Press Releases 2016

Big Learning Company to open Carmarthen office

21.01.2016

Big Learning Company – a Cardiff-based company that specialises in the Education; Information Communications Technology (ICT); Digital and Creative Sectors - has this month opened a Carmarthen office on the town’s University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Campus.

This internationally renowned company has already committed to being a part of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin but as the Centre won’t be opening its doors until early 2018, Big Learning Company (BLC) is keen to establish a base in West Wales with immediate effect.

The company’s CEO, Louise Harris says:  "Big Learning Company is delighted to be associated with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - and is especially excited to be moving to Carmarthen at the beginning of this highly innovative ground-breaking project, working alongside the cream of Welsh education, the creative industries and the digital sectors.

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is incredibly important, not just for Carmarthen and rural West Wales - the heartland of the Welsh language - but for the whole of Wales, as a digital gateway to the rest of the world, where the best of Welsh talent and content, from education to industry, can find exciting new market opportunities. 

“We’re very excited to be establishing an office on the University’s campus and to be developing our presence in Carmarthen as one of the company’s key hubs for product and service delivery,” adds Louise.

Big Learning Company (BLC) is an exciting, fast-growing, international company that has a proven track record of working with a broad range of key organisations in the Education, Creative Industries and Digital Content sectors.  BLC delivers training, content and innovation projects in all areas of learning provision across Wales and across a range of ages, abilities and areas and works with internationally renowned brands.

“We pride ourselves on the impact we achieve whilst making learning exciting and enjoyable, equipping young people and professionals alike with valuable transferable skills, and developing progression routes to education and the workplace, with digital technology, creative sector engagement and ingenuity at the heart of what we do.

“At BLC we have made it our mission to offer flexible learning opportunities and sustainable pathways to education and work. We have also developed innovative digital evaluation tools, to allow us accurately to measure the impact and affect that our programmes and products have,” continues Louise Harris.

Bilingualism is also at the heart of BLC’s work and it’s already delivered a range of exciting Welsh-medium projects with National organisations including S4C and Yr Urdd, including coding and digital training workshops for young people.  BLC recently worked with the University, S4C and Carmarthenshire County Council to deliver a Welsh-medium ‘World of Work Day,’ introducing Year 12 students from schools within the county to the types of jobs or disciplines that are likely to be represented within Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

The company certainly recognises the importance of partnerships too, working with a range of educators, local authorities, industry and education consortia to successfully work with learners of all ages, raising aspirations and driving innovation.

Since its establishment in 2011, Big Learning Company’s award-winning team of Digital creators and innovators have developed a suite of products to support schools, business and organisations to innovate and create impact, including the Young Researcher toolkit; School Improvement Applications; Business Improvement Applications for mobile and Instant Interactive Feedback & Evaluation tools.

“We are very pleased to have such a dynamic and successful company as Big Learning Company committed to being part of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.  Indeed, such is the company’s commitment to the development – and to Carmarthen – that it’s already established a base on the University’s campus” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“This is great news for the University and for the town’s economy.  The fact that a company such as Big Learning Company wants to move to Carmarthen, even before Canolfan S4C Yr Egin opens its doors, attests its commitment to our vision for the development.  We look forward to working with Big Learning Company and we warmly welcome the team to Carmarthen,” adds Gwilym Dyfri Jones.

For further information on Big Learning Company and learn more about its projects, go to www.biglearningcompany.com  

Note to Editor

  1. Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is an exciting development that will house a vibrant cultural community – a multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial and creative exchange based in West Wales. Home to more than 25 related companies and organisations, this is a centre where people, connections, ideas and talents will stimulate one another.
  2. The Channel’s Authority decided in March 2014 to receive the University's application to relocate the headquarters to Carmarthen subject to the legal agreement.
  3. On October 20th 2014. S4C and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have signed a framework agreement which confirms formally that they will proceed with the plan to establish a new headquarters for the Channel in Carmarthen. 

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476