'Make the most of the Metro'

Ellie Fry, National Manager for Business Focus, and Siwan Rees, Director of USW Exchange. Neil Gibson

Ellie Fry, National Manager for Business Focus, and Siwan Rees, Director of USW Exchange


SMALL businesses in the Valleys are being urged to take advantage of the work opportunities the South Wales Metro project will offer.

Siwan Rees, Director of USW Exchange, which is based at the University of South Wales (USW) Treforest campus, told the recent “Collaborate Wales 2017” conference that SMEs need make the most of the opportunities on offer.

Held by USW Exchange in partnership with Business Wales, Finance Wales, the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), Transport for Wales, and the Rail Alliance, the event was attended by representatives of SMEs from across South Wales.

“As USW Exchange forms part of the institution’s drive to support Wales’s start-up and entrepreneurial activities by focusing on increasing SME contributions to the economy, developing students with relevant skills, and enhancing the status of the University as an institution for business, we were delighted to welcome so many experts and business people to the Collaborate Wales event,” Mrs Rees said.

“The Metro offers so many opportunities for those who run SMEs to work together, but they need the knowledge of how to collaborate and how to work through the processes necessary to bid for contracts.

“We discussed exactly what collaboration looks like and what is involved, and what and how USW Exchange – which brings all this under one roof and can direct people towards the support and expertise available – can do to support those who want to get involved in the Metro project.”

For more details about USW Exchange and the support on offer to SMEs, visit http://www.southwales.ac.uk/business/utilise-our-expertise/usw-exchange/

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