WrexhamBusiness Group AGM, Wed 8th May 4.15pm

I propose to call a (somewhat belated!) AGM for the business group on Wednesday 8th May at 4.15pm, at Town Square Business Hub on Queens Square.

Any business owner or manager in Wrexham County is more than welcome to attend if they are interested in becoming a member, and of course we hope to see as many as possible of our current members too – lots to discuss – I will give more details in a few days’ time.

All change for the Festivals

The emphasis for the Street Festivals is changing this year, with activities centering round Ty Pawb, St Giles Church, and the shops and markets, rather than outdoors.

In their previous format, they needed tremendous commitment of time and energy, both on the day, and before and after – until we started to do them, I would never have dreamed how much! Unfortunately, both Nigel Lewis and I now no longer feel able to keep that up any longer. (Of course we did not tackle this single-handed, we give massive thanks to all the others who have helped, too numerous to mention here.)

I think over these last few years the Street Festivals have brought many benefits to Wrexham and its people, and I’ve really enjoyed being involved with them. They have:

  • fostered community spirit,
  • given new local micro-businesses a chance to try their wings in the town centre,
  • supported many charities and community organisations with free stalls,
  • hopefully given both locals and folk from further afield an extra reason to head to Wrexham!

I will still do what I can to support the Festivals. All being well, that will include organising map hand-outs, signs, and “Ambassadors” volunteers on the day, to make sure everyone who comes to town that day knows what’s going on.

The gazebos, tables etc which the CIC bought with the Council “Together in Wrexham” grant, are all still in good condition and safely stored. Some may still be needed at times on Festival days, even with the new simpler format. They have also been loaned to other organisations and charities for their events, and I hope we will be able to continue doing this.

We are giving the Festivals a new name, they will now be the Wrexham Town Festivals, and I promise they will still be worth coming to town for! Watch out for further news soon.

Yours, Ruth Rees

A belated Hello, I’m back! from your chairman

Sorry I’ve let this website go dormant over the last couple of years. As most of you will know, I certainly haven’t been less active in working for our town, and that’s been the problem. There are only so many hours in every day!

These are challenging times to be a town centre trader, but there is much good news as well as bad. It’s still possible to prosper and succeed here with the help of our magnificent, passionate and friendly fellow townspeople.

Please do get in touch and share your thoughts and suggestions:
email me through the contact form on this website,
message me on Facebook,
or even drop into my shop on Chester Street for a face-to-face chat.
If you do that, do ask for me if you don’t see me, I am often on the premises but working in our upstairs office/workshop
Best wishes, Ruth Rees (Wrexham Business Group Chairman)

Business Rate Re-evaluations April 2017

One of the biggest issues / challenges facing business owners in recent years has been high business rates – which have been based on property values in April 2008 – At times of boom. New draft business rates evaluation have been released and become effect from April 2017 – You can check yours at the following website – compares existing and new. Also explains how to challenge your business rates – take care through since a challenge make result in an increase as oppose to a reduction.

Remember – the Valuation Office Agency set the rateable value. WCBC collect the business rates as an agent for the Welsh Government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/valuation-office-agency

Street Festivals are back!!

From Saturday 30th April 2016, the Wrexham Town Centre Street Festival returns as a regular event on the last Saturday of the month.

There will be something for all the family on these great days out right in the heart of Wrexham town centre. Last year’s Festivals were hugely popular and very well attended, really showing off the best of what Wrexham has to offer, and this year we hope to go from strength to strength

Help spread the news –
Invite your friends to attend –
simply click on the invite button on the event page and invite you friends!

Street Festival main Facebook page

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STREET FESTIVALS AS STALL HOLDER, EXHIBITOR, ENTERTAINER PLEASE TEXT NIGEL 07764 258985 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Attractions will vary from month to month, here’s what is in store for April

Saturday 30th April 2016

Hope Street and Regent Street:

Un-deg-Un Gallery ( Next to Waterstones)
Come along and see the latest exhibition,
and take a tour of the Maelor Hotel which closed in the early 1900s

A great range of stalls – artisan food, jewellery, crafts, fancy goods, gifts and much more.

Win a Mini Competition

Animal handling

Entertainment area – music, bands, choirs, dancers

Hoola Nation – free hoola hooping activity

Wrexham Miners Exhibition bus, will be located at the junction of Hope Street and High Street, by the old Burtons

Church Street:

Climb the Bell Tower at St Giles Church – Prior booking recommended

Henblas Street:

Childrens’ fair rides

Candy floss and popcorn from the new Sweet Shop!

Street BBQ – Hugh John Jones Butchers.

(More attractions will be added for future events)

Help spread the news –
Invite your friends to attend –
simply click on the invite button on the event page and invite you friends!

Street Festival April 2016 Event Page

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STREET FESTIVALS AS STALL HOLDER, EXHIBITOR, ENTERTAINER PLEASE TEXT 07764 258985 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Parking charges, lots of good news!

Eagles Meadow car park, now under new ownership, has slashed most of its prices and introduced a new “£1 for 1 hour” rate.  We understand this has already produced a noticeable increase in footfall in the shopping centre, and it will hopefully also have some effect on the town centre itself, more so as time goes on and more people become aware of the new prices.

 

More good news in early January, with Councillor David Bithell’s announcement of all day parking for £2 in Waterworld and Crown Buildings car parks at weekends, and a £2 for 3 hours rate in Waterworld during the week.  Some probably saw this as a knee-jerk reaction to the Eagles Meadow reductions, but in fact the decision was already made well before that; we may well not have got these changes without a lot of hard work which was done behind the scenes by Business Group members, who spent many hours throughout the year arguing the need for reductions. All credit to Councillor Bithell for doing his best to go as far as he could to respond to our requests.

 

Wrexham Savers has launched a scheme to refund people’s parking or other transport costs by giving them £1 each time they spend £10 or more in participating outlets. Even businesses who are not currently full members of Wrexham Savers can trial this offer if they wish, just contact Nigel Lewis for details if you are interested!

Community Interest Company

Just before Christmas 2015, the Wrexham Business Group Community Interest Company finally gained official status from Companies House.

There are currently four directors: Ruth Rees, Nigel Lewis, Laura Evison and Matt McHale. We are now looking at ways for the CIC to develop, useful projects it can take on, and funding sources we can tap into.

The CIC will be working closely with WCBC and the Town Centre Forum steering group. Do feel free to get in touch with any of the directors with your comments or suggestions, we would really like to hear them!

Next meeting

We will hold our next Business Group meeting at Saith Seren, Chester Street at 6pm on Wednesday 13th January. Any business owner or manager in Wrexham County Borough is welcome to attend, whether a current member or not.

An agenda will be published nearer the time, please contact Ruth, Nigel or Matt if you have any suggestions for subjects to include.

It’s been a mixed year for business in Wrexham, with lots of good news and success stories, but some bad developments too. The Business Group is making a real difference and we hope to move on to bigger and better things in 2016. You can get involved as little or as much as you like, any level of support is helpful. So do please come along!

Meeting Thursday 17th September 6pm

 

We are arranging a meeting of the Business Group for Thursday 17th September at 6pm, upstairs at Saith Seren in Chester Street.

This will be an Extraordinary General Meeting, so please do attend if you can.

Agenda items will include the proposed election of Nigel Lewis as a full Committee Member, the Community Interest Company,  Street Festival plans, and also developments if any re the Arts Hub project and Parking (surprise surprise!) If you have suggestions for anything else you would like to discuss, let me know and I will include…

If possible I am trying to arrange a short Social Media Workshop also after the formal proceedings. I know many of us have Facebook pages, and I for one struggle to make the most of mine! And as for Twitter etc, enough said! But we do have some real experts in our midst so hopefully they will be able to share their knowledge on this vital subject. Don’t miss it!