New café tenant is latest to open venture at successful enterprise centre Thursday 24 September 2015

A successful Gwynedd enterprise centre has welcomed its latest tenant, bringing the number of jobs associated with the venture over the last four years to 70 people.

New café tenant is latest to open venture at successful enterprise centre

Caffi Congl, run by manager Helen Mai Roberts, has employed new staff at Canolfan Congl Meinciau in Botwnnog, Pen Llŷn.

The recently re-opened café is the latest venture to open at the busy enterprise centre, which has a limited number of remaining opportunities for office space and workshops units of different sizes available for other new businesses and tenants.

Congl Meinciau tenants include an environmental company, a holiday tourism business, a care at home service and a therapy company. Discussions are also on-going with more new tenants keen to seize the opportunity of working at the heart of Pen Llŷn.

The Centre also boasts training and meeting rooms, hot desk facilities plus the café, as well as access to superfast broadband.

Dewi Llwyd Evans, Sustainability and Regeneration Manager for Grŵp Cynefin said: “Since its inception Canolfan Congl Meinciau has been a great place for small businesses, individuals or start-up businesses to develop their skills, markets and products. Sharing facilities is a great way to bring in like-minded individuals keen to develop and thrive.

“The initial investment here in the heart of Pen Llŷn has been instrumental in supporting economic development, employment opportunities and community sustainability. Together with the 12 local houses developed on site, Canolfan Congl Meinciau is a hub of activity in this extremely rural area.”

“Since 2011, Congl Meinciau has supported more than 70 jobs through the different enterprises based at the centre. In such a sparsely populated area, that is a vast number.”

The eco-friendly building’s solar panels at the Centre have produced 14,926 kilo watts of energy during the past four years, saving 8.09 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Canolfan Congl Meinciau’s environmental credentials are a great attraction for any new business looking to set up in the heart of Pen Llŷn.

Helen Mai Roberts from Sarn, Pen Llŷn recently took over the tenancy for Caffi Congl situated within the Centre. Having left the food and drinks trade a year earlier, Helen was keen to tackle a new project.

“I’ve worked for many years within the food and drink industry and saw Caffi Congl as a great opportunity to set up a new project. Job opportunities in Llŷn are few and far between, so when this came up, it was a project I could look at on my own doorstep.

“We’ve had a busy few weeks, and have had great local support. Youngsters are coming through the door for breakfasts during the weekend, with locals and Congl Meinciau tenants enjoying tea and coffee and light lunches during the week. We’ve recently started branching out to offer Sunday lunches, which has gone down a treat.

“I’m fortunate to be able to offer my daughter employment too, and she has been a great asset to the Cafe. Being a mother of four and a grandmother of four, Caffi Congl has arrived at the right time for me, and I look forward to bringing in new ideas which should ensure we continue with a busy autumn season,” Helen explains.

Congl Meinciau was developed in partnership with Pen Llŷn Communities First, Welsh Government, WEFO and Gwynedd Council. Anyone interested in renting office or workshop space should contact Grŵp Cynefin on 0300 111 2122.

Caffi Congl is open 8:30am - 5:00 weekdays and 9:00 – 4:00 weekends. For more information call 01758 77007.

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