Blog 2014

As a leading UK SME investor our investment teams share the unique insight into the growth challenges many SME management teams face.



Three triumph at 2014 MediWales Innovation Awards

Dr Melanie Goward, Deputy Fund Manager in Finance Wales’ Technology Ventures team on how Wales’ life science sector is developing following the 2014 MediWales Innovation Awards.

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Looking to sell your business, then preparation is key

For any business owner, selling the business they’ve worked so hard to build can be a complex, potentially emotive issue and one that’s often neglected until it becomes a pressing matter.

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Have you thought about management buy-outs?

A common type of succession deal is the management buy-out (MBO), allowing a management team or employees to purchase a business from its owners.

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Dr Melanie Goward goes behind the fundraise at Venturefest

I was pleased to see Cardiff host Venturefest, the innovative networking event for technology entrepreneurs, investors and innovators, for the first time this year. I hope it achieved its goal of inspiring some future Welsh entrepreneurs.

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Oliver Jenkins on unlocking potential and winning contracts

For many Welsh SMEs the costs of servicing larger contracts can be a key growth issue often impacted by the availability of short-term funding and working capital.

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Increasing role partners and co-investors in Finance Wales' maturing portfolio

With over 30 companies in our tech-ventures’ portfolio, achieving our first exit in 2013 -14 was in an important milestone for Finance Wales and, hopefully, an indicator of future success.

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Making the right long-term choice

Finance Wales’ business breakfasts will give us an opportunity to understand businesses’ specific funding requirements and discuss how we can align our investments with their plans.

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Small business, big impact

The recent launch of BITC’s Small Business Offer reminded me that it’s easy to overlook all we do and achieve, particularly when our ‘To do’ lists seem to keep getting longer!

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Sam Macalister-Smith on investing in adult care home providers

In an earlier investment snapshot, James Henderson commented on how the Wales SME Investment Fund has enabled Finance Wales to invest in more businesses in the growing professional services sector in Wales.

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