PRIME Cymru client, Ian Davey from Neath Port Talbot, launched Victoria Cycles in August with support from Development Officer Debbie Price.
As a result of setting up the cycle repair shop, Ian’s health and well-being has greatly improved.
With caring responsibilities at home and major heart surgery in 2014, Ian gained a lot of weight which affected his ability to work.
But after working with Debbie, Ian built up the motivation and confidence to set up shop in Port Talbot.
He persevered throughout the Coronavirus lockdown and he credits working at his shop to helping him lose around six stone.
He said: “It’s been great. Working with PRIME Cymru has given me confidence and mentally I feel so much better.
“I’ve always wanted to be self-employed and it can be hard at times but I just enjoy doing a quality job for my customers.”
Debbie Price said: “I have enjoyed supporting Ian to move forwards, even in a global pandemic. He has been incredibly focused in pushing forward with his business idea, realising that his idea was a service that people could rely on during these unprecedented times. Well done Ian, I wish you well in your self-employment journey!”
Victoria Cycles can be found on Facebook, and Ian hopes that his business will continue to expand in the future.