FXW director Simon Harrison said: "Mr Firman has a track record of achievement in waste management and he is now making his specialist skills available to industry operators.
RAISING STANDARDS: DRN managing director Andy Firman, left, with FXW director Simon Harrison, centre, and FXW adviser Ben Stitfall
Mr Thomas, based at FXW's Swansea office, is an expert in farming finance, having been an agricultural banking manager with Barclays' specialist agricultural team.
FXW's Newport office, headed up new business and corporate finance activities respectively, working with many SMEs across south-east Wales.
FXW, with offices in Swansea and Newport, is run by a team with more than 200 years combined banking experience.
The alliance has been engineered by Gary Powling of Millfield Consulting and Mike Hayden, who heads the Swansea office of FXW. Both reached senior management levels in the banking world in Wales before launching independent careers.
Mr Llewelyn praised FXW's input: "The life of an entrepreneur, especially when you borrow large sums, can be lonely and the knowledge, guidance and support of FXW has been very welcome," he said.
FXW director Paul Crane said: "In his 10 years maintaining Cardiff Backpackers as the number one hostel in Wales, Sion has proved he knows what the market wants and can deliver.
FXW, formerly Finance Exchange Wales, was founded five years ago by directors Paul Crane and Simon Harrison, whose long careers at senior levels with Barclays Bank have given them an in-depth knowledge of the finance industry.
FXW currently employs nine, with further recruitment in the pipeline.
The Banks have a varying degree of appetite for the scheme but nonetheless FXW had an offer of funding in place within 7 days.
' FXW did it all for me - quite frankly I did not have the time to get involved.