SMALL businesses in Wrexham are holding their own among the top entrepreneurs in the Principality.
That is according to the Wales Hot 100 list of best performing start-up companies.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans of the National Entrepreneurship Observatory for Wales said Wrexham was: 'a hotspot for new enterprises' as he launched the list.
While companies from Cardiff and Swansea dominate, Wrexham is well represented, with four companies making the grade.
'Although there are hotspots for new enterprises in towns such as Wrexham, Llanelli and Aberystwyth, it is disappointing that there are few entrants from our most deprived areas,' said Prof Jones-Evans.
All Welsh businesses established since January 2000 that now achieve a minimum of £100,000 in annual turnover were assessed by the professor and his colleague Prof David Brookbank.
A total of 18 North Wales- based firms made the list. Wrexham businesses Ellison Marketing Ltd, Kinderkey, Moneypenny and Visive were among them.
Ellison and Kinderkey received guidance and support from Wrexham County Borough Council's Business Enterprise Team led by Morag Jones when they started up.
'I am thrilled that our company is included in the Wales Hot 100 and to hear that Wrexham has been identified as a hotspot for new businesses,' said Mike Ellison, director of Ellison Marketing Ltd.
'We only launched in 2003 and the help we received from Morag and her team has been invaluable.'
Morag Jones said the recognition for the companies showed her department was working.
'We are always delighted when someone we have worked with enjoys success but it is particularly pleasing to see Wrexham-based companies now gaining national recognition.
'Our survival rate for new businesses is ahead of the national average and we aim to provide sound business support to all potential entrepreneurs.'
The Wrexham-based companies on the list cover a broad range of sectors - Kinderkey is a pioneer of play equipment, Moneypenny provides telephone answering services, Visive specialises in bespoke LED lighting design and manufacture, while Ellison offers high quality business marketing.
'A key part of Wrexham's appeal is the variety of business premises available,' said Morag. 'It will help us to further diversify the local economy with all the benefits that can bring.'