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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – New Startup Festival in Wales…

Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – New Startup Festival in Wales…

A new festival to bring together the Welsh start-up community has been launched as part of the annual Wales Start-Up Awards which will again celebrate the contribution that new entrepreneurial firms make to job creation, creativity and innovation across the Welsh economy.

The brainchild of Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, assistant pro-vice chancellor at the University of South Wales and founder of the Fast Growth 50, the Wales Start-Up Awards are unique in being the only business awards in the UK that focus specifically on recognising the achievements of those new businesses launched within the last three years.

Wales Startup Awards 2019 at the Depot, Cardiff. Credit: Matthew Horwood

The 2020 awards will be held at the site of the new Depot in Cardiff on the evening of June 19th with the overall sponsor again being Capital Law, a leading provider of commercial legal services to private and public sector clients throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Chris Nott, Senior Partner at Capital Law said:

“Since our involvement with these awards, we’ve witnessed the drive, optimism and creativity of Welsh entrepreneurs. It’s inspiring to see start-ups from previous award years not only flourish, but also surpass the aspirations they originally set for themselves. As a home-grown business ourselves, we’re passionate about encouraging growth in the Welsh economy through the development of a supportive entrepreneurship ecosystem. These awards are at the heart of it: they act as a valuable springboard for Welsh start-ups, by giving them an opportunity to be recognised and connected. For all these reasons, we’re proud to be the Wales Start-up Awards headline sponsor again this year, and cannot wait to meet and see the talent of this year’s entrants.”

To make this year’s event bigger and better than ever, the number of awards is being expanded and the Wales Start-Up Festival will be held on the same day so as to bring Welsh startups together to help celebrate the best of new businesses in Wales.

As Professor Jones-Evans explains:

 “Since they were established back in 2016, some incredible new businesses have been recognised at the annual Wales Start-Up awards. With the tech sector growing rapidly across the nation, we have created a number of new awards that reflect some of the sectors that could make a real difference to the economy over the next few years such as cyber, fintech, medtech and mobile technologies”.

He also believes that the event should be about more than being just another awards ceremony and that the reboot of the awards offers an opportunity to add real value to the those applying.

“The creation of the Wales Start-Up festival as a free event to complement the awards will be an opportunity for attendees to hear inspirational talks by successful entrepreneurs, attend advice clinics and workshops and to showcase the best of Welsh entrepreneurship”..

“For the first time, we are also encouraging all of our sponsors to directly support those entering the awards. For example, NatWest Bank will offer a fast-track route to their digital accelerator to all finalists whilst the Celtic Manor Resort, sponsor of the food and drink start-up of the year award, will be giving all shortlisted firms in their category the opportunity to showcase their products at their four hotels in Newport. It is incredible opportunity for startups to get access to the expertise experience and marketing power of our amazing sponsors.”

The full list of awards

• Business to business services startup of the year

• Cardiff startup of the Year

• Construction startup of the year

• Consumer Services startup of the year

• Creative startup of the year

• Cyber startup of the year

• Digital startup of the year

• Equity startup of the year

• Financial and professional services startup of the year

• Fintech startup of the year

• Food and drink startup of the year

• Global startup of the year

• Graduate startup of the year

• Green Startup of the year

• Innovative startup of the year

• Manufacturing startup of the year

• Medtech startup of the year

• Mobile and emerging technology start-up of the year

• Retail startup of the year

• Rising stars award

• Rural startup of the year

• Social enterprise startup of the year

• Tourism and leisure startup of the year

• Valleys startup of the year

• Young entrepreneur of the year

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Entries close on March 27th 2020 and will then be assessed by a panel of judges that include some of Wales’ leading entrepreneurs such as Professor Simon Gibson, Racheal Flanagan of Mrs Bucket, Kate Methuen Ley of Tiger Cardiff stores, James Taylor of Superstars and Richard Theo of Wealthify.

The event is being supported by the Welsh entrepreneurial ecosystem include NatWest Bank, Abel + Imray, BeTheSpark, Bluegg, Business in Focus, Business News Wales, the Celtic Manor Resort, CEMET, Development Bank of Wales, Fintech Wales, Innovate UK, South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Tech Nation, Town Square, University of South Wales, Universities Wales, WCVA and the Welsh Government as well as leading entrepreneurial high growth firms such as ALS Managed Services, CP Hire, Freight Logistics Solutions, the Indigo Group, Mazuma, Wolfberry and ZipWorld.

Further information about the 2020 Wales Start-Up award can be found online at www.walesstartupawards.com

For more on this or other Welsh News please follow the link.

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Over the last 12 months, the average rent achieved for properties let in Cardiff was £755 per month.

This is a +4% change on the previous 12 month period.

52% of properties let in the past 12 months were flats, achieving an average rental value of £691 per month.

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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Business Wales Support for Business Women in Wales…

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The Welsh Government recognises and supports the importance and contribution that women entrepreneurs make to the economy of Wales, however, there is more to do to continue this journey and further develop the representation of women owned businesses in Wales.

The Business Wales service has therefore renewed its commitment to support and encourage more women to successfully start, sustain or grow a business in Wales and for them to reach their full potential.
 
Alongside the Welsh Government a significant number of other organisations share this commitment and have joined in the development of a gender aware approach in Wales to encourage and better tailor their support to women entrepreneurs. 

This approach has been shaped by an expert panel (the Panel) consisting of representatives from businesses, banks, business support organisations and academia backed by consultation with established or prospective business women & female entrepreneurs in Wales.

The approach sets out a common vision to supporting business and entrepreneurial women in Wales and is supplemented by a ‘Good Practice Guide’ that outlines how business support organisations can better tailor their services to meet the needs of business women or female entrepreneurs. 

The Panel has made ten recommendations that build on the current strengths of business support services in Wales and aim to create a structure which the broader business support community can identify with and adopt.

The Welsh Government will take forward the recommendations of the Panel to further develop our support for entrepreneurial women through our business Wales service by producing a detailed action plan.

However, Business Wales cannot do it alone and actively encourage other support organisations to join in the journey and adopt the approach set out, in part or whole, and follow the principles of the Good Practice Guide.

 

Getting involved: Supporting organisations – make a difference 

The Welsh Government and supporting partners are keen to talk to any organisation that deliver business support in Wales and are willing to become actively involved in supporting women in starting, sustaining or growing their business.

There are many ways in which organisations can become involved:

• implementing the associated ‘Good Practice Guide’ 

• making a commitment on the Business Wales or Be the Spark website to showcase what you currently do, and what you are going to do to improve support for women entrepreneurs

• joining in the conversation on #businesswomenwales

• spreading the word and encouraging others to take part

To commit your support please contact Business Wales here.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Women in Wales: An Approach for Wales, click here.

For a Good Practice Guide for business support organisations please click here.

For the Business Wales Action Plan response to recommendations, please click here.

Mentoring    

In a survey undertaken by the University of South Wales (USW) one of the most valued support for women either starting or sustaining their business is access to business mentors as experienced and informal sources of guidance in addition to business advisors. Business Wales has over 500 mentors, of which 38% are women, available as part of its service that are ready to help you on your journey to start, sustain or grow your business, and if you would prefer a woman mentor just ask. 

Click here for more information on finding a business mentor or becoming a mentor yourself. 

Other organisations that provide business mentoring support: 

• Princes Trust if you are aged 18-30   

• Prime Cymru if you are aged 50 or over

Incubation Units/Co-working locations and business hubs

There are a number of business start-up units and working spaces (incubator units) across Wales that are great opportunities to start or grow your business with other businesses that are in the same situation, possibly facing the same challenges as yourself. These incubator units deliver packages of support to help your business and yourself. 

Please click here for more information on incubator units in Wales. 
 

Financial Support In Wales

There are a number of finance options available when starting or growing a business, below are some links that may help shape your decision:

• Finding Finance (Business Wales)

• Development Bank of Wales

— Read on mikearmstrong.me/business-wales-support-for-business-women-in-wales/

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