Press Releases 2017

Carmarthen business breakfast event provides social media management advice to local businesses

26.05.2017

A business breakfast event providing free social media management advice to local businesses was held at Yr Atom this week.  This latest event was the second in a series of business breakfast events hosted by Yr Atom.

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The objective of this latest event was to offer advice and support to local business owners to help them market their businesses in an effective way through social media.  The discussions were led by Lisa Jones who runs Sblash, a local Marketing and Consultancy business based in Llandeilo. 

Earlier in the year up to 50 of the town’s business owners and leaders attended the first ever business breakfast event held at Yr Atom.  During that first event those present discovered more about what Yr Atom has to offer and what support and help is available to businesses in the town.   That first free business breakfast networking event was arranged as part of a new pilot scheme set up by the Welsh Government and Welsh Language Commissioner aimed at encouraging businesses to find out more about the benefits of operating bilingually. 

Angharad Harding, Manager at Yr Atom said:

 “Following the extremely successful business breakfast held at yr Atom earlier in the year and the interest generated from that meeting we decided to hold a further event this month.  We were delighted with the feedback from those who attended our first ever event and the feedback once again has been just as positive.  Up to 50 people registered for the event and I’d like to thank Lisa for her time this morning – her presentation certainly was an eye opener and I’m sure it’s made us think differently about the way we use social media in our business 

One of my aims is to nurture and develop partnerships across the town in order to promote the use of the Welsh language and to help ensure that Carmarthen is a truly bilingual town. 

We also want to offer support and expert advice to help businesses grow.  A large number of companies in Carmarthenshire and across Wales, from service providers to retailers of different sizes, are now realising that providing a bilingual service is part of good customer care and are benefitting as a result.

One of way of doing this is through social media.  The effective use of social media is vital for any business and after today’s successful session we’re offering a free one to one session with Lisa on June 8th for any business that wants to improve its social media engagement.  Please get in touch to reserve your space.”   

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Sblash is based in Llandeilo and specialises in social media management, creating and delivering marketing strategies, project management, consultancy work and training.  Company owner, Lisa Jones said:

“Today, it’s hard to imagine business without the internet and social media.  During these challenging times traditional marketing can be a strain on the budget of any small business. Social media marketing, on the other hand, is affordable in terms of actual financial costs and gives you a direct line to current and prospective customers.  Recent studies have shown that social media activities help strengthen the relationship between the customer and your business.  Also, customers following a company’s social media channels contribute 5.6% more revenue and visit the business about 5% more than customers who don’t engage through social media.

These business breakfast events arranged by Yr Atom is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to discuss and share some of our ideas with other local business people.  I’m delighted with the turnout today and I’m now looking forward to the one to one sessions next month.” 

Ceri Jones from Spine and Sport Physio attended the event.  Ceri has recently set up his own business.  He added:

"As a new business in Carmarthen I have found the team at Yr Atom to be engaging and helpful which has been invaluable to my start up. The business breakfast meeting proved to be an excellent opportunity to both learn and meet other local enterprises and I look forward to future events. I would encourage other businesses to take advantage of what is a great resource."

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk