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Honorary Fellowship for Successful Entrepreneur and Swans Director

07.07.2014

Martin MorganSuccessful entrepreneur and Swansea City AFC Board Director Martin Morgan has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David this afternoon (07/07/14).

Swansea-born Mr Morgan was an entrepreneur from a young age, organising bus trips for the Swansea ‎City away games and working on a market stall every weekend. He left school at sixteen with no qualifications to become an apprentice welder. His ambition and drive took him into the tourism industry during which time he spent several years working across Europe as a Holiday Rep.

While in Andorra in 1987, Martin met his wife Louisa and together they launched a property development enterprise, married and opened their first branch of The Travel House. By April 1999 The Travel House had 23 shops and a Teletext Call Centre. ‎Thomson Holidays bought the business with Mr Morgan remaining as MD and a member of the Thomson Board of Directors until other projects beckoned.

Mr Morgan bought Swansea airport and introduced the first commercial flights to London, Dublin and Amsterdam, later selling the business to Air Wales, but still retaining an interest. He bought an iconic Grade II listed building in Swansea to develop a luxury boutique hotel which opened in September 2002. The success of Morgans led to the development of The Cawdor in 2003.

Mr Morgan is a director and the majority shareholder of Swansea City Football Club and relishes the challenge of running the club and being a loyal fan.‎ Today, the Morgans Group includes the head office of twenty Travel House shops, an extensive property portfolio, hotels, Swansea City FC and a manufacturing company to name but a few.

Addressing the congregation, Mr Morgan said: “When I was twenty-two I was an unemployed welder and I had a dream that I could make money and travel the world. Many people used to say that I wouldn’t be able to do that. If you really want to do something, you can do it. You just need hunger and ambition.

“If I was any of the parents in this room I would be very proud of what you have achieved, but it is also about what you go on to do from here. Believe me, you can do whatever you want to do.”

Note to Editor

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk