“Cardigan Traders” form New Organisation

 

Dissatisfied businesses in Cardigan town centre have moved to set up a new trade association in the town. The decision was taken at a well attended meeting in the Guildhall in January 2011, when around 30 businesses signed up for the new organisation which aims to represent their members’ interests at all levels.

Unhappy with the current representation, businesses from all parts of the town centre and the industrial estates agreed to a newly constituted body to be called simply “Cardigan Traders / Masnachwyr Aberteifi.

“What our members want is a professionally run trade association that truly represents the needs of its members and where the members themselves take the decisions in a democratic way “said Chairman of the group Julian Beynon-Lewis, (a former Chair of both Cardigan and Ceredigion Chambers of Commerce). “ Since the meeting we have had a very strong response with many more members joining and we would like to make it clear that our doors are open to any business in Cardigan who agree to sign up to our objectives. We intend to make a fresh start with fresh ideas and initiatives. These are challenging times for everyone in business and we need to work together to ensure the success of our town. Collectively we have a lot of experience and we intend to put it to good use.”

Also elected at the meeting were Marie Hughes-Jones (Vice Chair), Mike Sabiston (Secretary), Keith Davies (Treasurer). The organisation meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm. Check our blog posts for details of venues.

 

The organisation continues to go from strength to strength and is growing all the time, with many new members joining. If your business is not already a member you may be missing out on the exiting and cost effective advertising and promotional schemes being run by Cardigan Traders.

 

E-mail  or call us now for an application form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News in Brief

 

Cardigan Traders elect Keith Davies as Chairman for 2013 and Julian Beynon-Lewis was elected Vice Chairman

 

 

Cardigan Traders delegation met with Welsh Office Minister Baroness Randerson in December 2012 to discuss the crisis over high business rates.

 

Cardigan Traders Christmas Festival 

Ran from 1st to 31st December 2012. There were lots of exciting events throughout the month, the highlight being the Ice Rink at the Guildhall on the 15th December.  For a full list of events click on our Festival Page.

 

Cardigan Traders Town Map is available from the counters of all good shops and stores in Cardigan and the TIC and includes a map of the town, local information and the details of many of our members businesses.

 

 

Free Car Parking in Council Car Parks in the run up to Christmas. Cardigan Traders met with Ceredigion County Council to discuss the high cost of parking in Cardigan. As a direct result the council provided FREE car parking from 10am on Saturday 8th, 15th, 22th December 2012

 

 

Cardigan Traders are also pleased to support and promote the inexpensive 4CG car park behind the High Street, access from Chancery Lane or Morgan Street.

 

 

Watch out for the Cardigan Traders Logo Door/Window stickers throughout the town. Members can request a copy to be used in their advertising / headed paper.

  

 

Cardigan Traders DONT claim to be changing history or re-inventing the wheel because we know and remember the strengths and achievements of the past, but we DO listen to and support our members and take truly democratic decisions. Every member is of equal standing in our organisation. Thats why we are already the leading trade association in Cardigan. 

 

 

Guildhall from Priory Street
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Green Street

Clock Tower

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MASNACHWYR ABERTEIFI

CARDIGAN TRADERS

 

Welcome to the Cardigan Traders Web Site. This is the homepage of Cardigan's leading trade association.  

 

 

OUR OBJECTIVES

 

  1. to promote a favourable business climate
  2. to represent the interests of our members
  3. to provide services for the benefit of members
  4. to promote the area to businesses of all types
  5. to encourage the highest quality of service in local business
  6. to promote Cardigan and it’s surrounding area to potential customers
  7. to engage in any activity which further the above interests

 

  • I WANT MY VIEWS REPRESENTED IN ISSUES THAT DIRECTLY AFFECT MY BUSINESS
  • I WANT A TRADE ASSOCIATION THATS CONTROLLED BY THE MEMBERSHIP AND IS NOT A LIMITED COMPANY THAT ONLY BENEFITS CERTAIN MEMBERS
  • I WANT TO BELONG TO AN ORGANISATION WHERE IT IS PROHIBITED FOR MEMBERS TO PROFIT FROM THEIR WORK FOR THE ASSOCIATION
  • I WANT TO NETWORK WITH OTHER BUSINESSESS TO OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT
  • I WANT TO GIVE MY CUSTOMERS THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING THAT WE CARE
  • I WANT AN EFFECTIVE PLATFORM TO ESCALATE OUR VIEWS TO THE AUTHORITIES
  • I WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN THE FUTURE POLICY DECISIONS IN THE TOWN
  • I WANT TO BE PART OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS IN MY ASSOCIATION
  • I WANT A LISTING AND A LINK ON THE ORGANISATION’S WEBSITE
  • I WANT A TRADE ASSOCIATION THAT ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT MY BUSINESS

  

If you are a business in Cardigan and you agree with these statements please visit our contact page and get in touch.

We'd love to welcome you on board. 

 

   

Julian and Keith with Nick Clegg

  

 

Cardigan Traders lobby for

fair business rates for our town centres in Wales. 

 

Cardigan Traders former Chairman Julian Beynon-Lewis, and current Chairman Keith Davies lobbying the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg M.P.on the issue of fair business rates in 2012.

 

Officers of Cardigan Traders travelled to Westminster to lobby Wales Office Minister, Baroness Jenny Randerson and Ceredigion MP, Mark Williams on the subject of business rates. (below)

 

 

  

Cardigan Traders at Westminster with Baroness Randerson

  

 

Dear Visitor,

 

My name is Keith Davies. I am the current Chairman of Cardigan Traders.

 

In the past 2 years we have met The Deputy Prime Minister and had a frank, face to face meeting with him. He was very supportive regarding the high business rates we have been paying since the revaluations in 2010 and the effect this has on the business on the High Street.

 

We have also had a meeting in the Wales Office in London with Mark Williams M.P. and again had a frank and open face to face meeting with Welsh Office Minister, Baroness Jenny Randerson. Both said that we need to see a revaluation of business rates in Wales as soon as possible.

 

We also have the support of the Ceredigion AM Elin Jones for our campaign.

 

We strongly believe that The Welsh Government should consider the potential for a fund to save the High Street shops. We believe that town centres have to suffer the joint problems of high business rates and high parking fees, and numerous restrictions whilst trying to compete with purpose built, out of town developments, encouraged by successive governments and local authorities over the last 20 years. With the length and depth of this recession our High Streets are at crisis point and need immediate help if they are to survive. Every town and city in Wales is being affected and action is required urgently. Please support us in our campaign.

 

 

Please click below for a link to our current petition, which you can sign, or contact: Keith Davies Butchers, 53a Pendre, Cardigan, SA43 1JR

 

SIGN THE PETITION HERE