Performance and impact

Our support helps Welsh businesses create or safeguard jobs, be more innovative and increase their contribution to the economy.

Development Bank of Wales impact


As Finance Wales and now as the Development Bank of Wales, we've been investing into Welsh businesses and the economy since 2001.


Direct investment into Welsh businesses


Private sector leverage 


Invested in total into the Welsh economy

(Figures as of 30th September 2018)


Jobs created or safeguarded

We support the Welsh Government’s vision of a strong Welsh economy where businesses grow and create jobs. Since 2001 we have created or safeguarded thousands of jobs in Wales.


Jobs created


Jobs safeguarded


Total jobs safeguarded or created

(Figures as of 30th September 2018)


Development Bank of Wales Q2 2018/19 

  • £33 million invested directly into Welsh businesses

  • £40 million additional investment from banks and other private-sector funders

  • £73 million growth capital injected into the Welsh economy

  • 166 investments made

  • 1544 jobs created or safeguarded in Wales

(Figures as of 30th September 2018)


Notable recent exits from companies we invested in include:

  • Wholebake - a 5.23 return on investment
  • Vista Retail Support - a 4.47 return on investment
  • Unite - a 2.61 return on investment
  • SIPHON - a 2.11 return on investment
  • Hudman - a 1.7  return on investment
  • Imspex - partially exited at 1.26 return on investment

As well as exits, we’ve also supported six companies through initial public offering (IPO) on AIM.

We currently have more than 100 companies in our equity portfolios.


Group figures impact

The Development Bank of Wales Group is made up of the Development Bank of Wales, Angels Invest Wales and North of England fund manager FW Capital.

Group investment history figures since 2001

  • £652 million invested
  • 4,776 investments
  • £971 million additional investment leveraged
  • 56,438 jobs created or safeguarded

(Figures as of 30th September 2018)


Annual reports

Read our Annual Report and Financial Statements for the 2017/18 financial year which provides audited financial statements for the DBW Group as well as additional information about our objectives, how we operate and our achievements.

Annual Report 2017/18

See our reports and documents section for more.