After dark science returns to Techniquest with brand-new events line-up

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Techniquest’s exciting After Hours events are making an “unforgettable” return to Cardiff with time travelling fun and a live escape room set to thrill visitors.

The popular over 18s events, which allow visitors to explore the science centre at night, are making a comeback in October with an exciting line-up of evenings already announced.

On October 17, After Hours will return by delving into the futuristic world of science and technology with its highly anticipated After Hours: Into the Future night.

The evening will immerse visitors in emerging technologies and cutting-edge virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, allowing them to get a realistic glimpse into the future.

Then in December, Techniquest will be transformed into an escape room unlike any other. On December 5, Techniquest will join forces with Breakout Cardiff for the intriguing After Hours: Codebreaker event, which will challenge visitors to crack codes, unravel mysteries, and collect clues as part of the exciting evening.

In the new year, the science centre is taking a dip in the deep with its After Hours: Under the Sea evening on February 7. Exploring the wonder of the sea, visitors will be diving into ways that they can help the world’s oceans.

Techniquest CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick said visitors were in for an “unforgettable” new line-up of After Hours events, which have been sponsored once again by Admiral.

Mrs Kirkpatrick said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Admiral for our brand-new season of After Hours events and are thrilled to be receiving their support once again this year.

“We’re constantly working to make science as accessible and fun for everyone. Our After Hours events aim to do just that, offering a combination of both learning and socialising in a relaxed format. We hope to continue the success of previous After Hours events this coming autumn.”

All After Hours events include full use of the venue’s 130 interactive exhibits and access to a fully licensed bar. Visitors will also be able to grab a bite to eat from Cleverchefs, which will be providing themed street food for each event.

Visitors are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited. For full booking information please visit – https://www.techniquest.org/plan-your-visit/after-hours/

Techniquest Planetarium project marks 50th anniversary of moon landing

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Techniquest is set to take one giant leap into space exploration thanks to a special project marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The educational charity, based in Cardiff Bay, is developing a bespoke show for the centre’s Planetarium to mark the historic event, thanks to new funding from a leading government body.

Techniquest has been awarded £6000 from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019.

The funds will be used to develop the innovative new show, which will take visitors on a 360-degree journey through the solar system to explore the mysteries of the moon.

The funding was awarded after one of Techniquest’s science communicators, Martin Palmer-Smith, submitted the idea through its online ideas platform, Simply Do Ideas. The platform is a digital suggestion box which allows staff to pitch ideas and feedback opinions.

Following his submission, his idea was taken forward to the STFC where it received significant recognition, resulting in financial support of £6000.

It has also received a £1000 donation from Tula Trust to help deliver its school outreach programme, which reaches over 50,000 school pupils in Wales annually with its inspirational STEM-focused programmes.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest said: “We’re extremely grateful to be receiving incredible financial support from both the STFC and Tula Trust, which have both recognised the work that we’re doing to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help us on our mission to deliver interactive STEM learning experiences, to not only young children, but people of all ages.

“Thanks to STFC, we’re delighted to begin developing our public Planetarium show to mark Apollo 11’s historic anniversary. We’ll also be using our generous donation from Tula Trust to deliver inspiring outreach programmes to schools across south Wales.”

Cardiff lawyer takes the helm at prestigious legal society

By Raspberry Jim,

A Cardiff-based lawyer is ‘delighted’ following his appointment to a coveted role at a high profile legal society.

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner of award-winning firm Watkins & Gunn has taken the reins as President of Cardiff and District’s Law Society, after being selected by its Council.

As Managing Partner and head of personal Injury at Watkins & Gunn, the award-winning legal expert has over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of his sector.

Mr Thomas, who has previously held the title of President at Monmouthshire Law Society and the Association of South Western Law (ASWLS), will now oversee the 2,000 members of the distinguished Cardiff and District Law Society.

As part of his new role, Mr Thomas will be promoting a new initiative known as #legalCardiff, a campaign created to help, support and engage local lawyers in Cardiff, while also promoting the outstanding legal work taking place in the area.

The initiative was launched in July at Cardiff City Stadium at its Managing Partners and Directors lunch.

With speeches from Legal 500 and Welsh Government, the event, sponsored by Legal Network Wales and Lloyd’s Bank, saw senior lawyers representing the leading law firms in the area discuss the opportunities for the legal sector in Cardiff.

Mr Thomas said he was “delighted and honoured to be appointed as the society’s new president.”

He said: “I’m thrilled to start working with the society in such a pivotal role. It’s an honour to be leading over 2,000 members and working with the council to implement new ideas.

“While we’re celebrating the incredible legal work being done in Cardiff and District, we’re also working hard to nurture young talent and engage lawyers from all disciplines.

“With #legalCardiff, our aim is to spread awareness of the outstanding legal professionals in the area and provide insight with a series of events.”

Watkins and Gunn offers a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment and HR services, Education Law, Public Law, Business Law, Divorce and Family Law, Childcare Law, Criminal Law, Road Traffic Law and Property.

Traveline Cymru to help welcome students to new cities

By Raspberry Jim,

As school leavers prepare to fly the nest for this year’s university Freshers festivities, Traveline Cymru is touring Welsh universities to help keep students on the move.

Next month, the public transport information service will make its way around universities in Wales to help new students get to grips with their surroundings in new towns and cities.

The Traveline Cymru team will be making appearances at over 20 colleges and universities across Wales throughout September; including Bangor, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Swansea.

As new students adjust to life without their own transport, they will have access to a bespoke service known as myunijourney.

Filled with transport information and essential travel tips, the helpful online guide includes a journey planner from their local campus, bus stop information, student ticketing and news.

Emma Dunn, Marketing Manager at Traveline Cymru said: “Starting university is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life, but it can also be incredibly daunting to be away from home, especially in a brand-new town or city.

“We want to encourage students, both new and existing, to make the most out of the public transport services in their area, and we’re on hand to help them discover what options are available to them as they start to get their bearings.

“We’ll be attending universities across the country over the next few weeks, which is the perfect time for students to come and chat to us and find out all about myunijourney.”

David Manfield at Cardiff University said: “It’s vital to us that our students know how to get from A to B when travelling around campuses and the wider area.

“For many students, it’s about knowing what transport options are available to them, and the myunijourney website is a fun and interactive way to find out the information they need.”

Myunijourney is available at www.myunijourney.traveline.cymru

A new Martini Brunch is coming to Cardiff

By Raspberry Jim,

A popular Cardiff bar is shaking up bottomless brunch this summer with a new martini offering.

Renowned for its bespoke range of martinis and signature cocktails, Dirty Martini Cardiff has developed its brand-new Martini Brunch, which will be available in its St Mary Street bar next month.

Launching on Saturday 11th August, the Martini Brunch includes martinis, bottomless prosecco and delicious food for £25 per person.

On offer will be the bar’s famous martinis, featuring favourites including the Passionfruit Martini, the Blood Orange and Vanilla Martini, the Mango and Chilli Martini, as well as beloved classics such as the French Martini and Espresso Martini. *

Served in a copper birdcage, brunch-goers can get a flavour of sophistication with a menu that includes beef and cheese sliders, buttermilk fried chicken and arancini. A vegetarian option will also be available, featuring cheese and basil arancini, vegetable sushi, Korean spring rolls and a halloumi and hummus wrap.

Dirty Martini’s General Manager, Dan Marsland said: “The popularity of bottomless brunches has never been higher, and it is proving to be a fun way to socialise with friends over the weekend. We wanted to put our own spin on it with our Martini Brunch – the perfect mix of spirit and sophistication. Yes, there’s bottomless prosecco, but cocktail lovers will also get to choose from our bespoke martinis.”

The Martini Brunch will be available every Saturday at 12.30pm and 2.30pm in 90-minute slots. The full menu and bookings can be found at www.dirtymartini.uk.com/bottomlessbrunch-cardiff

Since opening in Cardiff in 2016, Dirty Martini has proved to be a big hit with cocktail lovers thanks to its stylish interiors and bespoke range of Martinis, which are half price during its famous Happy Hour.

Dirty Martini is one of the industry’s fastest growing bar groups including venues in Bishopsgate, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Islington, Monument, St Paul’s, Minories, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

For more information and Martini Brunch bookings at Dirty Martini Cardiff visit http://dirtymartini.uk.com/bottomlessbrunch-cardiff/

Techniquest receives charitable boost to engage young children

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Educational charity Techniquest is continuing its mission to inspire the next generation of scientists after receiving generous donations and scooping a high-profile grant.

The science discovery centre, based in Cardiff Bay, conducts inspirational school outreach programmes, reaching over 50,000 pupils in Wales annually.

Thanks to new donations from charitable trusts, its primary school outreach will enjoy significant financial support.

The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust recently selected Techniquest as one of its 140 financial beneficiaries, gifting £4,000 to the educational charity for the second year running. The donation will be used to deliver free outreach to schools in the Glamorgan area, which will see 8 schools engaged with STEM subjects.

The educational charity has also won new support from the Schroder Charity Trust, with a boost of £5,000 to its outreach for Key Stage 2 pupils in disadvantaged communities across south Wales.

With a grant of over £5,000 from the UK Space Agency, the science discovery centre will be using a portable planetarium to deliver free Starlab sessions to 1,500 primary school pupils.

The Space for All grant supports the outreach aims of the agency, encouraging the use of space as inspiration for teaching and learning and raising awareness of STEM subjects in the United Kingdom.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest said: “We’re delighted and extremely grateful to be receiving such incredible support from The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, the Schroder Charity Trust and the UK Space Agency.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help us on our mission to deliver interactive STEM learning experiences.

“By taking our educational outreach programmes and Starlab in to local schools, these incredible donations will be used to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.”

Greenaway Scott advises CoolTherm disposal to Carver Group

By Raspberry Jim,

Business advisory firm Greenaway Scott is “delighted” to have supported the disposal of air conditioning leader CoolTherm to the internationally renowned Carver Group.

The firm’s corporate team, led by associate director Leanne Thomas, facilitated the successful acquisition between two of the leaders in the air system’s market this month.

As part of the deal, Greenaway Scott advised the shareholders at CoolTherm Group Limited and worked alongside the selling team to ensure a successful outcome.

The acquisition follows a period of significant success for shareholders and managers at CoolTherm.

It will also enable the family-run Carver Group, which has 240 years’ of heritage rooted firmly in the Midlands, to progress with its ambitions plans to expand and invest in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sectors across both North America and Europe.

They added that the acquisition “demonstrates their intention to create a group offering high quality bespoke products and services to all its customers”.

On the successful acquisition, a spokesman for Carver Group said: “CoolTherm will remain a separate organisation from our current businesses and will continue to operate independently. We believe the acquisition will offer us the opportunity to grow in other directions, both nationally and internationally and will form a key part of our new five-year plan for expansion.

“The CoolTherm ethos is an excellent fit for the Carver Group, being privately owned and focused on delivering exceptional customer service, and we are pleased that the majority of directors will be continuing with the business.”

Associate Director at Greenaway Scott Leanne Thomas, who led the transaction, said it was a privilege to support both business’s aims.

She said: “Greenaway Scott was delighted to act on this deal between two leaders in the Air Systems market, and we wish CoolTherm and the Carver Group all the best for future success. We are sure that we will see CoolTherm continue to thrive under its new ownership structure.”

New partner appointed to leading firm Wynne-Jones IP

By Raspberry Jim,

Leading Cardiff-based intellectual property firm Wynne-Jones IP has appointed a senior member of its team to a prestigious role within the firm.

Patent attorney Elliott Davies has been promoted to the role of partner following continued success within the business.

A specialist in invention protection relating to a wide range of technologies and electronics, Dr Davies has been responsible for drafting and prosecuting worldwide patent applications for a variety of national and international clients. The new partner also assists the senior board in decision making and business development. He regularly delivers lectures on intellectual property issues and assists the UK Patent Office with masterclasses.

As part of his new role, his responsibilities will include supporting the board to deliver the Wynne Jones vision by inspiring and leading staff to contribute and deliver against the growth strategy. He will also oversee the work of patent attorneys and paralegals within the firm.

Dr Davies joined the team of specialists at Wynne-Jones IP in Cardiff in 2012 and has worked with notable clients such as SPTS Technologies, Invacare and Addis.

Discussing his promotion, Dr Davies said: “I’m absolutely delighted to begin my new duties as a partner for the company. I’m honoured to have been selected as the firm’s next partner and look forward to helping my fellow partners achieve our organisational goals.”Jayne Nation, commercial director at Wynne-Jones IP said: “Promoting Elliott and welcoming him to our team of partners was a natural decision.

“With his significant experience, helpful approach with clients and his own engagement with our team, we’re thrilled to now call him one of our partners. We’re confident he will be instrumental in helping our firm to thrive as we move forward.

“We would like to congratulate him and wish him the best on his continued journey with us.”

Wynne-Jones IP is a firm of Intellectual Property specialists that have been based in Cardiff, Telford and Cheltenham for over fifty years. The firm advises businesses and inventors in a wide range of sectors worldwide on all aspects of patents, trademarks, design rights and copyright.

Techniquest secures £3m funding for The Science Capital

By Raspberry Jim,

Techniquest has secured £3m of funding to make science more accessible to the people of Wales.

Awarded through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund, the funding means that Wales’ much-loved educational charity can move forward with its plans to radically transform its science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay.

Earlier this year, Techniquest announced plans for The Science Capital — a project which encompasses an extension of its building on Stuart Street and a repositioning exercise to extend and diversify its audiences.

Along with the new funding, the charity has match funding from Moondance Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Welsh Government’s ‘Invest to Save’ fund, and Proton Partners International, meaning it now has the capital to move full steam ahead with this exciting project.

Plans will shortly be submitted for the proposed extension, which will significantly increase Techniquest’s footprint.

The expansion will provide an additional exhibition space to house brand new content, which will be developed with businesses and academics at the forefront of the STEM agenda in Wales and supported by a programme of community co-production.

The new immersive and innovative exhibition areas and experiences will help Techniquest to diversify its audiences and increase visitor numbers by at least 40%.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest said: “We are over the moon to be awarded this funding and are grateful to BEIS and Wellcome for believing in our ambitions. It is the culmination of over a year and a half of hard work from our talented team, who are extremely passionate about this next phase in our evolution.

“It means that our plans to expand our science discovery centre and extend our offering to make science accessible to all, can progress in earnest giving our charity a new lease of life, while ensuring a sustainable and long-term future in Wales.

“We’re extremely excited about turning our exciting plans into a reality.”

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We want to bring the wonders of science to as wide an audience as possible and that’s why it is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. Today’s investment will help inspire people from across the country to learn about the truly amazing benefits that science and technology has on all our lives.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Today’s funding announcement is a welcome boost to many science centres across the UK, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient than Techniquest in Cardiff Bay.

“The centre is home to many fond memories of children and adults in South Wales and further afield, who were perhaps taking an interest in science and technology for the first time. This funding will allow Techniquest to leap forward in developing cutting edge STEM technology, attracting some of Wales’ sharpest science minds to take a lead role in developing our future society.”

Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford said: “Techniquest plays an important role in promoting science amongst young people in Wales and I am pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support the Science Capital project through our Invest To Save Fund.”

Taking its project name from a concept conceived by academics at Kings College London, which is a measure of people’s engagement or relationship with science, through The Science Capital Techniquest is committed to creating society that is equipped to understand, question, and enjoy science.

Lesley continued: “At Techniquest, we want to grow people’s science capital by highlighting the role science plays in our everyday lives and demonstrating how STEM and innovative technologies are shaping the future of our society.

“By growing science capital in individuals and the communities of Wales, we can help more people to see science as an important part of their lives and culture, which will help broaden opportunities and access for STEM-related jobs in the future and in turn boost the Welsh economy.”

Greenaway Scott Group appoints new Swansea head to mark ‘hugely successful’ year

By Raspberry Jim,

Multi-disciplinary business advisory firm Greenaway Scott Group has appointed a new head of its Swansea office, topping off a year of “unprecedented” growth.

Leanne Thomas, who is an associate director within the firm, has been appointed to oversee the office, lead the expanding team and continue to drive growth going forwards.

Miss Thomas has been integral to the success of the firm’s Swansea office since she joined in 2017. She is the lead advisor for many of the office’s West Wales based clients, including internationally renowned medical advisory company The Bevan Commission, and has completed numerous lucrative investment rounds and high value corporate transactions.

Since opening its Swansea office at the start of 2017, the Group, which offers bespoke corporate, commercial, employment and intellectual property advice together with corporate finance expertise provided by Group member Verde Corporate Finance has grown both its client base and team significantly.

In recent months, the Swansea team has welcomed five new recruits, taking the Group’s headcount up to over 40, and the Group has represented some of West Wales’ most innovative and growing companies.

This includes marine energy company Bombora Wave Power supporting the development of its revolutionary mWave technology, using its expertise to advise cutting-edge medical technology company Magstim, and continuing to be retained by Trade Centre Wales for the purposes of facilitating dealer/broker agreements and servicing all HR requirements.

On the office’s continued growth and her promotion, Miss Thomas said she was “delighted” to have been appointed and looks forward to leading her team on to even greater success this year.

She said: “I am extremely proud to be heading up the Swansea office and I am keen to continue to drive our strategic plan of growing and strengthening the Greenaway Scott Group.

“The West Wales office that we are building has gone from strength to strength over the past year, and relationships with our clients and businesses in the region continue to grow. The reputation of the Greenaway Scott Group is second to none and has been instrumental in our success, both in terms of acquiring new clients and recruiting talented staff.

“We have welcomed some exceptional clients from the West Wales area and numbers continue to grow.

“Thanks to the unprecedented success we’ve enjoyed this year, Greenaway Scott Group is actively considering other locations for further expansion, so watch this space. Our clients have enjoyed the synergies we can offer by working alongside Verde on a Group-wide basis and, as the only law firm in Wales which can operate as an Alternative Business Structure, we are assessing other business sectors for further diversification of our offering.

“It’s certainly a very exciting time to be part of the Greenaway Scott Group.”

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