New figures show between April 2011 and June 2020 more than 8,000 jobseekers in Wales used support from their local Jobcentre and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, to launch their own business.
The top counties in Wales with the most entrepreneurs include Cardiff with 960 start-ups; Swansea with 820; and Carmarthenshire with 670.
Launched in 2011, there has been over a quarter of million NEA starts by unemployed benefit claimants which has helped turn aspirations into reality, offering participants a personal business mentor, weekly living allowance and applicants can apply for financial backing of up to £25,000 to realise the ambitions for their start-up.
Wales Office Minister David TC Davies MP said: “The UK Government is committed to backing jobseekers and business and thousands of people across Wales have launched their own companies with our support. Small businesses are key to our economy. Encouraging entrepreneurship and creating employment are priorities for the UK Government, driving the recovery as we build back better from the pandemic.”