Month: November 2019

10 Reasons to shop in Neath this Christmas!

Neath Christmas Shopping

Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the festive season is not without its challenges. Trying to find the perfect gift for someone you love amongst the hustle and bustle of crazed Christmas shoppers and paying extortionate amounts for parking. Fortunately for you, shopping locally in Neath this Christmas can ease some of the stress. Here’s ten reasons to shop local for your gifts and groceries this year… 

1) FREE Parking 

Neath Parking Shopping

Free on Floor 3 after 3pm!

Christmas is expensive enough without paying for parking on top. Make the most of free parking initiatives available throughout the festive period… 

Friday 29th November (Christmas Light Switch On) – Free parking after 10am in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Inspired

Saturday 30th November (Small Business Saturday) – Free parking after 10am in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Inspired

Saturday 14th December until Wednesday 1st January – Free parking in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Port Talbot Council

Everyday on Floor 3 after 3pm – Free parking in Neath Multi Storey Car Park, every day after 3pm on Floor 3. Provided by Neath Inspired.

2) Local is Personal 

Neath Shopping Christmas

Beautiful ‘Baroc’ at Christmas

By regularly shopping with small businesses in Neath, you are building a relationship that often extends beyond that of “just a customer”. The fantastic shop-keepers of Neath will always provide a positive and personalised shopping experience.


3) Don’t battle the crowds

Shopping locally is much better than battling the Christmas crowds at a large shopping complex. Remove the stress by shopping in Neath to avoid city traffic, car park queues and herds of people in cramped stores.


Local shops support local people

4) You’ll be boosting the local economy

 Research on spending by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business. 


5) You’re likely to get better service

Local business owners do what they do because they are passionate about their products and typically take more time to get to know their customers. They’ll often go the extra mile to help you and to ensure you’re a satisfied customer.


6) Make a day of it!

Neath Christmas Shopping

Cosy up at Moruzzi and Co with their delicious Pizzas

Christmas shopping can be hard work! Be sure to schedule in a pit stop at one of Neath’s fantastic cafes, bars or restaurants. From traditional hand stretched pizzas at Moruzzi and Co to Christmas themed drinks at Smashed Rasperry, there’s something for everyone on offer. 


7) Shopping locally is the ethical choice

Neath is home to our beautiful, historic Victorian Indoor Market which showcases the best of local produce. Local butchers, bakers, florists, and greengrocers are much more likely to provide produce with a much shorter ‘field to fork’ journey. In addition to supporting local farmers and producers, the food you buy is more likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging. 

Neath Shopping Local

Local Produce from Anthony James Butchers and Deli at Neath Market

8) You’ll find something different

Our Independent shops have shopped around to select a host of amazing products and bring them right to your doorstep. This often includes items you might not find at national chain stores – like this unique Bara Brith scented candle from Valley Mill. If you’re struggling to find a unique gift, the chances are that the shop assistant will go above and beyond to help you make the right choice. 

Neath Shopping Christmas

Bara Brith Scented Candle from Valley Mill

9) Combine your shopping with ‘not to be missed’ events

Neath Christmas Light Switch On

Neath Christmas Light Switch On – Friday 29th November from 6pm

Neath Town Council are proud to present their annual Christmas Festival. Both Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November will see Christmas Market Stalls line the streets of Neath showcasing unique handmade crafts, beautiful gifts and delicious food. The ‘switch on’ of Neath’s Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 29th November from 6pm – with Santa’s Grotto, Snow Globe, Bierkeller and plenty of children’s entertainment. Neath Inspired will be providing FREE mulled wine for the adults and FREE goody bags for the children. 

10) Neath needs you!

Neath Shopping Christmas

Neath Market

The rise of internet shopping has taken it’s toll on high streets across the UK, and our town of Neath is sadly no exception. Despite this, our town still has so much to offer, and the more we support it, the more likely we are to see it thrive. 

Progress on Anti Social Behaviour in Neath

With Anti-Social Behaviour always high on our agenda at Neath Inspired, earlier this week we met up with Inspector Matt Otteson and team, for an update on matters relating to the town centre.


It’s no secret that anti-social behaviour effects the image of a town, and therefore has a knock on effect on trading in town centres. Every town in the UK isn’t without it’s individual issues, and whilst Neath is no different, we strive to work together with a variety of organisations to sustain a positive, welcoming environment in Neath.

Inspector Otteson has been in post for over 5 months now, and has already made some great structural changes meaning that more focus and resource has been dedicated to policing the town centre. ‘Operation Tesla’ is an ongoing operation looking at a number of issues in Neath Town Centre including drug misuse, anti-social behaviour and street begging. The operation is continuing to make some great progress, with SW Police are only looking to further improve.

Inspector Otteson wanted to remind businesses and individuals of the importance of reporting a crime or incident via 101 or 999 as appropriate. All complaints get logged and create a system of intelligence for our officers which builds a picture and allows them to allocate workforce accordingly. This information is vital to our local police team, so please ensure to pass any important information you have on to them. It’s never been easier to log a report – either via the 101 telephone route, by calling CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, via email or directly on their website

We look forward to continuing to work alongside South Wales Police and supporting them in their efforts to make Neath a safer, more vibrant town for all.