In order to help ensure that the new .cymru and .wales domains get a strong, positive launch, we are running a founders programme for organisations and businesses within the Welsh community who represent Welsh life, culture and language.
Founder partners will be migrating their existing websites to the .cymru and .wales domains from late Autumn.
It is a given that the more domain names in use, the greater the awareness of Wales’ new presence online. With this in mind we have secured the Welsh Government and key Welsh business support for the .cymru and .wales project.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones has said:
"This is an exciting opportunity for Wales to have a distinct presence on the web and I am pleased that we have been able to join other high-profile organisations in leading the way with the switch to .wales and .cymru.
This provides us with an opportunity to set Wales apart online and promote the unique benefits of our country, both economically and culturally. By securing bilingual domain names we are also able to promote and encourage the use of the Welsh language online.
I hope Welsh businesses and organisations will join us in the switch, helping to establish a global profile that reflects Wales’ unique identity, enabling us to create a recognisable Welsh community online."
We have already signed up the following founder partners and the list is growing all the time.
See this link to Wales Online which will keep you up to date with existing and new sign-ups.
- The Welsh government
- The National Assembly for Wales
- S4C - the Welsh language TV channel
- Media Wales (Wales Online / Western Mail)
- Sport Wales
- The Scarlets rugby club
- The Welsh Books Council
- The Arts Council for Wales
- All 4 Welsh political parties: Welsh Labour, the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats
- Only Men Aloud choir
- Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club
- Ignite Cardiff
- Ty Cerdd - Music Centre Wales
- Housing and care provider Gwalia
- Portmeirion village resort
A number of small to medium size companies are also making the switch to using the new .cymru .wales internet brand, alongside the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales, including:
- Clark’s Pies
- Y Lolfa
- Fabulous Welshcakes
- The Real Welsh Sausage Company
- Neath Chamber of Trade
Founder partners have been chosen from a carefully considered group of organisations and individuals who have a platform on which to influence others in Wales. Each must have a business, political or social interest in Wales, and a Welsh based programme within their business or organisation which is designed to enhance either the Welsh economy or Welsh social wellbeing.
Founders will have an active website which uses a .cymru and / or .wales domain space, and they will agree a launch schedule of outward communication with which to promote the programme and its website address.
We will actively support the founder partner marketing activity with our own marketing campaign, using the association with these key influencers to drive further registrations.