Wales World Wide, the new online business networking site for Welsh businesses, is pleased to announce an official partnership with NatWest.

NatWest’s support will allow Wales World Wide to continue to build an online global network of people with an affinity for Wales to help promote exports and inward investment.

“We see Wales World Wide as an exciting and timely initiative. More and more companies are recognising the need to look further afield for growth and tap into the potential of overseas markets,” says Haydn Thomas, Managing Director, Business Banking, Wales.
“Trading overseas is an exciting proposition for any business, but there’s a lot to think about before you get started. NatWest’s global presence supports businesses almost anywhere, helping make the most of their potential.”

Wales World Wide uses the digital architecture of social media and online marketing to give Welsh companies a platform to showcase their products, share information and develop contacts internationally.

Its core service is a free-to-use online Meeting Place with discussion forums and member-to-member messaging aimed at linking people with common business interests and a connection to Wales.

“With growth so elusive, it’s time to look outwards for new markets and investment,” says Steve Howell, chairman of Wales World Wide.

“Thousands of people across the world have an affinity for Wales – whether through family, educational or business links. Wales World Wide will bring them together in a lively online community in which people can make the contacts that are vital to business success.

“Our aim is for this to become, in effect, an online dating agency through which Welsh businesses make those invaluable contacts that lead to orders and investment.

“We believe there are tens of thousands of people worldwide who would gladly open doors for Welsh business given an easy way to do so.”

Wales World Wide will be formally launched at a breakfast event in Cardiff on Wednesday 26 September with NatWest’s Haydn Thomas, and David Russ Chief Executive of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, among those on the platform.