standard (2010).

Tillery Valley Foods has selected Petersens after a competitive pitch on a retained basis to handle the company’s public relations, whilst also carrying out key marketing activities such as website development. Whilst delivering to 180 hospitals in the UK, with only three inWales, the food provider believes the strategy will boost new business, particularly in its home country.

Set-up in 2003 by Rob Petersen, Petersens is a small successful agency offering a number of key services including public relations, marketing and events management. In addition to Tillery Valley Foods, the company has succeeded in a number of notable client wins this year, including Newport-based engineering firm Cintec International and Llantrisant-based Sigma 3 Kitchens and Bedrooms.

Managing Director, Rob Petersen, says:

“We are delighted to be working with Phil and his talented team and are confident that a successful relationship will develop over the coming months. As the largest employer in Abertillery, Tillery Valley clearly has a unique and worthy story to tell, and we are excited to begin raising its profile, both across Wales and within the catering industry.”

Phil Hall, Site Director, Tillery Valley Foods, says:

“We believe we have an excellent business here in Abertillery, our food is delivered on time and to an extremely high quality and above all our staff are happy and enthusiastic about their part in the process. However, our problem lies with telling people about our success and this is where we trust Petersens can help.

He continues:

“We are very much looking forward to working with the agency and are excited to see some positive results over the next few months.”


For further information please contact:

Rob Petersen, Managing Director, Petersens:, 02920549597

Becci Gould, Account Executive, Petersens:, 02920549597

Keith Williams, Branch Manager and Marlene Thomas, Customer

Marlene Thomas from Brackla, Bridgend, has won a local prize draw with Motaquote Insurance. Having been a loyal customer of Motaquote Insurance since 2003, Mrs Thomas was thrilled when she was informed she had won the prize which consisted of a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne and a set of travellers glasses to accompany the bottle.

Motaquote, one of South Wales’ largest independent insurance providers, ran the competition to celebrate its move to Bridgend’s main shopping centre, The Rhiw in March 2011. Any customer who entered the premises was included in a prize draw and the winner was recently announced.

The company chose to relocate as part of an expansion scheme. Motaquote’s new position in the heart of Bridgend’s town centre means the company is more accessible to both its existing and new customers. Alongside the prize draw, Motaquote  also offered a 10% discount on insurance products to celebrate the move.

Mrs Thomas, the winner of Motaquote’s prize draw, said:

Having never won anything in my life, I was over the moon when I found out I had won the prize draw. I have been a customer of Motaquote for nearly 9 years now and have definitely benefited from Motaquote’s friendly staff and excellent service.”

Keith Williams,  Branch Manager of Bridgend Motaquote, commented:

 We ran the competition because we really wanted to give something back to our customers. Consequently, when we were informed Mrs Thomas had won the champagne, we were thrilled for her. It is loyal customers like Marlene who have enabled us to make the move to The Rhiw Shopping Centre and we would like to offer our congratulations once again and thank Mrs Thomas for her continued support of to the company.”


For more information on Motaquote contact Rob Petersen or Becci Gould at Petersens on

02920 549597 or 

Notes to editors

  • Motaquote personal lines insurance was established as a cold start business in 1991 as a car insurance broker.  Today it is part ofWales’ largest insurance intermediary
  • The company offers personal insurance products and services to consumers which includes, motor, household, travel and pet insurance.
  • Motaquote’s headquarters is based in Williamstown, near Tonypandy and has 14 Motaquote branches across South Wales (Aberdare, Bargoed, Bridgend, Cardiff Birchgrove, Cwbran, Ebbw Vale, Merthyr Tydfil, Mountain Ash, Neath, Pontypridd, Risca, Swansea, Tonypandy and Treorchy)
  • The staff of 131 is led by managing director, Nigel Lombard.
  • Motaquote is a trading name of Protectagroup Ltd and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority
  • Protectagroup Ltd was bought in March 2008 by venture capital company Cullum Capital Ventures (CCV)
  • Cullum Capital Ventures annual turnover in 2009 was £48m
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Beverley Humphreys, Julie Lyddon, Alexis Kirsten

The High Sheriff of Mid-Glamorgan, Beverley Humphreys, has made an official visit to EcoDysgu in Tondu, Bridgend.

Founded in 2002, EcoDysgu, also known as ‘Bridgend’s Best Kept Secret’, provides alternative education and training for people of all ages, particularly those suffering from social exclusion, alcohol addiction and drug abuse in addition to those who are struggling to focus within the traditional education system.  At EcoDysgu education programmes are executed in specialist workshops, including carpentry, building, joinery and other practical skills, and each programme is complimented by a holistic therapy session.

Within her role as High Sheriff of Mid-Glamorgan, Beverley felt it extremely important that she visit EcoDysgu as the centre has helped and supported so many young people within the area. The role of the High Sheriff dates back to the 11th Century, when the High Sheriff was the keeper of peace, collector of taxes and even had powers of execution. Now, the role still acts as a bridge between the criminal justice system and the community, working closely with police and the judiciary to make our communities safer. 

Of her role as High Sheriff, Beverley says:

“For me personally my role means encouraging and supporting the unsung heroes and heroines who are doing amazing things week in, week out, to help young people to channel their energies and fulfil their potential – in fact anyone who is trying to make their community -and thus the world – a better place.”

Beverley Humphreys, High Sheriff Mid-Glamorgan

After hearing about EcoDysgu, Beverley felt that a visit to the centre was vital to her role as the work that Julie Lyddon, Founder of EcoDysgu, and her team do everyday for so many young people often goes unnoticed and unheard of by the wider community. Although recently being recognised at the Welsh Women Who Mean Business awards as Best Woman in a Business Investing in the Environment, Julie continual work that often has life-changing effects for people who desperately need emotional support, confidence and reassurance, have remained a secret for many years. Following her visit to the centre, Beverley hopes this to be no longer the case.  

A New Home for the High Sheriff

The visit itself involved a tour of the centre including indoor and outdoor workshop areas, vegetable patches, mud huts made from recycled materials and exquisite gardens made by specialist groups who have benefited from the centre.

Julie Lydon, Founder of EcoDysgu says: 

“The ability to see and take part in a project from start to finish, such as the many handmade benches and carvings dotted round the woodland, provides an irreplaceable sense of pride and confidence to those who have never been given the chance or reassurance that they desperately need in order to lead a positive life. We felt Beverley truly understood the messages we are passing on here and are extremely grateful that she has taken the time to visit EcoDysgu to hear our stories and witness some of the unique workshops that take place.”

EcoDysgu is a not-for-profit organisation and often struggles with funding in order to carry out their workshops and specialist programmes. A café and self-catering accommodation is available within the picturesque surroundings and the organisation receives some support from the community and companies such as Sainsbury’s and Newport-based contractors, Dudley’s, who are helping the centre reach its goal of self-sustainability. Without such support and funding, the remarkable experiences and transformations that happen at EcoDysgu would not take place.

Beverley Humphreys, High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan says:

High Sheriff, Beverley Humphreys and Julie Lyddon, Founder

“Our community needs special places like EcoDysgu and extraordinary people like Julie to nurture and support those who struggle  to find their  purpose in  life –  to bring out their potential and help them to know that they are valued as individuals and have their own important contribution to make to themselves, to their families and to the wider world ”



For further information, please contact:

Rob Petersen, Managing Director, Petersens Ltd.:  02920549597

Becci Gould, Account Executive:  02920549597

Notes to Editors


EcoDysgu was established in 2002 as a not for profit community education centre, delivering the model of education we call ‘Learning to Heal – Healing to Learn’.  The model was consciously designed to address the failure in our mainstream education system to deal with our human-ness. Whilst academia has its place and value, so many life long skills are not being taught, too many young people are leaving school without the tools or understanding of how to cope with the challenges they face.

Many are left feeling useless, hopeless, uninspired and undervalued. EcoDysgu aims to bring about the change needed, change that sustains!   EcoDysgu works with children, young people and adults, learning new skills, building confidence, addressing issues, supporting ourselves, each other and the environment.

EcoDysgu is positive in our approach and pioneer a way of life that is all encompassing.

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Beverley Humphreys

Beverley Humphreys has been serving as High Sheriff of Mid-Glamorgan since April 2010 and ends her role on 13th April 2011.

Moorland Community Centre in Lincoln has been presented with new cycle storage units by Dudley’s, a specialist contracting firm that has recently completed works on a local Sainsbury’s store.

During the large extension and refurbishment of the Lincoln Sainsbury’s store, Dudley’s offered its support to the local area. As a result, the Newport-based contractors was approached by Moorland Community Centre which was looking for suitable cycle storage that would enable local people and children in particular, to safely store their bicycles.

The cycle racks, which have been erected from Sainsbury’s unused trolley shelters, were cleaned, painted and transported by Dudley’s and its Groundworkers, O’Boyle Brothers Ltd, before being positioned and bolted in place at the community centre.  The racks have now been decorated with graffiti by local children adding a unique community twist to the storage bays.  In addition to providing a sense of achievement for the local children involved in the two-day project, the bays now form structure that is not only useful but visually striking.

Simon Johnson, Sainsbury’s Key Account Manager for Dudley’s says:

“When completing extensive works in a particular area, such as the extension and refurbishment of the Lincoln Store, we are always looking for ways to support the local community. We are pleased to have been able to directly address the needs of Moorland Community Centre and hope local children will benefit from their new and uniquely decorated cycle bays.”

Rachel Taylor, Neighbourhood Working Lincoln South, says:

“Moorland Community Centre has been looking for suitable cycle storage for some time and therefore we are extremely grateful to Dudley’s for supplying the trolley bays which now, not only provide safe bicycle storage for the local residents, but have provided the opportunity for the community to come together to produce this an iconic local landmark”


For further information please contact:

Cerys Palmer, Senior Account Manager:, 02920549597

Aftermath of Italian Earthquake 2009

Cintec International has been appointed as the only British company to actively participate in the three-year collaborative European NIKER research project. The aim of the project is to protect the artistic value of cultural heritage sites from earthquake induced damage through the use of ‘stitching’ , the industry’s term for the reinforcement of structures.

Earthquakes can cause dramatic and devastating effects to both people and structures, not only in the Southern Hemisphere as the recent Christchurch, New Zealand disaster has proved but also in Europe.  The 2009 earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy is a prime example of how earthquake damage, whether involving casualties or cultural losses, is high in European historic centres.

With a budget of approximately 3.5million Euros, co-funded with 2.7million Euros by the European Commission, the NIKER project, which stands for “New Integrated Knowledge-Based Approaches to the Protection of Cultural Heritage from Eathquake-Induced Risk”, proposes to tackle the problem by developing new high-performance elements and by complementing and enhancing traditional materials with industrial processes. The process relies on both experimental and computational tools, databases and the know-how of partners involved in the project. Validation will be performed under specific, real life conditions.

As a structural engineering company with headquarters in Newport, South Wales, Cintec commercialises patented anchoring and reinforcement systems across the globe. The company has maintained structures including, Windsor Castle, the European Parliament Buildings in Athens, the pyramid of Djoser in Egypt and has recently won a three-year contract to strengthen the façade of the Confederation Building which overlooks St.John’s, in Newfoundland, Canada and in 2002 Cintec was awarded the Queen’s Award for strengthening masonry arched structures.  

With the support of the University of Bath, Cintec’s objective as part of the NIKER project will be to develop a new type of anchor in which a dissipative device and a sensoring system will be imbedded to create new improved systems for connections with early warning techniques that signal an earthquake.  Such anchors will allow a controlled and repairable movement of walls within the structure enabling it to resist seismic forces. The completion of the project will result in a set of guidelines for end-users, giving instructions on new integrated materials, technologies and tools for systematic improvement of seismic behaviour of cultural heritage assets. Sara Paganoni, a PhD research student in seismic engineering from Bath University, has been assigned to the programme by the NIKER project and works with Cintec in a research capacity helping to develop the new anchoring system.

Peter James, Managing Director of Cintec says:

‘We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to take part in the NIKER scheme. Much of our own work involves maintaining and protecting key historical and cultural sites and thus we are extremely pleased to be able to further develop our advanced anchoring systems in order to mitigate the often devastating effects of earthquakes. We look forward to working with Bath University and many other European organisations on this new and exciting project.’


For further information, please contact:

Rob Petersen: Managing Director, Petersens:

029 20549597

Notes to editors:

About Cintec

Cintec International is a globally recognized leader in engineering research and development. Merging creative thinking with solid engineering principles, Cintec International has solved thousands of client problems all over the world. For further information:

Cintec Anchoring System

The Cintec anchoring system offers a remarkably versatile, proven approach to internally strengthen masonry buildings and structures.

The system works by pre-drilling an oversized hole in the structure and inserting an anchor body surrounded by a fabric sock. A cementitious grout is injected through the middle of the anchor under low pressure. It passes through a series of grout flood holes into the fabric sock, inflating the entire assembly like a balloon. For further information:

Niker Project

The project tackles the problem of earthquake-impact on Cultural Heritage (CH) assets starting from basic consideration that efficient protection, with substantial guarantee of compatibility and low-intrusiveness, can only be achieved on the basis of the ‘minimum intervention’ approach. This requires that the potentials of existing materials and components are as much as possible exploited in terms of strength and energy dissipation, and that candidate interventions are validated and optimized under specific, real life conditions. For further information:


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