Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Ltd supports prestigious Wales in London St David’s Day Celebration

Douglas Owen

Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Ltd was honoured to support the annual St David’s Day in London Celebration at Guildhall, London on February 28th 2017

Dr Timothy Brain OBE, Chairman of AIEC Ltd, addressed the assembled guests about Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus’ proposed offer of a range of world leading facilities and expertise to support innovation.  

Dr Brain also outlined the project’s vision of enabling commercial enterprises to grow, prosper and drive economic growth in the food and drink, bio-processing and biotechnology sectors throughout Wales and beyond.

The £40.5M project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University.

Dr Rhian Hayward, CEO of Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Ltd, said of the event: “We were delighted to sponsor the St. David’s Day Celebration organised by Wales in London. It was uplifting to celebrate what Wales has to offer in the innovation and entrepreneurship area with some of its strongest proponents in London. The Wales in London event highlighted what passion and pride the Welsh have in the growth of Wales and I was delighted to have received so many supporting comments from fellow guests on the innovation agenda in Wales”

The Wales in London Annual St David’s Day Celebration which began in 1904,is an opportunity for Welsh men and women who live and work in London to come together to celebrate the best of what Wales has to offer. The event has a long tradition of attracting very influential dignitaries with The Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP present at this year's celebration. The speakers were the Rt Hon Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales and Guto Harri, MD External Communications Liberty Global.

Gaenor Howells who organises the event said "I hope that friends of the Dinner will be supportive of this much needed project in Ceredigion. Wales in London looks forward to continuing our relationship with Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus."

The event coincided with the 125th Anniversary of Aberystwyth University’s Old Students Association (OSA), which is one of the oldest alumni associations of its kind in the world with over 9,000 members scattered across more than 150 different countries.

A final planning application for Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus has been submitted to Ceredigion County Council with a decision expected in the Spring of 2017. If planning permission is granted, construction is due to start mid-2017 and is expected to take two years to complete.