Increasing Economic Prosperity
(Economic Inactivity, Skills, Business Support, Social Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship) Project: Enterprise Support for Rural
This scheme followed on from a
similar, previously successful Local Authority run project called
Rural Ward Support for Entrepreneurial Activity, which received
considerable positive feedback and was run in partnership with
Centre for Business Neath. The project continued to provide free
business support to individuals who were considering self
employment and existing business, with up to 10 employees, in Neath
Port Talbot rural wards.
funded Business Advisors who visited rural wards to hold regular
advice surgeries, covering general business queries, grants, loans,
business plans, marketing and website issues.
The project supported 217 micro
enterprises, assisted 66 new businesses, supported the creation of
110 jobs and contributed to the safeguarding of 77 jobs.
The project provided advice to support
the creation of new business start ups and the development of
existing micro enterprises which has helped promote the benefits of
self employment, improve employment opportunities as well as
develop entrepreneurial skills within the rural wards of Neath Port
Talbot. This has resulted in significant job creation and/or
safeguarding of local jobs within many deprived communities.
Supporting Local Producers
RDP has also
funded various Local Produce Fairs at the Princess Royal Theatre in
Port Talbot in 2012 and 2013 and in 2014 funded a stall at the
hugely successful Neath Food and Drink Festival for three local
producers, Baked with a Cwtch, Sarn Helen Preserves and Daffodils