Autumn 2016 Events Update

Tue 27/09/2016

Finance Wales, Tuesday 4th October at 18.30pm

Venue: Welsh Government Office, 25 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EX

This event is selling well, don’t miss out…..
Finance Wales is launching a new Wales Business Fund in late September to support and finance growing Welsh businesses. We have invited senior executives from Finance Wales to present to Wales in London members the objectives of this fund and its implication for new business development in Wales.

Wales Business Fund
Finance Wales is launching its newest fund, the £136 million Wales Business Fund. Backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Welsh Government the fund is the successor to the Wales JEREMIE Fund which helped create or safeguard more than 11,000 jobs. Welsh SMEs can apply for debt and equity packages from £50,000 up to £2 million.

Giles Thorley
Finance Wales' CEO joined the company in April this year following a successful 20-year career in business, private equity and venture capital. Giles holds a law degree from the University of London and qualified as a Barrister in 1990. He is a member of the Bar Council of England and Wales.

Mike Owen
Mike Owen is Finance Wales' Group Investment Director. He is responsible for the management of more than £700 million in funds. His teams structure debt, mezzanine and equity investments from £1,000 to £3 million per round. Mike has been with Finance Wales since 2002, previously working at Barclays for 16 years.

Price per person £25.00 includes wine and canapes
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A Celebration of the Welsh Language in Music, Wednesday 26th October at 18.30pm

Venue: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, Locarno Suite

This is the third year for us to host an evening dedicated to music.
Last year’s recital by Mid Wales opera was a memorable and most enjoyable evening.

This year we invite a group of young singers from OPRA Cymru who will celebrate the beauty and drama of the Welsh language in music. Including the Eisteddfod-winning talents of Heulen Cynfal, Eirlys Myfanwy, Robert Lewis and Steffan Lloyd Owen, the recital is a rich mix of operatic classics and Welsh favourites, with a taster of Welsh opera of the future in the company of the renowned Welsh poet Mererid Hopwood.

Heulen Cynfal is 23 years old and is currently in the second year of her MA course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, studying with Lillian Watson and Iain Ledingham. A frequent young winner at the National Eisteddfod, in 2014 Heulen won first prize at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Meirionydd and was a finalist for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship., In 2016, she won the Soprano Solo at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

The Welsh Mezzo-Soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies recently completed her training as a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio, London. A frequent performer on television, this year, she performed with Bryn Terfel and tenor Joseph Calleja at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, where she was named the ‘Voice of the Future’. Eirlys is a recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal Award, Llais Llwyfan Llambed Award along with the W.Towyn Roberts Memorial Award. She is also this year’s winner of the Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year.

Robert Lewis is a 20 year old tenor from Mid Wales and has recently completed his second year on the undergraduate Vocal Studies BMus course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with the tenor Adrian Thompson. In 2015 he won the prestigious Osborne Roberts Blue Riband Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, being one of the youngest recipients to date. He was also the winner of the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Prize for the most outstanding Tenor in the 19 to 25 year old category. In August this year Robert won the Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Steffan Lloyd Owen is a 20 year old second year student at the Royal Northern College of Music. At the end of his first year, Steffan won the Elsie Thurston Memorial Award as singer of the year, and in October last year he won the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary – the second student ever from the RNCM to win this prestigious prize. A frequent winner at the Urdd and the National Eisteddfodau, in Abergavenny this year Steffan won the Baritone Solo, the Lieder Solo and the Cerdd Dant Duet, as well as the event’s greatest singing accolade, the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize (Blue Riband).

We recommend you book early as numbers are limited. We are honoured to have the support of Wales Office Minister, Guto Bebb MP. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with wine and canapes.

Donations expected per person £55.00
Please reserve online before 10th October

Wales and the Flat White Economy Wednesday 23rd November at 18.30pm

Venue: Bristows LLP, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

We have invited one of the world’s leading economists to speak on the UK Economy with a special emphasis on Wales.

Douglas McWilliams is the founder and President of the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), one of the UK’s leading specialist economics consultancies. Professor McWilliams has had a long career specialising in economic forecasting and analysis. He advises or has advised 25 of the FTSE companies, most of the UK’s top retailers, four out of the UK’s top ten legal firms and some of the leading firms of accountants, as well as being the economic adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Douglas is best known for his work in forecasting, the economics of the IT and telecoms sectors and transport economics and for his knowledge of the Far East economies. He was the Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to establishing CEBR in 1993 Doug McWilliams was Chief Economist at IBM UK and subsequently Chief Economic Adviser to the CBI.

Douglas will be speaking on “the Flat White Economy”, particularly in respect of Wales. The Flat White Economy is the description he coined for the title of his recent book which describes the interconnectedness and phenomenal growth, particularly in London, of the media, information and communications sectors including software publishing, computer programming, advertising and online shopping, data processing and television and film post-production.

We can assure you this is going to be a stimulating presentation on the issues and problems Wales faces over the coming few years.

Price per person £25.00 includes wine and canapes
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