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Start Up Loans Celebrates £45 Million of Loans to Small Businesses in Wales


Start Up Loans, part of the British Business Bank, announces that it has provided over £45m worth of funding to small businesses in Wales, equating to over 4,500 loans, since the scheme launched in 2012.

Of all local authorities in Wales, Swansea has received the highest value of loans (over £5.8m), followed by Cardiff (over £5.4m) and Newport (over £2.9m).

As well as receiving the highest value of loans, Swansea received the most loans of any local authority with 572 individual loans received to date.

Elsewhere in the country, Carmarthenshire tops the loan value table for west Wales (£2.8m) and Wrexham received the highest loan value across north Wales (£1.6m).

Of the loans distributed, 37% have gone to female business owners and more than 7% to business owners from Black, Asian and Other Ethnic Minority backgrounds.

The average loan amount is reported to be highest in the Vale of Glamorgan at more than £11,500.

Case study: Porthcawl Gin

Chris Leyshon and Glenn Loosemore, both 31, received two Start Up Loans to a combined value of £25,000 earlier this year to establish their Bridgend based gin distillery, Porthcawl Gin, which began trading this month.

The pair, who have been friends since childhood, started the venture together with the aim of part-donating funds to a local charity, Sandville Self Help Foundation, which supports people with life limiting and life changing conditions.

Distilling their first, hand crafted batch of gin, they have just completed their first batch of orders for 100 bottles.

L-R, Founders of Porthcawl Gin, Glenn Loosemore and Chris Leyshon

Chris said:

“Our Start Up Loan has provided us with the opportunity of getting the distillery fully operational as well as knowing we have a comfortable financial buffer to help us through the early stages of the business, which is always the highest risk time. The loan has also enabled us to spend time speaking with specialists within the gin industry and undertake research into the distilling process to further our knowledge.

“Wales has a great small business community and it’s inspiring to see that Start Up Loans has been able to support so many of us”.

Louise McCoy, Commercial Managing Director at the British Business Bank

Louise McCoy, Commercial Managing Director at the British Business Bank, said:

Start Up Loans is proud to have provided £45m worth of funding to business owners across Wales since 2012. Welsh entrepreneurialism has seen us support some wonderful businesses, including Porthcawl Gin.

“We hope that entrepreneurs across Wales are inspired by the stories of successful businesses that have launched across the Nation, thanks to the funding available via the programme. We’re excited to see what the next generation of Welsh founders brings.”

See below for a full breakdown of loans to the top 10 local authorities in Wales since 2012, including amount lent, volume and average amount.

Top entrepreneurial local authorities in Wales:

Local Authority Amount Lent (£) Loans Made Average Loan Amount (£)
Swansea 5,899,908 572 10,315
Cardiff 5,493,473 539 10,192
Newport 2,941,915 297 9,905
Caerphilly 2,878,005 289 9,958
Carmarthenshire 2,865,035 269 10,651
Neath Port Talbot 2,594,852 257 10,097
Rhondda Cynon Taf 2,480,897 259 9,579
Vale of Glamorgan 2,361,757 204 11,577
Bridgend 2,015,529 215 9,375
Pembrokeshire 1,789,984 190 9,421
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