4 Mar 2013

Business Wales, the new pan-Wales one stop shop business service to support the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises, has been officially launched by Business Minister Edwina Hart.

The Minister recently launched the new £6.5m service at the Beacon Centre in Dafen, Llanelli, one of the eleven offices in the pan-Wales network that will provide general and specialist business advice, as well as information and signposting services, to more than 15,000 SMEs a year.

The Minister met a number of organisations that have already benefited from advice and support from the Welsh Government that helped them to invest and expand their businesses.

She also met representatives from Business in Focus, Centre for Business, Antur Teifi, and Menter a Busnes - the consortium that will deliver the new Business Wales service.

Launching the service the Minister said: 'Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and the Welsh Government wants to ensure they have easy access to a wide range of support services helping them to grow and expand.'

The Business Wales offices are in Newport, Treforest, Swansea, Llanelli, Pembroke Dock, Newtown, Aberystwyth, Brecon, Bangor, St Asaph, and Wrexham.

Business Wales one stop shop service can be contacted via the Business Wales Information Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or businesssupport@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Or visit www.business.wales.gov.uk/business-wales.