Aberystwyth’s new retail space is part of the innovation New skills, new beginning The programme, a British government initiative funded by the British Community Renewal Fund, is led by Ceredigion Council and managed by Antur Cymru Enterprise.

The store will provide independent entrepreneurs and sustainable and ethical startups with a place to sell their wares, from arts and crafts to gifts, food, drinks and more.

They will also have access to free training, advice, and business resources, including IT equipment and marketing support.

Among the first groups to use the space are custom lampshade designs by Cardigan by Designs, sea glass image maker CreateEm, Eisa Tea Co, and Coast to Country Arts—which make items from driftwood—Yoga Essentials, Carousel and Furniture Remodels. Recover and create personalized gifts from unwanted landfill items.

Project Director Julie Morgan was thrilled to receive such enthusiastic comments upon opening the door for the first time and says the long-term goal is to continue launching the show in the future.

“But first we want to test the reaction here in Aberystwyth, where the reaction has been really positive so far, which is heartening considering all the hard work that’s gone in,” Jolie said.

“We already have a great job here and are excited to be a part of this project as it gives them a platform to showcase their products through a safety net of mentoring and support from Antur Cymru.

“It will build trust and provide them with the expertise to develop their business, which has a detrimental effect on the economy and supports downtown development – that’s great and we thank everyone for participating in the opening.”

re \ come back. Cyredigion Ben Lek was acclaimed among the participants New skills, new beginning A project to present a new and progressive view of the region.

“It’s a great unit, a continuation of how the program supports new business,” he said.

“It’s great to see this space where salespeople can sample and test the retail offering and get commercial advice, all in one place.

“I think it’s great for Aberystwyth and he’s already causing a lot of excitement in the city.

“The idea is likely to be a template for the use of empty shops on the high streets, so good luck to all the traders.”

For more information, please visit the website www.anturcymru.org.uk/entrepreneurship/new-skills-new-start or email [email protected].