‘Tis the season to be jolly for new North Cornelly café

20/12/2016 00:00:00


A new café in North Cornelly has opened just in time for the festive season with the help of a ‘Kick-start’ grant from Bridgend County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise.

‘Seasons’ is a new business venture and a dream-come true for local dental nurse, Caroline Jones.

The new venture, which will be run by Caroline along with other members of her family, will be open seven days a week, serving a range of food and refreshments throughout the day.

Caroline said: “I have always wanted to run my own business, and when I saw these premises were available I jumped at the opportunity.”

The business, which has been supported by a Kickstart grant of £1,000, is located in a prime spot in the local shopping precinct, in the building which used to be the post office.

Caroline added: “I am absolutely delighted with the support I have received and would probably not have been able to go ahead without it.

“The help and encouragement we have received from the local community and other traders in the area has been brilliant.”

UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, administers the Kickstart programme in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and provides grants of between £500 and £1,000 to start-up businesses.

Area Manager in Wales for UKSE, Glyn Thomas said: “I am very pleased we have been able to support Seasons. It is excellent to see the premises coming back into use for the community.”

Councillor Charles Smith, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “Seasons is another great example of how a Kick-start grant can help support a local start-up business. Claire has the drive and ambition to realise her dream business and we are pleased that we were able to offer her support just when she needed it.”

To find out more about the council’s support for local businesses, call 01656 815313.

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