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Success story - Lauren Paul

Winning apprentice of the month

Lauren Paul’s journey with People Plus began in July 2012, when she began her engagement programme in the Swansea centre. During her time in the centre, Lauren decided to pursue a career in administration after completing a number of work tasters. Over the next 3 years Lauren’s career path has seen her progress from the Engagement programme to Traineeship level 1 in Business and Administration where she achieved her NVQ in a shorter timescale than planned.

Laurensecured employment in 2013 with Business Sense Associates which is based at The Business Centre through The Welsh Governments Jobs Growth Wales programme. Lauren blossomed within her role as an administrator at Business Sense Associates and at the end of the 6 months Jobs Growth Wales opportunity Lauren was offered a permanent contract as an Assistant Administrator at The Business Centre.

From there Lauren went on to be promoted to Junior Business Consultant, where she is now responsible for liaising with local people wishing to start a business and advising them on what actions to take etc. Lauren will also support the customers by helping them write business plans, help them with business loans and help with further marketing/ advertising tips for the customers and generally provide ongoing support to her customers. Business Sense Associateswork alongside People Plus as End to End delivery partners,  and the Job Centre in order to carry out the New Enterprise Allowance programme, this programme allows people who are on benefits to receive the help and support they need in order to start up their business.

“I thoroughly enjoy my job! It can be very rewarding being able to support people and see them progress within their business and be there every step of the way for them. I also believe that the more I work with my clients the more knowledge I am able to possess, allowing me to be able to give the best possible advice to my clients. It makes a massive difference to see your client’s progress further within their business and gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Throughout her time atBusiness Sense Associates  , Lauren continues to progress in her qualifications. She is currently working towards her level 2 in Business & Administration and at the same time she is working towards her SFEDI level 5 Qualification in Business Enterprise Support.

Lauren is indeed a great example of the success that can come from hard work and determination and with the support of  Business Sense Associates  Lauren’s future looks very positive.

“Working at The Business Centre has given me so much more confidence in myself and my career, The Managing Director  Sheran Grey has been there every step of the way with my progression and she has given me so many opportunities to help me progress further. She has been a brilliant mentor to myself and many others. Sheran has improved not only my skills within business but most importantly she has immensely improved my confidence with other people. I thoroughly look forward to my futureworking with Business Sense Associates and cannot thank Sheran enough for all her hard work!”

Business Sense Associates Ltd. Ltd Company number 08636013

Registered Office : The Business Centre, 1-5 Peniel Green Rd, Llansamlet, Swansea SA7 9AP