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Bargoed welcomes Spiritual Essence to the High Street A new business has opened in Bargoed town centre. Spiritual Essence is located in High Street by the Principality and sells clothing.   Owner Nathan Luke who opened the store in November said that their speciality is Festival clothing and is proving very popular with local residents who like to attend festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and the Green Man Festival. They also sell a selection of other clothing including prom dresses and accessories. Nathan Luke said: “The store is going really well and we have welcomed shoppers from all over the Borough and beyond.”
FSW LTD Makes a Smart Move The new Smart Zone in Caerphilly has welcomed its first tenant FSW Ltd. Founded in Ireland over 50 years ago Fridge Spare Wholesale, (FSW) has grown over the last 5 decades to become one of the largest family owned independent wholesalers in the UK refrigeration and air conditioning industry. FSW have 24 Trade Counters in the UK and 3 in Ireland, offering a collection and delivery service anywhere in the UK. Including FSW there are 4 other businesses that form the FSW UK Group of companies, Beacon Design & Engineering Limited manufacture bespoke refrigeration and our conditioning equipment, ESP who supply spare parts for commercial refrigeration equipment, and then 2 other specialist divisions that support the supermarket refrigeration sector called NRWfm and Just one call. FSW has seen a massive growth over the last 20 years particularly in the Air Conditioning Sector, we are main agents for Mitsubishi Electric and Fujutsu Air Conditioning. Robin Green the Marketing & Product Manager said: “Our UK marketing department is delighted with it’s new home at the Tredomen Innovation & Technology Centre, and we look forward to the next 50 years.” Check the SmartZone page for more info.
New business for Blackwood Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Business Support Team offered a Caerphilly Business Start-up Grant to a local business owner to set up the Market Place Caffi in Blackwood. Owner Nicholas Davies, a qualified chef, has been working in the catering industry for more than 15 years and thanks to assistance from Caerphilly Council has realised his dream of owning his own business.   The Cafe is located in the heart of the town centre within the market place shopping centre and promises to provide a warm and friendly environment for shoppers offering a wide and varied menu. Nick Davies, said, I am thrilled to be opening my very first business in Blackwood and I hope that my vast experience in the catering industry will stand me in good stead to serve local people great food. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development Cllr. Ken James, said, I am pleased that Nick was able to work with the Business Support Team to assist him with setting up shop in Blackwood. We wish him all the very best for future trading. The Business Support Team work with businesses across the county to deliver a flexible grant scheme through a partnership with UK Steel Enterprise. It is designed to help residents of the borough set up a full-time start up business, who are unable to access any other source of funding. The Caerphilly Business Start-Up Grant provides financial support to help eligible new businesses develop and grow. For further information and advice on Business Support opportunities within Caerphilly please…
Major retail units in Blackwood up for rent Three new retail units in a prime location in Blackwood town centre are available to rent – on the site of the former Somerfield store, which closed its doors back in 2007. The Class A1 units, located within The Market Place Shopping Centre in Blackwood town centre are currently being marketed by EJ Hales, and are available from 2,248 sq ft to 10,938 sq ft, available as a whole or combined, for retail or leisure use. The site also offers 160 free car parking spaces. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration said, “We know that Blackwood offers a unique blend of national retailers and smaller independent outlets, and these three new retail units, available for rent in a prime location within the town centre provide a real opportunity to further enhance the shopping offer”. He continued, “Footfall and visitor numbers to Blackwood remain fairly consistent despite the difficult economic times, and we know from experience that a number of businesses that have chosen to make Blackwood their home are thriving – including independent retailers and the Maxime Cinema. I would encourage anyone who may be interested in finding out more about these retail opportunities to get in touch with either the retail agents or the Council’s Town Centre Management Team”. Owen Cahill from Property Agents EJ Hales said: “The reconfiguration of the former Somerfield will provide three new retail units with free car parking to the front. The Landlord is investing significantly to rejuvenate the derelict store which will have a positive impact on the Market Place…
Courses to help your Business move forward Free Courses listed on Business Wales Did you know that there are a number of FREE useful courses available to Businesses and Social Enterprises? They cover a wide variety of topics from “How to tender “ through  to “An introduction to recruitment”, they are held all over South East Wales in easily accessible venues. Check out the link today and book your organisation on before Christmas. https://business.wales.gov.uk/news-events They are also a great opportunity for you to meet and network with other businesses. Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about being an employer There are useful webinars and videos coming in November. Live webinars last for an hour. You can ask questions during the presentation and get answers from the HMRC host. Register and log in at least 5 minutes before the start time for live webinars. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/webinars-emails-and-videos-on-employing-people Aged 13 – 30 Years old got a great Business Idea …then check out Princes Trust. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business If you’re aged 18-30, living in the UK, and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, then we can help with the rest. From beauticians and barbers to digital agencies and dog groomers, we can help you to transform your idea into a watertight business plan, as well as support you with a fantastic package of training and funding. You’ll also get to meet other like-minded people and be able to tap into the expertise of an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to provide you with advice every step of…
UKSE supports Caerphilly Start-up Fund – again New businesses in Caerphilly are getting support from Tata subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise – for the third time. The cash is helping start-ups in the county borough to get off the ground, and council officials are delighted at the number and quality of enterprises helped.   Councillor Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Development, said: The Business Start-up Fund is indispensable for small businesses, who find it very difficult to access funds these days to get companies off the ground. A great many businesses have started as a result, which would otherwise not have been able to do so. We are very grateful to UK Steel Enterprise for their continued help in this regard. The UK Steel Enterprise cash is 50% match funded by the Council, who also offers extensive advice and support to new entrepreneurs. Ruth Headon of UK Steel Enterprise said: This is the third tranche of money that we have put into this, and we are very pleased with the results, both in terms of quality and quantity of new businesses launched. We wish them all success in their ventures.
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