E-Cycle’s Paul Sinnott and Wayne Roberts welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and local Assembly Member Mick Antoniw to their Tonyrefail site on Monday to show-case the business’s cutting edge digital services.

The Cabinet Secretary was visiting as part of the Valley Taskforce initiative, which is focused on increasing economic activity in valleys communities.

 E-cycle, which employs many former Remploy workers, has been supported by the Welsh Government through a number of grants and most recently were awarded a £127,000 innovation grant.

Speaking after the visit Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services said:

“I was delighted to join Paul and Wayne and their hugely talented workforce and get a closer look at their exciting and innovative digital business. I was especially impressed how closely E-cycle work with the local community, offering training opportunities and work experience to local people. They can be great example of what can be achieved by other Valleys businesses.”

 Mick Antoniw, who has helped secure the Welsh Government funding said:

“E-cycle is a shining example of what we want to see more of in Wales.  It’s an ethical employer operating in a high-tech industry and it is excellent news that the Welsh Government has decided to continue to support the company as it grows and reaches into new markets.

 “I believe that there’s a real opportunity for Welsh Government to form a partnership with E-cycle to play a part in transforming key public services such as the Welsh NHS and Local Government into truly digital organisations.   That’s why I’m so pleased that the Cabinet Secretary agreed to visit and very encouraged by his enthusiasm for exploring the potential for more co-operation between E-cycle and Welsh Government.”

 General Manager Paul Sinnott said:

“It was great to welcome the Minister today and for him to take such an interest in our expanding business. 

 “E-cycle has received great support from the Welsh Government and our Assembly Member and we hope to be able to develop our partnership even further in the future.”