A GROUP of Welsh companies, including a patent design firm based in Newport, have travelled to Singapore to showcase the best of what Wales has to offer.

The 15 firms have travelled to the city-state off southern Malaysia as part of a Welsh Government trade mission aiming to improve links with the international business community.

Among them is Patent Seekers, which is based in Cedar Court, Hazel Drive, and helps other companies develop patents for new products.

The Welsh Government's economy secretary Ken Skates said: "Singapore is a leading global business hub with an open and trade driven economy and is actively growing trading relationship with Wales and the UK.

"Last year alone, the value of exports from Wales to Singapore was £74 million and we are keen to build on this success.

"I am pleased that such a diverse range of Welsh businesses are participating in our latest export market visit, ranging from companies providing products and services for global shipping industries, through to businesses specialising in Welsh food products.

"It highlights the depth and breadth of Welsh expertise across the sectors, an offering which has proven very popular at similar past trade missions.

"This visit strengthens our commitment to sell Wales to the world and will provide an ideal platform for us to build on established links and discuss future export opportunities with a growing market."

The group left on Saturday, July 8 and will return tomorrow, Tuesday.

During the visit the companies will showcase what they have to offer at a business reception hosted by deputy British high commissioner Jonathan Darby.