5 Welsh Government Hubs come together for pan-Wales digital event

During lockdown many organisations had to pivot the way they deliver events to their audience. This was no different for the Welsh Government Enterprise Hubs who saw this as opportunity to collaborate virtually and host an all-day digital event aimed at upskilling business owners in the world of social media.

 
Collaborative WG hub event

This event was the first of its kind, seeing all five Enterprise Hubs come together with a host of expert speakers delivering a full day masterclass on how best to utilise social media platforms for business.

 

Carmarthen Enterprise Hub played host to the event, welcoming knowledgeable talks from members of Carmarthen Enterprise Hub, Newtown Enterprise Hub, Hwb Menter @ M-Sbarc, Wrexham Enterprise Hub and Caerphilly ICE.

 

With near on 60 individuals attending the sessions, with a range of pre-start and SMEs getting involved, it was an opportunity for people to come together online to refresh their skills and learn from the experts.

 

The experts hosting the sessions included; Francesca Irving (SwapSkills), Shoned Owen (Tanya Whitebits) , Jim Ellis (Plasgwyn), Gwyn Cole, Angus Findlay (Web Adept UK) and Rachel Besenyei (BrandContent). 

 

Carl Turner, Community Manager Wrexham Hub shared his thoughts on the event:

 

It was great to be part of a regional Hub project to support businesses in these curious times. Not only were we able to share different expertise but we were allowed a unique opportunity to connect freelancers, micros, and SMEs from all over Wales with the common goals of developing and growing even in the face of adversity

 

This sentiment was echoed by Gareth Thomas, Engagement Coordinator Focus Carmarthen Hub:

 

With all the challenges that face both existing businesses and start-ups during this difficult time, it was great to see many people engaging with us for a day of intensive digital marketing tips. It was a pleasure to be able to host an event to support businesses remotely and to see such a diverse range of businesses come together to build new business relationships which is what the Hubs are all about, connecting people together.

 

This event was a great example of BeTheSpark in action, bringing together a group of like-minded individuals looking to support and amplify entrepreneurship here in Wales and one we’re sure we will see many more of in the future.

 

Sara Lois Roberts Enterprise Hub Coordinator Hwb @ M-Sparc, said: 

The current situation can bring challenges but also opportunities.  All the Enterprise Hubs across Wales had been considering ways of collaborating for a while and realised that this was the perfect opportunity. With a range of webinars being developed separately we realised that as geographical constraints were no longer an issue, we could hold a joint Wales wide Social Media Masterclass webinar.

By collaborating in this way, each Hub is opening up their local ecosystem further, providing added value to our members by introducing them to a wider network of people across Wales that could benefit their business.

 

For more information on any of the Enterprise Hubs, visit the links below:

 

Carmarthen Enterprise Hub

Newtown Enterprise Hub

Hwb Menter @ M-Sbarc

Wrexham Enterprise Hub

Caerphilly Welsh ICE