My advice to any graduates thinking of setting up their own business is to go for it! You also have to be stubborn – this attribute will help you push through the harder times.
Trefor Puw decided to re-direct his career away from the Electronics industry to focus on environmental matters and graduated in 2005 with a MA in Environmental Management. Here Trefor tells us about his success business venture.
“Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling is a Social Enterprise based in Newport. We collect waste wood from all over South Wales and recycle or reuse 100%. The collected wood is graded at our premises. The good quality wood is sold to the public for DIY projects at a low cost, whereas the slightly lower quality wood is used to make wooden items for the home and garden and sold through our shop in Newport City Centre; all the rest is chipped (by a third party) and used for making chip board or energy recovery. We work with volunteers, placements and adults with learning disabilities."
"I began to set up the Reseiclo business model around 2004 was when I became aware of The Brighton and Hove Community Wood Recycling Project set up by Richard Mehmed in 1998. This inspired me to build a conscious and community focused company, of which I am now Director."
"One of the most trying aspects of owning your own business in learning to trust other people to complete the tasks in their own way to achieve the same outcome. The best part is being in control of your own future, good or bad!"
"Receiving recognition for my businesses’ impact from being awarded the Santander Social Enterprise Development Award 2012 the V-Award (Independent High Street Retailer of the year 2015) and being Shortlist for Entrepreneur Wales ECO Award 2015 really enforced the reasons for me setting up Reseiclo."
"In the initial stages of the business, I found resources provided by Newport Gwent Enterprise, Business Wales especially valuable. My advice to any graduates thinking of setting up their own business is to go for it, but make sure you have a plan B! You also have to be stubborn – this attribute will help you push through the harder times.”