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.
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News in Brief
Cardigan Traders delegation to meet with Welsh Office Ministers in December. Watch this space.
Cardigan Traders Christmas Festival
Runs from 1st December. There are 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 or pick up a leaflet from all good shops in Cardigan.
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 members took part in the 2012 Cardigan in Bloom competition and some members displayed hanging baskets. A new scheme was set up for the supply of Hanging Baskets at a favourable rate. Wealso sponsored a prize in this years competition.
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.