Second street market held
Christmas crafts gifts and stocking fillers, as well as a chance for a little hot and cold food indulgence were on the menu for the second Grangetown street market in December 2017.
The latest Grangetown World Market - with more stalls - took place in St Patrick's school car park off Havelock Place and Bishop Street on Saturday 2nd December.
There was a good attendance throughout the event - around 500 people are estimated as attending - which has been developed to help boost the local shopping district and was held a short walk from Clare Road/Penarth Road.
Photos: NG Photography.
Many of the stalls who attended last time were along again - with some additions too - and we had a great feedback. Stalls who attended:
Self-taught jewellery maker Dr Amy Yau, of Ameow Designs, also a lecturer in marketing at Cardiff Business School, said: "The market supports local entrepreneurs and businesses who would like to test-trial products and spread awareness of their products and services, so it's perfect for small local businesses."
"It's very important in the world of fast fashion, faster deliveryand cheap, mass-produced goods to actually slow down, be more mindful and purchase gifts with more meaning and that are more sustainable in terms of design and not just focus on being 'on trend.'
"Apart from supporting local businesses it is also knowing that the maker has put their creativity, skill and hard work into making that piece which is unique, handmade and a one-off is something special."
Rosie Cripps of Community Gateway said: "Local and independent businesses employ more people per square metre than large chain stores and they stick around when the going gets tough - by supporting local producers we're supporting the wider community.
"We're really pleased to have launched new entrepreneurs at our first market and we're delighted that 75% of visitors said they would shop locally as a result of Grangetown World Market.
"Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University have shown that the more we can do to support the local economy together, the better."
Ameow Designs - which returned to the winter Grangetown Market. Photo courtesy: Keith Hursthouse.
Steve Duffy, of Grangetown Community Action, said: "We had a fantastic response to our last market - it's looking to offer something boutique and distinctive for Grangetown.
"In the long term we hope this will boost the local business district. This is all about encouraging people to shop locally - and to see there are some really creative independents right on their doorstep."
See the full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz to find out more.
The first market was held in July. Photo: Keith Hursthouse.
Indie shopping project gets under way
A community project is getting under way which aims to improve the shopping experience in Grangetown.
The hope is to promote the best of the area's independent stores and also organise a "shop local" campaign.
As a first step, four post-graduate marketing students from Cardiff Business School surveyed shoppers and business owners to get some opinions.
They worked with Grangetown Community Action to work on some ideas and plans.
The project is being organised through Cardiff University's Community Gateway programme. The MSc students worked full-time through the summer of 2016 on it - and it followed involvement of 200 undergraduate students in coming up with initial ideas.
What is the aim? To help boost the shopping experience in Grangetown.
How? By looking at developing a "shop local campaign" and working with businesses to help promote shopping in Grangetown among local residents. One idea was to develop a local business forum and also look at ideas like branding and a loyalty card. We're also looking at featuring local businesses a lot more for free on the Grangetown community website, on social media and in the Grangetown community newspaper.
What is happening now? To start, shoppers and shops/businesses were asked for their views and what they'd like to see and what some of the issues they're facing. There was a face-to-face questionnaire, which was also available online. (1) Out of this, the first programme for the business forum was developed, with the support of Tramshed Tech and business mentor Robert Firth. This included free training opportunities for start-ups and existing local businesses - and there was interest from a wide variety. (2) A seasonal market involving crafts and street food, with an emphasis on local entreprises, was launched in Summer 2017; a second successful market was held in December 2017, with the involvement of local volunteers, Riverside market social enterprise and St Patrick's school. (3) The forum also came up with the idea of an independent Grangetown business map, based on the idea of the Get Lost In Cardiff map produced by city centre arcade businesses. The project successfully applied for funding from Cardiff City Region. More than 21 local businesses contributed towards the map, which is being designed by the Get Lost In Cardiff and will be launched early in 2018. The map features Grangetown shop local branding, which has already been used with the market.
Post-graduate students Annie, April, FeiFei and Joanna helped with research for the project
There are a number of diverse independent shops in Grangetown that have been in the area for years. Being so close to the city centre, and with more and more chain stores being established, there is greater risk that some of these shops will not stand the test of time. But also some residents living here - or new to the area - may not know what's on their doorstep, especially some of the specialist shops and also new businesses which have opened.
In light of the council's recent regeneration of a key Clare Road/Penarth Road shopping junction in Grangetown, in which businesses are having their shop-fronts renovated, Grangetown Community Action is looking at helping to develop an online and 'in person' Business Forum to encourage businesses to collaborate, cross-promote and showcase the best of Grangetown.
Anyone interested in more information, please email email@example.com
The full project website on www.lovegrangetown.biz has more details, is developing an online directory, features about local businesses - and will be home for an online version of the business map.
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