News 2014

Read about Finance Wales and the latest investments we've made in Welsh businesses.

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Six figure succession funding package helps West Wales Bacon Supplies reach new heights

Husband and wife, Chris and Kim Isaac have bought into an established meat packaging and distribution company based in Cross Hands.

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First-year visitor numbers beat target at BikePark Wales in Merthyr

The UK’s first full-scale mountain bike park is celebrating a successful first year, having welcomed over 66,000 visitors – 30,000 more than anticipated.

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Dr Carol Bell joins the board of Finance Wales

Dr Carol Bell has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Finance Wales. She joins the company’s board which is chaired by Ian Johnson.

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2014-15 financial year half year update

Finance Wales exceeded its investment target for the first half of the 2014 – 15 financial year, investing £19.8 million in Wales. These investments attracted £15.9 million additional investment to provide Welsh SMEs with a £35.7 million growth capital injection.

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Online health advice start-up secures first investment

A young technology company headquartered in Caerphilly is the first to benefit from the Welsh Government’s Wales Technology Seed Fund, securing £125,000 from Finance Wales.

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Finance Wales backs young Welsh fashion designers Sexy Mac

It’s practical enough for the wettest school run yet stylish enough for an evening out. Now, following its London launch on 18th September, a new mac designed by two friends is set to hit the high street thanks to a micro loan from Finance Wales.

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Succeeding through succession

Starting up a business is not the only route to owning your own business. Acquiring an established business is another option and potentially a better choice for some.

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Finance Wales investments help the next generation of Welsh business owners create or safeguard 1000 jobs

Loans and other investments from Finance Wales are providing the next generation of Welsh business managers with the backing they need to buy established small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

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Trio of awards recognise the impact of Finance Wales’ investments on Welsh economy

Finance Wales won the Funder of the Year award at this year’s influential Wales Dealmakers Awards. Two companies which have received backing from Finance Wales, BioMonde and Vista Retail Support (Vista) also triumphed, winning the Venture Capital Deal and Deal of the Year awards.

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Turnover up 80% since 2009 as award-winning HLN Group bucks industry trend to continue expanding

A string of strategic acquisitions has boosted turnover at the award-winning HLN Group (HLN) by 80% since 2009, strengthening its position as a leading UK multi-disciplinary design practice.

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‘Big Tick’ for the Wales JEREMIE Fund as Finance Wales launches its responsible business strategy

Finance Wales has been awarded a Big Tick for supporting the growth of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Wales through its largest fund, the Wales JEREMIE Fund.

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Newport data centre doubles workforce in 3 years with Finance Wales’ backing

Next Generation Data Limited (NGD) which provides highly secure data centre facilities, has gone from strength to strength after being backed by Finance Wales as part of a £5 million mezzanine and debt co-investment package with other investors including Lombard in 2011.

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Micro loan from Finance Wales helps app developer secure seven-figure partnership deal

A young Cardiff-based app development company initially backed by Finance Wales has signed a partnership deal with a major European mobile programme solutions provider that will launch its smartphone technology in 120 countries world-wide.

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Jobs boost as Wales Micro-business Loan Fund helps create 295 jobs

Eighty-seven Welsh businesses had taken out loans totalling £1.9 million from the Wales Micro-business Loan Fund by the end of June 2014 helping to create 281 jobs and protect a further 264 jobs.

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Newport steel firm secures £1m Finance Wales loan to reach Olympic-sized ambitions

A Newport-based steel specialist has secured a £1 million loan from Finance Wales to complete a high-profile project at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Landmark Newport building gets new lease of life thanks to investment

A £1.1 million property development loan from Finance Wales helped a well-known local property developer in South Wales renovate a 112 year old Edwardian building into 18 luxury residential apartments.

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Local business breakfasts to showcase funding options available from Finance Wales

Finance Wales is hosting a series of local business breakfasts throughout Wales in July. Businesses can meet their local Finance Wales team and hear about new funding opportunities as well as book one-to-one meetings to discuss their detailed requirements.

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Finance Wales roots for Cwmbran’s Centre for Young People

On Friday 13th June, a team of fourteen volunteers from Finance Wales will be leaving their desks for a day’s work in the local community. Finance Wales’ staff will be taking part in a project called ‘Mind Your Roots’, where volunteers will improve interior and exterior areas of the Cwmbran Centre for Young People (CCYP).

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Swansea University and xénos partnership creates 18 spin-outs

Swansea University and xénos, the Wales Business Angel Network are celebrating the second anniversary of a pioneering joint initiative which is helping to create more new commercially viable businesses in the Swansea area.

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Powys fitness centre off to a Great start thanks to micro loan

A start-up health and fitness centre in Welshpool is celebrating its grand opening after receiving a micro loan of £25,000 from Finance Wales.

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Forklift company boosted by buy-in thanks to Finance Wales

A Flintshire-based forklift truck specialist has benefited from a recent management buy-in thanks to a loan from Finance Wales.

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New facilities lift for North Wales engineering company

A successful North Wales lifting and engineering company is benefiting from a follow-on loan of £75,000 from Finance Wales as it develops its operational base in the Anglesey Enterprise Zone.

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Record year sees Finance Wales Group increase its impact on the Welsh economy

Ian Johnson, Finance Wales’ Chairman welcomed Finance Wales’ and xénos’ increased impact on the Welsh economy.

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Swansea care home expands with investment from Finance Wales

An award-winning care home for elderly and disabled adults in Swansea is expanding thanks to a £900,000 investment from the Wales SME Investment Fund managed by Finance Wales.

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New £7.5 million fund to invest in up to 50 Welsh technology businesses of the future

A new £7.5 million Welsh Government fund announced today by Economy Minister Edwina Hart is set to invest in up to fifty new, fast-growth, early stage technology businesses, providing much needed finance.

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North Wales property developer builds on reputation thanks to Finance Wales loan

A £500,000 loan from the Wales Property Development Fund is helping an award-winning family run property developer construct three new terraced properties in Caerwys, North Wales.

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£20 million Wales Capital Growth Fund will help Welsh SMEs target larger contracts

A new £20 million fund that will provide Welsh small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with the backing they need to bid for larger contracts has been announced today by Economy Minister, Edwina Hart.

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Welsh oak furniture company looks to craft further success

A highly promising Welsh furniture company that handcrafts furniture from its own designs is set to receive a £50,000 micro loan from Finance Wales as they look to build on an impressive and successful first financial year.

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Substantial six-figure investment from Finance Wales provides the right environment for Total Flood Solutions expansion

A Llanelli-based company which designs, manufactures and maintains flood protection systems throughout the UK is continuing to expand thanks to a substantial six-figure investment from Finance Wales.

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Young Welsh chef set to serve up success thanks to a Finance Wales micro loan

A talented young Welsh chef is making his mark on a popular North Wales bistro thanks to a £40,000 micro loan from Finance Wales.

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Finance Wales offers greater support for Swansea-based technology ventures through new strategic agreement with Swansea University

Finance Wales and Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS) have signed a new agreement which will benefit local technology businesses as well as those wishing to locate to Swansea.

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Pheasant shoot spreads its wings thanks to micro loan from Finance Wales

A £15,000 micro loan from Finance Wales is helping a family run Mid Wales start-up specialising in pheasant shoots get off the ground.

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Syndicated equity Investment focuses Laser Wire Solutions’ ambitious growth plans

An Abertillery-based company whose high-tech products are based on technology originally developed for NASA’s Space Shuttle programme has secured a £275,000 equity investment package from Finance Wales and a group of business angels syndicated through xénos, the Wales Business Angel Network (xénos).

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