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Tec Marina Welcomes the Lord Mayor of London

This afternoon, we were very excited to welcome the Lord Mayor of London to Tec Marina.

During the visit, Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin and his party met with Chris and Gaile Griffiths, founders of OpenGenuis and Tec Marina, and took a tour around the Tec Marina office space.

A selection of Tec Marina business owners and CEOs enjoyed refreshments in the the building’s central atrium with the Lord Mayor.

Peter Estlin is the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London. A key reason for his visit to Cardiff, the Lord Mayor of London hopes to strengthen the links between the two cities. As part of his wider role, Alderman Estlin promotes the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment, innovation and technology. Read more about the Lord Mayor’s visit to South Wales here.

“I’m delighted to be visiting Cardiff and meeting a number of key business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our two cities. Cardiff is an innovative hub with an increasingly vibrant financial and digital offer.”
– Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin

Tec Marina Manager, Rebekah Raynor, said: “We are very excited to have hosted the Lord Mayor of London and his party. What a great honour that the Lord Mayor chose to visit us here at Tec Marina!”

Chris Griffiths (left), Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin (centre), Gaile Griffiths (right)

“We’ve built a small piece of Silicon Valley here in Wales and we were delighted that the new Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London chose to visit OpenGenius, the team behind the development, and to meet many of the other fast-growth businesses located here in Tec Marina.”
– Gaile Griffiths, Operations Director at OpenGenius

If you’re interested in finding out more about office space at our innovation hub, get in touch with Tec Marina today: 029 2167 8391 / contact@tecmarina.com.

Tec Marina raises £1,400 for Children in Need

In this week’s Children in Need activities, Tec Marina raised an impressive total of £1,400.

Today’s Children in Need event kicked off with a Bake Sale. Tec Marina residents baked a variety of delicious bakes from Victoria sponge and chocolate caramel cupcakes, to cornflake cakes and even vegan flapjacks! Open Genius’s Liv won this year’s Star Baker with her exquisite carrot cake.

Tec Marina Children in Need Bake Sale 2018

Next on the ‘Pudsey Timetable’ was the Ping Pong Final. A sport taken very seriously here at Tec Marina, the week-long Ping Pong tournament came to an exciting end today. The nail-biting final between Layth (from Wealthify) and Rob (from Credas) resulted in a 21-15 victory for winner Layth.

Tec Marina Ping Pong Finalists 2018

For the past few weeks, Tec Marina residents have been taking part in a ‘Guess the bear’s name’ competition in the hope of winning the giant teddy bear up for grabs. With the winning name of ‘Leonard’, Beks (from Tec Marina) has kindly chosen to donate the cuddly bear to Welsh children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

Tec Marina Children in Need Giant Bear

With a huge number of generous donations, including a signed Star Wars print, an M&S Hamper and numerous bottles, the Raffle took place in Tec Marina’s Atrium where residents gathered to watch the magic unfold.

Tec Marina Children in Need Raffle 2018

Tec Marina would like to thank all the companies for getting involved with baking, raffle donations, and for donating to the wonderful cause.

Charity events, like this week’s Children in Need activities, are just one of the many reasons we love working in our shared workspace. If you’re interested in finding out more about office or coworking space at Tec Marina, get in touch today: 029 2167 8391 / contact@tecmarina.com.

The Great Tec Marina Bake Off

September only means one thing… The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This year, Tec Marina managed to raise an impressive total of £265.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support!

Hosted by Wealthify, the event took place in our Tec Marina Games Room, where the cakes were beautifully presented with flowers and balloons. Bakes included everything from Chocolate Whoopie Pies to Almond Cake, and Elderflower & Lemon Cake to Banana Loaf – to name just a few.

“As many of our employee’s families or friends have been diagnosed or know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, it was a great opportunity to raise some money for a much needed cause and let’s be honest, any excuse for cake! This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all the business’s within Tec Marina, and we’d like to thank all the keen bakers and cake eaters for contributing!” – Wealthify

Tec Marina Bake Off

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Wealthify for hosting, the bakers for baking and to everyone who came just to eat cake, we thank you too for your generous donations.

Community events, like today’s Bake off, are just one of the many reasons we love working in our shared workspace. If you’re interested in finding out more about office or coworking space at Tec Marina, get in touch today: 029 2167 8391 / contact@tecmarina.com.

Tec Marina host the launch of Development Bank of Wales’ new ‘Angels Invest Wales’ platform

Today, we were lucky enough to host the Development Bank of Wales’ launch of the Angels Invest Wales platform, and its new £8 million Wales Angels Co-investment Fund. In attendance was Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, who congratulated the Development Bank of Wales for showcasing this fantastic opportunity for inventors. Skates welcomed his audience and fellow speakers to Tec Marina, and stated how the Angels Invest Wales platform would help connect key investors to Welsh companies that show potential for strong economic growth.

Also at the event was Jenny Tooth, CEO of Business Angels, who spoke about the importance of connecting all players in the investing ecosystem. Jenny discussed the three main challenges facing Angel Investors. These included a lack of women engaging in Angel investing, the need to support scale-up and long-term Angel investing and not enough Angel investment happening outside of London, Oxford and Cambridge. Jenny also commented on the “fantastic” and “fitting venue”.

Nelson Gray, International Angel investor and Strategist, shared his experience on being an Angel investor involved in syndicates. In light of the Development Bank of Wales’ recent announcement, Nelson said, “You’ve got all of the things in place to make this a really thriving investing community”. He also said, “I urge everybody to get involved in the syndicate structure”.

Director of Angels Invest Wales, Steve Holt, spoke of the recent Development Bank of Wales Co-Investment Fund. Steve shared his excitement of the new project and let us know that him and his team are on the lookout for more investors looking to get involved in the Angel Invest Wales platform. Steve thanked us for the opportunity to hold the event at Tec Marina, and thanked owners, Chris and Gaile Griffiths, for the use of “a wonderful venue” – a successful afternoon all round!

If you’re interested in holding your next event at Tec Marina, give us a call today on 02921 678391 or email us at contact@tecmarina.com to find out more information.

International Women’s Day at Tec Marina

International Women's Day Tec Marina

On Thursday 8th March, Tec Marina hosted a well-attended charity breakfast to mark International Women’s Day. We selected Welsh Women’s Aid as our chosen charity for the event. Eleri Butler MBE., CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid, joined us at the event to share insight into the work they do to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women.

The team from Scarlet Design came along to listen to the talk and illustrated Eleri’s main points and figures in their own, unique style.

Scarlet Design Ltd.

Co-founder of fin-tech company Wealthify, Michelle Pearce, also spoke at the event with an interesting talk discussing why so few women invest their money. Michelle has been featured in ‘Wales’ 35 Under 35’ list of young professional women based in Wales for the past two years. Wealthify are based in Tec Marina and have recently made headlines after receiving a significant investment from insurance giant, Aviva.

International Women’s Day is held on March 8th each year and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Tec Marina’s event is on track to raise over £500 for Welsh Women’s Aid.

Tec Marina founder, Chris Griffiths, shares why a creative workspace is worth the investment

Inspiring workspace, Tec Marina

Last week, our founder, Chris Griffiths, shared his experience of designing Tec Marina with those attending the Inspiring New Workspaces event that took place in St. Donat’s Castle.

So, with a growing software company already established, why did Chris decide to take the plunge and set up Tec Marina? He shares his three main motivations with us below…

A more engaged workforce
A huge thing for me was to create a space that promoted employee engagement. Happier and more productive employees are more engaged in their work. When employees are happy with their work environment, they are more likely to remain with the company for longer, reduce their number of sick days and feel proud of their organisation. A Havard Business Review investigation found that a happy workplace results in 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales and 37% higher creativity levels. This is something that every Tec Marina company has benefited from.

Encouraging collaboration
In a space like Tec Marina, employees feel encouraged to get to know their co-workers and employees of neighbour companies. Spaces like our communal gym and games room not only boost productivity and wellness but can lead to the cross-pollination of ideas between departments, organisations and industries. This was a huge motivation for us, it’s exciting to see different companies working with and learning from one another.

Driving innovation
My lifelong passion is innovation. And environments like Tec Marina are built to foster it. Innovative ideas rarely emerge from behind a desk. We give companies a chance to give their employees the flexibility and space to relax, play and get fit. This kind of environment gives them the thinking space to spark creative connections between thoughts. New ideas are then fed back into each business.

If you are interested in bringing your business and team to Tec Marina, call us today on 029 2167 8391. We would love to show you our available spaces and introduce you to our friendly community.

Tec Marina’s Christmas Get Together

TM Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we wanted to celebrate it in true festive style here at Tec Marina. Yesterday, pens went down from 5 o’clock and the Tec Marina residents congregated in the Atrium for beers, wine and mince pies and waited for the entertainment to begin.

We were welcomed by the beautiful sound of concert harpist, Bethan Semmens, who treated us to traditional Christmas songs next to our Tec Marina Christmas tree.

With a slight change of pace, we then welcomed local singer, Darren Tyson, to the floor. Darren serenaded the crowd with lots of all-time favourites and Christmas classics – and a couple of dance moves too!

We’ve loved our first full year of being open and are proud to be a happy home to many of Wales’ top businesses. Thank you to all of our residents for their continued support, we look forward to another successful year in 2018.

Bethan harpist

Christmas do

Darren Tyson

Serving drinks

Tec Marina does Children in Need 2018

Beks in Pudsey t-shirt

Last Friday, Tec Marina fundraised for Children in Need with cakes, raffle prizes and a ping-pong tournament. We’re proud to announce that this year our fun and games raised a total of £966.71!

Children in Need kicked off early this year with a week-long ping-pong tournament. Ping-pong has always been a sure-fire way to get residents up from their desks. This year’s tournament had 41 sign-ups and ran from round one on Monday through to the big Friday final. This year’s winner was George from Famous Publicity, with an impressive score of 36-19, winning him the coveted title and Tec Marina trophy.

Ping Pong tournament

For those whose skills lay in the kitchen rather than the games room, our Children in Need Bake Off was the time to shine. Our bake stall proved a popular hang out throughout the day and featured delicious home bakes such as gingerbread Pudsey biscuits, millionaire shortbread and lemon Madeira cake – and not a soggy bottom in sight. This year’s bake-off winner was Adriana from Scarlet Design for her sell-out carrot cake. Well done, Adriana.

Cake selection

In the build-up to Friday, residents had been kindly donating prizes to our Children in Need raffle. Our table of wonderful prizes included champagne, chocolates and luxurious smellies. The draw drew quite a crowd and Tec Marina Manager, Beks, did a great job of calling out all 31 winners.

Raffle draw

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all those who got involved with the fun and helped us raise such a brilliant sum for a very worthwhile cause.

Community events, like Children in Need, are just one of the many reasons we love working in our shared workspace. If you’re interested in finding out about office or coworking space at Tec Marina – get in touch today 029 2167 8391 / contact@tecmarina.com.

Tec Marina running club run Cardiff Half Marathon for charity

They’ve done it! Yesterday, on Sunday 1st October, the Tec Marina running club completed the Cardiff Half Marathon.

The Cardiff Half Marathon, first held in 2003, smashed its own records this year with a total of 25,000 runners taking part in the annual event.

The 13.1 mile route passes by the capital’s iconic landmarks, including Tec Marina, as runners head towards the barrage and over to Cardiff Bay. All 12 runners completed the course around Cardiff, with the fastest member of the team finishing in a fantastic 1 hour and 46 minutes.

The Tec Marina team’s chosen charity for the event was Tŷ Hafan, one of the leading UK children’s palliative care charities based throughout Wales, and raised an impressive £2,000 in result of their fundraising efforts.

We’d like to say a huge well done to our fantastic coworkers at Tec Marina who took part. We already can’t wait for next year’s event.

OpenGenius’ Applied Innovation training held at Tec Marina

Applied Innovation Course

This September, OpenGenius hosted their 3 day Certified Applied Innovation course here in Tec Marina. The course pulled in 13 delegates from across the globe including the USA, China, France, Italy and Germany.

The course promised to boost the innovative thinking process of its students. Chris Griffiths, CEO and founder of OpenGenius, delivered interactive training sessions across the three days. On the final day, all trainees became accredited OpenGenius Licensed Instructors in Applied Innovation. They can go on to make use of the methodologies learned in Tec Marina to train their own clients and colleagues.

We wish them the best of luck in the future and hope to see them back at Tec Marina for another OpenGenius course soon.

Applied Innovation Course

Applied Innovation Course

Applied Innovation Course