Our business is to create
Wrexham has always played its part in pushing the world forward with new ideas and technology. We can't help ourselves. It's in our blood.
From the radical techniques used by Thomas Telford to build Pontcysyllte Aqueduct over 200 years ago, to groundbreaking work going on right here and now at Glyndwr University.
An example? The university is helping to develop the world’s biggest telescope. Helping to unlock the secrets of the universe. Among many other things.
You see, Wrexham has always been kind of obsessed with the future. Obsessed with new ideas. New thinking.
We’re not saying everyone here will be zipping around on hover boards by 2025. But don’t bet against your gadgets of tomorrow being dreamt-up in Wrexham.
To quote the poet Arthur O’Shaughnessy, “…we are the dreamers of dreams”.
There are people in all walks of life who are 'visionaries'. They see things others don’t. Problems are possibilities. Change is opportunity.
Wrexham has more than its fair share of bright sparks. Both individuals and organisations. We can’t fit them all in here, but here’s a taste.
Built Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805 using radical techniques that influenced engineers across the globe. Quite simply, Telford was ‘the man’.
Patented new cannon-boring techniques in the mid-1700s that revolutionised warfare. Lord Nelson took them to sea on HMS Victory. The rest, as they say, is history.
Civil engineer who lived in Wrexham and drew-up the first realistic plans for a channel tunnel in the 1860s. Brilliant engineer. Bad businessman.
Born in 1649. Gifted entrepreneur and educationist who grew up near Wrexham and made a generous donation to the Collegiate School of Connecticut, USA.
They were pretty grateful. You can still see a replica of the steeple of St Giles Church in the grounds of what became known as Yale University.
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
At the cutting edge of medical research and committed to developing ‘the healthcare of the future’. In 2010, there were 135 projects involving patient trials, development of medical devices and treatments.
Where do we start? Developing mirrors for the world’s biggest telescope in South America. Working with Chinese universities to push bio-engineering boundaries. The list goes on. One of Wrexham’s busiest innovators today.
Great example of entrepreneurial vision. Founded in 2000, it was the first company in the UK to provide professional call-answering services. Received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2008. Now employs nearly 250 staff and handles over 6.5 million calls a year.
Sharp Manufacturing, Llay
Cited as one of the biggest and most advanced photovoltaic centres in the world. Capable of producing up to 1.8 million solar panels a year. Wrexham is plugging the world into the energy of the future.
Cytec Engineered Materials
Part of the global giant Cytec Industries Inc. Develops advanced materials for use in high performance aircraft, road vehicles and many other things. Even Formula One race cars.
Founded in 1995. Designs state-of-the-art scientific equipment used by boffins all over the world. Specialises in mass spectrometry. Complicated stuff.