2019 marks 50 years since Swansea was awarded city status – and this year sees the city going through an important renaissance. As major building works get underway, the face of our city is changing. But what about its heart and soul? What does the future hold for this green city on a blue sea?

Swansea City Centre Conference will celebrate the businesses, organisations and individuals who are making things happen – a new wave of changemakers, investors and entrepreneurs who are ambitious for the future of the city and driving forward exciting projects, developments and initiatives.

FOUR CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION ZONES

Find out about exciting projects currently underway, hear from thought-leaders and decision-makers, and help shape the vision for a vibrant and successful city.  Whether you run a business, work in the city, or simply want to discover Swansea’s emerging future, we invite you to join us at this landmark event for our city centre. 

It’s Your Swansea – be part of it!

Bringing Together All Those With An Interest In Swansea City Centre:

THE CONFERENCE AGENDA

On the main conference stage we’ll be hosting a series of conversations and panel discussions on a number of key themes, hearing from people who are making change happen in the city, and inviting questions, ideas and contributions from all attendees.

9.15: Welcome

Introductions from 4theRegion & SwanseaBID

9:30 - Mal Pope & the Changemakers

Inspiring individuals share their own passion & vision for Swansea City Centre

11.00 - Coffee Break

Refreshments and an opportunity to explore the Exhibition

11:30 - The New Arena

Hear from key players in the transformation of central Swansea, and join in the discussion: how can we all maximise the benefits and opportunities that the new arena presents for the city?

12:30 - Lunch & Exhibition

Buy lunch from one of our independent local vendors, explore the Exhibition Zones, meet likeminded people, and add your voice to discussions in each of our Opportunity Areas.

2:00 - Wellbeing Conversation

How might we enhance the well-being of people and places across the city?  Key individuals share their own hopes for a flourishing future founded on care for people and the planet.

3:00 - Identity & Branding Conversation

Let’s talk about our shared identity and what makes Swansea distinctive and exciting, as a place to invest, visit and live.

4:00 - Reflecting on Opportunities

Representatives from each of our Four Exhibition Zones will reflect on the day’s conversations in their zones, identifying some of the varied ideas, opportunities and priorities that have emerged.  What are our thoughts as we close the day, and what are the next steps for us all?

5pm - Close & Drinks Reception

Stay for a quick drink if you can – and help the exhibitors dismantle their stands!

THE DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENT ZONE

The Development and Investment Zone showcases the exciting projects underway in our city centre, and champions the businesses, large and small, who are involved in construction, development and infrastructure in the city and the region.

The Development and Investment Zone is where you’ll meet major local businesses who are already involved in major construction, development and infrastructure in the City and the region. You’ll gain valuable knowledge of our local supply chain and it will be an opportunity which will help our local workforce and education sectors to understand the opportunities that will come from current and proposed developments.

THE DESTINATION SWANSEA ZONE

The Destination Swansea Zone will showcase the best of our diverse and distinctive leisure, tourism, hospitality, retail, food & drink, entertainment and visitor experiences. 

The Destination Swansea Zone will bring together businesses and organisations in leisure, tourism, hospitality, retail, food & drink, entertainment and visitor experiences. How might we build on our daytime offer, our night time strategy, and boost the number of people visiting Swansea – for business and for pleasure?  We want to hear from you.  Conversations in the Destination Swansea Zone will be the perfect opportunity for you to meet local businesses in this sector, gain ideas, insight, share best practice and form collaborations for the benefit of everyone.

THE CREATIVE & DIGITAL ZONE

In the Creative & Digital Zone we’ll be talking about & , & and the opportunities for the  sector here in Swansea.

The Creative and Digital Zone will showcase Swansea’s creative economy, promoting successful local businesses, emerging talent, and Swansea’s new wave of art & culture, invention & innovation and the digital sector. Hear from local changemakers about their work to bring culture back to the city centre, and learn about what the arrival of ultrafast fibre broadband will mean for all of us. With a new digital district planned for the Kingsway, what are the opportunities for development of the Creative and Digital economy over the coming years?

THE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT ZONE

The Energy and Environment Zone will bring together all those working on climate change, renewable energy, sustainability, plastic-free, health & wellbeing projects and initiatives.

The Energy and Environment Zone reflects our vision for the Swansea we want. We live in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we’re very blessed to have a fantastic coastline which not only boosts our wellbeing but also lends itself perfectly to many forms of clean energy generation, including wind, wave, solar, hydrogen and (fingers crossed) tidal. What are the barriers? How can we make change happen towards a greener, cleaner and more “circular economy”?

Why You Should Attend the City Centre Conference

The City Centre Conference & Exhibition will be a landmark event for Swansea, and an opportunity for everyone to have their say in shaping the future of the city.

If you live or work in or around the city centre, and want to see the city thrive, along with your career, you need to book the day off to come – or, even better, if you’re in work, convince your manager to send you on behalf of your company.  

The event is free, and you’ll come away inspired and excited about what you can do to make a difference to Swansea’s future. You’ll see how the city centre is going to change, you’ll hear all about the new arena and coastal park planned for the city, and you’ll be invited to tell us what you think, as someone who spends a lot of time in the city centre. Fill out a questionnaire, leave a video message, or add a few post-its to our whiteboards.  Your opinion matters.

Why You Should Exhibit at the City Centre Conference

The City Centre Conference & Exhibition will be a landmark event for Swansea, bringing together all the people, businesses and organisations that are active in the city and ambitious for its future.  As a local business, you need to be there, showcasing your work and presenting yourselves as an integral part of what makes Swansea a great place to live, work, invest and visit.

  • Showcase your business to up to 1000 visitors on the day
  • Get in front of key decision makers and major buyers
  • Benefit from social media shout-outs to our extensive network
  • Sell your products or give away promotional items
  • See your logo and profile in the event programme and online
  • Submit an ‘Opinion Piece’ (150 words) for inclusion in the programme
  • Position your business as a key part of Swansea’s story
  • Meet and engage with others in your sector / zone
  • Be part of conversations about the future of the city
  • Network with like-minded professionals and organisations
  • Demonstrate your support for Swansea and it’s emerging future

Calling All Changemakers

The City Centre Conference & Exhibition will bring together all those who are ambitious for the future of Swansea – the entrepreneurs, the creative people, the visionaries and the campaigners who are making change happen.  Be part of it!

If you’re a resident, a community group, an entrepreneur, or anyone else who is on a mission to make something happen in Swansea – whether that’s an event, a campaign, an enterprise or a dream, we want you to be part of this event.  The real changemakers of Swansea city centre are the creatives, the organisers, the activists and the pioneers, working with abundant vision and scarce resources.

We want to celebrate you and what you’re doing – and we’ll do all we can to raise your profile, help you find partners and collaborators, or put you in touch with people that want to support you.  You can register your project with us for just £50, to get a page in the Book, and join a community of changemakers who are doing weird, wonderful and amazing things in Swansea.

Invest in the Future of Swansea City Centre

The City Centre Conference & Exhibition will showcase the best of what Swansea is and what it could be.  Come along to find out why now is exactly the time to invest in the future of our city.

If you’re a developer, an investor, or a major company, and you’re making change happen in the city centre (or trying to), you must have a strong presence and profile at this important event.   And if you’re thinking of investing in the future of Swansea City Centre, come along to find out why that’s an excellent idea. 

This event is going to change the way people think about Swansea, and tell the story of its emerging future. If you are part of that story, you need to be part of the day. What’s your vision for Swansea, what do you want to see happening, what are you already doing?  As a Zone Sponsor or an Exhibitor, you’ll lead or take part in generative conversations for your sector, and have the opportunity to ensure your voice is being heard at the highest levels.

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