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Graduate battling for small businesses in North Wales


May 15 2015


A Glyndŵr University graduate is battling for small businesses after setting up his own company and landing a top role at an industry network.

Shaun Roberts, managing director of Wrexham-based web developers Creative Catalysts, has been raising awareness to issues facing SMEs since becoming the new chairman of the Wrexham and Chester branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Shaun has already received the support of Wales’ Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, and appeared on radio and TV programmes to make the case for less bureaucracy and red tape, lower business rates and better town centre parking.

A graduate in Computer Network Management and Security, the 23-year-old entrepreneur is also a Big Ideas Wales role model and was last year named among the 35 under 35 young men to watch in Welsh business in a national newspaper.

He is confident the FSB can make a difference, nationally and at a local level, if firms unite and lobby the Government following the General Election.

“It is hugely important we appeal to politicians and unite as one to demonstrate the importance of small businesses at this crucial time,” said Shaun.

“That includes the Welsh Government, because issues like business rates are devolved and they could be doing more to support us. That is a problem crippling companies all over Wales.

“We make a huge contribution to the economy but that’s not reflected fairly, so we will continue to hassle the politicians and political parties until our voice is heard.”

Shaun started Creative Catalysts at the age of 19. Today the business provides web design and development, design and branding and marketing.

“I would like to thank my fellow branch members for voting me in as chairman,” he said.

Looking ahead, Glyndŵr University continues to play a big part in Shaun’s life. He works closely with the careers team and Zone enterprise hub, offering support and tips to young entrepreneurs.

“Anyone can start a business, it can be on a very small scale or you can become a big international player, you just need the confidence to believe in yourself and surround yourself with positive people,” said Shaun.

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