New business backed by community support

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Pauline Matthews

A Pontypool resident has set-up her own weight loss business with support from a community partnership dedicated to helping entrepreneurs.

Pauline Matthews has spent 18 years helping people in Torfaen to achieve their weight loss goals, and decided to use her knowledge and experience and strike out on her own.

She contacted Torfaen EFFECT, a panel of volunteers drawn from the local businesses community, voluntary organisations and the public sector, for free, confidential business support and advice.

The help she received was invaluable as Pauline explains: “My facilitator Jayne listened and took the time to understand my situation and the exact challenges I faced, and made my problems far easier to overcome. She put me in touch with the right people and Torfaen EFFECT provided me with a ready-made support network for my business.”

She has now launched her own business, New Me with Pauline Matthews, as an alternative to traditional weight loss classes.

Pauline said: “We listen to our members and deliver classes which are relevant to them. We help to motivate members and change their mind-set and motivation – focus on improving eating habits and healthier lifestyles. So many people struggle with their weight and they don’t need to. If they come to weekly New Me meetings, we will show them how to lose weight and keep it off for life.”

Through Torfaen EFFECT Pauline was given access to a network of local support which includes marketing experts and financial management expertise. She is now running six groups, in Pontypool, Cwmbran, Newport and Abergavenny.

She said: “I couldn’t have launched New Me without the support of these fantastic members and my helpers, my family, friends and Torfaen EFFECT.”

Torfaen EFFECT follows the principles of Enterprise Facilitation devised by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli of the Sirolli Institute which have successfully helped hundreds of business start-ups around the world.

Entrepreneurs are given access to support from a panel of local volunteers who give up their own time to help and support new businesses.

Jayne Skryme, Enterprise Facilitator for Torfaen EFFECT, said: “There is an abundance of passion, energy and imagination in Torfaen and this Enterprise Facilitation project aims to harness this, and use it to support entrepreneurs and new businesses start-ups to develop their ideas, set up their businesses and help them to grow.

“I would urge anyone out there with a business idea they want to explore to get in touch with me and we can have a chat and see how I may be able to help.”

For more information about Torfaen EFFECT and how it could help you, contact Jayne Skyrme on 07534 511575 email or take a look at the Enterprise Facilitation section on this website!

Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Mawrth 28th Gorffennaf 2015