Our Story

Over the Years

2008
2008

  • Established Rhyl City Strategy Community Interest Company
  • Employed first three staff
  • Led DWP City Strategy pilot programme to tackle worklessness in Rhyl
  • Created ‘Virtual Shop’ training facility with Llandrillo College and Rhyl Youth Action Group
  • Launched new basic skills programme with Llandrillo College
  • Received first Gold Small Workplace Health Award in Wales

2009
2009

  • Created 322 new jobs in Conwy and Denbighshire through Future Jobs Fund
  • Delivered ‘Careers Ladder’ pilot with Welsh Government
  • Successful bid to set up ‘Strikers!’ basic skills centre at Rhyl Football Club

2010
2010

  • Secured funding for inclusion in DWP UK pilot of the Fit for Work Service
  • Published Directory of Employability Support Services

2011
2011

  • Opened ‘Taste Academy’ training restaurant in Rhyl
  • Delivered Intermediate Labour Market programme across Conwy and Denbighshire

2012
2012

  • Set up Open Doors Recruitment Agency in Rhyl
  • Launched Enterprising Solutions to support and stimulate business growth in coastal Conwy and Denbighshire
  • Sponsored first PhD research student with Bangor University School of Psychology

2013
2013

  • Expanded Fit for Work into Gwynedd through ESF funding
  • Created 75 new Intermediate Labour Market jobs
  • Launched hospitality training programme at Taste Academy
  • Received Agile Nation Exemplar Employer’s Award

2014
2014

  • Took part in Pilotlight programme to review business strategy
  • Winner of NIACE Cymru’s Learning in the Workplace Award

2015
2015

  • Launched In Work Support Service across Conwy, Denbighshire, Anglesey and Gwynedd, supported through Welsh Government and ESF funding
  • Finalist in European Union’s Regiostars Awards
  • Finalist in Leading Wales Business Awards ‘Social Enterprise Leader of the Year’
  • Joined Living Wage Foundation

2016
2016

  • Moved to new office headquarters in West Rhyl
  • Opened new premises in Bangor
  • Sponsored 2nd PhD research student at Bangor University

2017
2017

  • Launched Boost! work-focussed positive psychology programme
  • Achieved PQASSO quality mark

2018
2018

  • Secured funding for In Work Support Service to 2022 from ESF through Welsh Government.

2019
2019

  • Launched IWS wellbeing training programme for SME employers.
  • Delivered ICAN Work pilot in partnership with BCUHB and CAIS, helping people with mental health needs into work.

2020
2020

  • Switched to remote delivery in the pandemic.
  • Launched support service for presentees through Moondance Foundation funding.
  • Launched new In-Work Support Service in South-East Wales through WG Covid funding.
  • Created Workplace Wellbeing Champions programme for SME employers.
  • Winners of FSB Wellbeing Business award.

2021
2021

  • Expanded In Work Support Service into Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
  • Supported 44% of ICAN Work clients into work – phase 2 funding approved
  • Supported 45 young people into work through our DWP Kickstart programme
  • Established in-house counselling team.
  • Secured contract to deliver counselling services to BCUHB employees.

2022
2022

  • Final evaluation of IWS – supported 7584 people to improve health and wellbeing at work.
  • Delivered employment counselling scheme through Conwy Council.
  • Launched commercial training offer.

2023
2023

  • Won contract to deliver Welsh Government’s pan-Wales In Work Support Service across North, West and Southwest Wales.
  • Established new teams in Pembrokeshire and Swansea Bay.