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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.

Previous Chairman of Microsoft Europe announced as new Chairman of Think Productivity

Think Productivity, creators of visual productivity-boosting task management app, DropTask, have announced Jan Mühlfeit as their new Chairman. The announcement came as the company were showcased at this year’s flagship digital event, ‘Digital 2015’, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

DropTask Founder and Tec Marina Owner, Chris Griffiths, said: “Jan Mühlfeit has experienced great success during his career and spent many years side by side with Bill Gates as they travelled all over the world. With a wealth of knowledge obtained during his time as Chairman of Microsoft Europe, we’re lucky to have such a high profile figure interested in getting involved with a start-up here in Wales. It’s absolutely fantastic for the Welsh community and in particular, our flourishing digital economy which was showcased at this year’s Digital 2015 event – which we were honoured to be a part of. I very much look forward to the road ahead… We’re in for an exciting journey.”

DropTask with Jan in Tec Marina meeting room

To mark the occasion, Jan, the recently retired Chairman of Microsoft Europe, joined the creative software company here at Tec Marina in Penarth Marina, Wales, where Think Productivity are based. Whilst meeting the team, he discussed his past experiences and the importance of unlocking human capabilities.

“Companies don’t start off with a project plan, they start with a vision. When over 250,000 people gathered for Martin Luther King’s speech in 1963, they didn’t just come to see him, they came for the dream; the potential and hope for a better future. By nature, we are all very visual thinkers and we work in a visual way… DropTask embodies this, and I’m very excited to be involved.”

Jan’s association with the company stems back to when he first visited Tec Marina earlier this year for its official opening, along with Penarth councillors Lis Burnett and Gwyn Roberts – who are actively supporting the new technology hub which is expected to create up to 150 new jobs. Jan said: “Today is a historical day for technology, because technology can unlock the potential in every single human being around the world. Tec Marina is a space for crazy people because only crazy people are changing the world. I wish Tec Marina every success, happiness, and craziness.”

Watch the video of Jan’s visit to Tec Marina for the grand opening:

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