By Josh King
Cardiff Business Week started on Tuesday of this week (19 July), at the Tramshed venue with over 200 regional businesses in attendance.
Cardiff Business Week aims to harness the region’s existing event and business eco-system.
Event director Francesca Russell (pictured), said: “Our vision for Cardiff Business Week is to have over 50 diverse, yet significant events running as part of Cardiff Business Week in 2018.
“Initiatives such as the International Festival for Business in Liverpool have proved that a collection of events taking place over a short period of time creates much more impact than a series of disparate events running throughout the year.”
Attendees at the launch heard from event expert, Simon Burton, economist, Michael Baxter and a panel of local business persons; Mark Hooper, Aimee Bateman, Shazia Awan, Michael Burne and Brian Morgan.
Phil Bale, leader of Cardiff Council, said: “We are proud to support Cardiff Business Week as it is our way to thank the private sector for their invaluable contribution towards the local economy. There is no doubt that the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is alive and kicking and Cardiff Business Week will be a showcase that highlights this.”
Discussing the impact of Brexit, Mark Hooper, founder of Indycube, said: “We’ve been too dependent on public support, and that’s something you don’t see in other areas. Brexit is an opportunity for us to move away from that.”
Michael Burne, chief executive of Carbon Law Partners, said: “There’s a saying that change is inevitable. There’s an enormous opportunity to take advantage of the change coming after Brexit.”
The panel agreed that entrepreneurs are the best placed to adapt to the inevitable change following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.