Alongside having a range of fab speakers, we also have some excellent companies exhibiting with us. Come along and talk to them about the opportunities available within their companies. Who knows – you may find your dream career (you can thank us later!).

So who will be exhibiting? Read below for more info on the companies:

We’re pleased to announce that our sponsor this year will be Reed – read below for more info about their work and their company (they work one day a week for charity – how amazing!?):


Reed are delighted to have been given the opportunity to once again sponsor the Welsh Finance Conference. With the conference taking place every two years it’s too good an opportunity to miss. Reed and the Welsh Finance Conference share many of the same values, with the key being a shared passion about the business of employment and securing jobs for jobseekers.

Founded back in 1960, Reed is the world’s largest family-owned recruitment business and we’re especially proud that our growth has been entirely organic, driven through service excellence and innovation. With a network of 180 offices around the world and vacancies from over 3,000 recruiters in the UK, our biggest priority is to ensure that people of all ages and skillsets find employment. At Reed, we have access to a pool of 10 million candidates and over 20 million workers who are able to view content from Reed each month.

Reed Wales opened in 1995 and today has ten divisions dedicated to specific professions in the South Wales market providing a comprehensive recruitment service to all business sectors.

At Reed 18% of our business is owned by the Reed Foundation which means that we work one day a week for charity!

The Welsh Finance Conference provides us with the perfect opportunity to not only support the financial services sector, but to encourage people from all walks of life to delve into the finance arena and to see that there are a number of wide-ranging roles available within the sector from accountants to project managers and marketing experts to IT specialists.

We not only aid jobseekers to find a permanent job that is right for them but we also offer over 15,000 courses to help our clients to continuously develop and prepare them for the world of work.

If you’d like to find out more or register as a jobseeker please come and visit us on the first floor today!





Atradius provides trade credit insurance, surety and collections services worldwide with a strategic presence in 50 countries.  Our Credit Insurance, Bonding and Collections Products help protect companies from payment risks associated with selling products and services on trade credit.  Our primary business focus is to enable trade. This also impacts on our approach to corporate responsibility, as we believe successful trade is essential for economic development throughout the world. Businesses that can trade successfully are able to create employment and reduce poverty. In addition, we promote transparency and ethics throughout our business and support the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. We’re an international company and recruit talent throughout the world.



Deloitte is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to select clients. These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”). Each DTTL member firm provides services in particular geographic areas and is subject to the laws and professional regulations of the particular country or countries in which it operates.

GM Financial:


GM Financial is the wholly owned captive finance subsidiary of General Motors, and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is a global provider of auto finance solutions, with operations in the U.S., Canada, China, Europe and Latin America. Through our long-standing relationships with auto dealers, we offer attractive retail loan and lease programs to meet the needs of each customer. We also offer commercial lending products to dealers to help them finance and grow their businesses.

Principality Building Society:


Founded by the people of Wales and serving the needs of customers across Wales, Principality Building Society is one of the most trusted financial service sector brands, offering a friendly and professional service and we have no intention of compromising on this legacy.

Principality is the 6th largest building society in the UK. It is a mutual, owned by and run for the benefit of our 500,000 members.  We have over 150 years’ experience, taking care of over £8 billion of our customers’ assets.  We have over 70 outlets – a network of branches and agencies across Wales.

From January 2016, as part of our ongoing support and commitment to Welsh rugby, we entered into a new landmark partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union. This partnership supports the national game of rugby at all levels in communities across Wales and saw the renaming of the home of Welsh rugby as the Principality Stadium.

At Principality, we know that our strength lies in our people and the service they give. That’s why we always make sure our staff are treated as individuals, that they can make a real contribution and that, no matter where they work, they know they’re important to the success of the Society.

This philosophy and a desire to succeed means you could enjoy a long-lasting, fulfilling career with us. So why not find out more about what we can offer you today?

USW – University of South Wales:

uswWith more than 30,000 students at the University of South Wales (‘USW’) is a major player in UK higher education – one of the UK’s ten biggest campus universities by student number. With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers. There partnerships are one of the many reasons that 94% of students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our students also voted the University as one of the top 10 UK universities at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.


ACCA are the world’s leading body for professional accountants, with over 110 years of experience, innovation and excellence. We champion opportunity within accountancy, demonstrate excellence through our qualifications, and act as a driving force within the accounting profession to constantly improve working practices.

We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills needed by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centres and 7,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development.

The ACCA Cymru Wales office was established in 2001 and we now have nearly 6,000 members and students in all sectors of the economy. One of the main priorities is to facilitate the training of students and development of members who can make a significant contribution to Welsh Business.

ACCA Cymru Wales is committed to providing the highest level of service and support to their students, members, employers and learning providers. Please join the ACCA Wales LinkedIn group and follow @ACCAWales on Twitter to keep up to date with news and events, or get in touch directly with any queries by emailing wales@accaglobal.com



Admiral Group Plc is currently the only FTSE 100 company headquartered in Wales. It is an innovative, profitable and growing financial services company.



BBC Finance:



Currently operating in Llandaff, the BBC Finance Centre of Excellence employs around 230 staff. The Centre of Excellence sits at the heart of the BBC’s finance team in Cardiff and provides Process Accounting, Divisional and Financial Reporting to the BBC.

Chartered Institute of Insurance, CII:


We are the premier professional body for the insurance and financial planning professions. We’d like the chance to talk to you about the world of insurance and financial planning and job opportunities available.

DS Smith:


DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and a specialist in plastic packaging worldwide. At the Shared Service Centre we have centralised functions for Payroll, Recruitment, Pensions, IT and Finance. We have grown exponentially since the opening of the SSC in 2012, going from 30 staff to 150. We are at the forefront of the business and are most customer’s first interaction with DS Smith.

Finance Wales:


Finance Wales provides tailored debt, equity and investments to Welsh SMEs at all growth stages. We build long-term relationships with the businesses we invest in and continue to invest as they grow.




Our founder, Sir Julian Hodge, is widely acknowledged as the catalyst behind the development of the dynamic financial services sector that now exists in South Wales.

We are a family-controlled company which underpins our culture and philosophy and it is this that sets us apart from other financial institutions,

At Hodge we endeavour to do the right thing, which goes to the heart of who we are. We focus on those things which do best and concentrate on doing them well, and we’re respected for our specialist knowledge and expertise, built up over many decades.

We off clear and straightforward deposit products and form lasting relationships with our commercial lending clients, helping them to achieve vital property investment and development deals.

Hodge Lifetime is a business dedicated to the retirement market We offer the broadest range of mortgages aimed at older borrowers and are proud of our innovative approach to this market.

Our commitment to doing the right thing also extends to our own people and to society. 80% of the group is owned by the Hodge Foundation, a charity which supports causes in welfare, medicine, academia and education.

In everything we do, we’ve developed a strong and valued reputation for delivering great service to our customers.



KPMG’s Audit, Tax, Advisory, Technology and Central Services programmes offer graduates the chance to work alongside some of the brightest minds, on rewarding and challenging work. It’s an inspiring environment where people work with passion and purpose in a variety of diverse industries such as Media, Leisure, Financial Services and Government and Public Sector.

Optimum Credit:


We currently have over 70 colleagues at our offices central Cardiff, and we have ambitious plans to grow our business.  We are always on the lookout for talented people who get a kick out of doing a great job, have a passion for excellence, and love working collaboratively to put customers first.



We’re one of the world’s leading professional services organisations with 210,000 people across 157 countries. We advise some of the most successful organisations, entrepreneurs and private businesses. Our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems.

Swansea University:


Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a research-led institution with an excellent reputation for the quality of its student experience.

The Office of National Statistics:


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is one of the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised National Statistical Institute of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Office for National Statistics as it increases its economic capability to enhance analysis and reporting on the UK`s changing economy.

ONS is an exciting place to work and provides the opportunity to apply theory to a range of practical issues. You could be working closely with analysts in other Government Departments- such as HM Treasury and the Bank of England.

ONS provides a direct entry route into employment, enabling candidates to complete on the job training and build essential skills and career development to gain qualifications and professional accreditations.

We are currently recruiting for HEO Economic Researchers and Operational Researchers. To apply, register on the Civil Service jobs website (www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk) and complete the online application form.

The Wales Audit Office:


The Wales Audit Office support the Auditor General as the public sector watchdog for Wales. Their mission is to let the people of Wales know whether public money is being managed wisely – or not. And they work closely with public bodies across Wales to help them understand how they can improve.