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No-frills networking brings 160 Welsh businesses to Margam Park event

Over 160 businesses from South Wales came together last week at The Business Hub Wales’ ‘Embrace’ event. 

Held at Margam Orangery, the free, sold-out event featured insights from Swansea Bay City Deal’s Director, Dr Johnathon Burnes, NatWest’s, Lee Morgan, and an inspirational talk from 2Wish’s, Rhian Manning.

Sponsored by Redkite Solicitors, NatWest, and The Social Butterfly, the event was a unique opportunity for local businesses to connect, gain strategic insights, and propel their businesses into a successful year.

Attendees of the event raved about the wide range of information on offer. The latest developments in the Swansea Bay region were shared by Dr Johnathon Burnes. NatWest’s, Lee Morgan also led a talk on the power of mindset in business, stating how mindsets have a huge impact on people’s ability to learn, and business leaders are starting to understand the power of mindset more. Athlete Neil Andrews, and Redkite Solicitors’, Paul James, also spoke at the event. 

The Business Hub Wales aimed to inform, inspire and include its community, who benefited from networking with the 160 attendees and 26 local business exhibitors, including the Ospreys and 4TheRegion.

Dawn Lyle, Director and Co-Founder of 4TheRegion said:

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“We were delighted to support this event, and made some great new connections.  We would certainly attend again.  As a regional organisation, these opportunities to meet face-to-face with local businesses are always welcome.”

The Business Hub Wales is a networking community for business owners and professionals in South Wales. Set up in 2023, its mission is to inspire, inform, and include the South Wales business community through networking events, social fun days, and workshops. With its no-frills approach, The Business Hub Wales aims to remove the forced interaction of networking, and create a community who lift each other up.

The networking community has held eight events across South Wales, supporting local venues including the newly-completed Penderyn Copperworks Distillery, Swansea Arena, and Llys Nini. The monthly networking events focus on business news and advice, from grants and funding to internships. 

The Business Hub Wales’ Founder, Amy Price, said:

“It was great to see so many local businesses coming together to support The Business Hub at this month’s venue, Margam Park. Putting people before business, our events are a space for professionals and businesses to collaborate whilst motivating themselves for the year ahead. We hope our unique networking encourages business owners to get involved and attend even just one of our events in the future.”

The event’s spotlight charity was 2Wish, a charity that supports those affected by death in young people. Rhian Manning MBE started the charity to support families after the tragic death of her one-year-old son in 2012, which was followed by her husband’s tragic death just five days later. 

More information about The Business Hub Wales and their upcoming events can be found on their website