The Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (Welsh ICE) has appointed two new members to its team as it looks to further support its growing community of start-ups.
Jamie McGowan joins the ICE Campus as its new Community Manager, with Emily Bater appointed as Head of Content
Formerly General Manager at Stonegate, Jamie has worked in the world of hospitality for a number of years. His experience in training and managing teams of over 100 employees, stands him in good stead as he takes on his new role of Community Manager, bringing new members into the community and nurturing start-up businesses.
Emily Bater comes to ICE with a background in law, journalism and content marketing. Emily’s most recent role as a writer for Gocompare.com, where she wrote on personal finance and business, prepares her perfectly for her new position as Head of Content, creating interesting and engaging copy for ICE’s online platforms.
Speaking of the new appointments, ICE COO Mandy Weston said: “These appointments are important parts of our support strategy as the ICE Campus continues to grow. Jamie will be the main point of contact for the majority of our start-ups; his knowledge and welcoming personality will be vital in establishing communication between our community members.
“Jamie’s previous experience involved managing multi-million pound P&Ls, so he has a crucial understanding of how difficult it can be to lead a company to profit. He will also ensure that the ICE spirit of collaboration is realised by keeping members aware of all the networks open to them – no mean feat on a campus of more than 300 people.
“Emily will play an important part in the future communication strategy of ICE. Emily will engage with both the onsite and offsite business community to corral stories and experiences, before sharing them with the wider world. Our aim is for our online platforms to become focal points for start-ups and small businesses, sharing best practice and further developing a sense of community.”
Welsh ICE recently announced further funding for 50 start-ups as part of its ICE 50 programme. As part of the fully-funded package businesses will receive a full-time desk, a tailored mentoring programme, access to creative workshops, telephone and high-speed internet access and one-to-one support for 12 months.
Although the application window is now closed, those with a desire to start their own business are encouraged to contact ICE, as the team will always endeavour to extend support to the right project.
For more information about Welsh ICE or to submit a business idea, you can go to the Welsh ICE Website www.welshice.org or contact the Community Manager, Jamie McGowan, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 02920 140 040, or follow @Welsh_ICE on twitter