Celebrating Canolfan S4C Yr Egin first tenants


19.07.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is pleased to announce the names of the first group of tenants who will be moving into Canolfan S4C Yr Egin. 

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The building, which will be home to S4C's headquarters, has reached 74% occupancy, exceeding its original target of 60%. 

Among the tenants who will join S4C are a range of companies working in the creative industries including multi-media publishing and digital technology, digital education, video production and photography, post production, graphic design, translation and sub-titling as well as financial management for the creative industries. They include: Atebol, Big Learning Company, Captain Jac, Asset Finance Solutions, Gorilla, Highly, Lens 360, Moilin, Optimwm, and Trywydd.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “I’m delighted to welcome the first tenants who will join S4C in our new creative and digital media centre in Carmarthen.  

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is an iconic building that has been designed to encourage a creative exchange of ideas and sharing of resources between practitioners and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines. It is very exciting to see that coming to fruition; it is an excellent start of a development that will bring economic, cultural and social value to Carmarthenshire and to Wales.

“It is fantastic news that so many companies will co-locate with the channel as part of the creative cluster and that we have exceeded the initial occupancy targets ahead of the building opening in September.” 

Owen Evans, Chief Executive of S4C said: “This is yet another important milestone as we prepare to relocate to Carmarthen. We have already begun to appoint staff who will be working from Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and over the next few weeks more will be joining us.

“Some staff have already begun working from Carmarthen on some days of the week.  I'm looking forward to the end of the summer when we will be able to take full possession of our new headquarters and start working more closely with all the tenants of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.”

The University’s vision for Yr Egin is to develop a centre that will reflect commercial best practice within the creative sector linked to the UWTSD Group’s academic provision that will contribute to the creative and digital economies of Wales and the UK. It will support the digital and content industries in Carmarthenshire and will be a key driver for the creative industries offer within the Swansea Bay City Region. 

 Owen Evans a Medwin Hughes

Owen Evans, Chief Executive of S4C with Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor

“It has been four years since S4C announced its wish to relocate to Carmarthenshire and since that day we have worked with the Channel and our tenants to deliver Canolfan S4C Yr Egin,” said Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD. 

 “It is wonderful to see the companies who will be part of the creative hub come together. The vision for Yr Egin is to ignite Wales’ creative future in order to stimulate the creative industries, the Welsh language and the economy in the region. But, it will also be a place for the community to enjoy its resources and activities and a centre for the whole of Wales to celebrate”.

 “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the tenants to the new centre in the Autumn,” said Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C yr Egin. “With a combination of companies who are looking to grow and established companies branching out of their city locations, tapping into the expertise here in west Wales, coupled with the hot desking co-working space means we are destined for innovative creative collaborations and developments.” 

 Yr Egin is one of 11 projects across South West Wales due to be part-funded, subject to the approval of business cases, by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire Council, said: “The number of businesses that have already signed up for Yr Egin augurs considerably well for the success of the project in coming years.

 “This project will help further transform Carmarthenshire by opening up new jobs and placing our county at the cutting edge of global creative industry and media development.”