The Salemaker takes off

Liz Childerley has big-brand experience in sales and marketing - and now she’s offering her skills to help small businesses. Based in Caerphilly, her new firm  - The Salemaker - will offer training and advice based on her 20 years of working with top agencies in the UK. “Most firms are excellent at their core services, but… Read more ›

Enterprise flourishes in Caerphilly with UKSE support

Enterprise continues to flourish in Caerphilly with the support of the Business Start-up programme. The programme, funded jointly by Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise and Caerphilly County Borough Council, has provided start-up grants to a wide range of new businesses. Now in its fourth year, 49 businesses have been… Read more ›

Challenge Wales Events brings bigger and better events to Wales

Bringing bigger and more enjoyable public sporting events to Wales is the aim of a new business based in Swansea. As more and more people opt for mass runs and other sports events, Challenge Wales Events says there needs to be innovative thinking to keep activities fun and enjoyable, and to make sure Wales becomes… Read more ›

Successful business has tragic origins

Mike Preece says his successful Welsh business is based on a tragic past. He says both his grandparents died from the effects of asbestos, and now his business PHH Environmental makes the substance safe in buildings across the UK. “My grandfather worked as a lagger using asbestos, and my grandmother washed his clothes and I have seen the… Read more ›

ROCB loan funds new music studio

  It isn’t the traditional recording studio with technicians behind a glass window. But Bywyd Studios in Cardiff Bay, the creation of two University of South Wales MSc students, offers a different approach to making music. Leone Vuetivavalagi and Thomas Westgard say they favour the… Read more ›

Rhondda firm expands to Ho Chi Minh city

A Welsh automotive company is expanding into Vietnam in a multimillion pound  move. Waldon, in the Rhondda Valley, is to open a wholly-owned subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City with the long term plan of manufacturing parts for cars and selling them to car-makers and system suppliers worldwide.  Welsh solicitors Berry Smith have played a key… Read more ›

Welsh firms fall victim to cybercrime

Welsh firms are increasingly having to submit to cyber ransom demands to keep their businesses up and running, says a South Wales IT expert. The cost of this form of criminality is estimated as high as £27bn in the UK - and this type of crime is on the rise. Luke Hodge of B2B IT, the Cardiff-based specialist IT firm in dealing with cybercrime, is an expert at helping businesses cope with disaster recovery. Mr Hodge… Read more ›

Crèche aims to help isolated mums

Two best friends have opened a new crèche in Cwmbran with the aim of helping isolated mothers and also those who want to visit the shops without the children in tow. Lauleigh’s in Cwmbran Parade, at the heart of the busy shopping complex, opened its doors in early January. Lindsey Leigh and Lauren Innes, who are both 32 and have six… Read more ›

Engineering firm's £600,000 expansion moves forward

A Tredegar engineering firm has a new management team in place to launch its £600,000 expansion programme. M&J Europe’s new team is to oversee the ambitious plans for growth of the family-run firm, which, using its funding package, aims to break the £3 million turnover ceiling in three… Read more ›

Romany wagons builder launches in South Wales valleys

  Richard Kelly is putting the finishing touches to a Romany caravan –  in a workshop in the South Wales valleys. The 52-year-old former HGV driver from Abertillery has just launched a business making the traditional-style wagons in a unit at the Ebbw Vale Innovation Centre (EVIC) in Ebbw Vale. He has been aided in the… Read more ›

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