Our Previous Experience

Since establishing the company in 1989, Menter a Busnes has developed extensive experience working with businesses, individuals and groups across Wales and beyond in a variety of areas and sectors. We have designed our own programmes for businesses, entrepreneurship, skills and developing innovation, as well as delivering business support programmes on behalf of national and regional organisations. Here is an overview of some of our most recent projects.
Bee Co-operation Project

The aim of this project is to increase the number of honey bees and bee keepers in Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Flintshire, and another dimension was added recently throught the Cywain project, looking at how to increase the amount of honey produced and processed in Wales.

The project promotes planting plants that attract bees on public land and developing guidelines for farmers and land managers to maintain bees and biodiversity, as well as providing a mentoring service to encourage honey producers to increase the yield.

A new service will begin in April/May 2016.

Big Ideas Wales

Big Ideas Wales' aim is to encourage young people aged 16-24 to raise their aspirations and realise their own potential for creating exciting opportunities for themselves and others.  A wide range of services are on offer including inspirational talks by business role models, workshops, enterprise events, the Big Ideas Wales Challenge and opportunities to shadow an entrepreneur.   The service is on offer to any young person aged 16-24, and we work closely with colleges, universities and organisations outside education across Wales.

Here are some of the targets achieved.

Outputs Project Targets
Total achieved
Role model workshops delivered
Number of role models recruited
Total number of young people participating in the GEC
Number of Big Ideas Wales events
Number of open events
Number of youn people referred to further business support

The Welsh Government still provide this type of service.

Business Wales

Menter a Busnes was one of 4 companies delivering Business Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government.

The project provided business support to people starting, running and growing a business. The support for business included information, advice and guidance delivered online, over the phone via the Business Wales Helpline, and face to face through the network of centres.

Here's an overview of some of our main achievements over the three year period:

  • Over £20 million in public and private investment for SMEs nin North Wales
  • Over 15,000 business enquiries
  • Over 1,000 workshops
  • Over 1,200 jobs created
  • 45 case studies
  • Contact with an audience of over a million people
Business Wales - Taste of Enterprise

Support was provided to individuals who are either unemployed or economically inactive, encouraging them to play a greater role in the economy by trialling or testing their business idea.  Individuals benefited from attending sessions on improving their confidence, business basics workshops and one to one support, to trial their business idea and test the market before starting a permanent business. The programme was operational in the Môn-Menai catchment area and was much appreciated by the clients. The programme came to an end in December 2015.

Business Wales - Tendering

In addition to the standard Business Wales programme, Menter a Busnes was responsible for providing the tendering support service across Wales. Here are some of the striking targets achieved over 3 years:

Suppliers receiving tendering support
Jobs created
Jobs secured Value of contracts won by businesses that had received support

The team went on to esablish a more comprehensive tendering support service for businesses on a commercial basis - see Mabis Tendro for further information.

Food Chains

The Food Chains project provided a practical insight into the needs of consumers and buyers, and supported SME's  within the food and drink sector to interpret the findings and to foster innovation in branding and new product development (NPD). Elements of the programme have been incorporated within the other food services at Menter a Busnes, please see Total Food Marketing.

Llwyddo'n Lleol

Llwyddo’n Lleol was a project for young people across Anglesey and Gwynedd aimed at encouraging a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship. The services offered ranged from awareness raising sessions, events and qualifications in enterprise.  One to one and financial support was also offered to young people wishing to start their own business.  The programme was delivered on behalf of Anglesey and Gwynedd Councils. The councils are looking to build on the work by developing new projects that will aim to attract European sponsorship.


The TAG project supports sheep farmers to increase their use of new technology to enable them to improve business efficiency, by tracking and keeping electronic records of their products throughout the supply chain.  Support is provided to farmers to evaluate the value of the new technology, and also any financial savings or gains.  Another important role is to develop the relationship between the industry and Welsh Government particularly policy makers; and targeted activities to encourage the long term sustainability of the sheep industry in Wales. The database developed as part of the project remains operational and the TAG experitse is being used by British Universities and commercial companies.