About Us

Together we prosper

At Town Square, we are passionate about making a positive contribution. To the world, to our communities and to each individual.

Our story

We are Mandy Weston and Gareth I Jones.

In 2012, we founded Welsh ICE. We wanted to fill a gap in the existing offers of business support by creating an approachable and nurturing community where entrepreneurs could pop in for a coffee and find everything they needed to know about running a business - whether they have an idea, or whether have been going for 50 years.

You wouldn’t believe how many people told us that it couldn’t be done - how many people said that we’d never find enough entrepreneurs in Caerphilly. But guess what? It is now the largest community of coworking start-up and micro-businesses in the UK (outside of London). In just 5 years at ICE, we created 620 jobs and supported over 350 businesses, and put £53 million back into the Welsh economy.

In 2017, we left ICE (though it is still going strong - check it out here) and founded Town Square Spaces. We are working on bringing the creative, collaborative community that is so popular in South Wales, to entrepreneurs around the rest of the UK.

We are hugely passionate about what we do, and our main focus is always the individual, whether our staff, or the entrepreneurs we support.

Team

Head Office

Mandy Weston

Mandy Weston

Founder & COO

Led mergers and acquisition integration for VC backed start-ups before taking a new career path. Part of the co-founding operational team at ICE, and Director of Wize Virtual Admin.

Advisory member on the boards of WRI, Go Connect CIC, Breast Centre Wales, Big Ideas Wales Role Model and Caerphilly Education Forum. Former chair of Caerphilly Business Forum.

A breast cancer survivor, Mandy uses her spare time to raise money for the Cardiff and Vale Breast Centre, for whom she has helped to fund complimentary holistic therapy, a gym, full-time physiotherapist and exercise prescription.

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Founder & CEO

Experienced the pain and joy of founding and leading one of the UK’s largest community of entrepreneurs. Invested time and energy into every facet of the Welsh start-up scene.

Advisory member on the boards of Cardiff University Impact Accelerator, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Strategic Regional Group, Clwstwr Creadigol and Cardiff Start.

When he’s not being a businessman, Gareth enjoys scraping his knees playing 5-a-side, supporting Arsenal, and expanding his mind through travel and books.

Dylan Jones-Evans

Dylan Jones-Evans

Chair

Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor and Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of South Wales, and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Turku University in Finland.

Founder of Fast Growth Fifty, Cardiff Business Awards and Wales Start-Up Awards. Member of Be the Spark. Prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship.

A proud Welshman, he can often be found watching Wales play rugby, or championing Wales on the world stage. Thanks to a campaign he spearheaded in 2013, Richard Burton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cariann Emanuelli

Cariann Emanuelli

Financial Controller

Passionate about supporting women in business, Cariann is Managing Director of Wize Virtual Admin, an administration team of 9 wonderful ladies.

She takes care of all our financial and administration responsibilities and keeps the business running smoothly.

Cariann organises Strictly Top Dancer, and the Pink Tie Gala Ball in order to raise money for Cardiff and Vale Breast Centre. She has raised over £150,000 since 2012.

Sara Evans

Sara Evans

Technical Author

Sara supports the head office team with anything and everything they throw at her. She loves learning new skills, which is handy when every day is different.

A qualified teacher, lifeguard, and with a degree in accounting and finance, she is well-equipped to handle all sorts of situations.

In her spare time, she plays violin with Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, sings in a choir, and travels as far and wide as possible.

Simon Collins

Simon Collins

PR

Founder of Paperclip Public & Media Relations. A broadcast journalist in a past life, Simon now strategises and delivers our PR and communications across the UK.

Simon won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru’s Silver Award for Outstanding Independent Practitioner of the year 2018 and was also shortlisted as the Outstanding Young Communicator.

Having hung up his rugby boots, Simon enjoys 5-a-side football in his spare time, as well as trying to win the affection of his disapproving cat, Carol. He is still trying to kick an annoying Reddit habit, but as of yet is still subscribed to r/babushkadogs.

Big Lemon

Big Lemon

Digital

Big Lemon is an app and web agency with a fresh outlook on creativity. They work as an extension of their clients’ organisations, offering creative solutions for every day business problems.

By adopting a relaxed and approachable viewpoint to professional services, Big Lemon has had the opportunity to work with a large range of clients, from small local SMEs to internationally renowned brands like Admiral, NHS Wales, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, and Tomos Watkin to name a few.

Wrexham

Carl Turner

Carl Turner

Community Manager

Founding member of the team at Town Square Wrexham, and Community Manager. Focused on creating a great environment and connectivity with the bigger picture.

Formerly Community Manager for NatWest, following a career in retail management focused on customer service. Carl is a graduate of Bangor University.

Carl’s passion is his ‘home zoo’ - his golden retriever, ragdoll cat, cockatoo, tortoise and twin rats.

Pete Rogers

Pete Rogers

Comms & Events

The man responsible for the awkward pictures on our social media platforms, Pete is passionate about community, equality and providing platforms to nurture and grow emerging talents and projects.

Behind the beard, Pete is a director of spoken word project Voicebox, Co Director of urban media platform Larynx Entertainment, a board member for National Theatre Wales and host of Home Is Where the Art is on Calon FM.

2019 will see Pete debut his first one man poetry show ‘Liaising with Lazarus’ as well as an illustrated novel ‘Cassie’.