Blog 2016

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



Funders' Wish List

Whether you’re buying or selling a business, understanding the expectations of any potential funders will ensure the transaction completes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

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Alyson Macnamara – supporting businesses in south east Wales

Alyson Macnamara, Investment Executive, Micro Loans Team at Finance Wales

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Food for thought – supporting the Welsh food and drinks business sector

The food and drinks sector in Wales is massive. From small cafes and restaurants through to factories producing meals on an industrial scale for supermarkets – Wales has it all. We’ve worked with a number of different types of food and drink business over the years, funding property deals, new equipment and general expansion plans.

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Going for gold: Welsh businesses cashing in on sporting success

It’s been an amazing summer of sport. Wales made the semis at Euro 2016, Andy Murray won Wimbledon for a second time and Welsh athletes are joining colleagues from across the UK as part of Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio this month.

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There’s more to co-investment than extra money

Our Technology Ventures Investments Team (TVI) actively co-invests with other funders. It’s not just because this route offers additional capital, it also offers better growth opportunities for the early stage companies we work with.

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60 second interview: Melanie Goward

Dr Melanie Goward manages the Wales Technology Seed Fund.

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Succession Planning: In business it’s never too early to plan for the future

Finance Wales holds a range of succession workshops and drop-ins across the country; our most recent event was held at the University of South Wales’ Newport campus.

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Do you know your company’s cash-flow?

Cash-flow; it’s something many businesses often don’t think about – until they need to. However managing your cash flow efficiently is a key part of operating a successful business.

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Go Green: Five examples how the green revolution can help your business

With global warming and long-term fossil-fuel supplies an issue it’s important for businesses to invest in green solutions.

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How to get the best out of your £5k business loan

If you’re considering a small business loan of up to £5K think wisely about how you intend to spend it. Ask yourself what is the best way to get maximum value.

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Reaching the big 50 (what 50 investments have taught me so far)

By Cenydd Rowlands, Senior Investment Executive

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Diurnal's AIM listing strengthens Wales medtech sector

Diurnal becomes the third company in Finance Wales’ technology ventures portfolio to be admitted to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in the last 18 months.

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5 key questions tech start-ups should ask when looking for seed funding

If you’re an aspiring tech start-up looking to take your first steps towards commercialisation in 2016, the chances are you’ll need seed funding.

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The ‘art of the possible’

Selling a business to its existing management team is often an attractive option for the business owner, so why aren’t more management teams taking the plunge?

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Life after debt in 2016?

You’re the owner of an established Welsh small or medium-sized business (SMEs), but what does 2016 hold for you?

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