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Pets Find a New Home in Blackwood National retailer Pets at Home is expanding its Blackwood town centre store which is located next to ASDA. The retailer has taken additional space next to its existing store in the unit formally occupied by Blockbuster. The new store will incorporate Vets4Pets and ‘The Groom Room’ and is scheduled to open on 18th March. The store remains open whilst the works are undertaken.   Assistant Manager Jane Hamar says: “We are all really excited about our shop extension which enables us to offer an in-store vet and a grooming service in addition to Pets at Home’s huge range of products. Our aim is to bring the people of Blackwood the ultimate pet shop”
Beautician Opens Salon in Her Home Town A local beautician Donna Parker has realised her dream of owning her own business by opening a new beauty salon in Bargoed town centre. ‘Donna’s Beauty Cwtch‘ is located in Hanbury Road opposite the library and offers a range of beauty treatments.   Donna said: “I have 18 years of experience in the beauty industry and my dream was always to open a salon in Bargoed as its my home town. We’ve only been open a short time but the response from customers has been fantastic”
Upmarket Homes for Birds! Social Enterprise Greencap who are based on Western Industrial Estate in Caerphilly have moved into the deluxe Bird House market. Greencap which is a social firm that employs people with disabilities spotted an opportunity to give our feathered friends houses a make over. Greencap Director Steve Watts said: “We have been reupholstering and renovating office furniture for call centres since we began Greencap in 2012. As a social enterprise all of our profits are reinvested in the community or workforce. ” “We spotted a gap in the house market and are delighted with the response to our new products”. Standard Bird Boxes cost £20.00 bespoke boxes can be made to order.     If you would like to order a new home for your garden birds please Call Steve Watts on 02920 887917 or 07941 102439.  
Tyfu Flips a Good Pancake To celebrate Pancake Day Tyfu our very own Social Enterprise Café in Caerphilly is producing a range of sweet and savoury pancakes. A social Enterprise is a Business but unlike other businesses it puts all its profits back into the community to support local people and local projects. Why not call in today and try a freshly made pancake with freshly brewed coffee. For more information check out the Tyfu Café at : Tyfu Café, 97 Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, CF83 1FQ  
Community Project Expands in Caerphilly Town Centre The LoveCaerphilly community project is expanding into a vacant café situated next door to its current premises at the top of Cardiff Road. The LoveCaerphilly Family Coffee House is scheduled to open on Valentines Day (14th February) and is the latest phase of the outreach project which works with local families to provide help and support running groups and courses including: Parent and Baby Groups, Parent and Toddler Groups, Kids Clubs and Finance Management / Healthy Living courses.   Project Manager Jeremy Davey said: “The new coffee house will support our groups and courses; our aim is to provide the people we are supporting with the very best facilities at the heart of their community. This is an exciting time for LoveCaerphilly as we build on a hugely successful first year and begin to expand the project” For more information go to the projects Facebook page http://FB.com/LoveCaerphilly
Wales Retail Relief Business Rate Scheme Ends Soon Local businesses in the Caerphilly County Borough area are being urged by the council to claim up to £1,500 in business rate relief by 31 March 2016. The Wales Retail Relief Business Rate Scheme was introduced by Welsh Government in 2014 and has been continued through 2015/16. The grant assistance applies to qualifying occupied retail premises with a rateable value of £50,000 or less, that are wholly or mainly providing a service to visiting members of the public. Officers from Caerphilly County Borough Council posted application forms during August 2015 to qualifying shops, restaurants, cafés and drinking establishments encouraging them to take advantage of the financial support on offer. Business who are already receiving other forms of rate relief, such as small business rate relief can apply, however, the amount of relief will be capped to the amount of rates actually payable. Cllr Ken James, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning & Sustainability, said: “It is great that we are able to support this Welsh Government initiative as a council and that our local businesses have the opportunity to grow their businesses further when facing difficult financial times.”   For more information please visit the Wales retail relief scheme section or call us on 01443 863006.     Original Article
Still Blooming in Caerphilly after 60 Years! This year S. Jones Florist celebrates 60 years in Caerphilly town centre. Located in Cardiff Road the family run business is now run by the 3rd generation of the Jones family.   Neil Jones who runs the business with his brother Anthony commented: “In the last 60 years Caerphilly has changed a lot, but the business my grandfather built is still here. My brother and I are proud that our business is an independent greengrocer and florist that offers great customer service and we would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty over the years”
New Burger King Store to Open in Caerphilly Town Centre On Saturday 6th February Burger King opens its new restaurant in Caerphilly town centre.     The 48 seat restaurant, which is located in the Castle Court Shopping Centre opposite Boots, is only the second in the UK in the new ‘garden grill’ style and will create between 25-30 jobs for local people.  
Costa Coffee to Open in Blackwood Town Centre National coffee chain Costa Coffee begins work on its new Blackwood store today. Over the coming weeks the former Coed Duon public house located in the centre of the town on High Street will be transformed into a new Costa Coffee store with over 50 seats. The opening is scheduled for late March. Bobby Khangura the franchisee said: “We are really looking forward to coming to Blackwood town centre, as a brand Costa Coffee is all about bringing the community together so as well as serving great coffee, we will be creating some exciting social events”
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