The SBARC project has already been beneficial in Ceredigion according to the council.

This initiative, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and managed by the Cynnal y Cardi team of the council, seeks to promote self-confidence and entrepreneurial spirit in the county.

Led by Menter a Busnes, with financial aid from the UK Government and support from Ffyniant Bro, the SBARC Ceredigion project nurtures individuals keen to grow sustainable enterprises within Ceredigion.

One such individual is Megan Jones, a 24-year-old from Llanon, who dreams of establishing her own accommodation and business unit in the area.

Ms Jones said: "SBARC Ceredigion is an extremely valuable and unique experience for someone like me, who doesn’t have that traditional business background.

"It’s really helping me and my business plans."

The SBARC Ceredigion project ensures that members aren't isolated in their ambitions, offering plenty of networking, idea-sharing, and mutual support opportunities.

Hannah Loy, who left a long-term appointment at the BBC to set up a sound studio in rural Brynafan, acknowledges the immense value of this.

She said: "Being chosen to be part of SBARC Ceredigion this year has been a huge confidence boost.

"It’s already helping me and my business in so many ways."

Eirwen Williams, development and rural director of Menter a Busnes said: "One of our aims at Menter a Busnes is to support individuals and businesses to thrive.

"Having launched SBARC Ceredigion in September 2023, the response has been incredible.

"We now proudly support 24 individuals and ventures in Ceredigion through this project."

Councillor Clive Davies, Ceredigion’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, spoke of the comprehensive support the project participants receive: "The individuals involved in SBARC Ceredigion receive a wealth of support during the 18-month period including mentoring and expert-led sessions."

The project also offers its members the opportunity to take part in international study trips aimed at sharing best practices and expanding their worldview.

The 12 latest SBARC Ceredigion recruits joined in March and visited Reykjavik to meet with Icelandic business owners and glean insight from their experiences.

Project co-ordinator Gwenith Elias said: "Many of the individuals who joined us in March are developing businesses and ventures in the outdoors, tourism, food and wellness sectors.

"I can’t wait to see how our enthusiastic members develop these and use them in their own businesses and ventures in Ceredigion."

For more information on the SBARC Ceredigion project, visit the Menter a Busnes website.