Category: Our Region in Action

The June sun has shone brightly on all four CCR hotspots of Innovation, Sustainability, Inclusivity and Connectivity - with the MediWales Connects 2022 conference promising to spotlight the wide range of state-of-the-art breakthroughs that are making Welsh Life Sciences such a vibrant landscape of innovation … Cardiff Bus revealing that 36 new electric vehicles have helped save 558,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first few months 2002 … two South Walian construction companies being shortlisted at the WalesOnline D&I awards for their work in employee mental health … and Smart Money Cymru Community Bank achieving a 45% growth in revenues through digitisation …
‘Inclusion’ is critical for us to survive and thrive as individuals, organisations and a nation. It’s a fundamental human need. A critical ingredient for fulfilling potential. A core enabler for industrial success. An absolute essential for economic growth. A foundation stone for the health and wellbeing of our communities – and a key thread in our future prosperity as a region, as you’re about to discover in our first feature of a new #InclusionInAction series …
In our previous #InnovationInAction feature, we discovered how CCR is investing in innovation through impactful interventions that include the purchase of Aberthaw Power Station, the funding of the Compound Semiconductor cluster, investments in the Creo Medical and Pharmatelligence enterprises and support for the transformational Zip World Tower adventure destination. But innovation is about more than making money available - and in ‘Part 2’, we look at our role in being the catalyst for innovative collaboration and a champion giving voice to those turning visions into realities …
Early summer has brought major news in each of the four areas identified as key CCR goals - with the University of South Wales revealing a record year for innovation and enterprise … ACT announcing a bespoke Higher Apprenticeship in Environmental Management … Welsh Government launching the flagship ReAct+ Programme to offer personalised support into work … and world-leading Thales joining the management board of the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales in Ebbw Vale …
‘Innovation’ is critical for the future prosperity and wellbeing of everyone in our region. It’s core to everything we do - creating 85% of all economic growth and returning £1.70 for every £1 spent. How is that manifesting itself in Southeast Wales? Where is #InnovationInAction happening - and about to happen? This first in a two-part feature explores how innovation is ‘transforming’ every corner of our region - with CCR playing the crucial role as an investor, collaborator, catalyst and champion of innovation … 
The middle of May has brought a rich mix of headlines from skills initiatives in many different sectors, with the latest Fintech Sector report revealing an explosion in job growth, as well as warning of a global talent shortage on the horizon - so it was good to see the launch of the Wales STEM Awards for 2022, celebrating the tremendous tech skills we have in our region, as well as Coadec and Tramshed Tech coming together to improve our tech startup landscape. Beyond that, it’s also wonderful to see our CCR Sustainability agenda being strengthened by the arrival of Cambrian’s Waste Management Training in South Wales - and South Wales Police developing their Future Leaders, in the most imaginative and immersive way …
In our latest regional roundup, we look at some of the key developments driving transformation across the CCR - from the unique Cyber Innovation Hub that will put Southeast Wales at the leading edge of cybersecurity … and the critical work being done by University of South Wales to secure sustainable renewable energy from sewage … to warming news that both Admiral and the Principality are amongst the top 10 most inclusive large employers in the UK … and Ogi’s continued progress in connecting our region to the smarter, greener, faster broadband that our homes and businesses deserve … 
The end of April and beginning of May saw important new initiatives and reports across both the regional and national skills domain - with CILEX announcing a pioneering partnership to provide inclusive apprenticeship pathways for legal careers … USW publishing a first-of-its-kind mapping of skills and talent needs for South Wales’ Video Games industry … Open University revealing the importance of L&D to public sector skills and employee retention …the VISTA programme looking to create new jobs in Blaenau Gwent … and Robert Half’s survey reporting on sector skill salaries for the past 6 months ... 
In our latest fortnightly regional roundup, we look at some of the key developments that are driving this widespread change - from the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022 won by Caerphilly-based Colour Tone and the inspirational news that Principality Building Society has become carbon neutral …. to Vauxhall Finance’s headline sponsorship of the Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards and plans for the Cardiff Parkway Station that will connect 800,000 passengers a year …  
Matthew’s unique subscription-based app records the user’s breathing and provides analysis of trends in their breathing cycles - helping them understand their own mindfulness and build-in effective meditation. What inspired Matthew to build the app which has already won him a prestigious accolade in the Health category of the Young Innovators Awards?

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