An initiative that encourages budding entrepreneurs to test-drive their business ideas opens in Bargoed on Thursday 14 February.

Taste of Enterprise is a Welsh Government initiative run by the Centre for Business, and allows people to try out ideas for new businesses with qualified business mentors free of charge. They will also have the opportunity to chat through their plans with established traders, and take part in various workshops and activities in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

Taste of Enterprise has proved popular since its launch in 2007, with offices in Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale, and a stall in Pontypool market.  It has assisted 550 people of which 385 have had a business outcome.

David Russ, Managing Director of the Centre for Business, said: “Starting a new business involves a huge financial commitment. Taste of Enterprise will allow people to try out their ideas and find out if they have the potential to succeed, without having to worry about losing money.”

Centre for Business already has opened Taste of Enterprise centres in Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale, along with a stall in Pontypool market.

In order to qualify, participants must live in the Heads of the Valleys Region and must not already have their own business.

The Taste of Enterprise Bargoed is located at 48 Hanbury Road, Bargoed, next to The Continental Café. To find out more contact the team on 01685 376732, email or visit