Y Gegin opens at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is pleased to announce that the company behind a successful café in Llandeilo is to run the café at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - the University's new creative and digital centre in Carmarthen.

With the café, known as Y Gegin, having opened this week, company owners - Penny Mitchell and Lee Davies - are looking forward to further develop their successful business in Yr Egin providing the same type of food and experience that their customers already enjoy at their café, The Hangout in Llandeilo.

Both Penny and Lee are very excited about their new venture and are looking forward to serving local, fresh and high quality food and drink to the building’s tenants as well as to the local community. The café will be open to the public from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

"We're thrilled to be part of Yr Egin and it's been great to be part of the process of developing the café area over the last few months," says Lee who’s originally from Llansawel.  "We've been involved in the design of the area; involved in choosing the equipment and we’ve really enjoyed being part of that creative process."

Lee and Penny had the opportunity to be part of Yr Egin through a working partnership that developed between the enterprising couple and Coleg Sir Gâr, part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David group.

"After we opened the Hangout, I decided I wanted to develop my understanding of the business world so I started a Business Management course at Coleg Sir Gâr," says Penny. "Through my relationship with the college, I had the opportunity to work with them to put together a proposal for the catering provision at Yr Egin.

"Through our partnership, Coleg Sir Gâr Catering and Hospitality students will be given the opportunity to work in the café and we’ll be able to work with the college to provide training and apprenticeships for the students. Our ethos fits with Coleg Sir Gâr's way of working too - that is to encourage local people to become part of something bigger.

"It is also our intention to work with the College to share facilities and to provide apprenticeship opportunities for students to provide the café with artisan breads and patisserie.

“This is our vision - we want to look to the future and give people the opportunity to take part in something exciting, new and fresh.”

Coleg Sir Gâr is equally delighted with the partnership.  “The college is very excited to be part of this innovative venture at Yr Egin,” says Naldo Diana, Executive Director for Business Engagement and Innovation at Coleg Sir Gâr.

“Bringing our learners and the local community together to deliver enterprising employability experiences is at the heart of what we do, and we believe this will have an impact on the local hospitality sector in the near future.”

Penny and Lee hope to emulate a similar type of experience to the one offered in the Hangout - a café that has quickly become a foodie destination as well as a focal point for the local community.

Having met while traveling the world and inspired by the café culture of Australia and Indonesia, they are both determined to be reflect Carmarthenshire’s flavours by offering high quality food and drink using the best local produce available.

"We’ll be open during the day but we’ll also open during the evening of there are events being held in Yr Egin,” continues Penny. "We have a lovely new pizza oven so we’ll be making our own sourdough bases as well as offering a range of meals and cakes – it’ll be healthy, brunchy and lunchy with a slice of cake on the side!”

Penny and Lee are also looking forward to being part of the creative community that is already flourishing within Yr Egin.

"We are really looking forward to getting to know our customers and we are delighted that we are part of this development from the outset," adds Lee. "We're excited about the opportunities within Yr Egin and look forward to being part of a new creative community in Carmarthenshire.”

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a transformational and innovative development located within a striking and iconic building and includes an auditorium, editing suites and performance areas.  It will also offer a varied programme of events, workshops, talks and screenings.

With Welsh language broadcaster, S4C as the main anchor tenant, Yr Egin is also home to 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.

Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin, is looking forward to welcoming Lee and Penny to the centre and to see the café open to both the tenants and the public.

“What Lee and Penny are offering in Y Gegin fits perfectly with our vision for Yr Egin.  It’ll give Cramarthenshire produce a chance to shine; an opportunity for a young couple to develop their business as well as the opportunity to train and develop a bilingual work-force.

“It’s quite often – over a coffee and good food – the best creative ideas flourish and I’m sure that many ideas will simmer in the relaxing environment of Yr Egin.  I’ve already tasted the chocolate brownies and they’re amazing!” 

For further information, please email helo@yregin.cymru or follow Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on Facebook and @yr_egin on Twitter.

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Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk