Press Releases 2017

Carmarthen business breakfast networking event hailed a “great success”

28.02.2017

A business breakfast event hosted jointly by Yr Atom and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr has been hailed a “great success”.  Organisers of the event were delighted with the support and interest shown by local business people and are hoping to host similar events in the future.   

Atom Business Breakfast

Up to 50 of the town’s business owners and leaders attended the event in order to discover more about Yr Atom centre and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr and how they can support and help businesses in the town.   

This 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.  This particular event was designed as a relaxing and informal way for people to make new business contacts and develop partnerships in order to promote the use of the Welsh language throughout the town. 

Angharad Harding, newly appointed Manager at Yr Atom centre said:

 “We have received fantastic feedback from those who attended our first ever breakfast business event.  We’re delighted with the support shown by local business owners in the town and I hope that we can host similar events in the future. 

It was a great opportunity to bring everybody together and to inform people of the work we do here at Yr Atom and how we can help and support businesses in the town.  One of my aims is to nurture and develop partnerships across the town in order to promote the use of the Welsh language.

"After working with the business sector for many years previously I hope to work closely with shops and businesses in Carmarthen, as well as a wide range of organisations, to help ensure that the language has the opportunity to be heard and seen more throughout the town."

A large number of companies in Carmarthenshire and across Wales, from service providers to retailers of different sizes, are now realising that using the Welsh language is part of good customer care.

Principal Officer at Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr, Dewi Snelson, said:

“This event was a great success and we’re delighted with the support shown by the business community in Carmarthen.  It was an opportunity for us to discuss and promote the work we do as an organisation here in the Carmarthen area.  This event is part of a national initiative set up and funded by the Welsh Government and the Welsh Language Commissioner to help encourage businesses to find out more about the benefits of operating bilingually.    

Through our work we try to encourage and support community, linguistic and economic development in order to help create sustainable communities that are naturally bilingual and prosperous.

Numerous studies have shown that there's a strong business case for companies to use the language everyday.  There’s no doubt you can attract more business through the door by using the language as research has shown that 92% of fluent Welsh speakers feels it’s important for businesses to display bilingual signs for example.  This is a sure way of gaining customer loyalty especially in a town like Carmarthen”

Nigel Roberts from Clay Shaw Butler was present at the event.  He added:

“It was an excellent morning and I’d like to thank the staff at Yr Atom and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr for organising and hosting the event.  It was an excellent opportunity for the town’s business community to come together to discuss different ideas and to hear more about what help and support is on offer at Yr Atom. 

I was very impressed with the meeting and conference facilities available to local businesses and which will be of great benefit in meeting clients and networkers outside the confines of the working place.”

Further Information

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