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Free Business Workshops to Aid Monmouthshire’s Entrepreneurs


People considering starting their own business in Monmouthshire or developing their existing one, are eligible to attend a series of free workshops in April, delivered by the Welsh Government’s Business Wales service.

Business Wales, in partnership with Monmouthshire County Council, is holding a range of start-up and post-start workshops aimed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to develop their ideas further, or guide existing business owners towards a successful venture.

The workshops in Abergavenny and Newport are delivered by experienced business advisers and cover a variety of essential topics like pricing, marketing, sourcing funding, legal issues, sustainability, business and financial planning.  Delegates at the post-start workshops will also be able to learn how to run their own businesses effectively with a focus on bookkeeping, marketing, market research and putting a great team together.

Workshops will take place in the Abergavenny Youth Centre (Old Hereford Road) and the University of South Wales – Newport (Usk Way) as follows:

Starting and Running a Business – Taking the Plunge: 9.15am to 4.00pm

Abergavenny – Wednesday, 11th April

University of South Wales, Newport – Wednesday, 25th April

Tax and Bookkeeping: 9.30am to 12.30pm

University of South Wales, Newport – Tuesday, 24th April05

Building a Great Team: 13.30pm to 16.30pm

University of South Wales, Newport – Tuesday 24th April

Researching your Market: 9.30am to 12.30pm

University of South Wales, Newport – Thursday, 12th April

Developing your Marketing Plan: 13.30pm to 16.30pm

University of South Wales, Newport – Thursday, 12th April

Places at the workshops can be booked by visiting: or calling 01656 868500.

Business Wales’ Regional Manager for South Wales, David apjohn-Williams, said:

“Seeing more and more entrepreneurs decide to start and run their businesses in Monmouthshire is really inspirational.  These workshops, part of a wealth of support and advice available from Business Wales, are a great opportunity for other aspiring and existing business owners to drive more investment and job creation in the area, so I would strongly encourage everyone who wants to take their business idea or existing business further, to come along.”

Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for enterprise added:

“One of the council’s priorities is to support business and job creation so we’re delighted to recommend these helpful workshops to anyone aiming to start or develop their own business in the county.”

Business Wales, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.