Wrexham Enterprise Hub celebrates first year anniversary

The Wrexham Enterprise Hub is celebrating its first-year anniversary, having held more than thirty events and supported over 170 businesses.

Launched by Economy Secretary Ken Skates in early 2018, the hub is based in an old Iceland building and is building a thriving community of entrepreneurs.

As well as providing entrepreneurs with a contemporary workspace, it’s hosted prestigious technology events such as the Google Garage workshop, the Darganfod Science Festival and Pitch@Palace.

The hub is also home to the Five to Nine Club, an accelerator programme targeted at people who have an idea but aren’t able to give up their careers.

In other successes, the hub has over 70 full-time members, provided support to 45 businesses through 5-9 Club, run 24 workshops with 156 delegates and welcomed 570 people through seven showcase events.

Carl Turner, community manager, said: “In what feels more like eight-weeks than eight-months the Hub has made a good start establishing itself within the business community in Wrexham and surrounding areas.

“We’ve made some incredible connections and have forged strong relationships with local stakeholders such as Glyndwr University, the Department for Work and Pension, Ty Pâwb, UnDegUn, and the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies.

“We’ve also always endeavoured to support local businesses, which is why all our events have been catered by local companies including Plât Bach, Bank St Coffee, La Baguette and the Custodial Pie Corporation.”

Dafydd Evans, regional manager for Business Wales, added: “We are very proud to be involved with the Wrexham Enterprise Hub. It is a run by an enthusiastic team who make every effort to facilitate and stimulate entrepreneurship with collaborative working.

“The Business Wales team uses the hub on a daily basis and it brings together stakeholders and clients in an inclusive environment.

“Having a comfortable environment that is non-threatening or intimidating provides the platform for individual representatives in our communities to develop and grow their ideas with the professional support and guidance that the hub provides.”