Family business opens new Gwynedd Training Centre


A family-run business from Gwynedd that specialises in waste disposal and drainage services has opened a brand new training centre for its staff. The training centre will also be available to other companies and organisations wanting to train their staff in similar fields.

GEWS Ltd (Gwynedd Environmental Waste Services) in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd has developed into one of Wales’ leading drainage and waste disposal companies since its inception over twenty years ago. Employing 95 people, the company serves customers throughout Wales as well as Cheshire, Shropshire and Hereford.

The company is taking the step of opening a training centre on site in Penrhyndeudraeth to ensure consistant quality, professionalism and health and safety of its own staff and customers. The new centre also offers the company best value for money and ensures that the best use is made of staff time during those unforseen occasions, such as bad weather, that affects the fleet’s ability to leave the premises.

“We saw a need,” explains Managing Director, David Thomas “to train our own staff in specific areas such as professional competence whilst transporting liquids safely when driving, working in confined spaces, manual handling, working at height, first aid, health and safety and so on.

“As we are a company with specific expertise, we now have the availability to offer courses specifically tailored to us, at times when it suits the business. Staff training and skills are an invaluable part of the business, ensuring quality service to our customers and safeguarding the most important people in GEWS Ltd., our workforce.

“In addition, it gives us the opportunity to welcome companies and other organisations in the area to use our training services for their own staff, as accessing training services and facilities in this part of Gwynedd can be difficult. Some companies have already been to see us and have benefited greatly from courses in first aid, manual handling and health and safety in the workplace.”

Visiting the site and seeing the new training centre, Councillor Gareth Thomas said it is a credit to the area and to the company that they have added another bow to their company expertise:

“For such a small town, as Penrhyndeudraeth, seeing a private company develop and expand their services is refreshing. It also shows that enterprise and hard work ensures that local jobs are created bringing with them great economic benefits to the Gwynedd area. I congratulate Dafydd Thomas and the family on their success and thank all the staff for their dedication to the work involved, and to the company,” said Gwynedd County Councillor for Penrhyndeudraeth, Gareth Thomas.

The company's main site is in Penrhyndeudraeth but GEWS Ltd have three other smaller sites in Gaerwen, Anglesey, Queensferry and Shrewsbury. With over 2,500 customers on their books, these include local authorities, private companies and commercial customers.

Managing Director, Dafydd Thomas added: “The addition of this service to the business indicates a special milestone for us, as a company. I would like to thank the staff, our customers and the local community for their support, loyalty and interest in us. It's a great feeling that we, as a family, have been able to establish a company here on our doorstep and further expand the business.”