Our Project Administrator, Emily Roberts, has been working for M-SParc for 3 years today. She takes a look at how far the project has come.

emily I initially worked for Bangor University, after graduating from the Psychology department in 2009, and like to think I have a science background! I worked for Professor Ginny Gathercole and Professor Enlli Thomas, researching and developing Welsh language measuring tools for Welsh-English bilingual children. When our grant funding ran out, I went on to work at the reception of the College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences, but felt I wanted more of a challenge.

When I saw this job advertised, it looked like an exciting opportunity, so I went for it!

When I first began working for M-SParc, Gaerwen had just been announced as the preferred site for the Science Park. The project had been under development for around a year, and a dedicated team was being set up. For around 6 months it was only our Director, Ieuan Wyn Jones, and myself who worked for M-SParc. Our project manager, Pryderi ap Rhisiart, came on board around April 2014, and we’ve worked successfully since then as a small team, with help from Bangor University staff.

I first thought that building was the main aim of the project, but there is so much more to it than that. In three years we have secured grant funding from the Welsh Government and European Development Funding through the Welsh Government. We have been granted outline and detailed planning applications for the site. Our tenant pipeline has grown from one or two interested companies, to a growing list of SMEs, large companies, and anchor tenants, and we have virtual tenants signed already. We have carried out a range of investigative work on the site, and have appointed our main contractors, Willmott Dixons.

My role on a daily basis includes being a PA to the director, providing administrative assistance to the team, organising and attending conferences and promotional events and trade shows, marketing and PR for the park which includes managing the website and writing press releases, arranging meetings with potential tenants, and so on. Every day is different, one day you can be behind the computer all day putting together pamphlets and arranging meetings, and the next day you are driving a potential anchor tenant around the site in a 4x4!

Emily sioe mon I feel I’ve learnt so much on the job. Highlights include attending community consultation sessions, where you have to have some difficult conversations. Several changes were made to the design directly as a result of these, and it’s been great to see that we can work with the public to create a space that will be inspiring. It’s been amazing as well to see the building go from a concept sketch, through architects FaulknerBrowns, to a full design with a 3D model. It looks fantastic, and I’m sure that coupled with the spectacular landscape it’s set it, it will attract businesses to the region.

I look forward to seeing the Park continue to develop, the first tenants sign up and move in, and the impact this will have on the local economy.

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