new innovation centre inspires young entrepreneurs

Glyndwr University enterprise lounge.

All available space at a new business innovation centre at Glyndwr University was snapped up ahead of its official opening.

The university held a formal opening of its Enterprise Lounge earlier this month to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Housed at the Wrexham campus, it provides students and graduates looking to turn their business ideas into reality with furnished office space, in-house support and a range of essential resources and facilities.

It's designed to give businesses a kick-start by breaking down two of the most common barriers to start-ups success – affordable office space and access to support networks.

Six businesses are already operating from the centre, with two more students occupying space to gain business experience ahead of setting up their own company when they graduate.

ZONE Enterprise Hub, Glyndwr University’s dedicated enterprise service, will provide every occupant with expert business support, one-to-one mentoring, and access to workshops and training.

Lynda Powell, director of campus management and commercial services, said: “We’re delighted that the centre is now open and even more pleased with the response we’ve had from students.

“We are passionate about supporting entrepreneurship and the enterprise lounge is the result of a lot of hard work by staff across the university to provide students with an opportunity to achieve success in business.”

Mark Childs, a Glyndŵr University graduate, is one of the occupants of the new centre, from where he runs his business - Hybrid Coaching.

Mark said: “I had the idea for the business in 2005 while I was studying and if this kind of service had been here at the time, I would definitely have used it.

"We work with a lot of other universities and having the base at Glyndwr has been essential for building those relations. The access to support networks which the Enterprise Lounge provides is also key.”

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