Starting up a business

If you are looking to set up your own business, various organisations across Wales provide services to help you start up and develop your ideas.

Business Wales has a Business Online Support Service (BOSS) where you’ll find online courses and tutorials on a wide range of subjects you may come across when setting up or running your own business. There is also a Business Wales helpline which can give advice and support on issues such as business planning and available funding streams.

Business in Focus can give advice in areas such as finding business premises, accessing finance, employment law and HR and superfast broadband for your business.

Bridgend’s local Business in Focus office is based in Tondu Enterprise Centre, Tondu and can be contacted on 01656 724414 or

Bridgend County Borough Council’s business services for residents can also give advice and support locally and run Bridgend Business Forum, which hosts local networking and training events and is a great way to make business contacts. Visit and for more information.

Age-friendly business guide:

A guide has been produced to provide some simple hints and tips on how you can make your business more age-friendly, and how this can benefit not just older people, but all of your customers, and help make your business more successful. Click here to view the guide.

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  • Local and national support organisations

    Organisation Contact number Website
    Age Cymru 08000 223 444 Age Cymru
    Ageing Well in Wales 02920 445030 Ageing Well in Wales
    Alzheimers Society 0300 222 1122 Alzheimers Society
    Age connects morgannwg 01443 490650 Age connects morgannwg
    Older people’s commisioner for Wales 08442 640670 Older people's commisioner for Wales
    Welsh Local Government Association 029 2046 8600 Welsh Local Government Association
    Bridgend County Care and Repair 01656 646755 Bridgend County Care and Repair
    Bridges into Work 2 01656 815317
    Communities First Bridgend 01656 642605 Communities First Bridgend
    Careers Wales 0800 028 4844 Careers Wales
    Adult Community Learning 01656 642729
    BAVO 01656 810400 BAVO
    Local Community Coordinators 07815 579082 Local Community Coordinators