Economic Intelligence Wales

Key objectives


of Welsh SMEs have ambition to grow.*

  • Track the supply of, and demand for, finance across Wales
  • Improve understanding of SMEs and their role within the Welsh economy
  • Create innovative ways of measuring, interpreting and tracking SME data
  • Identify and address Welsh SME finance data gaps
  • Improve understanding of the Development Bank of Wales’ wider economic impact



Economic Intelligence Wales is a unique collaboration between the Development Bank of Wales, Cardiff Business School and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Cardiff Business School will lead on producing the research outputs utilising data from the ONS, StatsWales, the Development Bank of Wales and other data sources. Representatives from the three organisations form the Economic Intelligence Wales Steering Group which reviews and approves research outputs for publication.


"I see Economic Intelligence Wales as a strategic national asset and a key mechanism that can help shape future policy development within the arena of access to finance."

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates


Economic Intelligence Wales reports

To download published quarterly reports click on the link below.

EIW Quarterly Report June 2018

This is the first in a quarterly series of Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) reports by Cardiff Business School examining key SME trends in the Welsh economy, particularly in respect to the demand and supply for finance provision.

EIW Quarterly Report June 2018 Infographic 

A summary of the Quarterly Report June 2018.


Contact us

Economic Intelligence Wales is keen to encourage ideas, feedback and collaboration.

If you have any queries or feedback relating to specific Economic Intelligence Wales research outputs contact us.

If you are a University or independent research body that would like to collaborate with Economic Intelligence Wales please send us your details and a brief overview of the proposed research project.


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*SME Finance Monitor 2016, published June 2017