A free start-up club will be launched for anyone living in the Vale of Glamorgan who wants to start their own business or for people who have been running one for less than three years.
The Vale Council’s Economic Development team plans to launch a free club, having recently supported nearly 50 businesses to start trading through its Bursary Scheme.
The Council aims to support and include new and existing businesses that are up to three years old.
They are also keen to hear great business ideas from people who are keen to make their plans a reality.
One of the new businesses started with help from the bursary and mentoring is Sadler Jones, a luxury paper goods company founded by award winning designer Cath Jones.
“Since launching officially in June this year at my first trade show I am now supplying greeting cards, notebooks, prints and wrapping paper to independent stockists all over the UK. I have also managed to get my first international stockist in Dubai. In the last month I have started supplying to two major high street retailers, and I look forward to taking on my first placement student in January. Without the support of the Vale and Waterloo Foundation I would not have been able to start my own business.” – Cath Jones.
The Vale Council is also working with Business Wales to host day long start-up training sessions.
Members of the club will be able to book in to see local entrepreneur and an experienced mentor, Annette Gee and the team for 1-1 support.
Cllr Jonathan Bird, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning said: “Starting with the launch event on the 2nd October, we plan to hold quarterly networking events and will be sharing regular news on training, funding and other new business opportunities”.
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