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Ian Breaker Author

Ian Breaker's COVID launch to success

Ian launched his digital publishing business during COVID. Here he tells us how NEA helped him launch his first book during lockdown.


Rainbow Sea Creations

Jenny flourishes despite COVID

When Jenny saw the poor quality of some of the expensive, printed clothing she'd bought, she just knew that she could do better. And she has!


Pembrokeshire Llama Experience

Llamas help the community through COVID

When the coronavirus impacted their plans for the Pembrokeshire Llama Experience, John and Alexandria decided to take the llamas into the community to help.


Argoed Automotive Centre Ltd

Michael's determined that his business will thrive, regardless of COVID-19

Michael had just opened his MOT centre when COVID-19 emerged. Michael shows us how he diversified his services to stay in business.


The Welsh Luxury Hamper Company

A business is a great way to challenge my goals says Abigail Chamberlain

And challenge her goals Abi has! Now the proud owner of The Welsh Luxury Hamper Company, Abi is going from strength to strength.


Mrs Makeover

It's hard work but I love what I do says Rebecca Lloyd

In starting her business Mrs Makeover, Rebecca has also managed to make over her own life... and meet Prince Charles while doing it.


Rob and Liz

Like many entrepreneurs, the secret of Robert Tew’s success was finding something he felt passionate about.

Like many entrepreneurs, the secret of Robert Tew’s success was finding something he felt passionate about. Here's how he turned a hobby into a business. Robert, 40, was looking for work while on Universal Credit after spending eight years as a full-time carer to a close relative. During his time as a carer, and in a previous job as a self-employed bookmaker, Robert had developed a skill for website design and computer programming which he had used to help out friends as a favour.


Chris and Sheran

Life is all about second – and third – chances, says Chris Perry

If anyone knows the value of embracing the chances that life throws at you, it’s Chris Perry.

Just over 50 years ago, while heavily pregnant with Chris, his mother fell ill on flight out of Calcutta, India and was given permission by the captain to disembark. Just six minutes after the plane took off, it encountered a severe thunderstorm and crashed into the ground in a ball of flames, killing all 37 passengers and six crew on board. She and Chris were the only survivors. Read more...

Sheran Grey

Sheran Grey listed in Maserati 100

Serial Entrepreneur and Business Advisor Sheran Grey from Swansea has been listed in the Maserati 100 2016 published by the Sunday Times.

The Maserati 100 are the top 100 entrepreneurs and advisors in the U.K. inspiring of entrepreneurs. Sheran has been in business for over 30 years and currently runs Business Sense Accountants and Business Sense Associates. Business Sense Associates delivers the New Enterprise Allowance programme as a partner for DWP. Read more...

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New Enterprise Allowance

More than 130,000 new businesses have been started by entrepreneurial jobseekers across the UK according to new official statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Figures reveal that a total of 131,000 new businesses across the UK have been created using the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) since it was introduced in April 2011. Read more...

Chris Keenan chef

Success Story Chris Keenan

A MICHELIN-STARRED chef is one of a growing number of budding businessmen and women in Swansea who have been helped to realise their potential as entrepreneurs.

Chris Keenan had been head chef at Swansea's Morgans Hotel until leaving to be with his wife Lynda as she went through treatment for breast cancer. Read more...

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Matthew Senior: Gower Sail Shades and Awnings

Inspiration for a great business idea can strike in the most unlikely places. For experienced yachtsman Matthew Senior, it came after clocking up 80,000 miles at sea, culminating in winning the Hobart yacht race off the Australian coast.

The answer to being a successful entrepreneur had literally been in front of his face, Matthew, 43, explained. “I spent 14 years as a professional sailor and realised that I could use the same technology employed in the manufacture of ships’ sails and rigging to produce high-quality shades and awnings,” he said Read more...

Lauren Paul

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. Read more...

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Harbourside Antiques and Collectibles

Former Ceredigion Parks and Gardens employee Meurig Davies has gone from cutting grass to selling treasures from the past with help from a Government scheme for budding entrepreneurs.

The father of three had tended Ceredigion’s parks and gardens for four years before he was made redundant in 2014. He picked himself up and set up as a self-employed gardener and handyman. But when misfortune struck again, in the form of a condition which limited the use of his hands, he decided to turn his passion for antiques into a new career. Read more...

Sheran Grey

Women in Business Awards 2015

The sheer number of entries this year shows what a massive contribution women make to the regional economy. The winners in each category will be announced at the glitzy award ceremony at Swansea's Marriott Hotel on Friday, October 9, when the overall Business Woman of the Year 2015 will also be announced. Read more...

Liz Hopkins

Success Story Liz Hopkin

While most of us are familiar with that dreaded ‘Monday morning feeling’, Liz Hopkin positively relishes the start of each new week.

Setting up her own business after 12 years working for the same company has encouraged Liz to see life a little differently.

“I used to dread Mondays, but now I wake up and think ‘what difference am I going to make today?’, ‘what challenges are going to come up?’. I think ‘yeah, Monday, bring it on!’” said Liz. Read more...

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