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Darth Vader to Visit Blackwood A short time ago in Blackwood town centre not far away a business invited Darth Vader to attend the opening of its new store on Saturday 18th March 2017 between 12-2pm. Rusty’s Games and Gift Store located at 54b High Street on the junction of Pentwyn Road (above Exclusive Tiles and Bathrooms) is run by husband and wife Simon & Trish Fowler. The store, which sells a wide range of vintage ‘StarWars’ toys, ‘DC Marvel’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ merchandise, is a new aspect to their business and sits alongside their established guitar and musical instrument shop. The couple began their retail careers 14 years ago running Must Have Music in the Market Place Shopping Centre before moving onto High Street and then into Emily’s Indoor Market. Now they are back on the High Street again at the junction of Pentwyn Road. Simon said: It’s great to be back on the high street, running a business is very tough but we have survived by adapting and not been afraid to change. We still sell guitars, but alongside those we now sell the merchandise and pre-owned console games. Trish said: This new shop gives us three separate spaces for the guitars, merchandise and games. The official opening on Saturday is a big day for us and in the coming months we will also be working with the Comic Con which is happening at Caerphilly Leisure Centre on 10th June. The grand opening of Rusty’s Games and Gift Store is at 9am on Saturday 18th March 2017. Darth Vader and Spiderman…
Major Employment Initiative Launched in Caerphilly Hundreds of unemployed and marginalised Caerphilly families are set to benefit from the launch of a new job club at Love Caerphilly in Cardiff Road Caerphilly town centre. The job club is part of a national employment initiative run by the charity Christians Against Poverty and will be staffed by volunteers who have undergone training. The aim is to offer extra support and practical advice to unemployed people in the Caerphilly area. Since it was launched in 2012, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Clubs have grown to a network of 163 across the UK, helping more than 1,000 people into work, many of them long-term unemployed. Photo – Volunteers who will run the Job Club Job Club Manager Lesley Thomas said: Knowing many people are out of work and yet have talents and skills going to waste, we just felt we had to do something and Christians Against Poverty’s training and resources seemed like a really great fit for us. The club will run weekly starting from March 1st at 1.30pm at Love Caerphilly, 76 Cardiff Road, Caerphilly. To find out more about CAP Job Clubs or to book your place visit www.capjobclubs.org or telephone 0800 328 0006
Local Caterers Required – Wales International Documentary Festival We have an amazing opportunity for our local caterers to supply and promote local Welsh produce. The Wales International Documentary Festival is coming to Blackwood on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April and require a local catering company to show of all that’s good about our local Welsh produce. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase your company and the tasty Welsh produce you can supply, providing a buffet for three days and chance to provide some scrumptious canapes for the awards evening. PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY Procurement / Supply Opportunity Client: Wales International Documentary Festival Goods: 5th, 6th and 7th April – Welsh / Local Produce buffet lunch for 20 people 7th April – Welsh / Local Produce evening buffet for awards night (canape’s) Buffets to be supplied and delivered to Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Blackwood. If you would like to express your interest in catering for this international event, please reply by email to Kevin Eadon-Davies at eadonk@caerphilly.gov.uk or call 01443 838632 to discuss. Priority will be given to those that demonstrate the use of local (Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Counties or within 20 miles of Blackwood), quality and innovative ingredients. Background Over three days, Wales International Documentary Film Festival draws independent filmmakers, industry experts and international audiences to Blackwood, Wales. The festival screens over 50 of the year’s best documentary films, hosts networking events, masterclasses, training programmes and celebrates the best in documentary film making over the last year. This year, in a new joint initiative with Cwm a Mynydd, WIDF are looking to work with local producers to really…
What’s the Secret of Retail Success? They may be a national retailer located on high streets up and down the UK, but Timpson encourage every store manager of their 1838 shops to run them as if it was their own business. The shoe repairers shop on High Street in Blackwood town centre is managed by Neil Jenkins, who previously worked in Panasonic as a Software Test Engineer before joining Timpson five years ago. The secret to the retailer’s success is not only the trust and autonomy they give their managers, but also their ability to diversify in a changing market place. When the business began in 1869 it was a shoe shop and then in 1903 started also repairing shoes, but now the shops also repair mobile phone screens, repair watches and change batteries, offer a dry cleaning service and cut keys. Despite all the changes, at heart Timpson remains a family business. Neil said: The Timpson motto above the shop is ‘Great Service by Great People’ and we work hard to live up to that. Because as a manager I am given the trust to run the business as if it was my own, I do feel more responsibility for how it performs and I want to repay the faith shown in me.
Need a Holiday? Family run Edwards Holidays have been taking the people of South Wales on holiday for over 90 years and have had a shop on Blackwood High Street since 2008. Kelly-Anne Davies manages the shop with her team Chris Evans, Donna Harhhy, Corrine Rowlands and Heather Welch, each of whom have over twenty years experience working in the travel industry. The Edwards Holidays staff in Blackwood not only book coach holidays, but also cruises as well as helping people arrange air holidays. Kelly-Anne said: When people book an Edwards Holidays holiday our customer service starts from the moment they book and lasts until they get safely home. The great thing about being in Blackwood is that we are able to build a relationship with our customers.
Welsh Government Announces Business Rate Support for Retailers On Friday 17th February the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford AM announced an extra £10 million from Welsh Government to help high street retailers, pubs and restaurants with their non-domestic rates. Some details have now been announced & more are expected to follow in the next few weeks.   Here is the link to the statement: Welsh Government announces details of High Street Rates Relief Scheme There are now a number of different scheme to support businesses in Wales in respect of business rates, these can be summarised as follows: Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) scheme which is already in place will remain the same until 31st March 2018 Transitional Rate Relief scheme (announced in December) will help ratepayers whose entitlement to SBRR is reduced or removed due to an increase in the rateable value of their premises following the revaluation which takes effect from 1st April 2017 One-year Targeted High Street Relief scheme announced last week is new and is in addition to the above schemes. Council’s Business Rates Teams do not yet have any further details on how this scheme will work and are awaiting an update from Welsh Government. Please note: Actual relief ascribed to each individual business will need to be calculated by the respective Local Authority’s Business Rates team. Business Rates in Wales are devolved so they differ from England, meaning that Small Business Rate Relief & Transitional Rate Relief will be different in Wales. From 1st April the appeals system in England is changing but the Welsh Government has yet…
Business Tailor Makes Your Holiday A South Wales travel business has opened its latest shop in Blackwood town centre. Tailor Made Travel is a family business with over 25 years experience offering its customers a travel concierge service. The company already has offices in Penarth, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major and its new Blackwood shop is located on High Street opposite Woodbine Road. The business specialises in working with its customers to tailor make a holiday package which meets their individual needs. Photo: Elaine (centre) with her team Director Simon Morgan said: We are delighted to open our latest shop in Blackwood and look forward to offering our new clients a service which is tailor made to meet their exacting standards. Our aim is to work with people so that together we can create the perfect holiday or mini break. Manager Elaine Watkins said: My team at Tailor Made Travel in Blackwood all have extensive experience in the travel business which enables us to offer clients advice on which hotels to stay in, what to see when they get there and even which restaurants to book. If you want to take a holiday somewhere come and talk to us and see how we can make it happen.
Blackwood Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company Creates a buzz Social Enterprise Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company (SVHC) scooped the Pride in Your Place overall award. SVHC were recognised for their success in the innovative and ground breaking project bringing the importance of bees into the local schools. Honeybees are in crisis worldwide said SVHC founder, experienced beekeeper Lorne East Disease and climate change are decimating the numbers and impacting on the health of bee colonies. The knock-on effect of this decline is that our plants – most especially food crops – are not being pollinated as well as we might like them to be, and there is a real threat to our capacity to produce food. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Pride in Your Place award ceremony was recently held at Blackwood Miners’ Institute to celebrate the environmental work undertaken by groups, schools and individual volunteers. The Sirhowy Valley Honey Bee Company clinched the overall award for their efforts in helping to stimulate local bee populations, as well as developing a honey education centre in Ynysddu. The education centre helps to teach groups of all ages can learn about the importance of pollinators in supporting a healthy food chain. Tyn-Y-Wern Primary with their award Other winners during the awards ceremony included: Environmental Champion – Mrs Daryl Resting for her work on litter clearance and bird box installations in and around the Caerphilly Basin Tyn Y Wern Primary – improving the local community with clean ups, planting and creating habitats for hedgehogs Fochriw Primary – salmon hatchery project Pengam Primary – making their school a more attractive place to learn and visit Cllr…
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