Guitar Gig & Free Parking Boosts Footfall

This year’s excellent Great Guitar Gig together with the Neath Inspired Free Parking After 10am in all the pay and display car parks in Neath Town Centre helped to significantly boost footfall in the town centre.

A comment below on Facebook from a lady in Bridgend says it all:

“We have just had a lovely day out in Neath today. Lovely stop at Cafe 46, a walk around the town centre and busy well populated market, a bit of shopping, cheap car parking and the town was bustling, friendly and local entertainment was there to watch. I would never dream of doing this in Bridgend town centre and have lived there all my life. Well done Neath 😊”

Footfall increased by 12% on Saturday and by 19.5% on Sunday compared to the previous week.

The Free Parking initiative by Neath Inspired and Neath Port Talbot Council will be carried through to all other key town centre events giving shoppers and visitors free parking on event days.

The Gig in the town Hall was a great success with world renowned Adrian Legg and Chris Buck and Gary Potter leading a packed line-up of great guitar entertainment.

Neath Inspired would like to thank members of the Neath Town Consortium, Neath Town Council and others for the immense amount of hard work that goes in to putting on a quality and successful event like this.



Free Parking After 10am for Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Parking is FREE after 10am in all Neath’s Pay & Display Car Parks on Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May, supporting the two days of Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Neath Inspired, in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council, are delivering this initiative to support events in Neath Town Centre and to attract more people to come & visit Neath.


Coming Soon Neath’s Great Guitar Gig

Neath’s Great Guitar Gig 2018

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May

Sponsored by Neath Inspired, Neath Town Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Music Shop and Blackstar.

Supported by The Wave and Swansea Sound.

Neath Town Hall and various bars in the town centre, so far: The Ambassador, Presidents, The Cross Keys & Ten/21

The Line Up so far




Opening 12.00pm Jango Haze


Jeremy Young Trio


1.30pm-2.30pm Up the Creek  Dewi Griffiths


3.00pm-4.00pm Adrian Legg Master Class Gary Potter Solo


4.30pm-5.30pm Chris Buck Master Class TBC





6.30pm-7.30pm Adrian Legg Gary Potter Band



Rivers Duo


9.30pm Chris Buck   

Glas (James Oliver)


Please note:

  • Artists are subject to change.
  • Times are approximate and subject to change.
  • There is limited capacity in the Town Hall so entry is based on a first come, first served basis.
  • All tickets purchased in advance will guarantee entry.

Entrance fee per day £6 at the Town Hall.

Or, to avoid disappointment, book in advance at the Gwyn Hall Box Office

tickets £6.45 per day (includes 7.5% ticket levy).


Minister gets BIDs off the ground with Neath visit

Funding to help town centre businesses work together to boost their local economy is now open for applications.

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans will announce the £270,000 funding with a visit to meet local traders in Neath to learn about how their Business Improvement District is making a difference to the town.

Business Improvement Districts are an innovative way of bringing local businesses together by pooling their resources to work as a team. Once the BID is agreed via a ballot, each business contributes financially via a levy, which is then used to fund the agreed activities set out in the Business Plan. These could include marketing, promotion and events, car parking, tackling anti-social behaviour, improving access to towns, or work to make the area more attractive.


Rebecca Evans said:

“The momentum for BIDs is growing across the UK and we’re aware of the real impact they create in towns across Wales, but setting them up takes time, effort and support, which is why we provide Welsh Government funding to get them off the ground.

“Neath Inspired, the Business Improvement District, has developed effective partnerships with the town and county council on several projects, including supporting events, providing hanging baskets and Christmas lights. Members can access social media and marketing training, and their website advertises some fantastic local festivals.”

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:

“Collectively, the eight established Business Improvement Districts which have already received our support will generate over £5m private investment to support activities in their area over the next five years. These projects are supporting economic development and town centre regeneration, making our high streets more attractive and vibrant places to visit.

“We know that a number of towns across Wales are looking at this sustainable funding model, and I hope we see many more potential BIDs come forward as a result of the funding. We are also keen to encourage themed BIDs such as Tourism and Industrial BIDs alongside traditional town centre BIDs”

Andrew Shufflebotham who is the Neath Inspired BID manager, strongly recommends that other towns consider applying for the new funding. He said:

“Towns benefit from establishing a successful BID, especially smaller independent retailers and businesses, where the BID levy is used effectively to increase footfall into the BID area.”


More information on Neath Inspired is available here:

Be Your Own Boss @ Neath Job Centre



The event was aimed at budding entrepreneurs, people with who looking at potentially starting self employment and people who are already in business and looking to expand or who need extra support.

There was much marketing activity in the lead up of the event though partners, TWITTER and Facebook. This resulted in 216 people attending on the day.

In addition to the 13 providers who attended, we had 4 individual representatives from local businesses in Neath who were on hand to act as advocates and mentors, and on the day there were motivational sessions from Carolyn Parry the winner of the PRIME Cymru Business Start Up award in 2016.


Known outcomes recorded in Neath Jobcentre so far have shown 46 new registered businesses following the event, which is excellent news for the individuals and wider economy in Neath.

Neath’s Eggcellent Response

Over 800 Easter Eggs have been collected in Neath to be distributed to disadvantaged children.

 Neath Town Council, Neath Inspired Business Improvement District, Poundland, Morrisons, Wilko and Swansea Bay Radio all teamed up to encourage the people of Neath to donate Easter Eggs.

The generous public in Neath have kindly donated over 800 Easter Eggs to the Neath Town Council Mayoress Appeal. The eggs will be distributed to disadvantaged children in the Neath area through Social Services, Calan and the Neath Food Bank.

A big thank you from the organisers to the people of Neath and participating businesses and a special vote of thanks to Benjamin O’Loughlin from Poundland whose efforts in encouraging local people to donate was outstanding.

Neath Inspired Business Breakfast in the Castle

The second Neath Inspired Business Breakfast, held in the Castle Hotel, Neath attracted  over 50 guests representing 35 Neath BID Businesses.

Stakeholders attending included Neath Port Talbot Council, Neath Town Council, Neath Round Table, Job Centre Plus, the Police, Swansea Bay Radio, national multiples, independent retailers and several professional businesses.

Lesley Pearson from gave an interesting presentation on keeping utility bills under control and Gareth Harris of Rowland Jones Surveyors gave an insight into the Business Rate system in Wales.

Kevin Hire and Gayle Ware from Swansea Bay Radio introduced the Neath Port Talbot Business Awards, new event.

Andrew Shufflebotham, Neath Business Improvement District Manager described the past achievements of the BID and outlined the exciting future for Neath town Centre.

Notably the new development on the site of the old Tesco/Wilko property.

The next Business Breakfast will take the form of a “speed dating” format where Neath BID businesses will be able to pitch their businesses to other attendees, keeping the strong roots of Neath growing.

If you would like to attend the next Business Breakfast that will be held in the Bluebell Hotel and La Mancha please get in touch


Neath Vacancy Rate Half the National Average

A survey of  377 businesses in the Neath Business Improvement District shows that  Neath has a vacancy rate of 7.95%.

According to the latest figures for Wales as a whole, from NFRN Federation of Independent Retailers Retail Report 2017, Welsh towns, on average have a vacancy rate of 14.6%.

Neath with a vacancy rate of 7.95% is close to half the national average.

Well done Neath!

BID Businesses Apply for Membership of the Neath Inspired Limited BID Company

The board of Neath Inspired Limited is looking to extend the membership of the company.  It has therefore been decided to invite all BID levy payers to become a member of the company.  If you are interested, please email

There is no cost and as the company is limited by guarantee any personal liability is therefore limited.

On being a member, you will be notified of general meetings and be invited to attend and vote at those meetings.