Welsh vets get loan to expand
Welshpool based Camlas Farm Vets has been able to offer nine new jobs and take on larger premises, thanks to an £80,000 Development Bank of Wales loan.
Camlas Farm Vets is an independent, dedicated farm animal veterinary practice. Working with commercial farms and smallholders, it supports clients in the Powys and Shropshire area.
The practice is run by Amy McKie, who has worked at the practice since qualifying as a vet in 2009 with her co-partners, Fflur and Iolo, also qualified vets. Their former location was functional but small, with no way to increase capacity and accommodate additional support staff needed as the business grew.
Amy said: “Whilst we usually treat the animals offsite, during the lambing season it’s common for farmers to bring ewes with lambing difficulties to the practice. One of the things we are using the loan for is to convert one of the rooms into an operating theatre.”
Amy added: “The loan from the Development Bank of Wales has been hugely important. Having the loan structured to our business needs has enabled us to relocate, safeguard existing jobs and plan for future growth.”
Chris Hayward, Investment Executive at Development Bank of Wales, said: “The practice services customers on the Welsh border, and we recognised this loan was key for them to keep up with demand.”
The funding came from the Wales Business Fund which is part-funded by the ERDF, through the Welsh Government. It was created specifically to support businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Wales and those willing to move here.
Caption L-R - Iolo White, Amy McVie, Fflur Roberts and Chris Hayward