Language and Economy

Date & Time: 17 September 2014, 10:00 - 4:00

Location: Depertment of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

In partnership with the Institute of Welsh Politics.

Edwina Hart’s response to the Report of the Welsh Language and Economic Development Task and Finish Group is due to be published shortly. A number of other key reports have also referred to the connection between the vitality of the Welsh language and economic prosperity.  

This timely conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers, politicians, community organisations, mentrau iaith, language planners, local authorities, academics and the business sector to come together to discuss the broad subject of ‘language and economy’ and think beyond simple slogans.

In addition to analysing this subject, we’ll consider local efforts to develop economic enterprises that give status to the Welsh language and provide employment for Welsh speakers in the north and west of Wales.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss:

  • What action is needed at a national and regional policy level to ensure economic conditions that support Welsh communities?
  • What is needed in order to promote enterprise, give status to Welsh and support employment for Welsh speakers within various sectors in the north and west of Wales? 


Wynfford James,  Welsh Language Commissioner   

Bethan Webb, Welsh Government

Selwyn Williams, Bangor University   

Menna Jones, Antur Waunfawr   

Euros Lewis, Wes Glei  

Gwyn Roberts, Galeri Caernarfon

Meirion Davies, Menter Iaith Conwy  

Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes   

Dylan Iorwerth, Golwg