New conference strives to improve mental health and wellbeing in Wales

By Raspberry Jim,


Healthcare professionals from across Wales will come together in Cardiff in October to attend the Together for Mental Health 2019 conference organised by GovConnect, which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in Wales through partnership working.

With the overall cost of mental health issues in Wales estimated at £7.2 billion a year, the conference will consider the progress of Together for Mental Health – the Welsh Government’s cross portfolio strategic response to mental health – and examine options for future improvements and innovations.

Following a keynote address from Ken Skates AM, whose policy interests include mental health, the conference’s packed agenda includes speeches, case studies and panel debates with specialists including Sara Moseley from Mind Cymru, Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, and Hazel Powell, Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Welsh Government.

Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales said:

“Supporting positive mental health and wellbeing is of importance for all of us. I am looking forward to taking part in day of discussion on how we can improve and transform services so that they can meet people’s needs.”

Conference sponsor Ludlow Street Healthcare, a specialist provider of care for adults with complex mental health problems in Wales, is hoping the conference will provide an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences of delivering against the Welsh mental health strategy and vision for future mental health provision.

Dr Andrew Hider, Clinical Director at Ludlow Street Healthcare said:

“We are proud to be the main sponsor of this significant conference.

“If we are going to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Wales, a collaborative approach is essential. This conference is important as it is bringing together senior leaders from many of the key organisations and stakeholders around mental health and well-being in Wales.

“Mental health impacts on so many people, at so many levels and in so many spheres. Addressing this growing problem in a cohesive way requires involvement from a broad-range of organisations so it is crucial to bring everyone together to create and communicate a shared vision. I’m looking forward to the day and planning what we can achieve together in Wales.”

Hazel Powell, Nursing Officer for Mental Health & Learning Disability at Welsh Government, who is one of the guest speakers said:

“I am looking forward to joining the discussions and hearing about some of the innovative approaches being taken forward to improving mental health and well-being in Wales.”

Together for Mental Health 2019 will take place on October 16th in the Radisson Blu, Cardiff.

To find out more about the conference please visit https://togetherformentalhealth.co.uk

jamjar partners with Cardiff Design Festival to celebrate design in the city

By Raspberry Jim,


The Cardiff Design Festival is returning to venues throughout the city from 10 to 13 October 2019 after a nine-year hiatus.

This year, jamjar is partnering with the festival to offer pro bono PR support.

Design is a big part of our business at jamjar and we’re proud to be part of the thriving local creative scene that the Cardiff Design Festival is celebrating and showcasing.

The festival programme was developed after a call out earlier this year for the local creative community to submit ideas for potential events, speakers and collaborations.

The programme of events, which include exhibitions, talks, socials and workshops, has been curated and hosted by the local design community to reflect all aspects of design.

The festival’s headline event – It Will Glow – will be hosted by Blue Stag at the Depot on Thursday 10th October. As well as creative talks from design agencies Smörgåsbord and the Yarza Twins and award-winning director and artist Greg Barth, guests will be able to enjoy street food, music and a marketplace showcasing the work of local creatives.

During the festival, Rabble Studio is collaborating with The Little Man Coffee Company to host a Hub which will act as a central information point for the festival. It will be a spot for hanging out, drinking coffee and attending workshops plus being able to collect programmes and merchandise.

Festival organiser, Melin Edomwonyi, said:

“This October we want to challenge and broaden the definition of design in Cardiff. The festival is put together to reflect the true spirit of Cardiff’s creative community. It is collaborative in its widest sense. We’ve had so many businesses donating their time and services to make this as well as some Cardiff’s finest creatives.”

The festival first ran for nearly a decade from 2005 to 2013 and was successful in gelling together the design community in the city.

Anna Taylor-Jarvis, Head of Creative at jamjar stressed the importance of the festival’s return:

“We were so excited to hear that the Cardiff Design Festival was being revived this year and we absolutely wanted to be a part of it. It’s so important for Cardiff’s creative scene to have an opportunity to be celebrated in this way and for the high calibre of creative and design work that is coming out of the area to be recognised.

“At jamjar we were thrilled to be approached by the festival to be a partner and we’re also providing pro bono PR support as we want to spread the news of the festival as much as possible.”

Cardiff Design Festival is supported by Blue Stag, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Illustrate Digital, jamjar, John & Jane, Lexon, Proper Design, Orangebox, Rabble Studio and Storm & Shelter.

Garrison Barclay welcome new tenants WRU and Bay Shipping to Cardiff Edge Business Park

By Raspberry Jim,


Expanding property development and investment company Garrison Barclay Estates has welcomed the Welsh Rugby Union and Bay Shipping into its newly refurbished offices at Cardiff Edge Business Park.

The Cardiff-based firm, founded by Andrew McCarthy, purchased the 27-acre site in March 2018.

Previous owners GE Healthcare retain 111,000 sq. ft under a 10-year lease agreement, with Garrison Barclay Estates bringing to market the remaining 70,000 sq. ft of vacant buildings.

Over the last year, Garrison Barclay Estates has invested in creating modern, high-specification office suites and top of the range laboratory space.

The Welsh Rugby Union has relocated from its previous base at the Principality Stadium to a brand new 1,000 sq. ft office. Similarly, Bay Shipping has moved from Cardiff Bay to a new 1,550 sq. ft office on a new five-year lease.

Both tenants will benefit from newly refurbished offices that have been completely re-decorated with new flooring, wiring, air conditioning, toilet and shower facilities.

Chris Terry, Associate Director of Office Agency at Cushman & Wakefield, who represented the landlord commented:

“Following the recent acquisition of Cardiff Edge Business Park, Garrison Barclay Estates has speculatively completed comprehensive refurbishment works to provide tenants high quality office accommodation set within a secure landscaped environment with generous car parking less than a minutes’ drive from Coryton roundabout, J32 of the M4 Motorway.  

“Upon viewing the refurbished offices, Bay Shipping and the WRU were keen to immediately agree terms to secure the office suites. The lettings clearly demonstrate the continued demand from office occupiers seeking high specification office accommodation in close proximity to the M4 motorway and only 10 minutes’ drive from Cardiff city centre.

“As a further sign of confidence in the product at Cardiff Edge, Cushman & Wakefield has terms agreed with two other occupiers totalling some 11,500 sq. ft which is due to sign imminently. In addition, there is firm interest from a number of other prospective tenants, and we anticipate full occupation of the remaining refurbished offices within the next few months.”

Kevin Parker, Finance Manager at Bay Shipping, said:

“Since its incorporation in 1992, Bay Shipping has always been located in Cardiff Bay.  Over the years the business has grown and is now part of the John Good Group, offering port agency and chartering services. With a specific emphasis on ports in the Bristol Channel including Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Bristol, it made sense to position ourselves closer to the M4 Motorway to improve accessibility to these ports.

“Having looked at several other premises, we were delighted to stumble across a Cushman & Wakefield advert for the GE Healthcare site, recently purchased by Garrison Barclay Estates.  It was clear the office complex had been refurbished to a high standard with ample parking, good security and other amenities. The office space itself provides a very modern, bright environment with a high-quality finish. The decision to move, therefore, was an easy one and our team is benefiting greatly from a prime location and the overall surroundings.”

With plans to make Cardiff Edge Business Park a hub for life science businesses, current availability at Cardiff Edge Business Park sees 46,000 sq. ft of lab space available, along with 6,500 sq. ft at The Innovation Village and 3,060 sq. ft within the Cromlin East building.

Andrew McCarthy, founder of Garrison Barclay Estates, said:

“We are pleased to welcome our new tenants to Cardiff Edge Business Park. The interest we have had from prospective tenants thus far has been extremely promising. The site is in the perfect location and offers businesses quality office and laboratory space. We are happy to have two large Welsh corporations join us as tenants and look forward to welcoming future tenants.”