Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business


Melanie Goward to Join Grant Thornton Fundraising Panel


 G by Grant Thornton is pleased to announce Dr Melanie Goward, Investment Director with Mavern Capital Partners, will be joining Ashley Cooper of Catalyst Growth Partners on the fund raising panel of their Ready.Fund.Grow. Event taking place in Cardiff on 27th June at Tramshed Tech.

Formerly an associate of Grant Thornton, Cardiff office from her days at Finance Wales, Melanie joined Mavern in 2016 and is now responsible for transacting new early-stage and technology private equity investments across the South and South West of England and Wales.  Whilst at Finance Wales she was part of the Technology Ventures team and Fund Manager for the Wales Technology Seed Fund, providing funding to help businesses commercialise and bring to market innovative products and services across a range of sectors. Prior to this, she worked as an Investment Director with Nesta Investments, focusing on early stage healthcare investments as well as in technology sector finance at Lloyds TSB Corporate, providing debt finance to high-growth companies. With over 15 years’ experience as a specialist in early-stage investment, Melanie has completed a range of investments in technology, life science and biotechnology businesses.

Bethan Bannister, Growth Finance Services Delivery Manager in Wales, commented:

‘We are very fortunate to have such high calibre individuals on our panel and supporting our event. Melanie’s experience and expertise in the funding market is impressive and as we are both previous Finance Wales’ employees it is pleasing to be working together at this event.’

The Ready.Fund.Grow. Event aimed at dynamic business owners, looking to raise external finance to grow their business, is the second staged event in Cardiff, following a successful launch last year, and is part of the G service from Grant Thornton, working to support vibrant businesses who have vigorous growth ambitions. It will be an informal evening, encouraging guests to interact with funders and network with other like-minded business leaders and there is the opportunity for attendees to book a one-to-one funding clinic with G’s Growth Finance Service Manager, Bethan Bannister.

Business leaders can sign up for the event here or if you have any questions please email Bethan Bannister who will be happy to help.


Grant Thornton has launched its G service, making it easy for smaller clients to engage in a variety of services and activities to aid their ambitious growth plans.

Research with SME’s has helped Grant Thornton understand that the ambition small business owners have for their business is connected to their personal aspirations and vice versa. Hence their G Service is focussed on working with you to provide proactive support together with insights, tools and services to help grow your business whilst supporting your personal goals.

Integrating regional support with nationwide reach and expertise ensures they are able to connect you to likeminded people so that you can create valuable relationships that will help you to grow your business and seize new opportunities.

The message Grant Thornton has picked up on is this – you’re ambitious, you run a successful company and you are always thinking ahead about what’s next. Life moves fast and so does your business. You need to be able to share, connect and grow and this is the foundation of their relationship with you.

Whether you need the provision of sector research and intelligence, smooth introductions to investors, easy access to training, insights and publications or support to develop a strategy for your product, your people, your suppliers or your stakeholders, Grant Thornton is here to help. All you have to do is ask!


Related Articles