Press Releases 2014-2015

Major Business Conference Returns to West Wales


Dave Coplin, Prif Swyddog Gweledigaeth a Microsoft UKThe highly successful Spotlight West Wales business conference returned to Carmarthen in June, celebrating the region’s successes and focusing on ways that West Wales can raise its economic performance.

The one-day conference, run in association with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), took place in the Hailiwell Centre at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus.

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Bright Future’ and throughout the day delegates found out about future trends and opportunties for their businesses and learned more about initiatives, currently underway in the region, to increase economic prosperity.

The event, hosted by broadcaster Sara Edwards, had an impressive line-up of speakers. They included:

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK

An established thought-leader on the role of technology in our personal and professional lives, Dave Coplin has worked across a wide range of industries and customers providing strategic advice and guidance around the intersection of a modern society and technology both inside and outside of the world of work. His presentation at the conference will be a call-to-action to harness not hate the digital deluge, to celebrate the potential technology offers us now and in the future.

Andy McCann, Leading Performance Coach

Andy McCann is a top performance coach and mentor and works with some of the highest profile individuals from business, politics, entertainment and sport. His recent clients include Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton and former political advisor Alastair Campbell. By combining his expertise in mental toughness, motivation and self-development, Andy will show delegates how some of the most successful individuals reach the top of their game.

Rebecca Jones, Motivational Speaker

Rebecca Jones – The Red Shoe Biz Woman – will be delivering an interactive session aimed at creating connections between delegates with a view to future collaboration. Rebecca has worked with a host of organisations encouraging them to develop a more enterprising culture, showing how teams can become more involved in the long-term success of their organisation.

During the day delegates were also provided with an opportunity to attend workshops on a range of topics and there were numerous networking sessions.

Nigel T Packer, Chair of the Spotlight West Wales consortium, said: “The economic context for the West Wales businesses community is changing with many exciting new initiatives coming our way. This conference mobilises representatives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors from across the region, bringing them together for a day of inspiration, learning and networking.

“This year we assembled a programme that challenged our delegates to raise their game, find innovative ways of working and identify new opportunities for their businesses to become more competitive in order to grow and prosper.

“Feedback over the past two years shows clearly that our delegates leave the Spotlight event inspired, better connected, well-informed and more focused for the future.”

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD, said: “The creation of the Swansea Bay City Region has highlighted the need for our region to come closer together in order to maximise its potential. Improved connectivity and collaborative working will allow us to improve the prospects for our communities, businesses and economy.

“Spotlight West Wales offers the perfect platform to facilitate this and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be associated with the event.”

During the event, Professor Hughes gave an update on the University’s major projects such as the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter and development of S4C’s new headquarters in Carmarthen.

Spotlight West Wales supporters include: Federation of Small Businesses – Swansea Bay, CMI Cymru, Pembrokeshire County Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788or email