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Just the Business

CAIS works in partnership with Conwy Communities First to deliver our business support service for people who are thinking of becoming self-employed, or who have recently started their own business.  We support people throughout the process of business start-up, from initial ideas, through business and financial planning, to developing skills in business management and producing promotional materials – to free retail test trading opportunities!

 

Free support for new business

Together, we offer a variety of free support and events for people new to self-employment:

Drop-in every Monday 1pm to 3pm (held at No.22 Station Road)

Whether you need extra help with a specific aspect of your business, an impartial view, or just to offload and unwind, it’s good to talk!  Call in for a ‘cuppa’ and a chat with one of the team and get help with anything from Facebook page updates, to basic book keeping, to signposting to other services.

One-to-one sessions with a business advisor

Speak to our business advisor to discuss any aspect of your new business or business idea.  We offer support with a range of aspects of self-employment, including business plan development, applications for in-work financial support, marketing, market research, bookkeeping – the list is as diverse as the businesses we support!

Regular workshops and clinics on a variety of topics

Station Court hosts a full programme of free workshops and one-to-one clinics designed to develop your skills to help your business survive and thrive.  Supported by a network of facilitators and local business people, we strive to provide relevant, practical advice and support in a relaxed and informal environment.  Join our mailing list to keep up to date with upcoming sessions.

Networking events and information seminars

Self-employment can be a lonely business, but it doesn’t need to be!  Meet up with likeminded people in an informal and friendly environment, to be inspired and motivated by our speakers – free refreshments are always provided!

 

Free test trading opportunities

New businesses in Conwy have the opportunity to trial their retail business on the high street for free! Working with Communities First and the Colwyn Bay THI, we’re delighted to offer retail space in newly refurbished premises on Station Road, Colwyn Bay.

No. 22 Station Road – test trade for 12 weeks in this purpose-built shop with support and access to business planning, marketing and administrative support to give your new business the best possible start.

No. 24 Station Road – traders from No.22 have the opportunity to trade for a further six months in a large premises, to help them to establish their business in the town, whilst continuing to access the support services of Just the Business to develop their business skills.

 

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If you're interested in taking advantage of what we can offer, please get in touch for more information.

 

Communities First (Conwy) ConwyCBC JobFit Welsh Government

Contact

Name: Danielle Bucknall

Phone: 01492 523 825

Email: danielle.bucknall@cais.org.uk