THE success of Wrexham’s Enterprise Hub has been hailed as new businesses get off the ground.

An industrious first eight months has seen the hub hold more than 30 events and workshops.

The Hub has supported more than 170 individuals and businesses since its launch.

Wrexham Enterprise Hub was officially launched by Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates, Assembly Member for Clwyd South, last May and is located in the old Iceland building on Rhosddu Road, Queens Square.

The pilot for four other regional hubs, it is building a community of entrepreneurs who are already boosting the local economy.

As well as providing a home for start-ups and freelancers, the Hub has also held several events, ranging from tech-focused days such as the Google Garage workshop and the Darganfod Science Festival, through to large-scale showcases such as the Pitch@Palace event in July, which was attended by the Duke of York.

The hub also hosts a Five to Nine Club for individuals who have an idea but are not yet able to give up their nine-to-five jobs, and an Accelerator programme that fast-tracks potential high-growth businesses.

In its first eight months of supporting start-ups the Hub has:

  • Welcomed more than 70 full-time members.
  • Supported more than 170 individuals and businesses.
  • Guided 45 businesses through its 5-9 club.
  • Fast-tracked seven businesses through its Accelerator programme.
  • Run 24 workshops with 156 businesses and individuals attending.
  • Held 48 surgeries with more than six commercial partners including NatWest and the Development Bank of Wales.
  • Welcomed more than 570 people through its seven showcase events.

Hub community manager Carl Turner said that he was proud with what the team had accomplished so far.

“In what feels more like eight weeks than eight months the Hub has made a good start establishing itself within the business community in Wrexham and surrounding areas,” he said.

“We’ve made some incredible connections and have forged strong relationships with local stakeholders such as Wrexham Glyndwr University, the Department for Work and Pension, Ty Pâwb, UnDegUn, and the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies.”

He added: “We’ve also always endeavoured to support local businesses, which is why all our events have been catered by local companies including Plât Bach, Bank St Coffee, La Baguette and the Custodial Pie Corporation.

“This is just the beginning for the Hub and we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but with the connections and partnerships we’ve already made, and the businesses that have already begun to flourish, we’re confident our team can continue to make a difference in Wrexham.

“We’re excited for the future of the Hub and look forward to meeting and founding more start-ups into this new year and beyond.”

One of the businesses that has based themselves at the Hub is adventure skin-care for families company Toddle.

Founder Hannah Saunders said: “The Hub is a great place to meet business associates and potential clients, and its relaxed but professional environment is the perfect mix for us.

“It’s also great to have other businesses based there to bounce ideas off, something you just don’t get at home or in a private office.

“After nine years in the armed forces, I left with a lot of confidence and transferable skills, but little in the way of experience or connections.

“The Hub and the Accelerator programme provided me with both those things in spades and everyone at Toddle is incredibly excited about the future.”

Dafydd Evans, regional manager for Business Wales, said “We are very proud to be involved with the Wrexham Enterprise Hub.

“It is a run by an enthusiastic team who make every effort to facilitate and stimulate entrepreneurship with collaborative working.

“Having a comfortable environment that is non-threatening or intimidating provides the platform for individual representatives in our communities to develop and grow their ideas with the professional support and guidance that the hub provides.”