Business Confidence Rises as Neath’s Town Centre Retail Development Gets the Go Ahead

The go-ahead has been given by Neath Port Talbot Council for the next stage of the redevelopment of Neath’s town centre. The next phase will create a row of 5 large stores that will link the new multi-storey car park and Wilko to Wind Street and Boots allowing seamless shopping from the multi storey to the centre of town.

The new stores will complement the existing large stores, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Next, New Look and other national brands, improving the shopping offer and bringing increased footfall that all shops and Neath Market will benefit from.

Neath Port Talbot Council will now commission a contractor to deliver the retail scheme, with work on site to start next year.

Council leader, Councillor Rob Jones, said: “This council is very aware of the pressures that traditional town centres are coming under from online shopping and out-of-town retail parks. We are determined to ensure that Neath continues to be an attractive destination for businesses, shoppers, residents and visitors alike.”

Andrew Shufflebotham, Neath Inspired Limited, Business Improvement District Manager commented that “Neath Port Talbot Council’s commitment to developing and improving Neath Town Centre has been welcomed by Neath BID Businesses and other traders.” He said “it will prove to be the catalyst to increase footfall and benefit both retailers and loyal local shoppers who have been waiting for this development to go ahead for some time.”

Ahead of the larger New Development another phase will start in Spring, with a row of six smaller retail shops by Coastal Housing, linking the Greyhound Pub to Orchard Street, with Water Street and Orchard Street being widened to improve pedestrian links to Neath’s Gwyn Hall, Victoria Gardens and the Bus Station.

Significant investment from private companies and individuals has already shown growing confidence in Neath, Moruzzi & Co have considerably enlarged their attractive coffee shop and wine bar, Charlie’s Wine Bar & Grill and the Castle hotel complement existing favourites like the Ambassador Hotel and the Bluebell & La Mancha.

A comprehensive range of highly successful seasonal events: Neath Food & Drink Festival, the Real Ale & Cider Festival, the Great Guitar Gig, the Christmas Lights On and several others [See for next year’s dates] ensure that Neath offers all round interest, vibrancy and a great ambience for all the family.

Neath Town Council Christmas Lights on Event



Neath Town Council Christmas Lights On Event

The town of Neath was a buzz with the annual Christmas Carol Concert in Angel Square, promoted and organised by Neath Town Council.

Around 3,000 residents crammed into the streets of Neath to join in with the Salvation Army and cast of Cinderella, Gwyn Hall to provide an evening of music, fun and laughter.

This year’s event has marked a milestone in the development of a new Community Events team lead by Neath Town Council with partners that include Neath Inspired Limited, FACE, Kier, Gwyn Hall, Tecwins Twist, Swansea Bay Radio and the Salvation Army being established in early 2017 to come together and plan this years event.


With extremely limited resources, Neath Town Council and other  community groups agreed that they wanted to provide a fun evening for everybody in the heart of Neath.

Neath Town Mayor, Cllr. Mark Protheroe commented after the event ‘The night was a huge success and all the organisers were delighted in how many people came to support the community.  It is a true example of partnership working at its best.    The feedback we have all had since last night has been so positive and it is hoped that this will bring the Christmas cheer to the town and surrounding areas for the rest of the festive season.  All those who were committed to provide the concert this year, came up with ideas and gave up so much of their time to help should be thanked in making it such a success. A true community event!’

Neath Town Council & the Community Events team have already been approached by lots of organisations, Neath businesses and traders who wish to be involved in whats on in Neath next year’s event.

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Neath Food Festival

Neath Food Festival attracted large crowds despite inclement weather.

Jo Hillier, the recently appointed Town Centre Manager, Juggling Jim Millar who entertained the crowds were present at the Neath Inspired gazebo where Andrew Shufflebotham was demonstrating the web site


Neath Gum Busting Project Launch

Launched today, the Neath Town Centre Chewing Gum Pollution Project and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s Chewing Gum Action Group. A big thank you to Neath Town  Mayor Cllr Mark Protheroe, Cllr Edward Latham, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Alan Lockyer and Mr Mike Roberts Head of Streetscene and Engineering for attending today.

Neath Rotary is proud to have initiated this project in partnership with the Neath Port Talbot Group of Colleges

Since the project was initiated last December Rotary has seen their partnerships grow with NPTCB Council, Neath Town Council, Keep Wales Tidy, Neath Inspired, Neath YMCA, Neath Chamber of Trade, Gnoll Primary School, Dwryfelin Comprehensive school, Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service and a connection is ongoing to involve the support of Network Rail. This is being achieved with the help of Assembly member Jeremy Miles and MP Christina Rees

Neath Rotary thanks you all, with a special thank you to the brilliant College marketing team and the staff and students of Neath Campus College, Dwryfelyn Comprehensive School and the staff and children of Gnoll Primary School. We thank the Castle Hotel and another big thank you to the Neath Ukuleles who yet again have supported our cause with their cheerful music.


Neath Facebook & Multi Media Marketing Training FREE to Business Improvement District Businesses

Following on from the success of the first FREE Facebook & Multi Media Marketing training course when 13 businesses attended, Neath Inspired is now running the training again.

The course will take place on Tuesday 10th October in the Gwyn Hall. BID Businesses are recommended to apply early as places are limited to 12 people for each course.

There will be a Beginners , Intermediate and Expert session held at intervals throughout the day.

Please contact Andrew Shufflebotham at for more details.

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Neath Whats On


Neath Beer & Cider Festival

Neath Beer & Cider Festival has once again been a resounding success attracting extra footfall into the town centre on both the Friday and Saturday of the event.

Participating cafe’s and bars reported increased sales and other businesses benefited from the major increase in footfall also recording better sales.

The organisers wish to thank all participating businesses and volunteers who helped on the day with a special vote of thanks to Neath Town Council for the provision of the Town Hall which hosted a wide range of guest real ales and live music.

The next Neath Inspired supported event is the Food & Drink Festival Friday 29th September, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st of October. Over 75 stalls already booked in to attend Make a note of the dates in your diary for a great weekend.

Neath Inspired Business Breakfast

A business breakfast in the Ambassador Hotel’s President Suite organised by Neath Inspired Limited attracted over 40 representatives of Neath businesses and other town centre stakeholders.

The event was the inaugural Business Breakfast and is the first of a regular series on networking events for the Neath Business Improvement District calendar.
Robert Williams, Chairman of Neath Inspired Limited Board, introduced the Business Improvement District objectives of increasing footfall into and within Neath town centre and making the town a more vibrant and attractive destination for all. He stressed the importance of partnership working with the Local Authority, Neath Town Council, the Chamber of Trade and other businesses, organisations and stakeholders to achieve its aims.

Andrew Shufflebotham, manager of the Business Improvement District and Brian Stokes CEO of ITCS, web designers introduced the new Web Site
The site is geared to providing useful information to businesses, local people and visitors, with details of events and businesses.
Businesses present and other BID Businesses are encouraged to visit the site and register their details on the “Contact Page” for inclusion in the Business Directory.

Andrew Shufflebotham said “We need a joint effort from all BID Businesses to promote everything that is good about Neath, and there is a lot. It is a shopping destination with a comprehensive offer of shops, cafes and eating places. It is place to do business whether it is to pay money in or take money out of the bank, shop, buy a house, get married, register a birth, buy stamps, book a holiday and so much more. Talk your town up and encourage everyone to buy local. It makes good sense.

Neath Medieval Weekend

St Thomas’ Church hosted a very well attended Medieval event that attracted an appreciative audiences into town and the grounds of the church on Friday and Saturday 16th & 17th June. With many members of the congregation of St Thomas dressing in traditional costumes.
On Friday, the Focus was on education with over 100 local school children learning about various medieval skills from knowledgeable re-enactors dressed in typical medieval attire. Demonstrations included long bows, arrows, armour, leaded windows, chain mail making, herbs, stry telling and brass rubbing, with a model of Neath Castle and other exhibitions.
Saturday saw the Ammanford Boars re-enactors set up their tents in the Church Yard where other demonstrations including “have a go archery” and sponge throwing at men in stocks were performed.
Swansea Bay Radio supplied music on Saturday and leaflets advertising up and coming events were distributed by their marketing team.
The event was the first of its kind in Neath & it is hoped that it will become a feature of the seasonal calendar of town centre events.

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