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Countdown to major Swansea 2024 conference

Credit: Swansea Council

Over 1,000 people have already registered to attend the 2024 ‘It’s Your Swansea’ conference and exhibition.

Now in its fifth year, the free event is taking place at Swansea Arena on Thursday March 7.

The conference brings together people, businesses and organisations to network, hear from city leaders, and take part in conversations to help shape Swansea’s future.

This year’s programme includes panel discussions, a major announcement from a local charity, networking in the exhibition hall, and a makers’ market.

The conference, which is being delivered by 4 The Region in partnership with Swansea Council, has a theme this year of Swansea: The City of Opportunity.

Five exhibition zones form part of the conference – creative and digital, development and investment, energy and environment, destination Swansea, and the regional zone.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “A £1bn regeneration programme is ongoing in Swansea to create more opportunities for local people and local businesses than ever before.

“Projects like the arena and a new Penderyn Distillery and visitor centre at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks are now complete, and this year will see the completion of the 71/72 Kingsway development, the opening of the Palace Theatre and Albert Hall schemes, and the start of a major improvement project at Castle Square gardens.

“There’s also so much more to come as the public and private sectors continue work to transform Swansea into one of the UK’s best cities to live, work, enjoy, study and visit.

“The conference gives a great opportunity to find out more about our future plans and discover many of the fantastic, inspirational businesses in Swansea that do so much for our economy and employment.

“We have so much to be proud of, and the conference will shine a light on all the great work that’s happening to benefit local people while leaving a positive long-term legacy for generations to come.”

Zoe Antrobus, managing director of 4theRegion, said: “Conversations and events during the day will highlight the wealth of opportunities that exist locally – jobs with local employers, funding for businesses and organisations, business growth opportunities, supply chain opportunities and more. There is a lot to shout about and a lot to discover.”

With International Women’s Day the next day and Mother’s Day on the horizon, inspiring women are very much at the forefront of this year’s conference.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Joint Deputy Leader of Swansea Council, will be speaking in the opening session, and throughout the day delegates will also hear from the likes of business, professional and personal coach Joy Ogeh-Hutfield, Kim Mamhende – chief of staff at the Centre for African Entrepreneurship, and Fatima Lopez – student union president at Gower College.

This year the conference is sponsored by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Coastal Housing, Bevan & Buckland accountants, and Edmundson Electrical.

Head here to register your place.

The event is being part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.