Enterprising Britain Award nomination

08 July 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Inspiring the Vale Bursary Scheme has been shortlisted in the prestigious Enterprising Business Awards 2016.


Inspiring the vale bursaries logoThe Enterprising Britain Awards are part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK and managed by Investment in Young People on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).  
The Inspiring the Vale Bursary Scheme, which supports budding entrepreneurs in the Vale of Glamorgan, was entered into the Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit category, after helping 42 recipients of the bursary to launch successful businesses.

Former bursary recipient Monique Post, Joint Director of InAwe (International Autism Wales Education), said: “I always knew that running a business and working for myself would be something that would fit me in the best way.  I wanted to be independent and found the Inspire the Vale bursary, which gave me the ability to not only gain financial support, but also business support which has been invaluable. 

“The help and assistance I received from the Council meant that I could take the plunge knowing the challenges I would face as a start-up. My business is doing really well and I would recommend the bursary scheme to anyone who is thinking about starting their own business.”

Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “The Inspiring the Vale Bursary Scheme has enabled many young entrepreneurs to take their first steps into business.

“As well as financial support, bursary recipients are supported by the skills and experience of our enthusiastic team, to ensure that they launch a business that is viable and ready to meet the challenges of their chosen market.
“I am extremely pleased to see that the hard work and passion of our bursary team has been recognised, by way of being shortlisted for this award.”

The Inspiring the Vale Bursary Scheme, is supported by the Waterloo Foundation and was created to provide bursaries for individuals and groups of young people aged 30 and under, who were intending to start a new business or community enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Eligible applicants can receive up to £3000 to meet the costs of starting a business, following the submission of a 3 year business plan which is assessed by a panel for approval.

Additional support is given to applicants in the form of workshops, mentoring and boardroom sessions, to discuss the issues and challenges that might impact upon a business and the owner.

Applicants are welcomed from all walks of life and with different learning abilities, with extra support and time being provided to applicants with learning disabilities.

For information on applying for an Inspiring the Vale Bursary, contact Creative Rural Communities on 01446 704637, or by email at

Details of the shortlisted entries can be found on the Enterprising Britain Awards website -  Winners are expected to be announced in September.