Wrexham innovation centre announces new appointments

The Wrexham Enterprise Hub has appointed three new team members to develop its facilities and services before launching over the next few months.

Carl Turner has joined the centre as its community manager, while Pete Rogers and Victoria Williams will support him as community assistants.

Having formerly worked for NatWest Bank as a community manager, his job will be to find and support new members, source business mentors, organise events, and coordinate day-to-day operations.

Pete, who is also a freelance film producer and touring poet, will run the hub’s website, social media and marketing activities. And Victoria, who previously worked in the financial sector, will handle administrative tasks.

Announced earlier in the year, the hub will be delivered by Town Square Spaces on the behalf of Business Wales and be funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Before the hub officially launches, the team will try to find £1 million of investment to build a community of entrepreneurs and SMEs that can boost the North Wales economy.

Gareth Jones, founder of Town Square Spaces, said the hiring a new team is the next positive step to setting up and developing a “burgeoning start-up space”.

He said: “Work on the Hub at Queen’s Square is progressing well. However, it’s communities that decide the success of start-up spaces, and they are built of positive people.

“All the successful hubs, spaces and coworking areas across the world succeed when they build a community of like-minded individuals who, through collaboration and mutual support, grow their businesses together.”

He added: “In Carl, we have someone with the skills, experience and most importantly, the attitude to engage and invigorate the huge potential Wrexham has for start-ups and small business.

“Similarly, in Pete and Victoria, we have some incredibly able team members who will do all they can to make the Hub as open and supportive as possible.”

Carl, who is already searching for members to join the hub, said “keeping the community engaged would be key to its development”.

He explained: “Apart from sourcing enough coffee to keep the Hub running, the biggest challenge will be keeping member events and opportunities fresh and engaging. Fortunately, in myself, Pete, Victoria and founders Gareth and Mandy, we have a creative crew that’s more than up to the task.

“I’d like to encourage anyone with an idea or a desire to start their own business to get in touch with us, by phone or e-mail.

“We can offer support to anyone in the early stages of their business; from someone working from home who wants to take advantage of the natural networking opportunities that come with being part of a community, to the individual with a promising idea who can’t quite quit their day job yet – we can help.”