Local businesses across Bridgend County Borough have been showcased in a new video ahead of Independents’ Day, which took place over the weekend.
The UK-wide event aims to support and promote independent retailers across the nation’s high streets and encourage shoppers to shop locally.
Among those featuring in the video, which was commissioned by Bridgend County Borough Council, are Porthcawl’s Fablas Ice Cream and Sussed gift shop, Casey’s Café and Iced Cake Parlour in Maesteg as well as Miss Label and Morgan’s Bistro and Cocktail Bar in Bridgend.
Lauren Evans, who runs the popular Fablas ice cream parlour, said: “Independent businesses offer an experience that you can’t get from chain stores. We pride ourselves on the Fablas experience as soon as you walk through the door – large chains can’t offer that.
“I think independent stores are the future of British high streets.”
Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diverse selection of independent businesses we have in the county borough and we thoroughly look forward to showcasing them to the rest of the country for Independents’ Day.
“This video really highlights how many unique and wonderful businesses we have here and shows the passion and love that goes into these businesses to ensure they thrive.
“Our independent businesses in Bridgend, Porthcawl and Maesteg town centres and the County Borough offer customers a great choice and diversity of products, as well as service, tradition and innovation.
“I encourage everyone to support our local, independent businesses not just on Independents’ Day but for years to come to ensure our town centres thrive.”