Cardiff’s Victorian arcades get superfast boost Stephen Afia General Manager of Shop Rugby

The Castle Quarter, popular with both shoppers and tourists to the capital, has been given a superfast boost thanks to Openreach and Cardiff’s Business Improvement District (BID). Working in partnership with FOR Cardiff Openreach engineers have fibre enabled four new cabinets near the arcades which will make superfast broadband available to around 200 businesses in the area. Previously businesses in the Castle Quarter were experiencing download speeds of less than 20 megabits per second. Businesses will now be able to access speeds of up to 80 megabits per second as a result of the new infrastructure -which was delivered as part of Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership programme - allowing them to work more efficiently, create new opportunities and have a stronger connection with their customers. Stephen Afia, general manager of Shop Rugby who are based opposite Cardiff

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Castle, said: “We’ve been waiting for superfast broadband to be available to us for years and it’s made such a massive difference already.” “Now we have enough bandwidth to manage our website from the property, our upload speed is 20 times faster and it’s much easier for us to move things to the cloud to back up off site. We’re absolutely delighted with the results.” Openreach engineers have been carrying out extensive work in the area as part of deal which was jointly funded by FOR Cardiff and Openreach. Established in November 2016, the BID area covers 130 streets across the capital city stretching from Principality Stadium to Newport Road and Butetown to Cathays. FOR Cardiff is one of the largest BID areas in the UK comprising over 1000 business properties and new superfast broadband is just one of the many priorities for businesses that the BID will address in their five-year term.

Dogs Trust Bridgend see influx of older dogs

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Dogs Trust Bridgend is urging the public to consider giving an older dog a loving home after they have seen an influx in golden oldies arriving at the rehoming centre and have 12 doggy OAPs looking for new homes.

In fact, nearly 25% of dogs in their care are aged eight or over and include adorable duo Belle and Holly, a pair of ten-year-old Terrier crosses who arrived after their owner sadly became ill and was no longer able to care for them. The rehoming centre now hopes to challenge the elderly dog stereotype that can often put potential owners off rehoming an older dog, and is encouraging dog lovers to consider the benefits of bringing an ageing four- legged friend into their home. Angela Wetherall, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Bridgend explains, “We care for dogs of all ages,

sizes and breeds but lately, we have noticed a spike in the average age of our dogs. Older dogs can sometimes be passed over in favour of their younger counterparts but there are so many benefits to owning an older dog.” “Older dogs often need less exercise, they are usually already housetrained and can make wonderful family pets. Often, we find that our golden oldies still have bags of energy so they can be just as fun as a younger dog, but they may need an extra forty winks on a cosy sofa after a busy playtime! There really are countless reasons an older dog can make a wonderful companion, so if you think you can give an elderly dog a happy home, please get in touch.”

If you think you would like to give an older rescue dog a happy home, please get in touch with Dogs Trust Bridgend on 0300 303 0292.

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