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TechHub to boost technology innovation in Wales

by admin on September 18, 2013

Welsh tech entrepreneurs are set to see a surge with the opening of a new TechHub in Swansea in October 2013.

TechHub, the community for tech entrepreneurs with existing sites around the UK and Europe, will bring exciting opportunities for regional entrepreneurs and startup companies to create new products and spawn tech jobs in and around the Swansea area.

With partners like Google, BlackBerry and the BlueVia initiative from Telefonica, TechHub brings access to the global tech industry, plus learning opportunities, workspace, contacts and expertise to help new businesses get the support they need to grow and succeed. Matt Warren, entrepreneur and Cofounder of TechHub Swansea says:

“We’re thrilled! Opening a TechHub in Swansea will massively boost the region’s existing tech businesses and help them compete on an international scale, while also being five minutes from the beach.”

Just a three hour direct train from London, with two excellent universities generating top class graduates and a strong history of Welsh technology innovation, Swansea is a smart choice for technology entrepreneurs who want to grow a company outside of the hectic UK capital.

TechHub Swansea offers entrepreneurs the invaluable opportunity to network with national and international startups in person and via the online TechHub network. In addition, it will offer 50 desks for resident startups, plus drop in workspace, free advice sessions and workshops for members, press and PR opportunities, contacts within large companies, discounted products and other support services. TechHub Cofounder and CEO Elizabeth Varley said:

“Swansea is a great example of how different elements of the tech startup ecosystem are coming together to tap into the emerging talent that exists in Wales.

With its proximity to South West UK and that region’s long standing history of technology innovation, plus great local support from universities and government and a kickass founding team, we’re really excited to see what TechHub Swansea can do”

TechHub Swansea will become the fifth TechHub location after London and Manchester in the UK, and Riga and Bucharest in Europe.

The Welsh tech scene will gain direct access to London’s tech community, a key part of the booming internet economy, which by 2016 is forecast to grow to 12.4% of GDP in the UK, contributing some £225bn to the overall UK economy. And Welsh entrepreneurship generally is on the rise. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring report for 2011 put the level of enterprise amongst those aged 18-29 at 9.7%, up from 3.4% in 2002.

Paul Harwood, entrepreneur and CTO of startup StoryApp.it says:

“We chose Swansea over other cities in the UK to start up because it is a better venue for high growth companies. It has a superb talent pool from the universities and some of the cheapest high quality standards of living in the UK, which helps startups like us survive and thrive.”

TechHub Swansea, which is being supported by the Welsh Government has been welcomed by Economy Minister Edwina Hart who said:

“The TechHub concept was developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and promises to provide an environment that will stimulate the growth of new high tech companies in Wales.

Encouraging entrepreneurs and supporting startups with high growth potential is an integral part of our strategy to grow the economy and create quality jobs. This private sector initiative is therefore very welcome and will complement Welsh Government supported activities to boost the business birth rate.”

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South Wales co-working company IndyCube has opened at Swansea Creative Hub and is offering a day’s desk space for £10, or a permanent desk for £150 a month. It’s the perfect space for home workers, creatives and freelancers in our brand new offices in the High Street. Check out the IndyCube site for more details about the Swansea space, take a look at the video below to see more, or call Mark and his team on 01792 301 123 if you’re interested in trying it out.

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Want to experience Swansea’s most vibrant new district? Then head down to High Street.

by admin November 8, 2012

By Jenny White. You’ve probably noticed that changes are afoot on Swansea’s High Street. Arts events, a pop-up theatre and the arrival of the swanky new Mosaic café bar and bistro are making the formerly bedraggled street a desirable place to be. Then there’s the extensive building work – all part of a cool £25 [...]

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Sculptors join Swansea Creative Hub

by admin November 8, 2012

Swansea Creative Hub, the network of creative groups and individuals based in and around Swansea’s rapidly transforming High Street, has welcomed two sculptors into its ranks. Jonathan Green and Jonathan Anderson are based in studios in the Old Forge, off High Street. Both artists work on a large scale so the spacious studios suit them [...]

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Regenerating Swansea High Street workshop

by admin February 28, 2012

Coastal Housing and Swansea Creative Hub are working to improve the High Street and turn it into an interesting, creative and artisitic area of the city. We hope to continue to populate empty buildings and shops with meanwhile uses such as galleries,studios,events,workshops and markets and support local creatives in order to make this happen. We [...]

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Mal Pope’s Capuccino Girls opens on Swansea High Street

by Huw September 23, 2011

The newly opened South Wales Evening Post Theatre on Swansea’s High is hosting a run of Mal Pope’s acclaimed musical Cappuccino Girls from September 22 until Christmas. The theatre’s opening is an exciting step forward for Swansea Creative Hub and marks a major milestone in the £25million Urban Village revamp of Swansea’s High Street. Located [...]

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Swansea’s Urban Village: first phase complete

by Huw July 25, 2011

Swansea’s Urban Village – home to Swansea Creative Hub – has reached a landmark stage in its development. Wales’ Housing, Regeneration and Heritage minister Huw Lewis AM poured the final concrete for Urban Village’s first phase last week. The concrete completed the main frame of an impressive structure that will house eight High Street units, [...]

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Second greatest city billboard – photos

by admin January 24, 2011

A new billboard has gone up in Swansea High Street… here are some photos… more to follow soon…

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Photos of the site development

by admin January 24, 2011

What’s been happening on the site? Here’s a couple of photo clues…

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Framework partners with the hub

by admin January 24, 2011

Swansea Creative Hub are delighted to announce that the new venture from the artist collective known as Framework is alive and well and housed in a previously empty office space on Orchard Street. Supersaurus will be making their presence felt in and around the main Hub site on High Street so keep your eyes peeled! [...]

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