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£270m New Funding for the Development Bank

The Welsh Government today sets out how it will work to reconstruct and rebuild Wales’ economy so it is more prosperous, equal and green than ever before.

This includes making available an additional £270m to support businesses through the Development Bank of Wales.

Operating alongside other Development Bank support, this represents a major investment in accessible finance for business and will help Welsh firms focus on their long term success.

Boosting the fund will improve the supply of long-term, accessible business finance and help more firms to grow and expand. The fund can make debt and equity investments of between £25k and £10m, including 15-year loans, to SMEs and non-SMEs.

Economy Minister Ken Skates said:

“This last year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and while our vital work to combat the virus goes on, it is important to consider what comes next.

“We have an opportunity to look to the future and reconstruct the economy with the fundamental goal of achieving long term well-being with dignity and fairness for people.

“We will do this by strengthening the everyday economy, delivering on our Covid Commitment to support people in improving skills and gaining employment, and by helping businesses meet the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow. We will also maximise sustainable investment in Wales and fortify our pursuit of fair work and social value with businesses and organisations who receive public funding.

“The additional £270m funding for the Development Bank will support businesses the length and breadth of Wales, creating and protecting thousands of jobs for individuals as we seek to deal with the long-term challenges of Covid and Brexit.”

As part of the mission, the Welsh Government will maximise future major investments through ‘magnet projects’, which will attract longer term investments and provide important employment, skills, and innovation and development opportunities.

The Welsh Government’s Covid Commitment will ensure the impact of the pandemic leaves nobody behind and that there is every possible opportunity for people to retrain and upskill in new and high-growth areas.

The Economic Contract will also be refreshed and strengthened helping businesses to embed fair work, low carbon and climate resilience into their operations.

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:

“The goal to deliver a competitive and sustainable economy that raises living standards, promotes higher pay and delivers the revenues we need to support public priorities is the right one for Wales.

“But the Welsh Government can’t do that alone. From promoting diversity and inclusion to improving mental health, championing green behaviours to inspiring the next generation; business must continue to be a true partner of government. At its best, business is an engine of progress that will play a crucial role in overcoming the pandemic and building a better Welsh economy.

“Additional sources of accessible finance are welcome and represent an important investment in the Welsh business community, one that will be repaid through jobs, growth and, ultimately, delivering a more prosperous Wales.”

The Welsh Government will later this week launch A Manufacturing Future for Wales: A Framework for Action which identify the steps needed to develop a resilient, high-value manufacturing sector for the future Welsh economy.

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