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Enterprise Blaenau Gwent

Enterprise Blaenau Gwent is a NEW WCVA Active Inclusion project supporting individuals that are experiencing difficulties and facing barriers getting help with their business idea.

This new initiative will enable individuals 25yrs+ experiencing difficulties and barriers to consider an alternative route and to talk about and consider business ideas, learning what is needed to make a business idea a success. Participants will receive confidential support and guidance throughout their journey.

This programme is perfect for anyone who is interested in turning their passion or hobby into a potential new enterprise.

With the individual at the heart of the project, Enterprise Blaenau Gwent helps those that are at the very earliest stages of developing their ideas but may be experiencing difficulties and facing barriers with moving their business idea forward.

To be eligible for the project, Participants will be either:

  • Long Term Unemployed (12 months +) or
  • Economically Inactive

and trying to overcome a range of challenges and barriers making traditional work/job difficult for them at present.

Why promote Self-Employment

  • The flexibility around current commitments
  • Using the skills they currently have
  • Doing what they enjoy and/or good at

This can provide a realistic option enabling people to:

  • Start their own business
  • Be their own boss
  • Turn a hobby into a business

Enterprise Advisor - Carmel Barry 

Carmel Barry has been engaged in helping people setting up successful and sustainable businesses for over 40 years.  Initially, this was part of her role in Nat West Bank, where she worked for 24 years, becoming a Senior Business Manager of one of Wales’ largest branches with a staff of 80+.

Carmel set up her own consultancy business in 2000, delivering support to businesses looking to raise loan capital, writing tenders and bids, as well as writing and delivering training courses. She began to work on Welsh Government business support contracts, with a range of providers including Newport & Gwent Enterprise, Centre for Business, South Wales Chamber of Commerce and currently with Business in Focus. This new project is providing her with what she describes as her most rewarding work ever.

Carmel says; “This new, exciting WCVA Active Inclusion project is a fantastic opportunity to reach out and provide support, guidance and help to people in Blaenau Gwent who are facing challenges and hurdles, and for whom their own business could be a perfect next step”.

“They don’t even have to have an idea yet – they may just want some help to think about what they like doing, what they are good at, and then let us help and guide them and see if this can work out for them”.

Please get in touch for a friendly chat and let’s see if this project can help you.

Contact Carmel – CarmelB@businessinfocus.co.uk  - 07989 505003
or call the Main Office on 01656 868545



The project has been supported by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.

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