The Telecentre & Business School (TABS) is a social enterprise established as a company limited by guarantee in October 1995. Its business mission is to support personal development to individual and community benefit through the provision of learning opportunities and the creation of new businesses, particularly social businesses. TABS have a long tradition of working in partnership to meet the needs of local residents with partners including Coleg Y Cymoedd, the University of South Wales, the Workers Educational Association, RCT County Borough Council, Interlink RCT and Communities First Partnerships.
The organisation has won the Leading Wales Award for ‘Leadership in Social Enterprise 2012’ and the Head of the Valleys Innovation Award for ‘Most Innovative Social Enterprise’ in 2010, and recently the Guardian’s ‘Social Enterprise Job Creation’ Competition 2013 for our work getting young people back into employment.
Over the last few years through working with our learners we have developed a wider community regeneration focus and now work with local people and organisations interested in using community development processes to build better communities. Specifically our plans over the next two years are to set up a Community Development and Regeneration Centre. We will share the large premises from which we have worked from over the last 21 years with, Llamau, Spectacle Theatre and People and Work Unit. We have started up Porth Men’s Sheds and Women’s Shed Porth. The intention is to become sustainable, to grow and to employ more people over the coming years.
Business we have helped through our incubation service:
- Dark Skies Wales – provide exciting workshop sessions designed to inspire young learners and to encourage them to take an interest in science, mathematics and engineering (STEM).
- Acrow Cymru – is a social enterprise supporting young people in developing their confidence and skills in construction and environmental trades.
- Apple-Cresh – is Rhondda-based childcare business, delivering childcare services from home.
- Sustainable Computer Care – a not-for-profit Social Enterprise set up to bring ICT to the digitally excluded. They offer new and custom build PCs, a repairs service, a FREE ICT advice clinic and a recycling facility for unwanted hardware.
- Jones Cleaning Services – is a South Wales-based domestic and commercial window cleaning business.
- Eternal Bliss – offer funerals, no frills to all singing and dancing, dignified yet enjoyable and memorable as can be. They can cater for all faiths and non-faiths, Non-Traditional/Semi-traditional and Traditional.