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We’re a creative regeneration agency forging great ideas to change the world for the better – improving people’s lives, making great places, building business with purpose.

We help people to make their good ideas happen, to make them last, and to demonstrate that they’re making a difference.

Nice things people have said

  • "Having spotted your insight and creative approach during your input to the Swansea Arts Strategy process, I had no hesitation in engaging you to formulate the business plan required for the second-stage application to the DT100 fund. The collaboration demonstrated your thoroughness, efficiency and quick grasp of strategic issues. Consequently, the resulting document will serve not only as an application but also as a useful roadmap for the Festival's next stage of development. I should recommend you warmly to any arts organisation seeking an objective, analytical approach to future business and artistic planning."
    Huw Tregelles Williams, OBE, DL, FRCO, FRWCMD, Chairman/Director, Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts, formerly Head of Music, BBC Wales
  • “Our ‘Movie Makers’ half-term activity was a fantastic opportunity for visitors with the acting bug, a love of the silver screen or those simply keen to experience a little of what it’s like to be on set and perform in front of a camera. Not only did people learn a little about performing for the camera, they also had the chance to get involved in some of the processes that go into making a film.”
    Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Manager
  • "The service was very professional, but at the same time felt personal and friendly. The resultant report was well thought out and written with clarity. Your work has certainly helped us see with new eyes and start to take large steps forward toward where we wish to be. Your approach was very good at bringing people of differing opinions together. Any difficult situations were tackled with tact and good humour. It has been my pleasure to have now worked with you in a number of different situations and I have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.”
    Jenny Edwards, Manager, The Environment Centre, Swansea
  • "On behalf of Jazz Heritage Wales thank you for all the work you put in updating the format for the Before Freedom Primary Schools pack. The updates are of course more accessible as they are on the modern format, and bilingual. In addition, I must congratulate you on the presentation, as the way you have laid it out has really helped to make the content clearer to the reader. Your work will allow this important story of the Slave who arrived in Wales in the 1830s to be shown to much wider audiences through the People’s Collection Wales, and the HWB teachers resource. The timeline was also a tricky piece of work, helping us to work out what was needed, and how best to present it, and it has already been well received. It has been printed out now, for the book to hand round, and looks very good in this format, as well as the slideshow. Again, it seems to really tell the story very clearly, and with both pieces of work, you have delivered them on time, and with the maximum efficiency."
    Deb Checkland, Chair - Jazz Heritage Wales
  • "When Jo Cox died, I initially questioned my capacity to ‘do’ anything in response. The increasing division, nastiness of rhetoric, and ‘them and us’ discursion on social media of 2016 felt like a negative, and paralysing development. As a West End Theatre Director, I wanted to make a statement of opposition to such developments. But it felt like a difficult mountain to climb. The idea I came up with, to stage Jo’s favourite musical in the heart of her home constituency Batley & Spen, using 120 young people from across the diverse communities of West Yorkshire, seemed at once perfect and overly-ambitious. We had 8 months to set up a charity, raise a six figure sum, build links within the community and build a pop-up theatre in a disused industrial space. I trusted myself artistically to deliver, but felt lost in the wider sense of building a new organisation. The key decision I made was in seeking a partnership with Urban Foundry, and in encouraging Dr Ben Reynolds to become a trustee of our fledgling organisation, cementing the links between our organisation and the work Ben had done to increase activity and a sense of community in Wales. Ben was a key actor in ensuring the company was built within the parameters of good governance and best practice, but more importantly always asked what I call the ‘impact’ question. At almost weekly meetings, the focus would switch according to the ever-shifting priorities – largely because we were trying to deliver a 2 year project in a third of the time to meet the anniversary of Jo’s death. We might suddenly be faced with deadlines for applications, and find our producer seeking help in moving forward. The next week, the overall accountancy structures of the new organisation needed cementing. The following meeting needed close focus on reaching elements of the community that might not normally access ‘the arts’. Various board members would provide solution. Dr. Reynolds was an expert at listening, asking the question ‘what is the impact’, and advising how such ideas could refine into something coherent. When the project was a success, when we received national media attention, and when 120 young people from some of the poorest communities in West Yorkshire stood together in a disused warehouse singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – I had a palpable sense that the good practice and values of Urban Foundry had formed a foundation on which to build that dream. And one more thank you is due. Theatre inevitably happens ‘in the moment’. Of all our trustees, Ben Reynolds has challenged us to think about sustainability. That this summer, despite the impact on the arts by a global pandemic, the Batley & Spen Youth Theatre staged its fourth major project is in part down to Ben’s willingness to stay involved for the long term, and to always raise questions of development and sustainability. To ask the question, ‘What’s Next…?’"
    Nick Evans, Artistic Director
  • "You provided invaluable assistance when the Council was pursuing its Cydcoed Grant application; it was of immense help to me personally and I was very pleased and relieved when we were successful in receiving a grant of £25,000. I have no doubt that the success of the bid was in no small part due to the work that you had put into the scheme."
    Aneurin John, Clerk to Pontarddulais Town Council

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