Contact

Andrew Highway
Town Centre Development Manager
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Tredomen Business & Technology Centre
Tredomen Business Park
Hengoed
CF82 7FN

Tel: 01443 866213
Fax: 01443 866216
Email: retail@caerphilly.gov.uk

Virtual town centre reaps real rewards

3 February 2012

Steve Morgan, BisNet ManagerAn innovative website that has created a 'virtual town centre' for Bargoed is helping to boost the local economy.

Caerphilly county borough council is leading the way in Wales with the creation of a site called 'Go2Bargoed' (www.go2bargoed.co.uk). The new initiative was launched at the end of last year to get more businesses online in the Heads of the Valleys area and encourage residents to buy local products and services.

Recent research carried out by Google shows that many Welsh firms are losing out because they do not have a web presence. The findings highlight that over 83,000 (40%) of Welsh businesses do not have their own website which obviously puts them at a disadvantage in this digital age.

A new grant is also available to provide financial support to help eligible businesses in the Heads of the Valleys area have an online presence. Generally all business sectors may be considered for support – including retail. These may be new or existing businesses and must be located in the Heads of the Valleys area of Caerphilly County Borough.

The scheme gives local businesses free entry on the Go2 website and the ability to list special offers, events and job vacancies online. Independent advice and support is also available to build a professional website tailored to each individual business.

The initiative has received financial support from the Welsh Government through the Heads of the Valley Regeneration Area programme and is complementary to the Bargoed Big Idea project that is promoting the town's retail regeneration.

For more details about the Go2 scheme please call 01443 866212or email info@go2bargoed.co.uk