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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

ARFOR at work


The ARFOR pilot programme has been operating across Anglesey, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion thanks to Welsh Government funding up to March 2021.

The £2m pilot programme has allowed the trialling of new schemes in areas that are strongholds of the Welsh language which aim to:

  • promote enterprise and supporting business growth in areas with a high proportion of Welsh speakers
  • secure better and better paid jobs to retain local people in these areas and encourage those who have left to return
  • promote the value of speaking Welsh and bilingualism in businesses
  • encourage businesses and people who move to rural areas to value and use the Welsh language 
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ARFOR schemes on Anglesey

Several schemes have been piloted on Anglesey, including 75 grant awards supporting:

  • 42 existing businesses
  • 18 new businesses
  • 60.5 new jobs
  • 108.5 existing jobs
  • 36 new products or services
  • private investment of over £750,000

Most projects were delivered by the private sector. The Arfor grants were funded by the Welsh Government, and were managed by the County Council and Menter Iaith Môn, with support also from Business Wales and the Hwb Menter Enterprise Hub.

Language fund

A fund to support businesses to make the Welsh language more visible/audible within their businesses and to their customers, for example signage, bilingual menus, materials, staff skills, events and so on.

Small grants have been awarded to fund up to 80% of eligible costs. Other eligible general new business investment could be used as the 20% match-funding.

A total of 48 businesses had been awarded this grant. Arfor funding was also used to design the following documents to support the use of the language by people and businesses:

Business fund

This has provided financial support to new and existing businesses to overcome barriers that prevent them from growing and creating jobs.

Emphasis has been placed on the creation of new economic opportunities in addition to supporting local businesses to grow and create good jobs. The Business Fund had a minimum project cost of £2,000 with grants of up to 50% of eligible costs subject to cost-per-job limits, but the level of support was based on the circumstances and contribution to ARFOR aims.

A total of 22 Arfor business grants were awarded.

Guidance and a full grant application form were issued after an initial basic eligibility check, and businesses were referred to relevant business support providers. Several application rounds operated and the funding was fully committed following a competitive assessment process by a multi-agency ARFOR grants panel.

Arfor capital grants

An award of Welsh Government Economic Stimulus Funding in 2020 to 2021 gap-funded five significant capital investments by the private and third sectors.

Llwyddo’n Lleol 2050

A campaign across Gwynedd and Anglesey managed by Menter Môn to highlight and promote entrepreneurship and work opportunities available locally now and in future for young people.

A total of 14 young entrepreneurs were assisted and gained enterprise experience.

Regional projects

During the ARFOR scheme, the four counties have been working in partnership on a number of activities. A contract was awarded to Wavehill on behalf of the four counties to evaluate activities and create a new strategy for the future. Golwg 360 was commissioned to promote ARFOR stories through Bwrlwm Arfor. The regional projects were managed by Gwynedd Council as lead body.

The Covid-19 situation has impacted on the success and profile of the programme as originally planned.

The future

A new programme building on the ARFOR pilot is referred to in the Welsh Government’s Co-operation Agreement of November 2021.


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