Business supported to sow seeds to success

Posted on: Monday 11 October 2021

A Pontypool man has turned his dream of running a landscape gardening business into reality, thanks to support from Torfaen Council’s Communities for Work Plus team.

Amos Jones, 32, decided to get help to set up his new venture during the pandemic.

Having previous experience with gardening and landscaping, Amos wanted to shape his own path by sowing the seeds of his own venture, AJ Gardening Services. 

He got in touch with the Job Centre which put him in touch with the CFW Plus project. The team helped him develop a business plan, design a logo, buy gardening equipment and outdoor clothing.

Amos said, “I couldn’t be more grateful to Clare, Richard and Mel at CFW for all their help with setting up my own business. They have supported me from day one, and I knew that I could contact them whenever I needed advice.

Amos also received support from the DWP through his Work Coach who helped with funding towards all the marketing needed to promote his business. 

He added, “At one point I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get any support, but the CfW+ team in Torfaen made sure I had all the help I needed. I would also like to thank my work coach at the job centre. I couldn’t be happier to say that I have now launched my own business!”.

If your garden needs some TLC or if raking up is hard for you to do, get in touch with AJ Gardening Services on 07747 822 869 for a no obligation quote. You can also find them on the UDDR app.

Communities for Work Plus is an employability programme funded by the Welsh Government.

Over the past year, CFW plus has supported 203 Torfaen residents into work and helped start up 17 new businesses.

These include Sarah Neale, from Cwmbran, who recently launched her business, Careline Services, providing companionship care to older people.

The project has also been able to support businesses through the pandemic.  Like Natalie Webb who runs musiCare with her business partner Michael Clutton.

They set up their business, which provides entertainment in care homes, seven years ago, but they were forced to stop operating when homes closed at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Natalie was supported with the redesign and production of promotional materials for the relaunch of her business and completed a masterclass course in Microsoft Office.

Natalie said, “We would like to thank the Communities First Plus project for their support over the last 16 months. It has helped us to get musiCare back up and running and encouraged us to look at the positive things we could be doing in readiness for our return.

All in all we appreciate the support at a time we really needed it, thank you”

CfW+ Employability Manager, Victoria Dyer reflecting on the support provided to self-employment businesses throughout the pandemic, said “I have been encouraged by the amount of people coming forward for support with their business ideas during the pandemic.

By working together with our dedicated and experienced mentors, we have been able to support with all areas of their business development and help move business ideas forward, in a sustainable way.

The above examples here are a testament to the help available through the project. I would urge anyone with a business idea, to come forward and experience the support available.”

Looking to start your own business? Visit or call Communities For Work+ on  01495 742131 / 01633 648312. 

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