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The area coloured bright green on the map may not be the everybody's first choice for setting up a new business but it has a lot going for it:
- It is a very pleasant place in which to live. I have travelled the world but never have I found a more attractive combination of coastal, mountain and pastoral scenery than in the Lleyn Peninsula.
- It is close to four major conurbations, namely Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South and West Yorkshire and Dubiln.
- It is part of the Northern Powerhouse and on the freight routes between Dublin and London and Dublin and the ports on the Humber.
- It has a fine research university at Bangor which has developed the Menai Science Park in Anglesey (see M-SParc - Anglesey's Science Park 29 Aug 2018 NIPC News) and the Pontio Centre with its FabLab (see The Pontio Centre: A Resource for Inventors, Designers and Makers in North Wales 14 Dec 2018).
Unlike England, there are no local enterprise partnerships in Wales. Instead, Business Wales offers the same sort of advice and support that used to be provided in England by Business Link under the strategic oversight of the Welsh government. There are therefore no Business and IP Libraries though Llandudno junction was once part of the PatLib network (see A New Patlib has opened at Llandudno Junction North Wales 15 April 2011 Patlib UK). The nearest English Business and IP Centre is at Liverpool Central Library.
As there are no Business and IP Centres in Wales Liverpool Central Library hosts the nearest CIPA patent clinic. Advice on contracts, copyrights and trade marks is also available through specialist clinics at the library. The only IP clinic in Wales takes place at the Intellectual Property Office in Newport. A search of the CIPA and CITMA databases suggests that all the patent and trade mark attorneys in Wales practise in the south and mainly in and around Cardiff.
Business funding in Wales is offered by the National Development Bank of Wales which trades under the Banc trade mark. The Bank has four offices in Wales the nearest being at St Asaph and Wrexham. According to the "About Us" page of its website, it offers both loan and equity finance. A list of the funds it manages also appears on its website, There is also a business angel network known as Angels Invest Wales
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