The Round House celebrates a remarkable first year working with Pembrokeshire charities
A year ago, I embarked upon the launch of my business, a venture dedicated to providing much-needed business support to an array of charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across Pembrokeshire. As I reflect on a busy first year, the opportunity of getting to ‘know’ Pembrokeshire in a much deeper way, through the eyes of people in need of extra help, has been a fulfilling part of my business.
The ‘birth’ of The Round House had been years in the making, with the decision to go ahead crystallised during a moment of inspiration (or madness) amidst the beautiful backdrop of a sun-drenched French chateau, whilst on a family holiday with my beloved husband and two sons.
During the 12 transformative months that followed, so much has happened, starting with the helping hand extended by the dedicated team at Cwmpas, who provided the pivotal springboard my business needed. Their support not only facilitated the launch, but also an opportunity to begin a relationship with new clients, and I heartily recommend their services to fellow start-ups.
But what has made this year very special, is the wonderful charities and social enterprises in Pembrokeshire, that I have the privilege to work with. It is with humility and gratitude that I thank all of my hard-working clients, as I would not have achieved this milestone without them.
Reflecting on a successful first year, there are many preceding moments which have made it all possible. I wanted to thank two brilliant organisations, Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, for being the ‘shining light’ on the third sector in Pembrokeshire, and igniting my passion to spread kindness through collaboration. My time with these organisations is an important part of my history (and legacy) and I am thankful for all of the experiences.
The Round House is built on the values of trust, reliability, integrity and empathy. In the first year, services have covered business review and planning, governance, risk awareness, operational support, and finance. During the year, The Round House directly supported the award of £600,000 for Pembrokeshire charities and social enterprises.
Looking ahead, I am curious about understanding more of the challenges faced by the most marginalised people in our community, with a focus on how we can collectively help them in the best way possible.
I will continue to work closely with clients, focussing on their business development skills, whilst hoping to encourage collaboration between organisations with mutual aims. As the environment proves ever more challenging for the third sector, this will be essential for many.
This first birthday is a celebration not just for the growth of The Round House, but also a tribute to the relationships with valued clients, and the collective growth that lies ahead.
I want to thank all those who have been involved in the journey that has helped this business grow, and hopefully flourish in years to come.
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