Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister, visited Festive
In December 2013, Festive had the tremendous privilege to welcome Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister. We were delighted that Mr Jones, who was travelling through South Wales to evaluate the consequences his government’s financial support has on society, decided to stop in our headquarters situated in Cwmbran. The First Minister had the opportunity to find out how Christmas is prepared in Festive!
During his visit, which lasted one hour in total, Mr Jones was first introduced to Festive rich history. He learnt, for example, that Festive, family-owned company founded in 1983, became the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK after buying Widmanns in 2012.
Mr Jones was taken on a tour during which he explored with wonderment our warehouse and factory shop. The First Minister, enlivened by the Christmas spirit emanating from Festive, was shown our original decorations designed to merrily enchant Christmas 2015. Mr Jones also had a thorough look at our high quality tinsel. Very impressed by our production, Carwyn Jones used one of our ingenious tinsel machines to make his own red gingham ornament.
The First Minister shared interesting ideas concerning the future projects undertaken by our company. Carwyn Jones notably praised Festive initiative to bring manufacturing from China to the UK. Festive ensured financial support from the Welsh Government for this long-term plan creating jobs, and providing a boost to the economic dynamism of South Wales.
The environmental policy led by Festive was also mentioned by Mr Jones, willing to make social responsibility a priority for Welsh businesses. The First Minister congratulated our company for our recycling commitment.
The visit of Carwyn Jones truly pleased Festive staff who appreciated that the First Minister took some time from his busy schedule to come see how they work to make everybody’s Christmas magical and memorable!