Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, and today the number of people looking to enter self-employment in the UK is growing.
If you are one of those people with an idea or a passion to be your own boss, there’s now a free resource in Wrexham that can provide you with everything you need to start and grow.
The Wrexham Enterprise Hub was officially opened on Thursday by the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM. The hub, which is run by Town Square Spaces Ltd for Business Wales and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The Hub is now inviting applications for one of its 20 full-time funded spaces. Successful applicants will receive everything they need to grow and launch, including one-to-one mentoring support and a full-time desk for 12 months.
“Real driver of economic change”
Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Performance and Regeneration, said: “I was very pleased to attend the opening of the new hub on Queens Square.
“I had the opportunity to attend an informal opening earlier in the summer and at both events, I was very pleased to see the enthusiasm behind the hub and its potential as a real driver of economic change in Wrexham – especially for small businesses.
“I wish the team at Town Square Spaces the best of luck and would advise anyone interested in setting up or developing their own business to get in touch with them.
“Our WCBC business team is looking forward to supporting this project and the Town Square Team to develop our entrepreneurs by ensuring they access all of the support that’s available to them.”
“Some incredibly passionate people”
Speaking at the event Gareth Jones, founder of Town Square Spaces, said the Hub aims to provide people with a realistic route to self-employment, which according to recent FSB research is the source of nearly two in every five new jobs in the last decade.
Mr Jones said: “We’re really excited to be finally launching the Hub after a lot of hard work from so many different people. This whole process officially started a year ago, but the idea of bringing something like this to Wrexham was talked about long before then. We’ve met some incredibly passionate people in developing the plan for the Hub, and I know that with their support we will achieve our aims and more.
“Wrexham is full of creative and driven people, and the Hub will be a place that provides the right support and conditions to help their companies and ideas grow. From individual passion projects and freelancers looking for a home to potential industry disruptors – we’re proud to say there’s a space for you in Wrexham.”
To find out how Business Wales can help start or develop your business, call 03000 6 03000, follow @_businesswales or @_busnescymru or visit www.businesswales.gov.wales/ or www.busnescymru.llyw.cymru/ for further information.