News 2015

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Finance Wales portfolio company successfully completes £30 million Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

Headquartered at the Medicentre in Cardiff, Diurnal develops innovative approaches to drug delivery and has today successfully completed an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) raising £30 million.

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Finance Wales-backed business buy-outs triple in three years creating and safeguarding 1,380 jobs

More ambitious Welsh managers are becoming their own boss with Finance Wales’ backing and to date the Welsh Government subsidiary has invested £35 million helping them take the helm of 110 established small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

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OSP Healthcare’s set to build on firm foundations following Finance Wales-backed management buy-out

The senior management team of an established communications agency based in Chepstow have combined their own capital with an undisclosed six-figure mezzanine investment from Finance Wales to buy the business.

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The House Nameplate Company diversifies for growth under new management with Finance Wales

A six-figure package of loans from Finance Wales and Natwest recently enabled Tina Smith to undertake a management buy-out of the UK’s largest supplier of house signs and numbers and become its sole shareholder

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2015-16 half-year update

£34 million boost for growing Welsh small and medium-sized businesses in first six months of 2015 -16 financial year.

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Award-winning Bridgend educational resources company expands with a £150,000 loan from Finance Wales

Nineteen years ago Chris Malcolm set up) his educational resources company and started designing and selling a small range of maths wall charts.

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Aberavon’s famous Franco’s fish and chip shop to become a 100-seat restaurant with funding from Finance Wales and Lloyds Bank

Franco’s, the renowned family run fish and chip shop on Aberavon seafront is to be transformed into a new 100-seat restaurant thanks to a six-figure funding package

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Iconic Barry building redeveloped with short-term loans from Finance Wales

An iconic former pumping station at the heart of one of Wales’ largest regeneration projects has been redeveloped with the backing of short-term loans totalling £900,000 from Finance Wales.

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Newport equipment supplier looks to build on excellent first year

A company set up in March 2014 by an ambitious Newport businessman has utilised a £150,000 loan from Finance Wales to grow the business and achieve an annual turnover of more than double its target.

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Hobbs Valve celebrates tenth anniversary and looks forward to the next ten years

An industry-leading Caerphilly company which invented a valve used all over the world every day is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

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Finance Wales’ investments provides North Wales economy with £3 million boost in the last 3 months

The economy of North Wales has received a £3 million boost in the last 3 months following a succession of investments in established local businesses by Finance Wales.

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Wales’ largest glass processing plant creates 27 jobs with funding from the Welsh Government and Finance Wales

The opening of Wales’ largest glass processing plant at Swansea docks is providing a major jobs boost in the area thanks to £1.9 million investment package from the Welsh Government, Finance Wales and a consortium of private investors.

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Finance Wales appoints Gareth Bullock as new Chairman

Gareth Bullock has been appointed Chairman of the Finance Wales Group and will take up the role from 1st October.

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£35,000 micro loan from Finance Wales provides Cardiff security company with financial boost

A Cardiff-based security company which opened for business last January is expanding with a £35,000 micro loan from Finance Wales.

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Husband and wife expand their Welsh children’s education business backed by a £20,000 micro loan from Finance Wales

A £20,000 micro loan from the Wales Micro-business Loan Fund which is managed by Finance Wales has provided husband and wife Dean and Vicky Bowen with the working capital to expand Health Matters Education Ltd, their children’s education business.

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Brook Park Farm Cattery goes from strength to strength after cat lovers buy the business with a funding package from Finance Wales and NatWest

Brook Park Farm Cattery in Flintshire is celebrating a successful first year under new ownership.

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Cwmbran digital data processing company expands with Welsh Government and Finance Wales funding package

Digital data processing company Genfour, which moved to South Wales earlier this year, is expanding with the backing of a funding package that includes a £200,000 loan from Finance Wales and business finance from the Welsh Government.

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£50,000 loan from Finance Wales helps North Wales garment manufacturer expand in Anglesey Enterprise Zone

A North Wales company which recently manufactured flying suits for the Wales Air Ambulance Service has relocated its headquarters and production facility from Gaerwen to Llangefni in the Anglesey Enterprise Zone.

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Cardiff-based graduate production company expands with £30,000 micro loan from Finance Wales

A bilingual digital content production company set up by three graduates in 2013 with a joint personal investment of £7000 is expanding thanks to a £30,000 loan from the Wales Micro-business loan fund managed by Finance Wales.

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Swansea predictive analytics service company expects strong growth with backing of Finance Wales and angel syndicate

Many companies collect and store large amounts of data using expensive computer systems. They often don’t have the capabilities to capitalise on it by turning it into actionable insights to identify cost savings, make product and services improvements or resolve problems at the earliest opportunity.

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Micro loans from Finance Wales help more small businesses to startup and expand creating and safeguarding hundreds of jobs

From app designers to ice cream parlours, stone masons to bars, restaurants and even a zoo - £1,000 and £50,000 micro loans from Finance Wales are being used to start and expand small businesses all over Wales.

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Wales’ largest cider maker set for further expansion following a buy-out funded by Finance Wales

A £500,000 loan from Finance Wales has provided Llantwit Fardre businessman and former welder, Andrew Gronow with the capital to buy-out Gwynt y Ddraig (Gwynt), the brewery he set up as a hobby with his partner William George in 2001.

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Wales’ largest research agency gets insight into future with funding for management buy-out from Finance Wales

A £220,000 loan from Finance Wales and funding from Bibby Financial Services has helped finance a management buy-out (MBO) of one of Wales’ largest and best-known marketing and social research agencies.

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Reaccreditation for the impact of Finance Wales’ investments from the Wales JEREMIE Fund

Finance Wales has been recognised for the impact of its investments from the Wales JEREMIE Fund by Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru at the Wales Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner.

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Million-pound loan from Finance Wales helps North Wales dairy co-operative expand cheese production

Wales’ oldest and largest dairy co-operative is expanding its cheese production facilities and helping to fund the development costs with a £1 million loan from the Wales Capital Growth Fund managed by Finance Wales.

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Six-figure funding package helps Loyalty Logistix to develop and run new systems for Volkswagen dealers in Japan

Loyalty Logistix, a leading provider of customer retention systems and data intelligence solutions to the automotive sector, has secured a £650,000 finance package from Finance Wales and NatWest.

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Wales Technology Seed Fund passes £1 million milestone after first year

A Welsh Government fund specifically created to invest in technology start-ups and IP-rich university spin-outs in Wales has invested £1.2 million in nine Welsh technology start-ups creating 28 jobs in just over 12 months.

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Finance Wales portfolio company, Creo Medical wins Best for Innovation at the BVCA Management Team Awards 2015

Chepstow-based Creo Medical has been recognised with a prestigious national award from the UK’s investment community at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association’s (BVCA) Management Team Awards 2015 held on 25th June 2015.

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Finance Wales’ staff donate £11,800 to charity, including over £4000 to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity

Finance Wales’ staff raised £4,220 in the last financial year for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity, a Welsh charity which fundraises exclusively for the Children's Hospital for Wales.

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Equity investment from the Wales Technology Seed Fund helps Fundible to launch

A Cardiff start-up will use a £110,000 equity investment from the Wales Technology Seed Fund, which is managed by Finance Wales, to launch and market its innovative new online purchasing system.

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Loan from Finance Wales helps Bridgend tractor and agricultural machinery specialist to continue expanding

A £160,000 loan from Finance Wales has helped the new owner of JG Plant, the Bridgend-based New Holland tractor and agricultural machinery specialist to expand the business.

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Finance Wales helps local developer to complete development of new homes in Beddau creating 60 jobs

Two loans totalling £3.4 million from the Wales Property Development Fund managed by Finance Wales have helped Lewis Homes finance a new residential development near Llantrisant.

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Wales Environmental Group expands its UK presence with the acquisition of Drainology

Wales Environmental has acquired West Country-based drainage company Drainology for an undisclosed sum from its current owners Dave West and Keith Simson with the backing of a six -figure loan from the Wales SME Investment Fund managed by Finance Wales.

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Halen Môn’s new visitor centre set to boost tourism on Anglesey

It’s favoured by celebrity chefs and can be found on the shelves of Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. It was also the first Welsh product to gain the EU protected food name status, joining other protected names like Champagne, Parma ham and Roquefort cheese.

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

Best ever year sees Finance Wales create or safeguard over 2,800 jobs and has a £104m impact on the ‘Welsh funding gap’ as investments in Wales increase by 46%

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New referral scheme to increase access to funding and support

A new pilot scheme which aims to increase the number of Welsh start-ups accessing the funding and support they need to grow has been launched by Economy Minister, Edwina Hart.

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Trojan Electronics continues to expand with move to single site in Swansea

An award-winning electronics company set up in 2002 with a loan from Finance Wales has consolidated its operations at a new, purpose-built 180,000 sq ft development at Kings Dock, Crymlyn Burrows in Swansea.

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West Wales hotel owners serve up success at new restaurant backed by a loan from Finance Wales

A Saundersfoot restaurant is celebrating a successful first year having welcomed 25,000 diners, won numerous awards and achieved critical acclaim.

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Barry Island Pleasure Park regeneration

Finance Wales and Barclays have invested in the multi-million pound regeneration of Barry Island Pleasure Park.

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£120,000 loan from Finance Wales helps Wright’s Food Emporium find a new home and more than double turnover

A £120,000 loan from Finance Wales has helped transform the historic Golden Grove Arms in Llanarthne into the new home of Wright’s Food Emporium.

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Noddlepod set to revolutionise community learning backed by a funding package from Finance Wales and 4 angel investors

A Caerphilly-based tech start-up has secured its first round of funding from Finance Wales and 4 angel investors.

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SIPHON Networks set to accelerate growth with the backing of a substantial equity investment from Finance Wales

SIPHON, an award-winning, Cwmbran–based solutions provider of advanced voice and unified communications (UC) technology, has secured a substantial equity investment from Finance Wales.

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Newport steel specialist eyes up record turnover after Olympic boost

A Newport-based steel specialist which was the first company to take advantage of an investment from the Wales Capital Growth Fund is on course for a record third year which will see its turnover rise by £8 million to almost £12 million.

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Investment pays off for Diamond Centre Wales as turnover rises by 20% in last two years

Turnover has increased by 20% in the last 2 years at Diamond Centre Wales, the family owned diamond merchant based in Talbot Green near Cardiff.

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Finance Wales boosts new investments team with key appointments

Finance Wales has boosted its new investments team with a number of key appointments.

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Finance Wales sponsors key IoD Wales International Women’s Day Lunch on 6th March 2015

Finance Wales is sponsoring this year’s IoD Wales Annual United Nations International Women’s Day Lunch.

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Pontypool packaging manufacturer has growth wrapped up as turnover doubles following Finance Wales loan

Turnover has doubled at a Pontypool packaging manufacturer since it received a £50,000 loan from Finance Wales.

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W2 Global Data Solutions secures investment from Finance Wales to bring new product to market

W2 Global Data Solutions (W2) has secured investment for its seed capital financing round from Finance Wales, a group of angel investors and its existing shareholders

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Finance Wales’ investment levels up 63% in first 3 quarters of 2014 -15 financial year, creating or safeguarding over 2,000 jobs

Finance Wales’ investment levels rose by 63% to £31.2 million in the first 3 quarters of the 2014-15 financial year compared to £19.1 million in same period in the last financial year.

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Brecon luxury goods supplier set for expansion backed by a micro loan from Finance Wales

A Brecon-based company and sole distributor of the Italian luxury brand, Cosi Tabellini in the UK and Ireland is expanding thanks to a micro loan from Finance Wales.

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Sian Lloyd Jones to leave Finance Wales

The Board of Finance Wales has announced that Sian Lloyd Jones is to step down from her role as Chief Executive at the end of September 2015.

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Finance Wales backs Cardiff’s first boutique-style hostel with £30,000 micro loan

A unique boutique-style hostel situated in a prominent Victorian building in Cardiff city centre welcomes its first guests this month having received a £30,000 micro loan from Finance Wales.

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