On December 2nd, Vale AM Jane Hutt hosted a special reception to celebrate the success of young entrepreneurs in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The young entrepreneurs, who are all recipients of an Inspiring the Vale Bursary, joined Jane at the reception in the National Assembly’s Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
Jane said: ‘It is great to be able to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our young entrepreneurs. The young men and women here are not only the future of the Vale but of South Wales and the whole of Wales itself!’
The Inspiring the Vale Bursaries are funded by the Waterloo Foundation and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to support young people, aged 30 years or under, in staring a new business or community enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan. Over the past year, 25 new businesses – including a barbershop, mobile party service, private piano tutor, audio recording service and a photography business – have been helped to get off the ground.
The reception, which was also attended by Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Lis Burnett, was an opportunity for the young business entrepreneurs to network with each other and business support organisations in Wales.
Bursaries, which can provide up to £3,000 or up to 80% of the costs of setting up a new business, are still available. Applicants need to submit a three year business plan to be considered. More information at:http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/working/regeneration/rural_regeneration/bursaries.aspx