Celebrating Business Successes - BG Effect Business Fund Anniversaries

A number of local Blaenau Gwent businesses that were successful in their application for the BG Effect Business fund have been enjoying their first BG Effect Fund Anniversary and sharing their success of the first year of business trading.

Christian Paul applied for BG Effect Business funding last year to assist with the purchase of tools to support his business start up“Christian Paul Handyman and Garden Services”.   Christian has developed a regular customer base and has a number of garden maintenance contracts in place, including the management of Japanese Knotweed.  

Christian said “BG Effect Funding was a great help with my initial business start up helping cover the cost of my equipment and therefore taking away some of the stress and pressure of the large financial investment I needed to make. Having to create a business plan helped me focus closely on my needs and one year on, I have a successful Handyman & Garden Services Business with numerous regular customers.

Ashley Trow successfully applied for BG Effect Funding last summer to start up The Barber Lounge in Llanhilleth.  Ashley has also enjoyed a good first trading year and offers both walk-in sessions via his active Facebook page, along with general booked appointments.  Ashley has won awards related to his barbering skills and due to business growth, is currently advertising to take on an apprentice looking to start a career in this growing service sector.   Ashley commented “The BG Effect Funding helped me do something I love - everyday making someone feel better about themselves!  I had a vision and this is just the start!”

The BG Effect Fund grant scheme which has been in “effect” since November 2017 has supported 25 new business and 31 full time positions start-ups in Blaenau Gwent.

The application process provides referral support for those who need assistance in preparing a business plan and a dedicated business development officer provides weekly business drop in sessions throughout libraries in Blaenau Gwent each Friday between 10am-12pm for anyone who wishes to chat through a business idea.  No appointment is needed.

If you have a business start up idea and would like further information on how the BG Effect Fund could potentially assist your entrepreneurial aspirations, please give us a call on 01495 355700 or email us on business@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk