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.

Multi Media Marketing Training Coming Up

The next Multi Media Marketing Training is coming up in February, Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 27th. It will include training on how to use Facebook, Instagram and other marketing channels to make the most of new technology.

The training is available to all Neath Inspired BID Businesses.

Are you a neath shop that already has a Business Facebook page but want to use it more effectively this training workshop is for you.

Or, if you haven’t started using multi media channels yet, now’s your chance to increase your shops visit.

The training will be held in the Bluebell Hotel in Neath. Sessions on both dates will start at 9.30am – 12.30pm. Workshops will be tailored to the requirements of beginners and advanced levels.

If we have enough demand we will also be running workshops on Linked In, a great way to enhance your personal profile and a workshop on Mail Chimp. Direct emailing customers regarded by experts as the most effective multi media marketing tool.

Please let us know if you are interested in Linked In and Mail Chimp workshops.

Record your interest by emailing:

Neath Inspired Business Breakfast Event

The next Neath Inspired Business Breakfast will be held in the Castle Hotel on Thursday 15th February.

The Business Breakfast is open to all BID Businesses and will provide an opportunity to network with other Neath business people.

  • Lesley Pearson from will be giving a presentation on how commercial utility bills can be reduced.
  • Gareth Harris from Rowland Jones Chartered Surveyors will give an update on Business Rates and the potential for appealing them.

The first Breakfast brought together over 40 people representing national and independent retailers, accountants, solicitors, financial advisors, estate agents and other businesses.

For more information contact Andrew Shufflebotham by email:

Or visit neath inspired

Your Shop Doesn’t Have to Look Like This!

Neath Inspired Launches it’s £600 Shop Frontage Grant for BID Businesses

The purpose of the grant is to assist shops and businesses to upgrade & improve the appearance of their shop frontages thereby providing a more attractive environment for shoppers and visitors to the town centre. Grants of £600 excluding VAT are available.

A budget of £6,000 has been set aside for this project and grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis.

The process is straightforward with two quotes for the agreed work required.

To apply for the grant contact Andrew Shufflebotham by email:

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.

Supporting Neath Shops & Businesses


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.

Supporting Neath Shops & Businesses

Neath Whats On