North Wales Software Development Team Make First Hire
North Wales tech start-up Carnedd has made its first hire.
New NWBC member Edward Aslin recently started Carnedd after six years as a fully booked, contracting Technical Lead and Web Developer. At the start of 2022, he decided it was time to expand, and Carnedd was born.
Based in North Wales, the company offers outsourced development and technical leadership to businesses throughout the UK.
Carnedd Director Edward Aslin said: "Making your first hire is always difficult. Finding the right person is so important at this crucial stage of the business's development. We were fortunate enough to receive help from the Skills Academy at M-Sparc and were lucky enough to have our new candidate with us on placement for a short time ahead of their contract commencing. I cannot speak highly enough of the scheme and would wholeheartedly recommend it to those looking for new tech talent in North Wales".
Carnedd's new Junior Developer, Megan Jones, decided to make a career switch at the start of the first lockdown. She is finishing her Diploma in Web App Development and has had further training and placement opportunities from the M-Sparc Skills Academy.
Speaking on her new appointment, Megan Jones said; "It was important to me to find a company with a supportive and progressive culture, and I am delighted to have found that at Carnedd. It has been inspiring to follow the growth of the tech sector in North Wales, and I look forward to being part of what comes next."
Edward added, "I am really excited to have Megan on board and to be able to give opportunities to local talent, rather than having to look further afield. In the growth of the business, I am determined to continue giving opportunities to those that call the area home, encouraging tech growth in North Wales, and embracing Welsh in the business".
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A NEW independent ultrasound clinic will help alleviate lengthy waiting times and ease pressure on GPs, physiotherapists and hospital staff in North Wales.
After more than five years living and working in Australia, Dr Tom Constantine has moved back to the UK and opened a diagnostics company in his hometown of Colwyn Bay.
Employing local sonographers, Coastal Medical Imaging aims to provide support from a modern, leading-edge facility in Abergele Road.
Referred patients will receive their results within days rather than months, as Tom and the team use innovative technology and software to conduct non-obstetric ultrasound scans of musculoskeletal areas of the body as well as the abdomen, kidneys, bladder, pelvis, blood vessels, and more.
Supported by Business Wales, Tom began scouting locations in the autumn before returning to these shores with wife Daisy and their two children, Rupert and Marnie.
An A&E registrar with more than 10 years’ experience in the Australian and UK health systems, he wants to “make a difference” for those living in uncertainty and pain – more than 7,000 people in North Wales alone are on the waiting list each month for a non-obstetric ultrasound scan - as diagnostic units across the country combat backlogs and strain created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While out in Australia we noticed a huge difference in the way their health service was supported by independent clinics in almost every community,” said the 31 year-old, a former pupil at Eirias High School.
“Yet here in North Wales there is nobody doing what we plan to do, offering accessible and affordable ultrasound services in a welcoming, comfortable environment.
“I really want to affect change here, in the area where I grew up, and believe Coastal Medical Imaging will give GPs and physios in particular an extra option when dealing with patients who have a sports injury, abdominal pain or symptoms of ailments such as gall bladder or liver issues.
“That’s what this is about, providing a choice and working in partnership with patients and clinicians, building confidence and trust that we are a high-quality centre where they can refer patients and receive a quick and effective response.”
Tom has invested a significant amount of capital in the business, including a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, and used local suppliers and contractors to help create the 1,100 sq ft clinic’s relaxed atmosphere.
He is now in discussions with local clinicians and looks forward to opening in the coming weeks.
“I’ve put my heart and soul into this and believe it will make a big difference to the lives of not only the patients but GPs and medical staff in this area,” said Tom.
“Having fast access to diagnostics will have an impact on their capacity to see patients, and while the NHS is a wonderful system it is under pressure – we can help to reduce that pressure, significantly.”
He added: “My vision is to eventually open further clinics and increase the number of modalities we offer, such as CT and MRI, to eventually become a ‘one-stop shop’ for diagnostics in the area.
“And to be able to start that journey in the town I love is a huge honour for me, a chance to take the best of the Australian model of independent care and instil some of those values here.
“It is a long-term, sustainable option that will have an effect, so we look forward to forging new relationships and playing our part in lowering waiting times and being there for GPs and hospitals in the months and years ahead as they continue to work hard to provide the best care available to patients.”
A number of quizzers from across North Wales gathered around their laptops last month to test themselves as part of the North Wales Business Club (NWBC) Virtual Corporate Quiz in aid of St David’s Hospice.
The quiz, once again hosted by former Welsh international rugby star Rupert Moon, is now in its sixth year. Usually taking place in Venue Cymru, the quiz saw contestants participate from the comfort of their own home.
Barclays were unable to produce the Quiz this year. However, they very kindly sourced £6540 of matched funding which was very much appreciated by the charity.
Sophie Morris, Managing Director of Worldspan, a Member of the North Wales Business Club Committee, once again produced a fantastic virtual quiz utilising the services of her team at Worldspan to ensure the technical side of things was well managed.
Jeremy Salisbury, NWBC Chairman said:
“North Wales Business Club are once again delighted to be able to support the fantastic work of St David’s Hospice and to involve our members in such an enjoyable event that keeps on giving year after year.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and particularly Barclays Bank for their support in achieving such a fantastic sum for the Hospice.”
The event was a resounding success raising £13,080 for palliative care in North West Wales. Community fundraisers make up 90% of the £5 million annual running cost of St David’s Hospice, with just 9% of that figure coming from the Welsh Government and Local Health Board.
Tim Virgo, Corporate Banking Director for Barclays said:-
“We are delighted with the amount raised for St David’s Hospice and would like to thank everyone who supported us to make this happen. Alongside our Shared Growth Ambition, Barclays has a fantastic Colleague Community Programme that encourages employees to get involved in the causes we care about. It’s about giving back our skills, time and energy to support our local communities, especially in these difficult times – so we’re thrilled to have raised this money.”
St David’s Hospice Conwy Area Fundraiser, James Wilde said:
“We are so grateful to everyone for supporting the Virtual Quiz. I took part in the event myself and really enjoyed how varied the rounds were and how much fun the evening was.
“Many thanks to all at the North Wales Business Club for their consistent support and to Barclays for their generous donation.
“I’d also like to thank Rupert Moon for his fantastic hosting skills to keep the event running smoothly, Worldspan for doing a superb job with the technical side of things, the event sponsors and to everyone who took part and bought raffle tickets.”
Congratulations to Colin Wickens, Private Client Investment Manager of Dragon Investment Managers, who won the quiz with 69 points.
St David’s Hospice would also like to thank the sponsors of the event and those who donated raffle prizes. They include:
Pritchett & Co
Martrust (Riverside Business Park)
Hanover Business Centre
Conwy Motorhome Hire
Winner of the Quiz: Colin Wickens - Dragon Investments
The Raffle Tickets winners were as follows:-
|TICKET NUMBER||NAME||COMPANY||PRIZE WON|
|209||Peter Smith||NWBC||Deep Mine Tour at Zip World|
|213||Kelly Bowsher||Tom Owen & Son||Stay at Imperial Hotel, Llandudno|
|226||Frankie Hobro||Anglesey Sea Zoo||Meal at Manor Hotel, Gorse Hill, Conwy|
|230||Nick Whitmore||N Distribution||Tour of Penderyn Distillery|
|239||Nick Whitmore||N Distribution||Aquarist for a Day package|
|294||Henry Salisbury||Salisbury's Accountants||Bottle of Champagne|
|304||Margaret Hollings||St David's Hospice||Zip World Adventure|
|307||Frankie Mullins-Williams||Dragon Security||Mermaid Seafoods voucher|
|314||Tina Owens||Tina Owen Finance||Evans Butcher's voucher|
|329||Jonathan Phillips||Stay at Quay Hotel, Deganwy|
|330||Jonathan Phillips||Bottle of Penderyn Whiskey|
|333||Arthur Barlow||Luxury Hamper|
They are St David's Hospice, Llandudno and Ty Gobaith, Conwy.
Both organisations are always in need of our support and below are links to various fundraising activities that the two organisations undertake:-
For St David's Hospice main web site please follow this link: https://stdavidshospice.org.uk
For Ty Gobaith main web site please follow this link: https://www.hopehouse.org.uk/ty-gobaith