JEWELLERY giant Clogau Gold is the first big name to commit to the £3m Welsh Dragon Project.
The Bodelwyddan-based company – which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year – has agreed a 10-year deal to open a boutique retail outlet at the Chirk complex.
The site will feature an 80ft bronze dragon on a 40ft slate tower, adjacent to a 12,000 sq ft culture and visitor centre and parking for up to 400 vehicles.
It will be surrounded by 11 tall monolith stones, decorated with scenes from the legendary Welsh text, The Mabinogion.
There will also be an amphitheatre for performances, a 12-acre garden and cafe, a sandwich bar, merchandise shop and art gallery.
An international coffee chain has shown interest in being part of the space, and popular Welsh slate and giftwear brand Valley Mill is another key addition to the proposed development, which is being led by auctioneer Simon Wingett.
Simon is now aiming to sell 5,000 Welsh slate plaques which are available to buy and be placed on the tower as a lasting memento and contribution by businesses, families and individuals the world over.
He said: “It’s an absolute honour to have such a well-known and respected brand as Clogau on board, we we are thrilled they will be joining us,” said Simon.
“Their presence will help us to achieve our main aim, which is to raise the profile of Wales on the world stage and create sustainable jobs for generations to come, as well as a charitable legacy that goes over and above the commercial aspect of our vision.”
He added: “We are now looking for businesses and investors to contact us to show their support and be part of this exciting global project, which will have a major impact on the economy and tourism in North Wales and beyond.”
Having gained planning permission seven years ago, Simon has worked hard to secure financial and local authority backing.
He already has the support of dozens of business owners who see the potential the landmark could bring, and plans to keep the bar high in terms of quality and the overall ‘look’ of the site.
The addition of Clogau is vital to that, and Managing Director Ben Roberts says the deal was a “natural next step” for the business, which recently opened a new outlet in Broughton.
“Given our history and the theme of the Welsh Dragon Project, we felt we had to be involved,” said Ben.
“We are very excited about being a part of this unique venture and look forward to seeing how things progress over the coming months.
“It’s certainly shaping up to be an iconic landmark that will attract people from all over the country and overseas, so Clogau is proud to be the first business to commit.”
To invest in the project or purchase a slate plaque, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit https://www.thewelshdragon.co.uk/ for more information.