Jobs boost as Swallow Boats in Cardigan expands

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Ten jobs are being created at a boat building firm in Cardigan which has announced plans to expand.

Swallow Boats is investing nearly £200,000 to build a new workshop and buy moulds for a new 25ft yacht it plans to launch.

The new facility will allow more of the production work to be carried out at the site and be completed quicker.

The Welsh government has given almost £95,000 from its Economic Growth Funds to the company.

Managing director Matt Newland said: "If this investment hadn't gone ahead we would have had to look for manufacturing partners overseas and our operation in Wales would have become a design and a sales and marketing business, with significantly less employees and no scope to grow and create jobs in Wales.

"The expansion will provide opportunities for local people to be trained as boat builders and we are also keen to employ graduates in design and engineering positions to ensure the company's remains highly innovative."

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