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Funding and information for small businesses - A thorough compilation of what's out there for SMEs
This guide aims to outline and signpost possible sources of support available to new and existing businesses in Wales.

Jobs Growth Wales - Can you offer a young person, aged 16-24 years, six-month subsidised employment?
Welsh Government says it is finalising the delivery model for the voluntary sector. This will be managed by the WCVA that will combine its three-month ILM scheme with the six-month Jobs Growth Wales programme. The ILM will ensure the young person is work-ready before the Jobs Growth Wales contract.

Welsh social enterprise 4CG featured in the Western Mail
Welsh town which saw its local producers establish a co-operative to stop it from becoming overwhelmed by chain stores and large retailers, has found more than £3m a week is siphoned away from its independent shops and businesses.

Fifteen Cornwall – the social enterprise was founded six years ago with Jamie Oliver’s blessing and not much more
Fifteen Cornwall opened in 2006 after a determined campaign by residents, the local council and the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), who succeeded in persuading Oliver that the success of the social enterprise model he had developed with Fifteen London could be made to work in Cornwall.

It makes money: turnover of £3m-plus a year, profits consistently topping £300,000. Plus, in one of the poorest parts of the country (Cornwall's GDP is 62% of the national average), Fifteen pays 70 full-time salaries and spends £1m a year with local suppliers; one, Rob Hocking, says his plot once fed just his family but now, growing heritage tomatoes, herbs and berries for Fifteen, provides three decent incomes.