People, Places, Business

New Consortium

New Consortium to Promote Neath

A forum which aims to promote Neath Town Centre as a great place to visit and shop has been launched this month.

Neath Port Talbot Council is spearheading a campaign to bring together businesses and organisations in Neath in a bid to raise awareness of what the town centre has to offer.

The Chamber of Trade, Neath Town Council and Neath Port Talbot Council have teamed up with businesses in Neath to create a newly formed 'Neath Business Consortium' which will look at ways to promote Neath as a vibrant and successful town centre.

Leader of the Council, Councillor A.H. Thomas

Council Leader, Ali Thomas (pictured above) said “The first meeting was extremely positive and I look forward to working with all the partners in the Consortium for the benefit of businesses and shoppers. I understand traders' concerns in this time of recession and we are listening and doing something about it.”

"The Consortium will provide a forum to discuss and put forward ideas and suggestions to bring better prosperity for businesses, whilst recognising and building on all the positive investments being made in Neath.

"Victoria Gardens has reopened and the Gwyn Hall will soon be at the heart of the community once again. The Neath Food Festival is now a two day event and the Great September Fair has recently attracted thousands of visitors. There is much investment being made by the Council in the future of Neath.

"Together we can be much stronger and can better promote what's best about this popular market town."

Keith Harding, President of the Neath Chamber of Trade said: "I have spoken to members of the Chamber and everyone is very excited about the prospect of being part of the new Neath Business Consortium.

"We look forward to working with the Council and other members of the forum to achieve our goal. We feel that working together as a team with a common interest will be much more productive because we all want Neath to succeed and the businesses within it prosper."

Deenna Barton of Deenna's Ladies Boutique said: "Neath businesses see the Consortium as an ideal vehicle to promote our historic market town.
"As a working partnership we are all committed to promoting Neath as a great place to shop and socialise."

The next meeting of the Neath Business Consortium will take place on Wednesday 14th September at 5.30pm at The Castle Hotel Neath.

If you run a business in Neath and would like to attend, please contact Gemma Nesbitt, Neath Town Centre Manager on 01639 686413 or email g.nesbitt@npt.gov.uk