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Enterprise hub to be opened in Newtown

Created on 22/11/2018 @ 11:47
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An enterprise hub to help individuals and companies with space to network and access support services is to be set up in Newtown as part of a £4m Wales-wide initiative.

The Welsh Government has said Newtown will have one of four hubs in Wales.

Partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund the Enterprise Hubs, will provide individuals and companies with the space to network, innovate, establish their enterprises and access a range of support services, such as advice on pitching, workshops and business surgeries.

The Newtown hub will be located at the Pryce Jones building, with spokes in Innovation and Enterprise campus at Aberystwyth University, UWTSD Lampeter and Coleg Ceredigion campuses.

"Entrepreneurs at the hubs will have access to the breadth of support available from Business Wales as well as from partners including colleges, universities, local authorities and the Development Bank of Wales, providing a well-connected, simple and visible support system for entrepreneurs, as championed by Be The Spark," said a Welsh Government spokesperson.

The hub will complement the already established Wrexham Hub and aim to kick-start and sustain increased innovation-driven entrepreneurial activity in their areas.   

The other regional Hubs will be in:

Wrexham and M-Sparc, Gaerwen with spokes in Conwy Business Centre, Porthmadog, Rhuthin,  Llangefni, Rhyl, Botwnnog and Dolgellau.

ICE, Caerphilly with satellites to be confirmed with the Valleys Task Force in Merthyr, Blaenau-Gwent, Bridgend, Torfaen and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Yr Egin, Carmarthenshire with spokes in Bridge Innovation Centre Pembrokeshire, The Beacon Llanelli, and Coleg Sir Gar.

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said: “My Economic Action Plan is clear that supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship across Wales is absolutely crucial if we are to succeed in growing Wales’ economy.  

“And I expect my decision to deliver these business hubs in North West Wales, Mid Wales, the South West Valleys and the South East Valleys to provide a real boost to our regional economies. 

“Alongside the satellite locations, these five hubs will ensure that budding entrepreneurs in all parts of Wales can access the space and help they need to get their ideas off the ground, creating at least 700 new enterprises and 1160 new quality jobs in the process.  

“The evidence is clear that by working collaboratively and bringing academia, industry and local partners closer together in the right environment we can deliver a host of wider benefits to areas surrounding the hubs.

"This can only be good news for our economic regions, and for delivering my ambition of ensuring the fruits of prosperity fall much more evenly across Wales. I look forward to seeing entrepreneurs from all parts of Wales benefit at the earliest opportunity.”

Photo: The Royal Welsh Warehouse (Pryce Jones Building) ©Owain Betts

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