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In response to the UK Government and Public Health Wales (PHW) advice on the coronavirus (COVID 19), please see guidance for project managers delivering EU-funded projects in these challenging times.

Please keep checking the website for the latest information.

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Chwarae Teg secures £6m EU funds

The funding will extend the organisation’s career development programme to 2023, supporting women in Wales to progress their careers, and assisting businesses to implement equality strategies and modern working practices.

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Your views wanted on the future of Regional Investment in Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a 12-week consultation on future regional investment in Wales outside of the EU. The closing date is 22 May 2020.

The consultation covers a set of proposals for investing replacement funding from the UK Government to deliver inclusive growth across all parts of Wales, building on the evidence of what has worked well and lesson learned during 20 years of EU regional policy.

Developed with stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors, we are consulting on proposals that set out four priority investment areas (business productivity and competitiveness, reducing income inequalities for people, healthier and more sustainable communities and the zero-carbon economy) and decentralises funding and decision-making closer to the people they aim to benefit.

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UK Parliament Inquiry on Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee is responsible for scrutinising the expenditure, administration and policies of the Wales Office, and the policies of the UK Government as whole that have an impact in Wales. The Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK Government’s proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The deadline for submitting views and evidence is Tuesday 21 April 2020.

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Europe Day 2020

Following recent queries, please note that WEFO will not be developing a centrally-led social media or communications campaign to promote EU-funded projects on Europe Day.  

However, as the UK is still participating in the current EU Structural Funds Programme it is a matter for organisations in receipt of EU funds to decide whether they wish to promote their projects in marking Europe Day this year.

Any publicity should follow WEFO’s information and publicity guidance and should aim to focus on the difference that funding and projects are making to people, businesses and communities in Wales.

Please also remember to use the hashtag #EUfundscymru when posting tweets, photos and testimonials.

In previous years, organisations have been encouraged to fly the EU flag to celebrate Europe Day. We would like to emphasise that there is no obligation to do this, and it is a matter entirely for your organisation.

If you have any queries, please contact WEFO Communications on 

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Work begins on Maesteg Town Hall

Construction work started this month on the £8.2m repair, restoration and extension of Maesteg Town Hall, which is being supported with £2m of EU funds.

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The latest news, guidance, publications and events from the European Structural and Investment Funds programmes in Wales, as well as including other EU funding programmes  such as the Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-operation and the Ireland Wales programmes.

Updates from the Rural Development programme and Fisheries programmes are also covered.


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All the latest Welsh Business News – From Business Wales / Welsh Government…

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Business Wales Support for Business Women in Wales…

Supporting 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.


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: 

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:

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Welsh Government’s Business Wales service under threat from Brexit unless replacement cash found – North Wales Live

Welsh Government’s Business Wales service under threat from Brexit unless replacement cash found – North Wales Live
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Welsh business activity falls for the first time since July 2016

According to the latest NatWest Wales PMI® data, private sector firms registered the first fall in business activity since July 2016 in October amid a further decrease in new work. Hesitancy among clients reportedly led to a third successive monthly decline in demand, with firms cutting workforce numbers in response.

Ongoing Brexit uncertainty was also reflected in a drop in business confidence, with optimism hitting a seven-month low. On the price front, rates of input price and output charge inflation softened, with costs rising at the slowest pace since July 2016.

The headline Wales Business Activity Index – a seasonally adjusted index that measures the combined output of the manufacturing and service sectors – registered 49.3 in October, down from 50.2 in September to signal a marginal contraction in output at the start of the fourth quarter. The latest data indicated the first decline in business activity since mid-2016 as clients remained hesitant to commit to large orders.

Subsequently, private sector firms in Wales noted a third successive monthly decrease in new business in October. The fall in new orders was linked to de-stocking among clients in Europe and ongoing political uncertainty which has impacted client decisions. Although the rate of contraction was only marginal overall and softer than that seen in September, it was slightly faster than the UK average.

Welsh private sector firms registered a sharp decrease in employment in October. Panellists stated that lower client demand led to the non-replacement of voluntary leavers, with firms reducing workforce numbers at the fastest pace for almost eight years.

A drop in pressure on capacity following a further cut in new business allowed firms to process orders in a timely manner. Therefore, backlogs of work fell at the fastest rate since June 2018.
— Read on wales247.co.uk/welsh-business-activity-falls-for-the-first-time-since-july-2016/


Welsh Government’s Business Wales service under threat from Brexit unless replacement cash found – Welsh Business News

Welsh Government’s Business Wales service under threat from Brexit unless replacement cash found – Welsh Business News
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Upcoming Business Wales Events…

Search our Events Finder for business related training, workshops, networking, seminars and more from a variety of organisations
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Business Council welcomes giants of Welsh housing and care sector to membership

Business Council Welcomes Giants Of Welsh Housing And Care Sector To Membership
By Rhys Gregory On Oct 10, 2019 0 Comments

Care Forum Wales
GIANTS of the housing and care sectors have joined a regional Business Council.
Care Forum Wales and social landlord ClwydAlyn are new members of North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council.
The cross-border organisation, whose members include the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), North Wales Tourism, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce and Wrexham Business Professionals, works with the public sector on regional economic development.
As an active member of North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB), the Business Council has worked hand in hand with local authorities on the £1bn North Wales Growth Deal, which the NWEAB is developing and delivering in partnership with the UK and Welsh Governments.
Chair Ashley Rogers said having two of the region’s most respected groups on board will add value, given their presence in local communities and positive influence on the region’s economy.
“It is a privilege to welcome ClwydAlyn and Care Forum Wales to our regional Business Council,” said Mr Rogers.
“These sectors provide essential support to our local communities and have a substantial positive impact on employment and our regional economy.”
He added: “Health and social care businesses and housing associations are vital to a prosperous, sustainable economy and the wellbeing of our communities.
“We look forward to working with them for the benefit of our region across all sectors.”
ClwydAlyn, based in St Asaph, will be representing all six housing associations in North Wales.
Their combined new-build housing programme is worth £100m, and the group believes joining the Business Council will give them an opportunity to collaborate with more private and public sector partners in the region.
“ClwydAlyn is delighted to become a member of the of North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council and to be able to represent the views of the six housing associations in North Wales,” said Group Chief Executive, Clare Budden.
“As social businesses with a combined annual turnover of £65m and employing more than 1,800 people across the region, we are committed to maximising the Welsh pound and welcome the opportunity the network provides to build our relationships with local suppliers and service providers.”
Wrexham-based Care Forum Wales supports more than 450 care providers across Wales. The industry contributes £2bn to the Welsh economy every year, employing 83,400 people.
Chief Executive Mary Wimbury said they are delighted to become members of the Business Council and work alongside pioneering leaders and industry heavyweights across a wide range of arenas.
She added: “With Welsh Government’s economic strategy identifying care as a key component of the foundational economy it’s important for us to build our links with other key sectors of the economy.”
— Read more on wales247.co.uk/business-council-welcomes-giants-of-welsh-housing-and-care-sector-to-membership/


Online technology support to grow your Welsh business | Business Wales – Superfast Business Wales

Online technology support to grow your Welsh business | Business Wales – Superfast Business Wales
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28th May – Ammanford Starting and Running a Business

28th May – Ammanford Starting and Running a Business

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28th May – Ammanford Starting and Running a Business

28th May – Ammanford Starting and Running a Business

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Recent MA Consultancy Testimonial from a New Business Wales mentoring client after our first meeting…

Hello Mike,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. It really helped me to crystalise my thoughts/ideas. Since leaving you I have already been making phone calls and searching for other venues to expand my business. I haven’t felt this enthusiastic for a long time, so thanks again!
All the best,

For more about the Business Wales Mentoring Service or to see Mike Armstrong from MA Consultancy’s Business Wales Mentor profile please click one of the links.


Business Wales News

5 October 2018

Finance | Starting up | Marketing | Skills & Training | Business Ideas & Innovation | IT

Business Wales Brexit Portal launched

A new portal has been developed to help Welsh businesses prepare for Brexit and navigate the changes and challenges ahead.

It’s been designed to provide companies with up-to-date information and advice on a range of crucial issues including international trading and workforce planning.

It also includes a diagnostic tool that helps businesses to identify how prepared they are for Brexit, recommends actions they should take to increase their resilience and signposts them to additional sources of support.

Find out more here…

Welsh Government launches phase two of its successful innovation programme SMART Productivity

SMART Productivity, which was initially launched in 2015, is a scheme fully funded by the Welsh Government designed to help businesses increase productivity, improve product design and ensure they are protected against the future.

Find out more here…

Does your digital marketing need a revamp or just a helping hand?

Register your business for free digital marketing support from Superfast Business Wales including a practical workshop with advice and guidance followed by a one-to-one session with a Digital Business Adviser focussed on your business. It’s free, easy to get started and could increase your profits.

Book your place here…

Applications now open for Big Ideas Bootcamp to Business

Are you aged 18-25? Motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground?

If you’re ready to go, you’ll expand your knowledge and the essential skills needed to be run your business.

The next Bootcamp will be taking place on 16-18 November, 2018 at Rock UK Summit Centre, Treharris.

Find out more here…

New Sell2Wales Facebook Page

Make sure you stay up to date on all things Sell2Wales by following their new Facebook page.

If Facebook is not your thing why not check out their other social media channels Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube.

Four signs that your business is ready for equity finance

If you’re an established business, getting the right finance can be key to successful growth.

But how do you know when your business is ready to seek growth equity? We discuss some of the scenarios in which equity finance may be the right option for you.

Find out more here…

Deadline for registering for Self Assessment Tax Return is 5 October

If you have to send a tax return and did not send one last year, you need to register for Self Assessment and Class 2 National Insurance.

The deadline for registering is 5 October 2018.

Find out more here…


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Things To Do In Cardiff is a new Tourist Attraction, Event and Business Advertising Directory and Platform that really delivers advertising results for Local Attractions, Local Events and Local Businesses. The Things To Do In Cardiff website and business directory is part of the UK wide “Things To Do In” franchise and offers businesses in Cardiff, South Wales and The South West, various Business Directory Advertising Opportunities.

For more about “Things To Do In” please see the about us section of the Things To Do In Cardiff website and directory and see below for more about the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Advertising Opportunities.

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Front Page:

Local Business Advertising Opportunities for Cardiff Attractions and Businesses as well as those around South Wales and the South West:

You can advertise on the Things To Do In Cardiff, Local Attraction & Business Directory from just £35 (For a Banner Ad) although there are larger banner advertising opportunities also available through out the website.

The main way to advertise you business on the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory and Website is to have a microsite on the Website and a listing in the Cardiff Business Directory.

You can have a Microsite (Similar to these 5 examples) built and promoted on a regular basis for just £299:

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Microsite Example 1:

Introbiz Business Network in Cardiff, South Wales…

To see the Introbiz microsite on the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory or the Introbiz website, please follow the link.

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Microsite Example 2:

Lexus Cardiff…

To see the Lexus Cardiff microsite on the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory or the Lexus Cardiff website, please follow the link.

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Microsite Example 3:

Bierkeller Bar Cardiff City Centre…

To see the The Bierkeller microsite on the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory or the The Bierkeller website, please follow the link.

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Microsite Example 4:

Lookout Cafe Bar in Cardiff Bay…

Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory Microsite Example 5:

Introbiz Expo – Wales’ Biggest Business Expo…

To see the Introbiz Expo microsite on the Things To Do In Cardiff Business Directory or the Introbiz Expo website, please follow the link.

Some of the benefits of joining the Things To Do In Cardiff online business advertising directory…

We build you your very own microsite.

We give your company a direct relative link from the top of page one of all major search engines.

We advertise your company on our social media channels.

We include a Google map.

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We show your company to all the other business owners on our sites.

Your own website and social media pages will be linked to your microsite.

We believe we are the most cost effective form of online advertising your company can do.

We have hundreds of page one search terms.

We show your company to the many hundreds of business owners that have already joined Things To Do In.

All of this for just £299 per year or £30 per month!

What to do next if you want your very own microsite and listing on the Things To Do In Cardiff directory!

You can sign up for your very own microsite by following this link to the Things To Do In Cardiff Directory or call 07517 024979.

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Remaining Business Networking Events in Cardiff for 2016 including two this week…

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