UWTSD academics deliver a series of free on-line events for Focus Carmarthen Enterprise Hub


Throughout the summer months, lecturers from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will be sharing their expertise in a series of on-line business related events as part of the Focus Carmarthen Enterprise Hub.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen.

The Enterprise Hub is based at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, on the Carmarthen campus, and has been delivering workshops, masterclasses and one to one business support since March 2019, and is a collaboration between Business in Focus, UWTSD, Tramshed Tech and the Wales Co-operative.

The series, which has been organised and curated by Yr Egin, will start on 22 June, and aims to help the business community in west Wales as it responds to the challenges of Covid-19. 

Covering a range of topics and disciplines starting on Monday, June 22nd with a session entitled ‘Active Body = Active Business’.

Delivered by Geraint Forster, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at UWTSD, this first session will discuss how to avoid the physical and mental health risks of a sedentary lifestyle in order to make you and your business healthier.  Geraint will also offer ideas for increasing incidental activity whilst working from home - small changes that will enhance your motivation, focus and overall wellbeing.

Managing self-motivation will be the focus of the second session of Yr Egin's series with the Focus Hub and will take place on July 1st.

Delivered by Julie Crossman, a lecturer at UWTSD's Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR), this on-line event will help you discover the true nature of motivation and identify the importance of your own needs, values and goals and the effect these can have on levels of motivation. Julie will also explore strategies for improving and maintaining your levels of motivation.

Having worked in the field of adult education since 2003, Julie holds an ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring qualification and specialises in designing and delivering leadership and management programmes across a range of sectors.

On July 8th, Brett Aggersberg, a Film and Media Lecturer at UWTSD will deliver an online workshop where he'll demonstrate how to create strong and effective digital content.

As well as lecturing at UWTSD's Carmarthen campus, Brett also works as a freelance creative practitioner, primarily in photography and videography.  He's a technology consultant for artists and filmmakers and a member of The Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers.

Focusing on helping business stand out online, Brett will look at how to create engaging content that will help your business and your product stand out in a saturated on-line environment  He'll look at various tools and will cover a range of subjects including scene setting, lighting, filming and editing - as well as offering a few tricks of the trade.

Later in July (July 22nd), Hywel Davies, Senior Officer for Research, Innovation & Enterprise Services at UWTSD will lead a session on tenders.

An experienced bid writer and a former business consultant with a successful track record, Hywel will guide attendees through the process and will offer advice on responding to commercial contract fee requests in order to be successful and write a winning submission.

The session will also consider the cost versus price conundrum and will promote a proactive debate about the value of delivering goods and services to individual clients.

The final sessions in the Yr Egin series focus on 'Building Resilience' 'Building Self Confidence Using Coaching Techniques.'

Both sessions will be led by lecturers from the University’s Wales Academy of Professional Practice and Applied Research – a centre for excellence in practice development and learning offering bespoke CPD/programmes from short courses to doctorates to professionals and their organisations.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

Throughout each on-line session, a member of staff from Yr Egin and the Hub will be on hand to discuss ideas with you and to offer advice for you and your company.  You'll also be able to network with your fellow attendees and to learn more about the services offered by the Focus Carmarthen Enterprise Hub.

“Covid-19 has meant that businesses have had to deal with immense changes and challenges to their working patterns, income streams and some have had to completely re-shape their  business models,” says Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

“This series provides a broad range of support, sharing the expertise of staff from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, to ensure they are provided the tools for resilience and are fully equipped to look for opportunities and develop.”

The Focus Carmarthen Enterprise Hub is based at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on the University’s Carmarthen campus and is led by the social enterprise, Business in Focus in partnership with UWTSD; Tramshed Tech; Wales Cooperative Centre and both Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire County Councils.

“I’m really looking forward to the forthcoming workshops,” said Angharad Harding, Manager of the Carmarthen Hub.  “It’s a great opportunity for individuals and businesses to learn and develop business ideas and to ensure that we give the best opportunities to those in the region.”

The Hub provides individuals and companies with room to start and grow their businesses in a stimulating, welcoming community and is one of four regional Hubs funded by the Welsh Government.  Committed to promote entrepreneurship, the Hub offers business support and has created a vibrant, community-focused experience for potential start-ups and early stage entrepreneurs.  Its diverse programme of events and workshops supports the needs of local businesses and helps to launch or scale up new enterprises.

Further Information

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