Community Employment Mentor/ Mentor Cyflogaeth Cymunedol
Communities for Work Plus/ Cymunedau ar Gyfer Gwaith a Mwy
Torfaen County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen
Local lady Nicole Morris from Penygarn has realised her lifelong dream of opening and running her own hair salon.
Based in Pontypool Town, Nicole has worked for the past six months refurbishing and re-designing the premises, putting Sweet Pixie Hair Salon firmly on the map.
Apart from traditional hair and beauty services, the salon also offers a range of other services which include; braiding, extensions, barbering, aesthetics and wedding packages.
The venture has been supported by Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus project, where Nicole received support with business planning, marketing, promotion funding, business banking and insurance advice. The business also received funds for basic equipment.
Nicole said, “I can’t thank Communities for Work Plus enough for all their support. It has been a long journey for me but it’s something I have always wanted and dreamt of going to do and now it’s a reality. I’m hoping my business will develop over time and I will be able to continue to provide services for local people.”
Communities for Work Plus continues to support self-employed start-up businesses, which is proving to be of huge interest in Torfaen.
CFW+ Employer Engagement officer, Richard Murphy said, “It’s been a long road to get to this point for Nicole but everything has been put in place for this venture to work. It’s now up to Nicole to use her passion for the sector and to look to provide another great service for the residents of the county borough.
Self-employment is increasingly on the agenda for our residents and to see shops re-opening on our high streets is contributing hugely to reinvigorating our communities and stimulating the local economy."
If you have a business idea and would like some advice and support to help set it up, please contact Richard Murphy on 01633 647455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you if you would like support towards employment.