Glyncorrwg cycle shop and café is back on track thanks to
support from employment project
Skyline Cycles and Café, a Glyncorrwg based
business, has benefitted from a variety of support from the
EU-backed South West Workways project.
With the downturn in the economy and frequent
cycle track closures in the Afan valley caused by sudden oak death,
Steve Moorwood’s 9 year old cycle shop and café business had been
Having contacted Workways, an EU-backed
employment project, Steve accessed a range of support which helped
his company to weather the storm.
Steve said “There was always someone from
Workways there to offer us encouragement in the down times. They
were very positive about what we do.”
As well as receiving assistance with the
recruitment of 6 members of staff, Workways helped Steve to access
ReAct funding for employees who had been previously made redundant.
Steve was also put in contact with the NPT Business Development
Team from whom he received marketing support.
Steve said “Workways hasn’t just helped us to
recruit new members of staff; they’ve supported us with a whole
host of things. Workways always put us in contact with the right
people. They know what support is available and who to ask.”
One new member of the Skyline team recruited
through Workways is 25 year old Leah Squibbs from Glyncorrwg.
Having been made redundant from her previous
job, Leah was notified about a vacancy at the Skyline Café shortly
after signing up for the employment project. She was delighted to
successfully apply for the job.
Leah said “Workways got me a job straight
away. They helped me to buy a new uniform and access REACT funding
so I could get the necessary certificates to work in the café. I
wouldn’t have got this job without their help.”
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council said “It is excellent to hear more news of the
support which Workways is providing to local businesses and
residents of Neath Port Talbot.
“South West Workways works closely with local
businesses, helping them with their recruitment. Workways supports
these companies by advertising vacancies to its pool of job ready
participants, shortlisting candidates, organising recruitment days
and exploring business support avenues.
“Workways is backed with £12.6 million from
the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project
is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with
Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils.
“Thank you all and very well done.”