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The exact moment our founder decided to set up The CAE was when, after intensive consultations and listening to people, he witnessed the immense potential and talent within minority ethnic communities in South Wales. He realised that by providing support, resources, and opportunities, we could unlock this potential, empower individuals, and create positive change in our local community. The journey since then has been a remarkable one, filled with challenges and successes, but driven by the strong belief in the transformative power of entrepreneurship and education.

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Supported by dedicated volunteers.

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First Grant was from The National Lottery Fund Wales.

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Where we planned a business training course in Cardiff in partnership with Cardiff University and we delivered our first accredited level 3 certificates.

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Recruitment of first paid staff: two members of staff (Project Coordinator and Project Admin) recruited to work on our Active inclusion project “First Step to Employment” funded by WCVA. The CEO still an unpaid volunteer at this point.

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Begin partnership work with organisations in Africa, Uganda and DRC projects aimed at empowering small scale farmers in rural areas. 

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Expansion into Swansea - based on the increased referrals and demand from Swansea, we decided to move our main base to the area.

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Open our office space, providing our valued service users with a welcoming environment. Equipped with computer facilities, this space enables us to host a variety of events and meetings, fostering greater interaction and collaboration within our community.

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Launch of First Inclusive Entrepreneurship Celebration.

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Our CEO Franck Banza named rising star, summarised in an inspiring post found on the Insider Media website, fun article available via the link:

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Launch of first Foodbank delivery service in Swansea Refocus strategy and approach to deliver a HOLISTIC service

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Launch of climate action and sustainability work

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October 2021 - Participated in Welsh Government’s Net Zero launch

Participated in COP26

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Property Purchase

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Partnered with HMPPS to deliver their EDI work

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Expansion into Llanelli to better serve our growing community and increase our impact on local entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives.

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We were honoured to be invited to discuss our work with the Minister of Social Justice Jane Hutt, highlighting our impact and commitment to creating positive change in marginalised communities

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Launch of advocacy and influencing work

With a focus on employment, entrepreneurship and climate justice

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We will continue to deliver meaningful work and advocate for long term change for the communities we exist for

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