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Môn CF Showcase and Grant Launch
Môn CF Showcase and Grant Launch
43 DAYS TO THE EVENT
When
11 Apr 2024, 15:00 – 20:00
Where
The Bulkeley Hotel,
19 Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8AW, UK

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Grant Application is Open!

Please read the application guidance before applying.

If you need support with your application please get in touch with us at grants@moncf.co.uk.

Creating opportunities for the people, businesses, and communities of Anglesey 

Môn CF is a charity and company owned by the people of Anglesey. 

We work to help develop individuals and businesses on Anglesey and North Wales to create a brighter economic future and help the island prosper. 

We provide Employment Support, Business Support, Training, and Community Projects on Anglesey 

How can we help?

Employment Support

Whether you’re unemployed or already working, we have support available to help you develop your skills and progress in the world of work. 

Training

Our experienced training team offer a comprehensive suite or accredited courses and qualification for individuals, schools and employers.

Business Support

Thinking about starting your own business?

We are on-hand with the support you need to start something great.

Community Projects

Our projects empower individuals and groups to make a difference within their own community.

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Latest News

Business Support Success Story - Jonathan Retallick, Artist and Carpenter

22 Feb 2024

Jonathan Retallick is an Artist, based in Menai Bridge, who creates unique artworks that have earned him worldwide renown in art circles. Jonathan also works as a carpenter and creates bespoke projects for businesses and customers across the region. Entrepreneurship applies itself in many industries, and the art world is no different.   Having a keen business mindset can help an artist thrive in an industry as competitive as art. We went to visit Jonathan who recently received a Small Business Grant with help from Môn CF, to ask about how the grant has helped him grow his business, and to hear about what’s next on the horizon.   Q1. Hi Jonathan, to start us off, could you tell us a little about yourself, and the business you’ve set up?    Of course, I'm Jonathan, I'm a self-employed artist and carpenter. I specialise in oil painting on canvas and use my carpentry skills to build a lot of my materials.  As an intrinsically creative person, I’ve always liked the idea of working for myself. Having always leaned towards the idea of self-employment for most of my life.     Pursuing my creative ideas has always been one of my ambitions and in 2015 I decided to pursue my ambitions full-time.   Art has always meant a lot to me, as a method of communication, and a commentary on existence. After a few years of building a substantial portfolio, I went to study art at university.   "I've leaned towards the idea of self-employment for most of my life."   This was a tough decision having often been discouraged by people’s belief that art lacked job opportunities, but I had to be true to myself.      Going to university was the best life decision I’d made to that point, my timing was perfect and I thrived.   I graduated in 2020 into a very different world. Job security was no longer guaranteed, and the world shifted into the unknown.     Finding my feet as an artist I worked in factories to pay bills until my self-employed work picked up momentum.     I now work on my art full-time and have partnered with local galleries that showcase my work exclusively.    I’ve also built a worldwide network of collectors who commission my work.   Q2. What kind of support have you received so far from Môn CF?    I’d been pointed to Môn CF by a few friends who’d had help setting up their businesses and thought I’d give it a shot.     I originally came to Môn CF looking for employment support after redundancies were announced at the factory where I worked.   They encouraged me to think of everything I could do to earn money as a whole package and it was looking like self-employment was going to be the best option for me.     Being self-employed scared me a lot at first, but I gradually picked up so much work that I often had to turn it down.     The coaches at Môn CF helped me see that what I had was working well and encouraged me to nurture it, and it’d grown into a thriving business.     It’s been about 9 months since I reached out to Môn CF, and they’ve since helped me apply for a small business grant.     I applied and was granted various woodworking tools that I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. The tools have already been used extensively to take on a wider variety of work.   Môn CF's support has enabled me to do more self-employed woodwork alongside my art and has facilitated a flexible working schedule that has worked very well for me in the last few months. Q3. What was it like to work with Môn CF, how did you find the grant application process?  The application process couldn’t have been easier. Very straightforward and the grants team supported me through it.   Having been unsuccessful with grant applications in the past, Môn CF made sure their process was simple by comparison.   "My ambition is to continue to create artwork that excites me enough to want to share it with others. It’s been nearly 9 years since I dedicated myself to art and my love for it has only grown." "Môn CF's support has enabled me to do more self-employed woodwork alongside my art" Q4. So, what’s next for your business, what are your ambitions for the next few years?    I have two large exhibitions coming up, one at Ffin y Parc starting on the 24th of May until the 15th of June, and another at MoMA Cymru, from the 14th of September to the 16th of November.     I have also been shortlisted for the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2024 and had work on display at the Royal Cambrian Academy.     Although I plan to keep exhibiting in Wales for the long term, encouraged by the increased international attention, I have started to plan exhibitions that reach a wider audience.     For now, I have my head down focussing on creating evermore sophisticated works.   I strive to create work that inspires emotional and contemplative responses that grow with viewers over time. My ambition is to continue to create artwork that excites me enough to want to share it with others. It's been nearly 9 years since I dedicated myself to art and my love for it has only grown. Q5. And lastly, If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to go self-employed or start a new business, what would it be?    "Do what you love and hold on to it for dear life!"   It’s rarely a smooth road to success in self-employment, and you might need to get part-time work to support your passion. But if you keep chipping away and persevere, you will undoubtedly succeed!     Q6. How can people find out more about you and your work?    The best way to see my work would be to look me up on social media, my Instagram is @jonathan_retallick and you can find me on Facebook by searching JonathanRetallickArt.     You can also see my website  www.jonathanretallick.art  which showcases my work.

Business Support Success Story - Ashley Webb Handyman

6 Feb 2024

Part of the Môn CF service is to give those who have an idea for a new business the support and guidance they need to ensure it’s a success. Success can appear at various times throughout life. Having the resilience and determination to start something new can be both exciting and challenging. Ashley Webb first approached Môn CF in 2023 to enquire about the Business Support services we provide. His goal was to access business funding to help his handyman business grow. We recently caught up with Ashley to find out how things are going since he received his grant, and to ask how the support he received from Môn CF has helped him and his business. Here’s what Ashley had to say! Q1. Hi Ashley, to start us off, could you tell us a little about yourself, and the business you’ve set up? Hi, I’m Ashley Webb, I’m a self-employed handyman based in Llannerch-y-medd! I provide handyman services across the island of Anglesey and tackle jobs of all kinds. A lifelong DIY-er and apprentice property developer, I officially became fully self-employed in 2020. Since starting I’ve been able to build a strong reputation on the island as someone willing to tackle various domestic repair and maintenance work. The response since starting has been great. I consistently get good feedback from my customers which is always good! I’ve got over 70 5-star reviews so far! It’s great that I’ve been able to establish myself as a reliable option for those who need assistance with their home improvement projects and my comprehensive range of skills means I can help with all aspects of work. From plumbing to carpentry, to painting and garden maintenance, there’s little I can’t turn my hand to. I’ve worked on major projects like complete property value enhancements, to smaller projects like furniture assembly and shelf hanging. Every job gets my personalised attention which my customers really appreciate! Q2. What kind of support have you received so far from Môn CF? Môn CF has helped me access valuable grant funding which has really helped my business. The grant money enabled me to buy commercial-grade equipment that I use to conduct my work. I used the funds to buy a long-reach hedge trimmer, a chainsaw, and a blower, as well as a new impact torque wrench. I use all these tools daily, and they’ve been invaluable to my business. The grant was instrumental in helping me take my business to the next level. The hedge trimmer, chainsaw, and blower have boosted my capabilities and efficiency significantly, meaning I can take on more jobs and get them done to a higher standard. I can now tackle large landscaping projects with confidence and deliver exceptional service to my clients. The new tools have also opened doors to new, high-value contracts, which have helped increase my income! In the near future, I’m hoping to take on a member of staff who can assist me with the growing workload, creating additional jobs and propelling my business even further forward. I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received, it’s been invaluable and has made a real difference to me and my journey. Q3. What was it like to work with Môn CF, how did you find the grant application process? The entire process was exceptionally smooth and user-friendly. The straightforward nature of the application coupled with the readily available guidance and support from the Môn CF team made it a pleasure to apply for the grant. Q4. So, what’s next for your business, what are your ambitions for the next few years? My sights are firmly set on expanding the business in the next few years. I’m excited to take on more high-value contracts focused on property value enhancement. To manage the growing workload that comes with these projects, I plan to hire an assistant within the next year. This will give me more time to dedicate to securing new work and bigger contracts, and to build strong, lasting relationships with my clients. I’m also dedicated to continuous improvement and will be adding to my skills and knowledge to solidify and enhance my excellent reputation! Q5. If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to go self-employed or start a new business, what would it be? Embrace the balance between striving for excellence and learning from your inevitable losses. Think of your losses as temporary stumbling blocks, each offering valuable lessons on what works and what doesn’t. Use these experiences to hone your skills and optimise your processes. It’ll ultimately help you deliver exceptional quality that commands its own price. This means focusing on building loyal customers who appreciate your attention to detail and your commitment to quality service. Remember, cutting corners and making a cheap price a priority might lead to quick wins, but it’s a race to the bottom. Invest your time, effort, and resources in your customers, especially when they value the work you do. They’ll form the solid foundation for a sustainable business that stands out in the long run! Q6. And lastly, how can people find out more about you? The main place people can find me is online. If you search Ashley Webb Handyman on Google you’ll find my business page, and you’ll be able to read some of the reviews left by my happy clients. You can also find out more at my website www.ashthehandyman.co.uk  which has a portfolio of some of my work and more contact information. You can also find me on Facebook, just search Ashley Webb Handyman Services, I regularly post my day-to-day and some behind-the-scenes to my page that lets you take a look at some of my current projects. Thinking about starting your own business? Get the support you need with Môn CF! If you're thinking of starting your own business, or already have a business, Môn CF's Business Support team is here to help! Able to provide support in all aspects of business, from funding to policy writing, through to a full recruitment service, our team is here for you. Interested in learning more? Get in touch with our Business Support team today!

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