the help of the Welsh Government's Taste of Enterprise project Jo has been able
to realise her dream. Due to ill
health, Jo has been out of the work place for several years and needed support
to regain her confidence.
was helped to create a business plan which led to a successful grant
application from Caerphilly Borough Council's Rural Development Programme.
art gallery and tea room, Creativitea @
Ffos-y-Gerddinen, is now open and based at 13 commercial street,Nelson,.
Says Jo … "I wanted to create a focal
point for the community, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where people
can socialise over acup of tea or coffee andgood food (our luxury
desserts and cakes have already proved to be a big hit) surrounded by the
artwork of the many talented artists who live and work in the Welsh valleys.
" We already have an impressive number
of works on display including water colours, acrylics, lino prints and wood
craft as well as cast figures and a range of ethically sourced items for sale
and a selection of art materials for anyone who may be inspired to try
Help from the Welsh Government Taste of Enterprise project means I have developed from ‘Jo theartist' to
‘Jo the budding entrepreneur' to ‘Jo the business woman'. The support received has enabled my initial
idea to blossom into a real venture and is already attracting visitors from
neighbouring communities and even further afield – from Australia & Canada!
"The positive response and comments
Creativitea @ Ffos-y-Gerdinnen has received has made all the hard work and
effort worthwhile and I plan to expand the premises with a tea garden and
outdoor facilities by the summer.Future projects also include
workshops and art tuition.”
@ Ffos-y-Gerdinnen is located at 13 Commercial Street, Nelson CF46 6ND. Tel: 01443
hours currently Mon -Fri 9.30 - 4.30 pm, Sat 10am - 4pm (times are
subject to change as the weather gets warmer andwith the garden completed).
of Enterprise is part of the Welsh Government Start Up Service – for more
details call 03000 6 03000