A man from PONTYPOOL started his own garden landscaping business after a struggle for support almost made him give up on his dream.
Amos Jones set up AJ Gardening Services with the help of Communities for Work Plus.
Mr Jones had been struggling to get the support needed to launch the business since he decided to pursue the idea.
He contacted the Communities for Work Plus project, which was able to support him in its business plan and in the design of the logo and marketing materials.
Mr Jones had previously purchased a van and had a list of services he would provide, but the Welsh government-funded project was able to fund gardening equipment and outerwear for Mr Jones, and the center for the Job was able to finance its marketing expenses – flyers, signage for its van, business cards and receipt books.
To help him start his business, Mr. Jones received support from Communities for Work Plus through an employment mentor, the project’s Employer Liaison Officer and their Project Employer Liaison Officer. ‘commitment and support for participation.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to Clare, Rich and Mel [from Communities for Work Plus] for all of their help in starting my own business, ”Mr. Jones said.
“They supported me from day one and I knew I could reach them on the phone whenever I needed advice.
“I would also like to thank my work coach at [Pontypool] job center for helping me too – at one point I thought I couldn’t get any support but the CfW + team in Torfaen made sure I had all the help I needed.
You can find out more by calling AJ Gardening Services on 07747 822 869 for a no-obligation quote. You can also find the details of AJ Gardening Services in the UDDR Applications Directory.
If you would like help developing your business idea, contact Communities for Work Plus on 01495 742131 or 01633 648312. You can also find them on Facebook by searching Communities for Work Plus Torfaen or on cfwplustorfaen.co.uk