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A new gardening service in Bridgend County is blossoming, thanks to the support from Bridgend County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise. 

Jones Ground Maintenance and Gardening Services of Porthcawl was launched a few months ago by Tim Bennett-Jones, with help of a £1000 grant from the Kickstart scheme.

Administered by the council’s Economy and Natural Resources Team and Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise, the Kickstart fund provides financial assistance to new start-ups and micro-businesses within the first 12 months of trading.

Tim used the grant to buy essentials for the new venture, including a new mower, roof rack for his van and gutter cleaning equipment which has made a significant contribution to the new business.

The business, which services Bridgend County and South Wales is currently focused on domestic homes, but plans to develop the commercial side of the business in the future. The company provides all aspects of ground maintenance and gardening services, from weeding, strimming and lawn mowing, through to tree felling/pruning etc.

All waste is disposed of by the firm, which is licensed for green waste removal.

Tim Bennett said: “The support was very important and really helped me get the business up and running.”

Glyn Thomas Area Manager in Wales for UK Steel Enterprise said: “We are delighted to work with Bridgend County Borough Council to launch people into self-employment and we wish Tim all success with his new business.”

Councillor Charles Smith, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “I am thrilled to see another new local business is on its way to success with the help and support of the Kickstart fund, which is put in place to provide a welcome boost to people who wish to set up new businesses in the county borough.”

“I hope to see more people taking the opportunity to develop their new businesses and get a little extra support with the kick-start programme.”