Blog 2015

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



Top tips for being a great ‘buddy’ at work.

A good buddy can make starting a new company a smooth and enjoyable process making new starters feel welcomed and valued enabling them to hit the ground running.

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60 second interview - HNP

The House Nameplate Company (HNP) is the UK’s biggest supplier of house signs and numbers and has been handcrafting house signs and numbers for over 25 years at its North Wales workshops.

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Getting maximum value - 5 steps for selling your business at the right price

After years of hard work, you’d think that every business owner would want to sell their company for the best possible price, yet every year hundreds of businesses in Wales are being undersold - down to a lack of succession planning.

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60 Second Interview – GRS Care Ltd

Swansea-based GRS Care Ltd provides assisted living and care services across South Wales. In June this year entrepreneurs Ceri Todd, Amrita Amin and Dave Howells used a Finance Wales loan to buy into the company. As the company’s new Chairman, Dave Howells speaks about his experience of the management buy-in.

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Start up as you mean to go on

“Small businesses are part of the fabric of the Welsh economy and many of them have the potential to make an even greater contribution to it,” explains Nicola Edwards, Finance Wales’ Micro loans Fund Manager.

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Succession 60 second interview - Beaufort Research, Management Buy-Out

Beaufort Research is one of Wales’ largest and best-known marketing and social research agencies. Long-standing directors Fiona McAllister and Chris Timmins used a Finance Wales loan to buy out the company’s founder in March this year. Here Managing Director, Fiona speaks about the experience.

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Looking for finance?

With a wider range of alternative funding options on offer to growing Welsh SMEs in 2015, the Finance Wales Senior Investment Executive, Alun Thomas offers his viewpoint on what management teams should consider when securing funding.

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Rugby World Cup stadium success shows the potential of project finance

The Rugby World Cup kicked off in England last week with an estimated record 3.9 billion viewers expected to tune in to the global sporting event. One of the venues taking centre stage will be the recently redeveloped Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in East London which will host both the South Africans and the New Zealand All Blacks.

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Micro loans to help you move or update your premises

Most small businesses know how important their premises are to their success and as your business grows they’re likely to need investment.

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Micro loan finance can be the right fit for new kit

Whether you’re starting your business or expanding an established company, having the right equipment can be vitally important.

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Could equity investment help you to grow your business faster?

If you’d like to grow your business faster and maximise its long-term value, a loan or debt investment might not necessarily be the best funding choice to help you achieve your goal.

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James Henderson 60 second interview

James Henderson is Fund Manager for the Welsh Government’s Wales Technology Seed Fund managed by Finance Wales. The fund was set up to take advantage of the rapidly expanding tech start-up community in Wales by offering equity investment.

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7 questions a cash-flow lender wants answered before investing – by one!

Based on our experience, here are seven questions a cash-flow lender will ask you before deciding whether or not to provide you with funding.

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60 second interview with Dr Melanie Goward

Deputy Fund Manager Dr Melanie Goward talks to us on the benefits of embracing diversity in the boardroom.

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Two triumph at ESTnet awards

Following the recent 2015 ESTnet Awards, Leanna Davies, Investment Executive in Finance Wales’ new investments team on how Finance Wales’ investments are backing winning Welsh technology businesses.

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Joanne O’Keeffe – 60 second interview

Joanne O’Keeffe joined Finance Wales in January this year having spent her career in commercial banking.

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A busy year for tech start-ups

Steve Smith reflects on an active 2014-15 financial year for the TVI team.

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From big ideas to No. 10, the rise of Schoop shines a spotlight on Welsh digital sector

Cardiff based app developer Schoop has had a remarkable last 12 months or so since receiving a Finance Wales micro loan to help launch the company in January 2014.

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What will 2015 hold for your business?

January is traditionally the month when we think about what we want to achieve in the coming year. According to Finance Wales investment executive Oliver Jenkins reviewing and adapting your business model would be his top tip.

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