Sponsored feature: Torfaen Foundational Economy Project is there to help business

We are High Street Fitness and Wellbeing. We offer a safe and friendly space for people to work out in.

We are a not-for-profit organisation which specialises in health and wellbeing. A space where people can work on their mental health and physical health. We also host other like minded businesses and are a hub for social activity.

How did your business idea come about?

This idea has been in the making for some time. And thus far the project has taken around 18 months to get to a point where we are ready to open. We want to offer a gym and wellbeing facility that is cheap and accessible to all walks of life. A community, run for the community, by the community. Jobs and training for the local people. With the added hope of bringing some life to the High Street.

What was it like starting a business during a global pandemic?

It has been the toughest of times. We have not been able to gain any grants or financial support so far meaning the charity is self funded. We have even faced challenges opening a bank account. It’s taken around four months to open.

What help have you had from the Torfaen Foundational Economy Project?

Alyson Jones has been a great help. Her connections and expertise in the finance industry have been of great help and she has been there to support us throughout. She is only ever a call or email away.

She has given us support with the financial side of the business and business plans and so on. Her experience is vast .

Would you recommend the the project to others?

Yes. The session it runs are helpful and run by good and experienced people who want improvement for the local people and towns.

South Wales Argus | Business