Business News Wales works with a variety of complimentary strategic partners who share our vision in promoting the economic well-being of Businesses in Wales.
NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, business banking needs. NatWest Cymru’s Boost Your Business programme offers free advice and expertise to small businesses – whether they bank with us or not.
The Welsh Government’s Business Wales service supports new and established businesses in Wales. Business Wales supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.
The Development Bank of Wales is here to help businesses get the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. Backed by the Welsh Government, the Development Bank will invest over £400m in Welsh businesses over the next five years. When private sector investment and the funding available to homebuyers through Help To Buy – Wales is taken into account, the Development Bank will have a billion-pound impact on the Welsh economy.
Grant Thornton, Cardiff believe a Vibrant Economy for Wales is one which realises the shared potential of businesses, cities, people and communities across our country. Grant Thornton’s aim is to be instrumental in helping to create an economy founded on trust and integrity in markets, one which unlocks sustainable growth in dynamic organisations, and creates environments where people, business and communities can flourish. If your community has a successful story to tell, please share it here www.vibranteconomywales.com Grant Thornton would be delighted to hear from you.
Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.
They are one of the delivery elements of the Welsh Government’s vision for delivering a transformational integrated transport system in Wales, providing high-quality, safe, affordable and sustainable transport for all. Their structure has been designed to be an agile and flexible resource with the ability to scale up or down resources to meet project need, to meet variable requirements and improve the Welsh Governments ability to recruit skills from the market more quickly.
Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading wealth managers, independently-owned and award winning. We offer personalised wealth management services, bespoked to meet diverse and varied individual needs. We work for individuals, charities and pension funds.
Our service led approach supports you, your team and your business, providing a process that is commercially flexible.
Our approach is what makes us unique.
At CAE we place our customers at the core of everything we do. We’re agile, and we focus on understanding what’s required, and recommending and implementing solutions that deliver a truly tailored approach.
CIPD Wales ambition is to establish the voice of CIPD in Wales and for Wales, positioning us as experts in policy and practice issues through influencing government and policy, collaborating with members, employers and other professional groups, and implementing a sustainable regional structure which ensures that the experience of their 4000+ members remains relevant and focused irrespective of level of membership, experience or sector.
The Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. Led by the First Minister, it works across devolved areas that include key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment. Welsh Government is a devolved administration, supported by 4 agencies and public bodies.
Pembrokeshire County Council is the governing body for Pembrokeshire, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. Pembrokeshire County Council is comprised of 60 Councillors, who each represent residents in different areas of Pembrokeshire. Councillors have a duty to serve their communities and work with Council officers to provide services to the public.
Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.
Superfast Business Wales delivers free support to help Welsh businesses grow using online technology. Their free support includes 1-1 digital business advice, website review, local workshops, and online training and information hub.Over 3000 Welsh businesses have already benefited from free digital technology advice from Superfast Business Wales.
.cymru and .wales domain names are the first truly Welsh domains and were launched on the 1st March 2015. The domains create a real opportunity for businesses, organisations and individuals to showcase their Welsh credentials and fly the flag for Wales online.
With over 50 years of experience, The CBI is the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation. The CBI is the UK’s premier business organisation, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers.
As the enabling voice for Reserves and Cadets in Wales, RFCA for Wales is an ‘arms length body’ of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), established by Act of Parliament. It is charged with giving advice and assistance to the Defence Council and to the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force on matters that concern Reserves and Cadets in Wales.
Business in Focus is a not-for-profit organisation helping businesses start up and grow. They are an award winning social enterprise with a 30 year track record employing nearly 90 people, with a net worth of c£7 million. They offer three main services: Business Accommodation, Business Support and access to Start Up Loans as a delivery partner of the Start Up Loan Company
NewLaw Solicitors is one of the fastest growing law firms in the UK. It was established in 2004 with the aim of providing a legal service that gets results for both their individual and commercial clients. This approach has seen NewLaw grow from a start-up of 2 to over 500 staff in our Bristol & Cardiff office and their associated office in Glasgow.
With more than 30,000 students from 120 countries, the University of South Wales (USW) Group is a major player in UK higher education. Within the United Kingdom, USW is unique in the breadth of its role, encompassing a modern university and two subsidiaries in Wales’s national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil.
We trace our history back to 1865, when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. Since we developed into a university, we have remained rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe.
ITERATE is the UK’s most disruptive product design consultancy who work with businesses to develop a product from an initial idea right through to full production. Their design team blend creative and technical expertise in order to develop unique product experiences; operating across an array of market sectors that include: medical, industrial and consumer product design.
Sn-ap connects intercity travellers with independent high quality UK coach operators and keeps fares super low by only running at times of most demand. This gives customers a unique combination of superlative vehicles and drivers and unbeatable prices. If you can find a cheaper equivalent fare, we refund you the difference and every new customer gets their first return trip for free.
The Cranfield Trust is a national charity and the UK’s leading provider of pro bono management support for small to medium sized charities. We provide voluntary organisations with skilled business volunteer consultants and advisers to help them become more effective and sustainable
Acorn is one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies. They provide specialist permanent, temporary and contract recruitment support within a number of industries, and also offer an elite Executive Search service to find and place the most sought-after professionals for senior management and board level roles. Established, honest and effective, they’re the preferred recruitment partner for thousands of businesses.
The Recruit 121 Group is an innovative staffing, sourcing and training consultancy provider. They aim to create highly specialized services and solutions for our candidates and clients. Their Industry expertise, experience and unique approach means we’re a trusted recruitment and training partner to thousands of businesses across the world.
Western Power Distribution is the company responsible for electricity distribution in the Midlands, South West and Wales. Their business serves over 7.8 million customers and they employ over 6,000 members of staff to ensure the highest quality of service.
Greenaway Scott is a specialist law firm which deals solely in Corporate Finance and Commercial Contracts & IP. In particular, the corporate team focuses on mergers, acquisitions, MBOs/MBIs, investments and transactional work and advises companies from start-up to exit.
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s largest energy port and the biggest port in Wales. A 24/7 operation, the Port offers a range of marine services as well as owning and operating Pembroke Port and Milford Marina and Fish Docks. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.
Croner is the UK’s leading provider of HR, Health & Safety, pay and reward services. From 24/7 advice lines to onsite training and consultancy, Croner has supported thousands of organisations with the management of people, safety and employment law for over 70 years.
Peter Lynn and Partners was established in 1999 to offer top quality commercial and civil advice to businesses and people in Swansea. With several offices in the heart of the Swansea area and a base in Cardiff as well, PL&P offer a wide range of legal advice and services to individuals and businesses across the South Wales region.
Established in 1993 as a firm of accountants, Aspen Waite is committed to building their brand as the advisors of choice for ambitious businesses. With the industry experience, technical ability and insight for success, Aspen Waite provide businesses with practical, added-value solutions for any challenge.
Quantum are an independent financial services consultancy that provides solution based pension and employee benefit services to employers, scheme trustees and members. Their team of experienced professionals will design, maintain and review your employee benefit arrangements so that they work efficiently and deliver real value. They can also help you to communicate pensions and benefits in clear, simple language – so that your employees understand their true value.
We’re Mind Cymru, the mental health charity. We’re an unstoppable community of people in Wales who won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve. Together with our 20 local Minds in Wales we’re committed to improving mental health in this country.
The Royal Mint is the world’s leading export mint, making coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. However, its first responsibility is to make and distribute United Kingdom coins as well as to supply blanks and official medals. The Royal Mint is a government owned company. They’re committed to providing a financial return to the UK government in line with agreed targets.
Intertek is a UKAS accredited provider of comprehensive auditing and ISO certification services that give you the tools you need to improve your business processes. With a high level of expertise and a customer-focused approach, we provide insights that add strategic value to your business. Our global network of over 1,000 expert auditors includes experienced local auditors based in Wales.
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world, operating in over 100 countries; including Wales. Offering the latest models from Fordthorne Motorpark on Penarth Road, Volvo Cars Cardiff offer a premium range of sedans, cross country, estates, and luxury SUVs.
As one of the largest corporate and SME insurance brokers in the UK, we take the time to understand your unique business and its specific requirements. Our local teams and network of experts provide unparalleled access to an extensive range of tailor-made, trade specific insurance and risk management programmes.
Lime R&D is not your average tax consultancy. We pride ourselves on providing a refreshing approach to Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. The goal of our Chartered Tax Advisors is to simplify the claim process and make claims more accessible.
We specialise exclusively in R&D tax credits, this level of specialism provides us with a more thorough understanding of the process.
BizSpace was founded in 2000 with one site and today has over 100. We offer flexible contracts across 2,500 offices and 3,500 workshops in business centres and trading estates across 6m sq ft in the UK. BizSpace customer base consists of over 4,000 micro-businesses and SMEs representing all sectors of the economy.
Cardiff Airport is the national airport for Wales, welcoming over 1.4 million passengers annually. 18 airlines currently operate out of Cardiff including KLM, Flybe, Ryanair, Vueling and Thomson. Since its purchase by the Welsh Government in 2013, Cardiff Airport has undergone significant improvements to enhance its surrounding infrastructure and the customer experience, including refurbishments to the terminal’s departure lounge; plus the addition of new airlines and destinations.
Innovantage is the UK’s leading provider of real-time labour market intelligence. By tracking millions of live online job postings each month advertised across the UK’s major job boards as well as thousands of company websites, our software provides users with the most comprehensive analysis of recruitment demand in the UK.
The UK ports industry is the largest in Europe and its operations provide critical economic infrastructure for the nation’s manufacturers and businesses. ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise.
The group’s other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship’s agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.
At Goodson Thomas, our team is made up of people-oriented professionals who can provide you with a level of service and engagement to match your requirements. Our experts take a tailored approach and offer targeted solutions, shaped to accommodate your needs.
A purpose-led organisation, Good Energy was established in 1999 with a clear mission: to power the choice of a cleaner, greener future together. It supplies 100% renewable electricity to thousands of businesses, organisations and households across the UK. Using only renewable sources to generate the power for its customers, Good Energy owns two wind farms and seven solar farms, including Brynwhilach Solar Farm in South Wales.
Harlequin was formed in July 1997 with the vision of becoming the Market Leading supplier of printing & packaging products exclusively to the QSR market. The continual evolution and growth of the company over the preceding 16 years have been built around the supply of high quality, proprietary business-to-business products, knowledge and expertise through some of the longest standing independent, multiple outlet and globally recognised brands right through to the leading online food ordering portal in the world.
Le Gros Solicitors was set up in the summer of 2011. Their intention is to assist their clients by applying a dynamic and commercial approach to all aspects of commercial property law. Using these principles, they hope to develop long-term relationships with their clients, working closely with them to understand their business and legal needs.
Cricket Wales is one of 39 Boards that make up the ECB and is also recognised by Sport Wales and Welsh Government as the National Governing Body for cricket in Wales. They exist ‘to lead, inspire and influence the growth, quality and accessibility of cricket in Wales’. They are made up of many different cricket organisations from across the length and breadth of Wales, all sharing a passion for cricket.
Korn Ferry is the preeminent global people and organisational firm. We help leaders, organisations and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Their nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through our Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep divisions.
Jammy Custard are an experienced, commercially-driven animation studio based in Cardiff. Since 2011, they’ve been proud specialists in creating meaningful animated videos and design work for businesses across multiple industries.
Glamorgan is the only Welsh first-class cricket club. They have won the English County Championship competition in 1948, 1969 and 1997. Glamorgan have also beaten international teams from all of the Test playing nations, including Australia whom they defeated in successive tours in 1964 and 1968.
Supertemps have been finding jobs for people and filling vacancies for employers since 1980. That makes them the longest-established independent recruitment agency in North Wales. In that time they have forged trusted relationships with a huge range of employers, and built the best reputation for helping people find work.
The Taff Housing Association is a successful community-based Housing Association with over 1300 homes in the Canton, Fairwater, Grangetown, Riverside and Butetown areas of Cardiff, as well as specialist supported housing projects for young women in Roath and Canton.
UpriseVSI is a web development and technology company that specialises in the design and build of online booking systems, bespoke web applications and complex data integration projects. The company offers a range of technology solutions including thinkBooker, an online booking & scheduling system that won ‘Best Emerging Technology’ at the 2017 Wales Online Digital Awards. The system is used by the likes of the NFL franchise, Jacksonville Jaguars, leading London fashion retailer, Browns Fashion, the Aston Martin Owners Club, Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Airport.
Henry Howard Finance (HHF) was established in 1996 and is the largest independent finance house in Wales. Its flexible and responsive finance solutions assist more than 20,000 different UK-based businesses across a variety of sectors. In 2016 alone, HHF provided finance for more than 6,000 businesses lending in excess of £150 million. Its group portfolio stands in excess of £250 million. Henry Howard Finance Group has five business divisions that support the SME market with access to finance, equipment and commercial lending services.
Sitka is Wales’ specialist recruitment agency for leadership and management roles. With over 30 years’ collective experience, its directors combine executive search and selection with traditional recruitment techniques to find exceptional executives, directors and senior managers. As an independent agency focused solely on organisations in Wales, they have an outstanding local knowledge. Coupled with their experience of multiple business functions and flair for getting to the heart of businesses’ needs, this has made them a trusted and essential recruitment partner for some of Wales’ best organisations.
Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. Their standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. With a community of over 14,000 organisations across 75 countries worldwide, successful accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success.
Monmouthshire County Council is the governing body for Monmouthshire– one of the 22 unitary authorities of Wales. The Council was created in 1996 and operates across this historic gateway county which also borders the English counties of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
Cardiff Council is the governing body for Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The council consists of 75 councillors, 29 electoral wards and occupies over 300 buildings. Sustainable development is a guiding principle for all of the council’s activities.
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a set geographical boundary where businesses get together, decide what improvements they would like to make in their city centre, how they will effect these changes and what it will cost them as a group. In July 2016, 84% of businesses within Cardiff city centre voted in favour of being awarded BID status. This means that, for the next five years, the BID will work with the £7.5 Million budget raised to make the city more welcoming, vibrant and influential.
Life Sciences Hub Wales, based in Cardiff Bay, is the focal point for the sector in Wales – stimulating interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration. A nerve centre for the whole of the Life Sciences sector, including academic and healthcare organisations, business, expert advisers, clinical and funding organisations.
The Bridge Innovation Centre is Pembrokeshire’s premier location for stimulating innovation in businesses. We provide an impressive environment for innovation and business growth, affording opportunities for knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking, supported by onsite business advice services and access to high quality academic technical support.
Pembrokeshire College is the county’s largest provider of a wide range of post-16 education and training. Situated in a modern, purpose-built campus in Haverfordwest, the College offers young people and adults excellent training opportunities.
Airbus Group Endeavr Wales (Endeavr) is a joint initiative between Airbus Group and the Welsh Government to support innovation in Wales. Endeavr is committed to the research and development of technologies in the fields of the Digital Economy, the Low Carbon Economy and Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing.
Techniquest’s mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more. They provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.
RW Learning works with clients to develop strong leadership teams. Their local specialist team take the time to understand the unique challenges that your leaders face, and provide bold, curious and brave solutions through management training programs, individual personal development, assessment and development programmes. Their cutting edge products and services always achieve measurable results.