Events




 Creative Industries Meet up

Thanks to a range of creative sector businesses from across the region, we are thrilled that the recent ‘Creative Industries Meet Up’ event hosted at Indycube’s innovative co-working space in Swansea was a great success.

The ‘Creative Industries Meet up’ brought together a wide range of employers and inspirational speakers with an interest in promoting and growing the sector in the region. The pilot event was developed in collaboration with Buffoon Film & Media, Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and Indycube, to promote potential creative sector business development opportunities and increase employer input into regional skills planning.

Keynote speakers brought a wealth of industry experience to inspire and fuel a lively debate. Dai Davies, former CEO of Sanctuary Music Productions and publicity & marketing manager for David Bowie shared his insight into early impact of digital technology on the music industry and the potential for local businesses to exploit a global market as a result of ever more sophisticated technology.  Garffild Lloyd Lewis, Director of Relocation and Projects, S4C shared his insider knowledge and industry experience of the potential impact and opportunities to develop and produce a range of content for the channel locally, as a result of the relocation of S4C’s HQ to Yr Egin in Carmarthenshire.

Mike Scott, Co-Director of Indycube said
“Great to be part of this and hopefully future events, a great mix of people, a genuine vibe and a real sense of let’s get things done!!”

We have been overwhelmed by the positive input from all the employers who gave up their time to participate and who continue to engage in exciting follow up conversations to develop future opportunities.

Big thanks also to the team at Tech-Hub, who offered a tour of their shiny new co-working space to round up the morning’s events

Survey Results from Creative Meetup

QUESTION ONE

Company Size

A.Self Employed/ Sole TraderGraph01

B.Micro Business (under 9 employees)

C.Small (under 50 employees)

D.Medium (under 250 employees)

E.Large (Over 251 employees)

QUESTION TWO

Have you or do you intend to use the following services and support?

A.Business Wales business supportGraph02

B.Further Education skills and training provision

C.Private sector skills and training provision

D.Higher Education qualification and skills provision

E.3rd Sector support

F.Support from other business owners you network with

QUESTION THREE

What is the primary method used to identify skills and training provision relevant to your business needs?

A.Discussions with business mentor/advisorGraph03

B.Undertaking own on-line research

C.Responding to cold calls from providers

D.Existing relationships with providers

E.Sourcing information from other business owners or business networks

QUESTION FOUR

What is your primary reason for accessing any of these services?

A.Business start-upGraph04

B.Business growth

C.Ongoing staff training and development

D.To meet a new business need

QUESTION FIVE

On average, how many days in a financial year do individual members of staff use for training?

A.NoneGraph05

B.Less than 1 day

C.1-3 days

D.3-5 days

E.5-10 days

F.10 days plus

QUESTION SIX

If you have used any provision, how much does your business invest in a financial year?

A.Under  £500Graph06

B.£501 – £1,000

C.£1,001 – £5,000

D.£5,001 – £10,000

E.£10,000 +

QUESTION SEVEN

What would make you more likely to use any of the services in future?

A.Wider choice of customised provisionGraph07

B.More employer involvement in influencing the development of provision

C.Data that explains the impact provision has on improving bottom line profit

D.Recommendation from other business owners

QUESTION EIGHT

Which would you be more likely to use?

A.On-line learningGraph08

B.Face to face learning

 

QUESTION NINE

What activities to influence future developments of provision would you be likely to participate in?

A.NetworkingGraph09

B.Focus groups

C.On-line surveys

D.RLP survey available today

E.Other face to face surveys

Powys Businesses Benefit from Social Media

As a result of collaboration between the UCIL programme team, FSB and workshop hosts Menter Berllan Community Enterprise hub, Llanerfyl, two successful Social Media Taster Sessions have been delivered for businesses across Powys.

The UCIL programme team and Lesley Long, Enterprise Hub Manager, identified an exciting opportunity to develop a day of networking and taster sessions for small businesses to learn and develop new skills and relationships. With the rapid growth in the use of social media and digital communications in all sectors, this training allowed small businesses to discover how this powerful resource can help to develop their businesses.

Both workshops were vibrant, interactive and practical, providing the 18 employers the opportunity to further explore the benefits of using social media in their business. It was also an opportunity to meet each other and network in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Lesley Long Hub Manager said:

“Our first Social Media for Beginner’s workshop joint event with RLSP-UKES was a great success. We had participants from 18 SME’s and 3rd sector organisations from north Powys, many most of whom had not appreciated the compelling case for using social media as part of their business marketing strategy. The practical hand-on session and collaborative working in the group enabled those who were new to Facebook to set-up their own business page. Since the event we’ve had positive feedback, likes and tweets about Menter Berllan Community Enterprise Hub and some good follow up conversations about further training from those who attended. “  

Please click here to see the presentation from the event.

MenterBerllan

Menter Berllan Community Enterprise Hub is a social enterprise in Mid-Wales with a creative, welcoming and dynamic working space for small businesses, individuals and is a resource for the local community. For more information on the hub visit http://www.menterberllan.co.uk/en

 

Spring in to Growth Survey Results

QUESTION ONE

Company Size

A.Self Employed/ Sole TraderGraph01

B.Micro Business (under 9 employees)

C.Small (under 50 employees)

D.Medium (under 250 employees)

E.Large (Over 251 employees)

QUESTION TWO

Have you or do you intend to use the following services and support?

A.Business Wales business supportGraph02

B.Further Education skills and training provision

C.Private sector skills and training provision

D.Higher Education qualification and skills provision

E.3rd Sector support

F.Support from other business owners you network with

QUESTION THREE

What is the primary method used to identify skills and training provision relevant to your business needs?

A.Discussions with business mentor/advisorGraph03

B.Undertaking own on-line research

C.Responding to cold calls from providers

D.Existing relationships with providers

E.Sourcing information from other business owners or business networks

QUESTION FOUR

What is your primary reason for accessing any of these services?

A.Business start-upGraph04

B.Business growth

C.Ongoing staff training and development

D.To meet a new business need

QUESTION FIVE

On average, how many days in a financial year do individual members of staff use for training?

A.NoneGraph05

B.Less than 1 day

C.1-3 days

D.3-5 days

E.5-10 days

F.10 days plus

QUESTION SIX

If you have used any provision, how much does your business invest in a financial year?

A.Under  £500Graph06

B.£501 – £1,000

C.£1,001 – £5,000

D.£5,001 – £10,000

E.£10,000 +

QUESTION SEVEN

What would make you more likely to use any of the services in future?

A.Wider choice of customised provisionGraph07

B.More employer involvement in influencing the development of provision

C.Data that explains the impact provision has on improving bottom line profit

D.Recommendation from other business owners

QUESTION EIGHT

Which would you be more likely to use?

A.On-line learningGraph08

B.Face to face learning

 

QUESTION NINE

What activities to influence future developments of provision would you be likely to participate in?

A.NetworkingGraph09

B.Focus groups

C.On-line surveys

D.RLP survey available today

E.Other face to face surveys

Social Entrepreneur Masterclass

We recently held a Social Entrepreneur master class which allowed social enterprises from the region to share their passion and motivation with like minded social entrepreneurs and find solutions to problems.

The event was hosted by i-smooth, a local community cafe that supports young people and adults with learning disabilities. Speakers included Erica Walker, a founder member of i-smooth, Lesley Long, “Wild Woman” a founder member of one of the newer social enterprises in the region Menter Berllan Hub and Chris Ashman representing “The Means”, an organisation that supports the development of Business Improvement Districts within Wales, in addition to a range of other activities.

Videos

Presentations

Developing a franchise process within a Social Enterprise – Erika Walker

Developing a Social Enterprise – Chris Ashman,

Investing in and developing a social enterprise in a rural community – Lesley Long,

Launch Events

At our launch events we asked the following questions, please click on the links to see the responses we received.

Question 1: What are the barriers – why do small firms not access leadership and entrepreneurship training?Open PDF Publication

 

 

 

 

 

Question 2: Who should attend future events, who could be involved in the project?Open PDF Publication

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 3: Ideas on how we can improve engagement and communication method with small firms?Open PDF Publication

 

 

 

 

 

Question 4: If you have engaged with leadership and entrepreneurship training in the past, what was your experience of it?Open PDF Publication

 

 

 

 

 

Question 5: Any other issues that can feed in to the process?Open PDF Publication

 

 

 

 

Launch Events

Event Information

Presentations and videos from the launch events

UKCES Project Launch Press release