The Swansea Start-Up Expo

Support Info Provided by stakeholders:

In partnership with key organisations, this one-stop event offered attendees a wide range of advice, support and expertise to start a business in Swansea Bay, attracting 350 prospective entrepreneurs.

Hywel Bassett – Business Wales:

Please find below the contact number to ring for any individual – both ‘Pre Start’ and ‘Trading Businesses’  wishing to receive  help and support from Business Wales.

03000 6 03000

Call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000. The Business Wales Helpline is available via e-mail, Live Chat and phone from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm except on public holidays.

The web site has comprehensive details of support that the Business Wales service can offer.

Bethan Eakins – Multiply Gower College:

Discover attached flyers below.

Additionally, our website features a growing selection of courses, updated monthly, all offered free of charge to individuals aged 19 or over residing or employed in Swansea.

Enhance your everyday skills with us! Explore more at Gower College Swansea.

Ben Reynolds – Urban Foundry:

  • Monthly street markets at Mumbles (second Saturday of the month), Marina (second Sunday of the month) and Uplands (last Saturday of the month) – booking via
  • PopUp Wales, providing access for short-term popup spaces for test trading for start-ups, interest can be registered at
  • We will have our Social Innovation Hub operating by the summer at HQ, which will provide additional cowork space (we’re at capacity currently except for informal coworking in the café) and offices for hire, as well as additional events space for hire, I can provide further information on that once it’s ready to go – bit of work to do yet
  • We will have some Green Infrastructure work in the second half of this year through an SPF supported project, but no dates yet for that

There’s also the monthly anti-social networking event at HQ Urban Kitchen, which takes place on the third Thursday of every month from 5-7, no sign-up required, you can just turn up (info on that attached) 

Sid – Find A Business Expert

We offer all businesses £100 – £50 into Tide bank account and £50 to use on FaBE services/experts. No issues if they don’t want use the £50 on a FaBE membership they can just take the £50 into Tide bank account.

We have vetted experts on the platform, all from owner managed businesses and many from Swansea so contributing to the local economy – our service is free to identify suitable experts, have an exploratory chat and if the entrepreneur wants to work with them, everything is direct. We do not take any commission.

We can help them get found online, drive traffic to their website/LI profile and network with hundreds of businesses every week – £11.53/week for Expert membership. A starter membership is only £5.77/week

We have many other Free resources on our website under guides. We also have content from an entrepreneurship programme we delivered to Swansea University graduates. This is included in the starter membership

Dylan Williams-Evans – UWTSD

In relation to workshops that we have available through the Scale project please see the link below for the latest offering.

A handy tool that could be shared is the Business Wales Events Finder (link below) as this has a huge variety of business workshops including startup.

They also have a finance/grant funding finder tool which again is very useful.

Debbie Price – NPT Council

Check out my information along with a direct link to Funding Support and Events featured on our website:

Name: Debbie Price
Role: New Business Support & Development Mentor
Organization: Neath Port Talbot County Council

Explore our new website for comprehensive Business Startup Help and New Business Support services specific to Neath Port Talbot.

Carl Gough – Cwmpas

We believe our economy and society should work differently, putting people and planet first. Cwmpas is a development agency working for positive change.

Our friendly team of advisers can offer expert help and support across a wide range of areas.

Stephen Williams – Swansea Council

Explore the wealth of insights provided in our funding workshop presentation, designed to equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to secure essential funding for your business ventures.

Additionally, delve into our comprehensive Business Grants summary, offering a concise overview of available funding opportunities tailored to your needs. Access these invaluable resources by downloading the attachments below.

Kim Mamhende – The CAE

The CAE provides support to aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups through the following services:

  • Idea generation and feasibility studies
  • Setting up and registration
  • Business coaching and mentoring
  • Training and workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to resources

We also understand that the entrepreneurial journey can be a lonely one, and are here as a critical friend to help you navigate through it.