Press Releases 2014-2015

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin – Creating a New Future for the Language and Economy in Wales

21.07.2015

In an event in the S4C building at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David updated a cross-section of individuals from a range of Welsh institutions on the exciting developments of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin that will open on the University’s campus in Carmarthen in 2018.

Canolfan S4C yr Egin

The event focused on the opportunities offered by Canolfan S4C Yr Egin to create a new future for the Welsh language and the economy throughout Wales.  Following a welcome by S4C's Chief Executive, Ian Jones, the event provided an opportunity for Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to update guests on the project.

Also present to talk about their commitment to the development of the language and the economy in rural Wales were the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Rebecca Evans AM; Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws and Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Steve Hughson.

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 are able to stimulate one another.

This vision places Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in a strong position to initiate a linguistic revival in a county where maintaining the Welsh language is absolutely essential for any national language strategy.

Located in Wales' oldest town and within a 90 minute journey of around 65% of all Welsh speakers in Wales, it’s intended that the development will have a significant effect on the economy of the region and beyond, on the Welsh language and its use in an area where maintaining the viability of traditional Welsh language communities is policy priority, and on the culture linked to the language that has always been a rich characteristic of this area of Wales.

One of the main objectives of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - as well as the University's new Welsh Centre which will open in Carmarthen town centre in September - is to act as a catalyst to promote linguistic revival in Carmarthenshire, supporting the development of Carmarthen as an innovative town for the Welsh language and its culture.

In terms of the economy, Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will have a significant effect, both locally and nationally, with up to 200 jobs - including about 50 posts that S4C intends to relocate from Cardiff S4C proposes relocated from Cardiff – being established.  These jobs will also support hundreds of further jobs across the region and have a winder economic impact on the area.

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is the product of an exciting, bold and transformative vision that is certain to have a positive impact on the growth of the Welsh language and the local economy in Carmarthenshire; with the wider Swansea Bay City Region and across Wales,” said Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the project lead on behalf of the University.

“In bringing together a range of creative, digital and cultural practitioners within the same building, there will be an opportunity to co-locate a range of skills and talents to exchange information, to innovate and to create employment with the Welsh language being at the core of the development,” adds Gwilym Dyfri Jones.

S4C Chief Executive, Ian Jones:
"The plans to relocate to S4C’s headquarters to Carmarthen in 2018 form part of our ambition to do everything we can to promote the Welsh language, to boost the economy and of course, to continue to improve S4C’s services to our audience. With such a focus on the financial future of the channel and on the political debate, it’s important to remember the exciting plans we have in place, along with the economic and linguistic benefits that they’ll bring."

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council said:

“We are confident that the creation of a new purpose-built and iconic building in the town will act as a catalyst for promoting economic development across the region and nationally.  The move will result in the creation of an estimated 150 jobs and would help the local economy enormously. It will also be a major boost for the Welsh language, providing good quality job opportunities for Welsh speakers.”

The event will took place in the S4C on the Royal Welsh Showground at 3pm on Tuesday, July 21st.

Note to Editor

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476
  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.
  4. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  5. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  6. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.