A PONTYPOOL man has launched his own garden landscaping business after a struggle for support meant he almost gave up on his dream.

Amos Jones has set up AJ Gardening Services with the aid of Communities for Work Plus.

Mr Jones had been struggling to get the support to help launch the business since deciding to pursue the idea.


He contacted the Communities for Work Plus project, which was able to support him with his business plan, and designing the logo and marketing materials.

Mr Jones had already bought a van and had a list of services he would be providing, but the Welsh Government-funded project was able to fund gardening equipment and outdoor clothing for Mr Jones, and the job centre was able to fund his marketing expenses – leaflets, signwriting for his van, business cards and receipt books.

To help set up his business, Mr Jones received support from Communities for Work Plus through an employment mentor, the project’s employer liaison officer and their participation engagement and support officer.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to Clare, Rich and Mel [from Communities for Work Plus] for all their help with setting up my own business,” said Mr Jones.

“They have supported me from day one, and I knew that I could get them on the phone whenever I needed advice.

“I would also like to thank my Work Coach at [Pontypool] job centre for helping me also – at one point I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get any support, but the CfW+ team in Torfaen made sure I had all the help I needed.”

You can find out more by calling AJ Gardening Services on 07747 822 869 for a no obligation quote. You can also find AJ Gardening Services’ details in the UDDR app directory.

If you would like support to grow your business idea, contact Communities for Work Plus on either 01495 742131 or 01633 648312. You can also find them on Facebook by searching Communities for Work Plus Torfaen or at cfwplustorfaen.co.uk