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Nicola Venetia Steele Celebrates First Anniversary

If you set up a business in your back garden during lockdown, it's a celebration just taking it to the high street!
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Nicola Venetia Steele’s boutique has enjoyed its first year on Bridgend’s bustling high street. Nicola was recently interviewed and featured in Vale Life magazine. You can read all about it by clicking here. She celebrated twelve months on Caroline Street by throwing a walk-in party for customers and friends and, only recently hosted another charity walk-in in aid of Hope Rescue. Here are some images from the evening.

Bridgend has been enjoying a tentative but positive revival since lockdown ended with some new businesses opening and the expansion of others. Indeed, Nicola’s commitment to Bridgend speaks volumes. “I like the town,” she says. “It’s got huge potential. There’s a great market and some brilliant businesses – I’ve had a fantastic year, way beyond my expectations. I have to thank the other businesses and my customers for making me so welcomed.”

Vale Life has recently featured several brilliant businesses in its pages and word is getting around that Bridgend is on the rise again. “The free parking at The Rhiw carpark is certainly helping,” says Vale Life’s Editor, Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts. “I think Bridgend Council appreciate that free parking is one way to attract people to the town and I commend them for offering the facility. This combined with excellent bus and train links means Bridgend is extremely accessible. It would be good to have more businesses and companies investing in the town.”

Sadly, the indoor market which is housed in The Rhiw has had to close temporarily for structural surveys but we’re sure it will be back open in the future.

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