Cardiff Metropolitan University's flagship 20Twenty Leadership Programme this month hosted a celebration and presentation award ceremony at the Cardiff School of Management.
The evening celebrated the success that the programme has achieved over the last five years in making an economic impact on South Wales.
Over 100 business leaders, managers, friends and family attended the event, which began with a thought-provoking keynote address from Cato Syversen, CEO of Creditsafe Group. Vice Chancellor, Antony Chapman followed the introduction by highlighting the University's success in the midst of its 150th Anniversary.
Speaking at the event, Director of the 20Twenty Leadership Programme Professor Brian Morgan said: "The 20Twenty Leadership Programme started in 2010 and in September will come to an end after five successful years.
"The programme has created a strong Alumni community. We have enjoyed working with South East Wales' leading business from the private and public sector, and delivering to 11 cohorts, with over 1000 hours of executive coaching delivered.
"Participants of the programme have reported growth in revenues and employment, and collectively have contributed £35 million to the Welsh economy and created 347 new additional jobs, as well as safeguarding 7000 jobs".
Professor Morgan also highlighted "Cardiff Metropolitan University has always sought to be a key partner in enabling the economic growth of the region. The 20Twenty success story is just one example of how we can contribute to society by bringing business communities together with academic and practical expertise to create tangible economic benefits"
The 20Twenty programme is the only leadership programme in Wales to offer Postgraduate Certificates and a Level 7 from dual award from the Chartered Management Institute. To date, over 200 participants have obtained this dual award.
The 20Twenty Leadership programme is subsidised by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. For more information, please go to: www.20twentyleadership.org