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Ebbw Vale Social Enterprise Praised by CEO of NatWest Personal & Business Banking

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A social enterprise in Ebbw Vale that provides employment to people with a disability or from a disadvantaged background has been praised by NatWest’s Chief Executive of Personal and Business Banking Les Matheson.

Ebo Quality Signs specialises in making road traffic signs and was launched by directors Stuart Newell and Jonathan Bell in 2016 after the signage company they worked for went into administration. Keen to continue the work of the company they decided to launch a social enterprise that provided inclusive employment for people who struggled to find work.

The company employs 12 people in its factory at the Waun-Y-Pound Industrial Estate and was helped through funding by NatWest’s Social Community Capital, which provides loans and business support to social enterprises that struggle to access mainstream finance.

Since then the company has gone from strength to strength with a number of UK-wide contracts and ambitions to support more people from the region find employment.

Speaking on a tour of the company’s headquarters Les said:

“This is a fantastic example of a social enterprise providing life-changing opportunities for local people and one that we have been very proud to support. I am delighted that Ebo Quality Signs has been such a success and this is clearly down to the dedication and commitment of all involved in the business.”

Stuart said:

“It was wonderful to welcome Les to our headquarters in Ebbw Vale. He was really interested in learning about how we started the company and the work we do. For us it was nice to be able to show our appreciation for the support NatWest has provided to us. They’ve been with us every step of the way and we’re looking forward to working with them in the future as the company grows to help more people in the area.”