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After two successful runs, the 5-9 club is BACK for it’s third cohort.

Welsh ICE has partnered with the Fairwood Trust to provide entrepreneurs with a structured after-hours course, designed to support aspiring business owners through the early stages of enterprise. The sessions will run every Thursday evening over 12 weeks, with specialist mentors, workshops and industry experts offering support at every stage. Sessions will include advice on marketing, development and finance, culminating in a presentation where the course participants will pitch their business idea.

The aim is to give people the time in their lives that they need to focus on their ideas, and give them a boost to potentially scale up their start-ups, freelance careers, and new businesses. Beyond that they have the opportunity to receive a full-time desk, a tailored mentoring programme and world-class workshops.

Katherine Parker, Parker Cartoons

Member of the second 5 to 9 Club, Katherine Parker, founder of Parker Cartoons said: “A few weeks into the 5-9 club, my confidence began to grow with the knowledge that I could actually become a full time artist and that I had not only the support from Welsh ICE but from my group of fellow entrepreneurs. It is an amazing place to work from and oozes positivity.”

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Gareth Jones, CEO of Welsh ICE


Gareth Jones, CEO of Welsh ICE, said: “After two successful cohorts, we are excited to be launching our third 5 to 9 Club. There are so many great business ideas out there waiting to be launched and it’s wonderful that Welsh ICE and the Fairwood Trust can support their inception and development.”

Below, we asked members from the first 5-9 club to share their experience with the 5-9 club.

The closing date for the third round of applications for the Welsh ICE 5 to 9 Club, is Wednesday 25th of May. Apply below!