The first Grangetown Business Forum brought together 33 people from 13 different businesses – from specialist shops to catering enterprises run from home.
Business coach Rob Firth led a session in which everyone discussed some local issues.
Here’s a recap!
What do we like about Grangetown?
- The community
- Its rich culture – its multicultures and diversity
- It’s easy to get out of and into
- It’s friendly, “nosey!” – “people talk to you!”
- There’s green space
- There’s talent, activities and places like Tramshed
- It’s a “real life EastEnders“
What needs to improve?
- Parking – spaces (short stay?) needed for people who shop, also loading/delivery; control when there are big events.
- Road repairs
- Drug dealing
- Misconceptions of the area – an image problem
- The new traffic junction work at Penarth Rd has been detrimental – also the traffic lights change too fast
- Too much rubbish/litter
- Empty shops
- Street lighting
- Dog mess
- Increasing density
- The shopping area could look better
- Access to language education
- Waste issues particularly with rented accommodation
The biggest business issues?
- Parking and congestion
- Finding staff
- Landlords charging too much for rent
- No budget for marketing or advertising
- Business rates
- Too many start-ups failing
- Too many supermarkets – and taking business off general stores
- Bad food hygiene
- Running costs
- Not enough people aware of local business
- No funding to support established businesses.
The way forward, what could the business forum involve?
- Meeting monthly – or quarterly. The next meeting is now set for the Tramshed Tech for 27th February at 6.30pm and we’ll go from there.
- Help with marketing
- Setting up a Facebook group or online forum so businesses can keep in touch
- Help with running costs and forecasting
- Investing and growing the business
- What grants and bursaries are available
- Signposting – awareness of issues
- Build up contacts
- Work towards a shop local campaign
- Forum meetings to discuss topics e.g. waste arrangements with Cardiff Council
- Experts on tap from Cardiff Business School