Social Business Wales – start-ups

Inspired to make a difference to our people or planet? Talk to our team of new start experts at Social Business Wales.

Social Business Wales – start-ups

Starting a social business

If you’re thinking of setting up a business which puts its profits into a good cause, our specialist advisors can help you get started. In order for your new business to flourish, you need to build strong foundations. Our team can offer one-to-one business support to help you get everything in place. Just get in touch.

We are a team of specialist business advisors focusing on setting up new social enterprises. We’re part of the Social Business Wales programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, and delivered by Cwmpas. We’ve been advising social enterprises since 1982 and in that time have helped set up hundreds of new businesses.

Starting a business can be challenging, but we can guide you on how to make the best start for your social business. Our support is fully funded which means that you get free guidance every step of the way.

How can we help?

We can work with your group to ensure there is a shared vision for the business and help you choose the right legal structure for your new business

We can help you develop an investment strategy, advise you on grants, loans, crowd funding and community shares and provide training for your directors so they have confidence in their roles and responsibilities

We can help to write your governing document and get your business incorporated. We can also help you to create policies to ensure that your organisation is well run

We can help you set up a governance system and engage with potential board members

We can support you to identify any compliancy issues or risks that the business may have and how these could be managed

We can help you to open a bank account for your new enterprise

Mother Matters

“I can honestly say Joanne has been absolutely outstanding with me. I was completely clueless regarding setting up a business. Every time I started to think I was doing the wrong thing, Jo was there making me realise why I went into this and what a difference I am making.”

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Amathaon CIC

“Many thanks for the invaluable help provided via Social Business Wales in setting up our Community Interest Company, AMATHAON - as you are aware, I was struggling! You and your colleagues provide a valuable resource in the minefield that can be encountered in business setup and administration.”

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Dol Fach CIC

“Serena’s personable and professional approach is absolutely hitting the mark for me. Starting out on a new venture is daunting but having Serena there gently guiding me through makes it feel possible and achievable. Thank you for your support.”

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Inspired to make a difference to our people or planet? Talk to our team of new start experts at Social Business Wales. To find out more about our services, phone 0300 111 5050 or email, or complete an enquiry form

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