Port Talbot’s thriving social enterprise that employs women who are victims of domestic abuse

A social enterprise that helps women victims of domestic violence get back to work has grown from four employees to 44 after securing new contracts with a major building contractor.

Commercial and domestic cleaning company Thrive Group Wales has increased the number of its housekeeping staff after renewing contracts with Bouygues UK to maintain its social buildings on the Kingsway in Swansea and the Pentre Awel project in Llanelli.

The business is now expected to reach a turnover of £400,000 this year.

Thrive was founded in June 2017 to develop a sustainable source of income to support the work of parents’ charity, Thrive Women’s Aid, by creating employment opportunities with child-friendly hours for abused women. domestic.

The Port Talbot-based business has three key business areas, including a cleaning business with contracts for construction, retail and office in the Swansea Bay City area. Its other two commercial areas include a restaurant business and a gaming center.

Thrive first teamed up with major construction contractor Bouygues UK in 2016 to supply four cleaners to the contractor’s school construction sites in Port Talbot.

Following the creation of new employment opportunities, Thrive decided to become a social enterprise with the support of the European Regional Development Fund.

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Lucy Reynolds, director of Thrive Women’s Aid, said: “Five years ago, thanks to Bouygues UK, we hired four women and from 2016 to 2017 this social enterprise generated around £48,000. Now in 2021 we employ 44 women, run a play center and a sandwich shop, and our latest revenue project is around £400,000, all of which is plowed back into the business to help more women and of families in need.

She added: “We are delighted to be working with Bouygues UK again on these local sites. We are now a major employer in the region and this is all down to this initial investment and the confidence of Bouygues UK. They planted the seed that led to where we are today, and we will always be very grateful to them.

Donna Griffiths, Business Development Manager for Bouygues UK in Wales, said: “When I heard about the success of Thrive WA, I was overwhelmed and so proud. Social value is at the heart of everything we do at Bouygues UK, but when you leave a project you don’t often hear about how it evolves, that’s beyond my expectations.

Ms Griffiths added: “The fact that Thrive Group Wales has continued to employ 44 people and make a real difference to its community is a testament to the fact that businesses can give back and that all it takes is a small gesture, like giving someone a gift. a job, can make a huge difference.

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