Welsh innovation centre offering up free weekly workshops for start-ups

Caerphilly-based innovation centre Welsh ICE has begun working with a number of successful businesses to offer free advice workshops to support start-ups.

The workshops will give entrepreneurs and business owners access to free, high-quality advice on subjects such as data protection, law, tax and accounting.

Following a successful pilot at the centre, workshops will run every Tuesday and Friday and last for three hours – with business owners able to attend for free and when they need to.

Businesses supporting this scheme include Blake Morgan, Broomfield & Alexander, Green & Co, Greenaway Scott, ICO, Lloyds Bank, Geldards, Thomas Carroll, UHY Hacker Young and Wynne Jones.

Gareth Jones, Welsh ICE’s founder, said: “We are really happy to have the support of these partners, offering their world-class expertise at a key time for start-up businesses.

“It’s a real commercial advantage for the existing ICE community and incoming members to have access to this support every other day. We are delighted to also be extending this opportunity to the wider business community.

“Our partners are dedicated to reinvesting expertise in the future economy of Wales, and I think we should be proud of the Welsh community coming together to do the best for each other – it is a truly exciting time to be in business in Wales.”

Denise Roberts, tax director at Cardiff-based accountancy firm Broomfield & Alexander, said: “At Broomfield & Alexander, we’re passionate about supporting promising start-up businesses, and there’s a wealth of entrepreneurial talent at Welsh ICE.

“We’ve seen the tremendous effort made by the team at Welsh ICE to support their members, and we’re looking forward to working together to help grow the next generation of Welsh businesses.”

ICE member Steve Morgan, of Morgan Online Marketing, who took part in the pilot, said: “I found the session with Greenaway Scott really useful. We covered a wide range of topics, and they couldn’t have been more supportive.

“It’s great to be able to share ideas and challenges with experts of such a high calibre, and I would certainly recommend others take the time to sit down and chat with them.”

The schedule for upcoming sessions can be found on the Welsh ICE website (www.welshice.org), along with details on how to register for one.