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Are you considering sourcing investment for your food or drink business? To explore what solutions may be available, pre-book your free 1:1 appointments with the experts below.  

Online bookings are now closed. If you would like to book an appointment, speak to Anja on the reception desk to book one.


Rhodri Evans is a Deputy Fund Manager at The Development Bank of Wales, working as part of the New Investments team. With over 20 years experience in delivering debt & equity investment across various sectors and businesses sizes, Rhodri has worked with numerous food manufacturing business across Wales to achieve their growth plans.


Coming from the food industry himself, Tim understands your projects and how to finance them. His background is Director of Whitworths and Northern Foods, not from a bank. He speaks your language, and now theirs, making finance easier to get.

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Mark is a Relationship Manager that has been with HSBC for over 12 years. His role is to understand SMEs opportunities, challenges and growth plans. Mark provides products and solutions that will help businesses achieve their goals.

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37 Years banking experience across a range of sectors from start up stage to established SMEs up to £40M turnover . Currently working within NatWest's Commercial Banking Team looking after a portfolio of manufacturing businesses who are facing challenges around supply chain, energy and labour shortages, supporting growth and assisting those businesses that wish to pivot towards automation and a Net Zero agenda. Delivering solutions working alongside the external market / Government agencies.  

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Ian joined Bathgate Business Finance in 2014. During his 35 years in the finance industry, Ian has worked in commercial banking, invoice finance, and international trade. Ian has developed strong relationships with banks, accountants, and other professionals, and has used his experience to help clients source finance solutions for their needs.

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Paul is a Relationship Director for Barclays Bank with particular specialism in manufacturing, retail and wholesale. Paul has a portfolio of 40 corporate SME clients, with turnover up to £100m, and a strong network of professional contacts ands business owners in the North Wales and Chester area.

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Joan is a qualified accountant who leads the Investor Ready Programme helping business owners understand their financial systems and the important information that they contain. Joan also helps companies find investment through grants, financial institutions, or private equity.

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The FBAS is designed to help those businesses that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales. The FBAS covers capital investments in processing equipment and infrastructure, along with some associated costs and supports projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales.


Over 20 years’ experience helping SME's with business growth and success. My areas of expertise include but are not exclusive to: corporate and commercial banking services, corporate finance, working capital management, UK and international trade, business planning and strategy, credit risk management, analysis and lending.


As part of the Welsh Government's Innovation team, Samantha works to support Industry led collaborative opportunities with research organisations throughout Wales. 

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Santander Navigator collates our years of experience and knowledge into one online portal to help you on your journey to international trade. Navigator is a gateway to identifying growth opportunities, exploring new markets, navigating bureaucratic challenges, optimising logistics, and building connections. Food & Drink is one of our 5 sectors dedicated to Navigator and can assist with additional sub sectors including F&B manufacturing, Beverages, Food service, Health and Wellbeing and, Halal. 

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