Swansea College of Art-UWTSD Graduate Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Title


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate Liam Mee has been named South Wales Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 South Wales Business Awards.



Since their launch in 2008, the Awards have become a must attend event in the South Wales business calendar. This year’s ceremony took place in Cardiff over the weekend.

Liam Mee graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Product Design from UWTSD Swansea in 2011. He is founder and Director of Port Talbot-based MeeCreative, asuccessful design company that has developed an international profile. The company employs three staff and offers a range of product design, brand development, digital and print services. It has dedicated in-house electronic and PCB design capabilities, as well as using cutting-edge CAD and prototyping techniques.

Liam said: “I was extremely humbled and pleased to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and when I found out I won I was truly overjoyed. Starting and running a business is no easy feat and to have some sort of recognition for all the hard work I’ve put in over the past four years makes it all worthwhile.

“Even though the award was a personal one, I have a lot of people to thank whom, without their support, I wouldn't be where I am today; The Princes Trust, my amazing team at MeeCreative, UWTSD, the company’s Chairman Barry Wanless, my family and friends, and my fantastic and supportive partner Amy. I look forward to what the future has to hold for both myself and MeeCreative.”

Since its inception, the company has worked on projects for Winmau, University of Wales, the Dylan Thomas Centre and London-based theatre company BrightLights to name but a few.

MeeCreative started life in 2011 with the support of UWTSD’s Enterprise Manager Kathryn Penaluna. She arranged office space on the University’s Mount Pleasant campus in Swansea as well as connecting the company to Business Wales mentor, Richard Perry. MeeCreative also gained funding from the Prince’s Trust, which helped them with initial start-up costs for equipment and marketing.

Over time, MeeCreative outgrew the space at UWTSD and subsequently moved to their current home at the Quantum Innovation Hub in Port Talbot, thanks to the help and support of Quantum Director Steve Jones.

As well as expanding its work across a number of sectors, MeeCreative has also found itself evolving from a product design agency to a product design and branding agency in order to meet the existing demand.

Aware of the value of his experience since graduating, Liam has now taken on a role as part-time product design lecturer at UWTSD.

For information about MeeCreative visit www.mee-creative.com