Boost for Weston businesses

PUBLISHED: 18:56 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

Abdullah Ali-ahmadi

Abdullah Ali-ahmadi

BUSINESSPEOPLE in Weston will benefit from advice on consultancy, training, networking and more after funding was secured to retain an expert.

BUSINESSPEOPLE in Weston will benefit from advice on consultancy, training, networking and more after funding was secured to retain an expert.

Cash to extend the contract of North Somerset Enterprise Agency's social enterprise advisor Abdullah Ali-ahmadi has been secured, meaning he will continue working in Weston's south and central wards until at least August.

His role is to back firms who consider social or environmental impact as a key objective, with profits being reinvested instead of pocketed by shareholders.

Abdullah said: "The aim of our social enterprise project is to create sustainable community-based businesses in Weston - and we are beginning to see real success.

"In the year ahead we want to work with more community groups, local activists or anyone who wishes to formalise their activities, especially individuals and groups working in the central and south wards and the Potteries."

Enterprises to have benefited already include Cycles4Communities, which recycles bikes and sells them on at a discounted price, providing work and training for long-term unemployed people.

Joint director Terry Covey said: "The support of Abdullah as our advisor has been invaluable.

"We had the technical know-how, but have benefited from advice on everything from running a business through to managing spreadsheets and registering as a social enterprise charity."

And Mary Bradley, who runs Weston-based Last Resort Dog Rescue, a social enterprise which works largely with dogs with behavioural problems and their owners, agreed.

She said: "The support has been absolutely wonderful with regular contact and lots of offers of training courses.

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