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The entrepreneur evangelist whose part of a movement that’s aiming to transform the Welsh economy

One of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs has told how he hopes to help spark a new wave of entrepreneurialism in the country. Speaking at a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club Ashley Cooper, co-founder of Catalyst Growth Partners, described himself as an “innovation entrepreneur evangelist.” Be The Spark is the name of a new initiative co-launched by Mr Cooper […]


Wales needs to up its game on entrepreneurship or risk falling further behind says business start-up expert

Founder of Welsh ICE Gareth Jones said advances in technology from big data to automation would provide opportunities for a new wave of Welsh entrepreneurs. Wales needs to up its game in terms of nascent entrepreneurship and levels of growth capital raised, says the founder of one of Wales’ leading locations for start-up firms. Speaking […]



Chief executive of leading global company information provider Creditsafe, Cato Syversen, said the decision to ban mobile phones in meetings has helped to boost creativity. And addressing a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, the charismatic Norwegian said that start-up companies looking to disrupt the marketplace had to create an environment of craziness and creativity – […]

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The Welsh bank which was a ‘winner’ from the financial crisis

Hodge Group will soon break through the £1bn saving deposits mark. The only bank with its headquarters in Wales, Hodge, was a “winner” from the fallout of the financial crisis, said the group’s executive Deian Jones. Speaking at a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, Mr Jones, managing director of Hodge Lifetime, said that while there […]

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Cardiff Met The Forum with Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cardiff Airport

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Using London airports instead of Cardiff and Bristol is wasting 1,000 years in travel time

The research by York Aviation put the cost of travelling to London airports in 2015 at £182m. Seven million airline passengers from South Wales and the south west of England are wasting almost 1,000 years in additional travel time and £182m by choosing to fly out of the main London airports instead of their local […]


We need train times of less than 30 minutes between Cardiff and Bristol says council leader Phil Bale

He has been called a ‘traitor” by some for looking to work more closely with Bristol, but the leader of Cardiff council worries about those you don’t see the big picture. The council leaders of Cardiff, Bristol and Newport have called on the UK Government to back rail investment needed to bring the three cities […]


Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford hopeful that City Deal for Swansea Bay City Region will get backing of Chancellor

Wales will keep the stamp duty rate on second homes in line with England when the tax is devolved from April 2018 Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said he hoped that a City Deal to boost the economy of the Swansea Bay City Region will be confirmed in the first Autumn Statement from Chancellor […]


The Earl of Wessex on why the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is good for business

The DoE scheme involved 11,000 young people in Wales last year, but the aim is to increase  it by 5,000 by 2020. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which this year is celebrating its 60th anniversary, provides the future employees that companies need to succeed, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, told a business audience. […]

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Finance Wales is ‘already a development bank’ says its chief executive Giles Thorley

The proposed Development Bank for Wales should have the aspiration of doubling the financial fire power it provides to SMEs in the first five years, believes the chief executive of Finance Wales Giles Thorley. Mr Thorley, who took up his role with Finance Wales – which is wholly-owned by the Welsh Government – last April, […]


Circuit of Wales will be far more than just a racetrack says its chief executive

The proposed £370m Circuit of Wales project should be seen as far more than just a racetrack but a destination venue that will promote Wales globally and boost the economy, said its chief executive Martin Whitaker. Addressing a meeting of Cardiff Breakfast Club, Mr Whitaker said the project, subject to Welsh Government support, was “ready […]