Date published 13/11/2017

Jay Ball announced vice-chairman of the Bridgend Business Forum as it welcomes 800th member

Jay Ball, Managing Director at DataKom, has recently been announced as vice-chairman of the Bridgend Business Forum providing a voice representing business on the executive board.

The Bridgend Business Forum provides local companies with the opportunity to come together as a collective voice and respond to local issues and developments that are affecting their business.

The forum creates an opportunity for businesses in the area to network with other like-minded establishments. Membership for the forum is free and includes benefits such as free events and networking opportunities, priority booking at paid events and exclusive member to member offers.

Jay’s new role meant that, along with Councillor Charles Smith, he welcomed the 800th member, Frankly Materials Ltd at a recent visit to their offices at Tondu Enterprise Centre, Bridgend.

The company, which was set-up in July of this year, supplies materials to the film, theatre and TV industries for the construction of props and special effects. Managing Director, Fran Kelly was originally from the Bridgend area. In 2010 she moved to London to work as a freelance prop maker, and then returned back to Wales in 2014.

 She said “We’re delighted to be the 800th member of the Bridgend Business Forum. We want to network with local businesses and become an active member of the local community. The benefits the forum has already brought is noticeable, and we’re looking forward to the future.’’

 As vice-chairman, Jay was excited to welcome the company, as he said,

 “I like to champion small businesses, having started from humble beginnings myself, I know how valuable a strong business support network can be. They have joined the forum at an exciting time with the creation of the new executive group. We hope that they will become well-established within the Bridgend business community and build connections which could help their own client base and business flourish.’’

 Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said “Their addition to the forum means that the council maintains a strong link between the public and private sector in the Bridgend County Borough. It’s wonderful to see the forum continuing to nurture and grow businesses.’’

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