It is not to brush under the carpet that Wylfa might not happen. A lot of jobs and opportunities have been lost in more areas than one. It didn’t help that not long after it was announced that the plastics firm Rehau was closing its site at Amlwch after more than 40 years – leaving more than 100 jobs at risk, with Slaters closing their Vauxhall dealership at Llangefni while Barclays and Santander have announced branches are shutting at Holyhead and Llangefni. However, here is where the power of Media lies, and where we together can turn this around to something positive. I am a forever optimist.
Photography by BBH Singapore
It is no secret that the news and media is run by clickbait. What news will have the most impact on the user and what will they click. This is run by what can create revenue and income in form of commercials and add space. The business model is quite simple; track what everyone does online. This can even be narrowed down to areas. Predict what the user wants, interests and needs and link this into target markets where add space will be sold to specific advertisers. The more we read, watch and click, the more money is made. Why am I reading this, you might ask yourself, well, I want to change our minds away from the negative, and engage in the positive. When we get bombarded by negative media there is a great risk that we become pacifists. We give up, but let us learn from history. After WWII, societies and communities worked together to rebuild and recreate the villages, towns and cities after the major impact the war had. People worked together to create and rebuild futures, and this is something we need to learn and build from.
Yes, Wylfa might not happen, Rehau is closing and the Vauxhall dealership is closing down in Llangefni, but people in our villages will still need a plumber, have their PC fixed, need help with maintenance, have their hair cut at a hairdresser or a beauty consultant for their wedding. We need cleaners, window washers, bakers and cafes. The list is long and we have it all here on Anglesey. We need to promote all our local businesses and celebrate everyone that rises to the challenges we face today.
Photography by Daryan Shamkhali
This is why we would like to regularly promote successful businesses with an interview and their story published on AngleseyLocal’s website and Facebook. Please share and nominate someone you know that has worked really hard and still is, making their business and ideas a success, either by sending us an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook page.