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07/12/2015

Smartpipe Solutions to create more than 40 jobs at new Cwmbran office after £6 million investment

Smartpipe Solutions has today officially opened its new software and development research centre in Cwmbran, in a move backed by the Welsh Government that will create more than 40 highly-skilled jobs in the IT sector.

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04/12/2015

Deloitte announces that SIPHON is among the UK’s fastest growing technology companies

SIPHON Networks Ltd (SIPHON), a leading Unified Communications (UC)Solutions Provider, announced today that it has been ranked 23rd in the 2015 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK.

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19/11/2015

Prima Foods “Does it with Suet!”

A Llanelli based business has scooped one of the most prestigious awards in the UK food industry by winning Premier Foods “Supplier Excellence Award for Sustainability 2015” award.

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18/11/2015

Smartkem builds business operations in Asia with new high level appointment

The UK developer of organic semiconductor technology tru-FLEX® appoints display industry veteran to support business growth with Asian manufacturers.

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13/11/2015

Uprise Marketing Acquire Web Development and Technology Company, VSIthinking

Digital and creative marketing agency, Uprise Marketing, has acquired web development and technology company, VSIthinking, for an undisclosed sum as it continues its ambitious growth plans.

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09/11/2015

Finance Wales and Barclays back Integra Office Solutions buy-out

Integra Office Solutions Ltd based in Newport is a leading buying group in the UK’s office and IT supplies sector.

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30/10/2015

Welsh Government funding helps South Wales IT company to expand

Vizolution - an award winning IT company - is expanding its technology team and creating twenty two new jobs in Port Talbot with support from the Welsh Government.

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30/09/2015

Flexible electronics technology gives UK company SmartKem Asian foothold

Developer of innovative flexible semiconductor technology tru-FLEX® signs two major business agreements to advance the development of flexible displays in Asia (

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18/09/2015

Creo Medical, emerging leader in electrosurgery, closes $8.45m in new financing round.

Creo Medical, an emerging leader in electrosurgery, today announced the completion of its latest financing round totaling $8.45m, including new investor Pentax Medical (HOYA Group).

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15/09/2015

My First Investment

Speakers from this year’s Venturefest share the memories and lessons learned from their first investment.

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19/08/2015

Finance Wales investment and new premises adds new venue to Cardiff hospitality line-up

A Cardiff-based bar owner has expanded operations with the purchase of a new venue in the city.

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19/08/2015

Nemesis Bioscience receives Innovate UK smart funding award for development of its novel therapeutic delivery method

Nemesis Bioscience Ltd (Cambridge, UK) announced today that it has received a funding award from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The Smart Award will be used to develop and protect a novel method for the delivery of polynucleotides, including therapeutics, into bacteria.

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10/08/2015

Jellagen secures £97,477 to support the development of a functionalised collagen product for wound care

Jellagen Pty Ltd, a new medical-tech company is pleased to announce the award of £97,477 SMART grant funding from Innovate UK (formally the Technology Strategy Board).

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08/07/2015

Management buyout sources strong investment

Eurosource Ltd are planning a major expansion following a management buy-out.

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07/07/2015

Financial package floats Cardiff ship operator

A Cardiff-based company launched earlier this year to provide sea-born transfers to wind farms in the North Sea has secured a £90,000 financial package from Finance Wales and UK Steel Enterprise.

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01/07/2015

Creo Medical wins National Award for Innovation

At an awards event in London last week, the BVCA (British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) recognised Creo Medical for the innovation of its electrosurgical platform, with wide reaching potential applications.

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16/06/2015

Bright future for Silvergate following Finance Wales exit

Finance Wales has successfully exited from its equity investment in Wrexham-based Silvergate Plastics, selling its entire shareholding to Silvergate’s team of Executive Directors.

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16/06/2015

Nemesis Bioscience raises £300,000 in seed funding and opens development facility in Wales

Nemesis Bioscience Ltd (Cambridge, UK) announced today that it has raised £300,000 in seed funding from a consortium of Angel investors and from Finance Wales.

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10/06/2015

SPTS Technologies wins three at BVCA awards

SPTS Technologies, a global leader in the semiconductor market, has picked up three awards as part of the seventh annual BVCA Management Team Awards.

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10/06/2015

Creo Medical wins 2015 Best for Innovation Award for first new electrosurgery system in a generation

Creo Medical are recognised by the BVCA (British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) for the development of an innovative electrosurgical platform with wide reaching potential surgical applications.

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09/06/2015

Growth of South Wales health tech business Nudjed continues

Nudjed, the workplace health and wellbeing solution provider, today announced that it has closed an additional £100,000 in seed funding to further accelerate the company’s growth and customer success.

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09/06/2015

Hi-tech Chepstow firm secures deals with clients across the world

Chepstow based SOMNIUM® Technologies - a hi-tech company with big ambitions - has been selected to support some of the world’s major international semiconductor vendors with their next generation of embedded software development tools.

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15/04/2015

Gambit Advises on Pinnacle Office Equipment Management Buyout

Gambit Corporate Finance LLP has acted as lead advisor on the management buyout of Pinnacle Office Equipment, for an undisclosed sum. Institutional funding was provided by Finance Wales, alongside a significant investment by Clive Hamilton, Pinnacle’s Managing Director.

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14/04/2015

Two major milestones achieved by Finance Wales’ technology portfolio company, Diurnal Ltd

Two drug therapy products, Chronocort® and Infacort® developed by one of Finance Wales’ portfolio of technology companies has achieved major milestones.

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07/04/2015

13,000 visitors ensure successful first year for Cardiff skate park backed by funding for social enterprises

A Cardiff-based social enterprise, backed by the Welsh Government’s Wales Micro-business Loan Fund, is celebrating a successful first year after surpassing its annual target of 13,000 visitors.

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31/03/2015

Alesi Surgical secures £2.1m funding to drive commercialisation of Ultravision

Alesi Surgical (formerly Asalus Medical Instruments Limited) announced today that it has secured additional funding of £2.1 million to drive the further commercialisation of its lead product, UltravisionTM, which was developed from concept to CE-marked device with backing from IP Group and Finance Wales.

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24/03/2015

W2 Global Data Solutions appoints Dr Jonathan Pell to its board

Dr Jonathan Pell has joined the board of W2 Global Data Solutions (W2), the provider of SaaS, B2B software solutions and data services that enable organisations of all sizes to achieve regulatory compliance.

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17/03/2015

SmartKem wins Innovative Product of the Year at the ESTnet Awards 2015

Win recognises tru-FLEX® as offering the display industry a route to truly foldable displays.

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20/02/2015

SmartKem collaborates with Centre for Process Innovation to support customer pre-production

Three year collaboration to develop customer pre-production prototypes featuring SmartKem’s tru-FLEX Thin Film Transistors.

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