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The Communities for Work Plus project has a dedicated Employer Engagement Officer who has expertise in supporting participants who wish to venture into self-employment.

Through designated and specific 1:1 meetings to discuss ideas and business planning, to access to the mandatory Taking the Plunge course in order to be prepared for operating as a trader; support also includes advice to complete business plans, access to funding for marketing and promotional materials and relevant equipment.

All support is underpinned by advice around business banking and business registration and further guidance on access to market, business sustainability and income generation. Once the above steps are complete, a business launch will be arranged through Torfaen County Borough Council’s Communications Unit and the local press. Business launches also include invitations to friends, family members and local councillors in order to give your business the most effective launch as possible.

One local success is Front Row Foods, a catering business that received support from our Employer Engagement Officer:

A café situated on Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate, opened by local Torfaen resident, Jonathan Gibbs who fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning his own business. Jonathan had years of experience in the catering trade, but worked tirelessly to secure a premises and fulfil everything needed to get his venture off the group. With bespoke support from Communities for Work Plus’ Employer Engagement Officer, the business launched in July 2018 and is now a thriving and much utilised local business.

Useful Links


Business Wales: All the information you need for starting and growing your own business:

Business Wales: Everything needed for starting up and business planning:

Gateway Credit Union: Useful information on business start-up loans:

Working for Yourself: Everything you need to do to set yourself up as a sole trader:

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We would love to hear from you if you would like support towards employment.