PENARTH Marina is set to be boosted by the creation of up to 150 skilled jobs with the launch of a new technology hub.

The redevelopment on Terra Nova Way plans to become an epicentre for companies in the technology and digital sector.

The former KMS House building has been renamed ‘Tec Marina’ by new owners Chris and Gaile Griffiths, whose plans to convert the building into a technology hub will generate new jobs in Penarth, for people from across the Vale, by providing an incubator for upcoming companies to flourish within the rapidly expanding technology sector.

Tec Marina will provide an environment adapted to the needs of these businesses, with Mr Griffiths’ knowledge as a widely sought after creativity consultant ensuring a bright future for those companies that settle within the development.

Plans for Tec Marina have received positive feedback from Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town councillors, Lis Burnett and Gwyn Roberts, whom visited last month.

Councillor Burnett took to Twitter to say: “Visited the new Tec Marina building to hear about their exciting plans. Good news for Penarth.”

Mr Griffiths, an innovation expert and author, said: “Tec Marina will provide much more than traditional office space.

"Finding the right environment for digital industries can sometimes be challenging. With the industry being so fast paced, creativity is crucial, and a stimulating environment can really help to encourage this.”

In keeping with the building’s location in Penarth Marina, Mr Griffiths also plans to salvage classic boats which will be used internally as casual meeting areas, retaining the marina feel.

Companies taking space in Tec Marina will further benefit from Mr Griffiths’ mentorship, as he himself has 25 years’ experience as a serial entrepreneur within the technology industry.

Mr Griffiths has helped thousands of people from around the world drive business growth through innovation strategies, including teams and individuals from Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, the United Nations, the European Commission and Nobel Laureates.

“I am excited at the prospect of providing a space within which technology companies can thrive and connect with like-minded businesses in this sector. I am also very glad to be a part of the ongoing development of Penarth Marina.”