Canolfan Soar, the Welsh language centre and community theatr in Merthyr Tudful contributed an estimated £1.3 million to the South Wales economy in 2014 a recent report shows.

The key findings of the study show that the development of Canolfan Soar has had a strong impact on the local economy of Merthyr Tydfil. The Centre generated £594,100 – £608,537 for the local economy in 2014 while the total economic impact generated by Canolfan Soar within the south Wales economy is estimated to be £1.29 – £1.30 million.

Through its provision of space for local businesses Canolfan Soar and its tenants are contributing to developing the local economic infrastructure that offers opportunities for the communities of Merthyr to come together to live, learn and enjoy the Welsh language.

Canolfan Soar has become a key partner for economic and environmental regeneration across the Portmorlais area of Merthyr Tydfil. Canolfan Soar’s development has integrated with local regeneration programmes and the Centre is providing a place for people to meet, learn, socialise and engage with education and the arts.

The strong emphasis on the linguistic and cultural heritage of Merthyr Tydfil has been an essential element of the Centre’s impact. The Centre has engaged the local Welsh-speaking and wider community in Merthyr through encouraging creativity and participation. The Centre has become a Welsh language hub and is a key driver in raising the profile of the language and supporting learners, Welsh speakers and Welsh language businesses.

Lisbeth McLean, the Chief Officer of Menter Iaith Merthyr Tudful said:

“We are very proud of the contribution that Canolfan Soar has made to our community. This study provides us with a measure of the economic and cultural impact that can be used to demonstrate value for money and possibly attract further funding. We now have proof that the Welsh language can regenerate communities and is well worth investing in.”

Visit the Canolfan Soar website to hear more about their work or contact Menter Iaith Merthyr Tudful for further information.