Read some of the many One Carmarthenshire success stories.
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Phillip had been in the same job for 15 years but had always dreamt of setting up his own business. In the early 2000’s and at the age of 45 years, an opportunity to accept a redundancy package arose and after much deliberation, he decided to accept the offer and set up a Solar Panel Installation Company.
He sought advice from various organisations, including Business Connect and Lloyds TSB Business Managers and set up SOLARFIT in 2003.
The business has gone from strength to strength, as well as experiencing the inevitable ups and downs, especially over the last few years and the current economic climate. However, thanks to a lot of hard work and sound advice and guidance from the more recent FS4B (Flexible Support 4 Business), SOLARFIT is fast becoming a highly successful business and could even look at recruiting staff in the near future.
Phillip Rees, Solarfit said - “It was an incredibly difficult decision to accept the redundancy and set out on my own. Although it was a dream that I had had for a very long time, coming face to face with the actual prospect of ‘doing it’ was terrifying. What if it failed? How would I support my family without a regular income? But thanks to invaluable advice from various support agencies, I quickly gained the confidence in areas that I deemed daunting and as a result, my business is going from strength to strength. It isn’t easy, there have certainly been some hard times and I probably work around 16 hours a day, but it is absolutely worth it. There is no motivation like running your own business. I am inspired to hear about the Un Sir Gar project and with SOLARFIT constantly moving in new directions, I am certain that I will utilise the service in a number of different ways.”
Barry Hale, Business Development Officer for Carmarthenshire County Council said - “The ability for new and existing businesses to access advice and support is essential for their development and ongoing success. An adviser will have extensive knowledge of the support available to any business, so is well positioned to help them with any of their business requirements such as access to funding, marketing, business planning, research, training and recruitment, etc. There is a vast array of support available to businesses so I would always encourage them to contact their business support providers and discuss their requirements who in turn can advise them on the appropriate way forward”
Ffair Swyddi yn denu 1,000 o bobl / Jobs Fair attracts 1,000
More than 1,000 job-seekers eagerly descended on Llanelli Library, many of them desperately seeking work. Queues formed around the library from as early as 9.30am in an effort to secure one of the 100 jobs up for grabs.
Un Sir Gâr Gateway Manager Emma Rees said: “There were more that 1,000 people there. It has been tremendously successful.”
The vacancies ranged from posts with the Scarlets, Asda, Gwalia, B&Q, Village Home Care and Poundworld.
Nicolaas Abbekerk, 38, of Bryngwyn Road, Dafen, said: “I have been out of work for eight months.”
After attending the jobs fair, he said: “I signed up for Jenkins Bakery and there were a few other things in there I was interested in, some with the Scarlets. It has given me a bit of hope, all I need now is a bit of luck.”
Following this dream he has just completed his degree course in Business Management at Swansea University, where during work placements organised by Go Wales, he has developed his own business idea.
Since leaving full time education he has been in touch with the Workways scheme who set up a meeting with Careers Wales to look at opportunities to get onto the Jobs Growth Wales project to get practical experience with a local employer.
Mr Colin Green
What was your initial enquiry for Un Sir Gar?
It was for courses in leather work.
How did Un Sir Gar help you?
Un Sir Gar found a course in Bridle Making with Sutherland Saddlery, Llanelli, which is a very good introductory course to leatherwork. Un Sir Gar also encouraged me to re-enquire about ReAct funding for this course.
Would you have been able to have taken up this opportunity without the information from Un Sir Gar?
No, I did not know that there were leather work courses in the area.
How will this benefit you in the future?
I have practised leather repairs for the last 30 years as a hobby, which I had learnt the basic for from my time served in the King’s Troops Royal Horse Artillery and during night classes in Cordwainers at London College of Fashion. Now that I have been made redundant this refresher course will enable me to refresh my skills and possibly work part time in this field. This is an exciting opportunity because there are many different areas of expertise that you can develop over years.
Having just studied for her GCSE's, Ffion's interest has always been in beauty and hair dressing.
After attending the open night at Y Graig campus of Coleg Sir Gar, she has been accepted on the Hair Dressing Course to fulfil her ambition of being a hair stylist after a year of working Saturday's at a local hair salon.
If you are inspired by any of the success stories listed above and would like to find out how you too, can realise your potential, call the One Carmarthenshire team now on 0800 9173 408.