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Tec Marina runners gear up for the Cardiff Half Marathon

Tec Marina Running Team Tec Marina marathon team pose before their training session.

On October 1st, a group of 14 runners from various Tec Marina companies will take part in a half marathon spanning the whole city of Cardiff, with the route taking them right passed our office space.

The team are aiming to raise £3,000 for Tŷ Hafan, one of the leading UK children’s palliative care charities based throughout Wales. The charity ensures that local children suffering from terminal illnesses and their families can make the most out of their time left together.

Louise Cornelius, a runner from OpenGenius, said…

We all voted to decide on which charity to fundraise for… and I’m delighted that Tŷ Hafan won the vote. It’s great to be running for a charity so close to home!

You can donate to their cause on JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/TecMarina

We wish them the best of luck on the day!

Tec Marina residents wrack their brains to raise money for charity

Tec Marina Quiz

The atrium of Tec Marina was packed yesterday as residents teamed up to test their general knowledge in a Battle of the Building Quiz and try their luck in a raffle. The event was a huge success with £225 being raised in aid of the Oxford Cystic Fibrosis Centre, which provides specialist care to adults with cystic fibrosis from across the Thames Valley. The resident responsible for organising the quiz, FRS Solutions employee Katie Hathaway, had this to say:

‘Cystic fibrosis is a medical and ethical nightmare at times, but the specialist doctors, nurses and emergency personnel who care for patients and make them feel as comfortable as possible are the real heroes. With a little extra funds and a little more awareness raised, we can be miniature heroes too.’

All of us here at Tec Marina are proud to have supported such a wonderful cause, and the winners of the quiz are no doubt proud to receive their fabulous prizes!

Prizes
Tec Marina Quiz
Tec Marina Quiz

Tesla Day at Tec Marina

Tesla close up

Last Wednesday, the Tesla team travelled from Bristol in their finest and fastest cars to spend the day at Tec Marina. The fleet included the world’s quickest production car, the Tesla Model S P100D. As the cars pulled up outside, our residents soon came pouring out for a peek at the supercars.

Tec Marina residents enjoyed test drives throughout the day. At lunchtime, Tec Marina provided a buffet lunch, and the Tesla team presented a talk about the history, innovative technology and exciting future of the company, which drew in quite a crowd.

The day was a huge success, with the cars stirring up a big buzz of excitement around the building! Take a look at photos from the day below.

Tec Marina Tesla Day
 
Tesla Day Tec Marina
 
Tesla Day Tec Marina
 
Outside Tec Marina

Red Nose Day at Tec Marina

RND

On Friday 24th March, we joined in the fun taking place around the country for Red Nose Day. Nothing gets Tec Marina’s atrium more full than the temptation of cake and table tennis tournaments, and our Red Nose Day had the two in abundance. We played sweep-stake games, ran ping pong competitions, and held a delicious bake sale. The total money raised around the UK on this year’s Red Nose Day is stand at a whopping £73,026,234 so far – and this figure is still rising! All donations will be put towards transforming lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. A great cause, and another fun day at Tec Marina.

Watch this year’s Red Nose Day highlights below:

Tec Marina St David’s Day Bake Sale for Ty Hafan

Tec Marina bake sale

On March 1st, the people of Tec Marina baked and munched their way through traditional Welsh treats in honour of St David’s Day. We chose to donate all proceeds from the bake sale to Ty Hafan. In total we raised £212 for the Welsh children’s hospice. The selection of tasty treats included gingerbread bites, Welsh cheesecakes, iced sponge cake, shortbread biscuits, a leek and potato quiche, many different varieties of Welsh cakes, and delicious Welsh cake ice cream.

Big thanks to everyone that supported the day – diolch yn fawr iawn!

Tec Marina St Davids Day bake sale
Cakes for Ty Hafan
Cakes for sale at Tec Marina
Ty Hafan bake sale Tec Marina

ITV Cymru Wales Away Day at Tec Marina

Last Saturday, we were very excited to welcome ITV Cymru Wales to Tec Marina for their annual company away day. The aim of the day was to set goals and spark ideas for the year ahead. Bringing their team together on a Saturday, meant that it was even more important to set the tone for a fun, engaging and inspiring day – and they felt this was exactly what Tec Marina could offer.

With nearly 100 people in attendance, ITV took over Tec Marina’s Atrium for talks, team building exercises, and interactive quizzes. They made use of our Upper and Lower Boathouse meeting rooms for break-out workshops, and challenged each other to games of ping-pong and air hockey in our Games Room.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive, with lots of comments on the creative and engaging environment that Tec Marina provides. ITV’s Planning Editor, Sarah Drew, said, “‘Tec Marina hosted the ITV Cymru Wales’ Away Day and I was delighted with the service they provided. It’s a great space, and all the staff were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make it a successful day for us.”

It was a pleasure to host ITV and to work alongside their fantastic team throughout the preparation for the event; they are welcome back anytime. We hope they took away lots of bright ideas and feel ready for a successful 2017!

Keep an eye on our Twitter page for more images from the day.

If you are looking for somewhere a little different to bring your team or entire company together, get in touch with a member of our Tec Marina team on contact@tecmarina.com or call 02921 678 391.

ITV Away Day

 

Tec Marina Bootcamp – Week 1

Train together

On Monday, we started the week off right with our very first Tec Marina bootcamp session. Personal Trainer, Matt Bowring, took a group of 14 Tec Marina residents into our gym for a lunchtime fitness fix.

As this was the first session out of 8, we partnered up and went through some tough fitness tests, including timed cardio, press-ups and sit ups. We noted down our scores and will be using these as a starting point to track our progress over the next 8 weeks. Fitness tests out of the way, Coach Matt then made the decision to inflict some serious pain on the Tec Marina bootcampers with a group squatting session, and we certainly felt the burn.

Squats

But the pain will not be stopping there. Each bootcamper has been set some weekly homework. 2 x 20-min workouts are to be completed by everyone before next Monday. No excuses are valid when you have a gym in the same building as your office.

Session over, high fives all round, and time to hit the showers. Despite the wobbly legs, the afternoon saw a peak in motivation with lots of post workout endorphins floating around the place.

With a full house already booked for next Monday, we’re looking forward to seeing how far we can progress as a group over the next 8 weeks – Go team!

Health and well-being are high on the agenda at Tec Marina, and that’s why we want to offer sessions like these to our residents for no extra cost. Follow our progress over on our Twitter page.

Get Started with Apps – Prince’s Trust and Codez Academy

Codez Academy

Last month we were host to a fantastic course run by Dean Jenkins from Codez Academy for The Prince’s Trust. The course was funded by Capgemini as part of their ongoing digital partnership with The Prince’s Trust. The 5 day interactive, digital skills course was provided for underprivileged young people. Launched in 2015, Codez Academy is the result of Dean’s hard work and passion for web design and teaching, and has resulted in a number of courses aimed at young people of all abilities in Wales to help develop their digital skills. Read more about Dean’s story here.

Held in our Games Room, the course proved a popular and fun experience for the students who not only enjoyed learning new skills but enjoyed the creative space of Tec Marina. Dean will be holding a 12 week course here, starting later this month: http://www.codezacademy.co.uk/adults-beginners-evening-course.html

If you’re interested in holding an event here with us, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line via contact@tecmarina.com

Get started with apps

Gingerbread charity award show held at Tec Marina

Choir Singing

Last month we hosted a fantastic afternoon of tea, cakes and fun when Gingerbread, providers of practical advice and support for single parent families, came to join us for their volunteer award ceremony. The event celebrated the success of their Creating Connections project, which you can read all about here. Our Atrium was the perfect place for the ladies and gents of Gingerbread to receive their awards and enjoy an expertly catered afternoon tea with delicious cakes and sandwiches.

Homemade cakes

We’d like to thank Gingerbread for choosing us as their venue to celebrate their special day and for the lovely feedback they gave us. We’re glad you loved the building and that you felt warmly welcomed! The prize giving concluded with a musical performance by some of the ladies, a lovely note to end on and a great way to thank the organisers of the event. Cakes and sandwiches were handmade by local social enterprise caterers. All produce is locally sourced and all proceeds go towards a great cause.

If you’re interested in holding an event here with us, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line via contact@tecmarina.com

Main event

Wales’ newest innovation centre Tec Marina is already attracting global attention.

This Sunday, Tec Marina was happy to welcome 21 delegates from the Sharaj Business Women Council, based in the United Arab Emirates. The Council’s aim is to inspire, empower and encourage women to achieve their professional and economical potential in the business world.

OpenGenius Training Tec Marina

They came to Wales to spend a day discussing innovation and entrepreneurship with Chris Griffiths and his OpenGenius team. Chris, who designed and developed Tec Marina, said “We were delighted to welcome the group from the UAE. It was a great day and feedback was very positive, with the group describing the space as very inspiring. We are also excited to soon be hosting an event for a group of business people from the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and we hope to establish long term ties between Wales and the UAE.”

Training Presenting Tec Marina

Tec Marina is a made up of 20,000 square feet of private offices, co-working areas, and meeting and event spaces in Penarth Marina. The building also includes an on-site gym, games room, and plenty of communal break-out space. It is already home to a growing collection of forward-thinking and creative companies, including: OpenGenius, DropTask, The Technology Crowd, 3Chillies, Reachal, Famous Publicity, AD Interact, and MVL Architects – to name a few.