THE future direction of leadership and management in Welsh industry was up for discussion over breakfast at a meeting of north Wales business leaders in Wrexham.

Glyndwr University Management Centre at Redwither Tower on Wrexham Industrial Estate hosted the latest in Leadership and Management Wales’s series of Bring Your Brain to Breakfast events.

More than 50 representatives from public and private sector businesses engaged in debate about productivity and innovation in businesses in Wales.

Also up for discussion were how businesses motivate and draw the best out of their workforce – and how different management styles have an impact on employees’ performance and business performance.

Attendees, including representatives from local county councils and local businesses, heard presentations about leadership from Gary Walpole, Director of LMW, and Joanna Swash, Sales and Marketing Director at Wrexham-based Moneypenny.

Laura Willington, Centre Manager at LMW North Wales, said the Bring Your Brain to Breakfast events were designed to outline what leadership and management development can do to enhance business effectiveness.

She said: "Bring Your Brain to Breakfast was the first major LMW event we’ve held at Redwither Tower and feedback was hugely positive.

"Despite the early start, there were some lively discussions about how some of the theories of management can be applied in real-life, to ensure ongoing success and improved productivity in business in Wales.

"We are here to help people in Welsh businesses improve their leadership and management skills and judging by the excellent response which we received, businesses in and around Wrexham clearly feel they have a lot to gain from events such as this," added Laura.

Leadership and Management Wales is a Welsh Assembly Government-sponsored project that aims to improve and enhance leadership and management skills in Wales.

It is being delivered in north and mid Wales by Glyndwr University and Tattum Guest Associates.

Another Bring Your Brain to Breakfast event is being held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 18 March, from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Free places at the event can be booked online at or by calling 01978 664611.