Resources & Links

Information regarding many topics for businesses and the local community. Will include articles and helpful advise as well as relevant links to other websites

Business grants

Capital Grant Funding

The Council is committed to encouraging innovation and supporting existing companies that want to grow, as well as helping those planning to move to the area.

The Council is able to offer grants when funding allows, however, these schemes are discretionary and may have restricted eligibility. To apply for any of these grants please contact the Business Support Team at the contact details below.

Capital Funding

LIF Cymru South East Wales (Local Investment Fund South East Wales)

LIF Cymru South East Wales is a flexible grant scheme delivered through a Local Authority partnership, across Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen. The project has been developed with support from the Welsh Assembly Government through the European Regional Development Fund, under the Convergence Programme.

The LIF fund is specifically designed to support a range of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs). The grant is aimed primarily at manufacturing businesses but other sectors can be considered.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that a significant proportion of their activity is business to business.

Level of financial support: Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available, based on 40% of the eligible project cost. Eligible capital projects could include; capital equipment, ICT equipment, development of websites, marketing materials, external and internal building works and alterations.


Any purchases or works undertaken before any written Grant Approval from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council cannot be considered for grant purposes.

Contact Us

Business Support Team
Level 5, Unit 3
Pennant House
Catherine Street
CF37 2TB

Telephone: 01443 495169

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External Links

Below is a list of useful organisations who can help your business.

If you have any useful links, you would like to share with the rest of the club, please click here to send them to us.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Business Club is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Business Support Agencies

Business in Focus, Venture Wales, Flexible Support for Business, Finance Wales, Opportunity Wales, Menter a Busnes Graduate Opportunities Wales

Learning & Skills Council

Public bodies

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, International Business Wales, ACAS Welsh Assembly Government Destination RCT

Local Media

BBC, Western Mail & Echo, Real Radio, Red Dragon, GTFM


Sell2Wales Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme



VAT registration is not valid if the VAT number is not correct!

It is important to check whether a VAT registration number shown on an invoice is valid because the purchaser cannot recover VAT incorrectly charged by an unregistered trader unless Customs & Excise allow them to do so by concession.

Test VAT registration numbers here

Find out more about VAT regulations, reduced rate VAT, zero rated VAT items and other useful information click here.


Apprentices learn through a combination of on- and off-the-job education and training. On the job they work alongside your existing staff and the rest they learn from a local learning provider such as the University of Glamorgan, Coleg Morganwg or other tertiary education institute, usually on a day release basis.

Apprentices help you stay competitive by developing the kind of people your business needs for the future. There are two levels of Apprenticeships for apprentices and advanced apprentices. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic range of training in 80 different sectors of industry, covering a huge range of subjects from Health and Social Care to Business Administration. For more information on how your business can benefit from Apprenticeships, click here

Marketing Database

One of the keys to success in business-to-business direct marketing is building your own database to increase your revenues. Which is easy to say, but where do you start? Provided you know what you are going to do with the database once you build it, it is more straightforward than you might imagine. As a member of the Business Club you can purchase our business directory, which lists all businesses large and small within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Cost each: £102.13 (Member price)
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