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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016


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ACCORDING to research


conducted by Samsung Electronics UK, a new wave of professionals are making a career out of their passions and hobbies. In association with the Centre


for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) and YouGov, the new study revealed that more than one in ten (12%) British workers have become 'funtrepreneurs', leaving previous jobs to pursue a career they are passionate about. Those who have turned their


passion into a paycheque can expect to make an average of £22,594 in their first year of work, with this figure destined to increase by 50% to £33,845 within five years. The CEBR's additional research


Under threat: Salmon fry at critically low levels on Towy. SALMON stocks in the River


Towy are among those facing an ‘unprecedented’ threat after surveys revealed a dramatic decline in the number of infant fish. Routine monitoring by Natural


Resources Wales (NRW) showed that salmon fry numbers were at critically low levels on the Towy – which has previously produced consistent fry numbers. Fry levels were also described as ‘critically low’ on the Usk and Clwyd. In the Towy catchment fisheries


surveys this year found salmon to be absent from 31 of the 37 sites monitored. Of the 13 survey sites on the Usk, eight had no salmon fry at all and the remaining five had very low numbers, while not only have no salmon fry been recorded on the Clwyd but the catchment is also seeing its worse trout fry numbers on record. Thankfully, surveys on the Tawe,


Glaslyn and Wye are at normal levels. Peter Gough, NRW Principal


Fisheries Advisor, said: “These initial survey results are unprecedented in Wales in 30 years of monitoring and are clearly very concerning, especially as our salmon and sea trout stocks already face serious challenges. “The decline in fry numbers


will not only harm the biodiversity of our rivers but could also have an economic impact on the angling and tourism sector. ”It is therefore imperative that


we continue our investigations to discover the cause of the decline and put in place actions to ensure the maximum number of fish are able to spawn this winter and in future.” Each year NRW monitors the


juvenile fish stocks across Wales. This monitoring has an important role to play in the sustainable management of natural resources to help us understand, enhance and manage our fish stocks. Fish population surveys are carried out predominately using electric fishing to record the number of fish caught, the species and individual lengths.


At the moment the cause of


the decline remains a mystery but possible reasons include extremes of river flow over the winter and high water temperatures in the affected rivers. The possibility of disease or parasites is also being considered but is thought most unlikely. NRW’s fisheries team is stepping


up its monitoring programme as part of its investigations into the cause of the decline, carrying out fish health checks and is consulting with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the Environment Agency to establish whether there are similar problems in England. Mr Gough added: “At the


moment we are trying to establish the level of threat to Welsh salmon stocks and we will be working with the angling community to protect our existing stocks. “We are working closely with our


partners and sponsoring Government departments to investigate the causes. It is too early to be sure on the cause or causes, however we note that December 2015 was the warmest and wettest December since records began.” Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith, Chief


Executive of Afonydd Cymru, (the association of rivers trusts in Wales) said: “It’s important to understand that this finding by NRW will not immediately impact on returning salmon and sea trout numbers but will be evident in two to four years’ time. “It is crucial that NRW, the Rivers


Trusts and Welsh Government get together to press forward a recovery programme for this valuable resource as well as a full investigation into the cause and effects. “In the meantime, it is vital that


every salmon and sea trout is left to spawn this year and of course in the coming years. We are therefore appealing to anglers to build on their excellent response to earlier appeals, and ensure that they release all of their fish as well as strongly encouraging others to do the same.”


also found that the UK economy is receiving a collective contribution of £165bn from passionate entrepreneurs, based on taxes, profits and wages, with this figure set to reach £228bn in the space of five years. Almost a third (32%) of workers


who left their jobs in pursuit of a career they are passionate about said they wanted a change of lifestyle, whilst two in five claimed they didn't like the working culture at their old company. Over one in ten (14%) wanted to be their own boss. Of those that are planning to, or


have already left their jobs, blogging and vlogging (4%), retail (5%) and technology (7%) top the list of industries that British workers have entered. According to CEBR's research,


senior decision makers in micro- businesses think there are additional benefits to turning a passion into a pay cheque, expecting those who have done so to feel increased job satisfaction (84%), an increase in creativity (63%) and better focus at work (59%) as a result of pursuing their ambitions. It appears that this trend may well


continue to increase in popularity. More working millennials are planning to leave their current career to pursue


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their dreams than other generations, with nearly a quarter (24%) of 18 to 34-year-old workers preparing for a career change, compared to just 2% of workers aged 55 and over from the 'career for life' generation. Slightly less men than women have


chosen to leave their career to fulfil their ambitions (11% vs 13%). Examining the statistics from across Britain, a larger number of people in London (15%) have changed their career to find one that aligns with their passions - this number is larger than anywhere else in the country, with those in Yorkshire being the least likely to do so (8%). The findings show that technology


is a key asset in allowing 'funtrepreneurs' to create their new businesses, with 59% saying tablets and laptops would be vital if they were to establish their own company. Over half (52%) mentioned 4G connectivity and Wi-Fi. The majority of workers (42%) say they prefer to work flexibly, at home, in a cafe or in the office, while nearly a third (34%) said flexible working spaces such as Central Working or Club Workspace in London would be an asset to kick-starting a company. Conor Pierce, Vice President,


IT and Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: “Mobile technology has now developed


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to become the enabler of a modern flexible lifestyle. At Samsung, we’re passionate about creating technology to help enrich people’s lives, giving them access to the tools they need to fulfil their ambitions. With the flexibility of a tablet, the performance of a laptop and WiFi and 4G options to choose from, the Galaxy TabPro S is the perfect device to empower you to pursue your passions. "Our wider mobile portfolio, such


as the recently announced Galaxy Note7 with its advanced S Pen, large screen size, wireless charging and enhanced security capabilities, means we offer a range of solutions to help you be at your most productive, wherever you are.” Senior Economist at Centre for


Economics and Business Research, Alasdair Cavalla, said: “We were fascinated to find that a clear majority of microbusinesses were set up by people passionate about their sector or product. Many small, dynamic businesses may never have been set up were it not for people taking this risk to pursue work that they care about. The economic benefits don’t stop at the founding of the business – compared to whole- economy averages, we found clear evidence of fewer sick days, higher productivity and greater job satisfaction among people following their passion."


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