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Unleash is a collaborative community created to help the SMEs of Southeast Wales achieve their goals and ambitions. We bring together businesses of all sizes and sectors – and we’re proud to be supported by…

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Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
The Western Gateway Partnership:
We are the pan-regional partnership for South Wales and Western England. Stretching from Swansea to Swindon, we bring together business, research and local leaders to add £34bn to the economy by 2030, support innovation and reach net zero.

What we do:
We work in partnership to add to the area’s existing strategies and structures. Currently we are working to build the UK’s first Hydrogen ecosystem, develop a 2050 vision to drive investment in rail and organising an independent commission to explore sustainable energy in the Severn Estuary. We are also convening the area’s skills to develop the first cross border Cyber Super Cluster and promoting excellence from across the area with the highest levels of government in both Wales and England.
Gold Sponsor
We are an ambitious university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. A member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research-intensive universities, we bring the brightest minds together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society, the economy, and the environment.

Our mission
We work with organisations of all sizes and sectors to support, encourage and drive innovation through collaboration, helping to make a better future for Wales and the world.
Our five new Innovation and Research Institutes address security, crime and intelligence, digital transformation, net zero, neuroscience and mental health, and systems immunity. Individually unique, collectively brilliant, we stand for progress, together. More at www.cardiff.ac.uk

Evening Reception Sponsors

Evening Reception Sponsor
Geldards are one of Wales’ leading law firms. With offices in Cardiff, Derby, Nottingham and London, we support a broad range of clients throughout the UK, Europe and Internationally. We deliver award-winning legal advice to a range of leading businesses and major employers, public sector organisations including Welsh and UK Governments, local authorities, charities as well as private individuals and families.

Silver Exhibitors

Silver Exhibitor
The Development Bank of Wales brings ambitions to life and fuelling possibilities for people, businesses and communities in Wales, putting Wales’ potential at the heart of its decision making.
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Full service law firm Blake Morgan is committed to supporting a sustainable and thriving Welsh economy and our lawyers are proud to advise developers and investors with the decarbonisation and growth agenda's in Wales.
Silver Exhibitor
FinTech Wales is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at making Welsh FinTech a pillar of the global economy - nurturing talent while connecting and enabling the sector's ecosystem.
Silver Exhibitor
The Media Cymru Consortium is made up of 23 partner organisations based across the Cardiff Capital Region. Together we deliver projects in, and for, the media sector in Wales. We’re a Consortium with a shared aim – to turn Cardiff Capital Region into a global hub for media innovation with a focus on green and fair economic growth.
Silver Exhibitor
Winner of Welsh Government and Cardiff Capital Region’s Better Lives Closer to Home Challenge, NearMeNow have brought VZTA, the world’s first Smart Town Ecosystem software to market in a collaborative project with Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthsire Local Authorities.
Silver Exhibitor
The Department for Business and Trade team in Wales works to bring more investment into Wales, more jobs into Wales, and more export opportunities to Wales.  The team is dedicated to improving access to DBT services for Welsh businesses.
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Selected by the Department for Work and Pensions Serco deliver the Restart Scheme in Wales and West Central England, supporting eligible individuals to find jobs in their local area. We comprehensively assess Participants’ needs and motivations using our evidence-based employability model and work with our network of trusted providers and partners to help break down barriers to work. Continuous improvement is at the heart of what we do and through the development of our Centre of Excellence, we use data and research to create evidence-based practice which drives positive outcomes.
Silver Exhibitor
Founded in 2006, QuestionPro offers a fully integrated online platform that includes surveys, research & insights, customer experience (CX) and workforce/employee experience software. We additionally offer polling, journey mapping, employee 360s, and data visualisation.

Our clientele ranges from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies, who rely on us for insights about customers, employees, and the marketplace. With offices in the UK (headquartered in London), USA, Germany, Mexico, the UAE and India, our customers have 24/7 access to highly trained support specialists and engineers.
CCR RSP
Silver Exhibitor
The CCRSP aims to identify and respond to the social, economic and skills needs of the Cardiff Capital Region by engaging with employers and other stakeholders to identify current and future skills needs and plan accordingly to enable an inclusive regional response to the CCR City Deal and Welsh Government policies and initiatives.
Silver Exhibitor
The Cyber Innovation Hub vision is “To transform Cardiff Capital Region into a leading UK cyber cluster by 2030”. It will achieve this by creating a pipeline of new cyber products, high-growth businesses, and talent in the region. Cardiff University, Alacrity Foundation, University of South Wales and Tramshed Tech have formed a partnership to develop the Cyber Innovation Hub, with strategic co-leadership from Airbus, Thales and CGI.
Silver Exhibitor
The National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) is a Wales- wide representative body for all those organisations or individuals involved in the delivery of learning in the workplace. NTFW represent our members with stakeholders throughout Wales and the UK challenging, influencing and shaping policy on skills and apprenticeships.
Silver Exhibitor
Educ8 Training Group incorporates both Haddon Training and Aspire 2Be, and is a champion of work based and lifelong learning. The company provides learners with high-quality education opportunities and helps businesses to grow by upskilling their people. They're proud to work with employers of all sizes, from SMEs to multinational corporations.
Barclays Eagle Labs
Silver Exhibitor
A platform to connect the UK’s entrepreneurial community, Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, growth programmes, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses. By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace.
Silver Exhibitor
Torfaen Business Direct offers a personal service to businesses for all their needs. Encouraging home-grown businesses and attracting new investment to the Borough. Torfaen Business Direct will provide a single point of contact for all enquiries to Torfaen Council.
Newport City Council
Silver Exhibitor
Newport City Council delivers some 800 services to 160,000 people and businesses. We are home to a vibrant economy that encompasses businesses in high-value industrial, manufacturing, global logistics, med tech, and creative industries. All of this is linked in to thriving local academic research capabilities at the University of South Wales. Newport operates at the forefront of the global compound semiconductor sector and is also home to the UK Office of National Statistics - making us a successful data city.
Silver Exhibitor
PureCyber is an established industry leader, providing a complete and unique range of award winning cyber security solutions for businesses of any size and sector, in any location around the world. Their mission is to strengthen business’s internal and external cyber security posture and resilience to attack.
Silver Exhibitor
GlobalWelsh is an independent non-profit organisation focused on connecting Welsh people and businesses globally. There are over 3 million people with a connection to Wales around the world – the Welsh diaspora. By capturing individuals’ desire to reconnect to home, GlobalWelsh is able to facilitate new warm connections and uncover unique opportunities for both people and businesses, both home and away. Its community platform, GlobalWelsh Connect, is home to thousands of members across over 60 countries and 150 industries – each with their own unique connection to Wales.
Venture
Silver Exhibitor
Powered by the Cardiff Capital Region, Venture Skills & Talent provides a range of skills & talent interventions, designed to support your business growth plans. From professional, graduate recruitment & development solutions, Skills Academies, Cyber Masters Programme through to bespoke skills solutions, talk to Venture's Business Development Managers to see how we can assist.
Lexington Corporate Finance
Silver Exhibitor
Lexington Corporate Finance helps business owners, companies and entrepreneurs achieve growth and realise the full value from their businesses and investments. We offer a flexible, high-quality service and form relationships built upon mutual trust, respect and success. We offer strategic advice on everything from growth plans and fund-raising, to acquisitions, company disposals, management buyouts and spin outs. We regularly achieve company valuations that exceed our clients’ expectations and our experience includes advising on a wide range of complex deals and transactions. At the heart of our business is a team of experienced, creative and motivated people. Lexington was named “Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year” at the 2021 Wales Dealmakers Awards and featured in the Wales “FastGrowth 50” for two consecutive years.
Hugh James
Silver Exhibitor
Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff, London, Southampton, Plymouth and Manchester. The firm has grown from humble beginnings in 1960 to become a leading law firm, servicing a vast range of clients across the UK and overseas. We are a full service firm which provides expert legal services to a vast range of clients. Our clients range from businesses, individuals and banks to public sector organisations, property companies, education establishments and utilities providers. Within these client groups we specialise in a number of sectors which you can find out about on this website. All of our services are listed here as well along with the key people who manage our teams and work with our clients.
Silver Exhibitor
CSconnected is the collective brand for a growing number of advanced semiconductor related activities in Wales, home to a unique community of academic institutions, prototyping facilities and global, high-volume manufacturing capabilities that collaborate across a range of research and innovation programs. CSconnected is uniquely positioned to develop a global advantage in a sovereign, key enabling technology which will allow Wales and the UK to increase trade globally in critical sectors such as 5G communications, autonomous and electric vehicles, advanced medical devices, and consumer electronics of the future.

In 2020, CSconnected received government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF). The 55-month CSconnected SIPF project has a total value of £43million, supported by £25million of UKRI funds. It builds on Wales's regional strengths and integrates research excellence with a unique regional supply chain in compound semiconductor manufacturing.
Silver Exhibitor
The University for South Wales has campuses in Cardiff, Newport, and Pontypridd. Driven by its mission to change lives and our world for the better, USW is Wales’s leading widening participation university, improving individuals’ life chances and creating more prosperous communities.

USW has two wholly owned subsidiaries - the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil – and, according to research by Biggar Economics, help the USW group make a significant economic contribution - £1.1billion to the UK economy every year - each £1 received in income generates £5.30 to the wider economy.

USW’s growing suite of degree apprenticeships and foundation degrees, alongside the continued delivery of USW’s Network 75 programme, extends the education offering for students who can earn while they learn, broadening the appeal of studying, and creating graduates who are in touch with business and industry needs.

With students from more than 100 countries, we are global in our outlook, with a vibrant and diverse student community.

Audio Visual Partner

Audio Visual Partner
Red90 was formed in 2003 and has spent the last 20 years providing films to the broadcast and high-end corporate markets. Their in-house team can provide filming, animation, drone and photography services, with experience around the UK and overseas from St Lucia to South Africa. Red90 is proud to be AV partner with CCR.