Member of the Senedd for South Wales East, Laura Anne Jones, visited Abergavenny high street to listen to businesses about their experiences of the pandemic, and to see what support they’d like to see as Britain enters the final stages of Covid-19 restrictions. Miss Jones was accompanied by Monmouthshire County Council Cabinet Member, Cllr. Sara Jones, who’s portfolio encompasses business support.

Businesses including Neil Powell butchers, Revue men’s clothing and Madame Fromage, shared their views about British and Welsh Government business support during the past year. The key concern voiced by businesses was a desire to get back to trading normally, and for Abergavenny to maintain its unique independent shops, alongside a desire to keep using some of the new technology they have adopted during these unprecedented times.

Commenting later on her visit, Laura Anne Jones MS said:

“I was very impressed to see how businesses such as the local butcher and Madame Fromage have adapted during lockdowns to serve customers using new delivery services. But, I was sad to hear that many clothing shops and market traders were not able to operate during these periods.

“It was really great to see Abergavenny busy and things starting to get back to normal. It was clear that some will still struggle until restrictions are lifted further, but it was excellent to welcome Madame Fromage to the town, who were attracted to base themselves in the town due to its reputation as a renowned destination for foodies.

“I’m looking forward to the Abergavenny Food Festival in September which will bring a much needed boost to the local economy after the past year.”

Also commenting, Cabinet member for the Economy, Sara Jones added:

“It was so exciting to see so many people in Abergavenny enjoying a fantastic retail experience. These businesses have worked hard to keep going and are now welcoming customers back in.

“As a council, we will be doing everything we can to build on the work we have done over the last year to support them and showcase the fabulous offer of Abergavenny and Monmouthshire’s other towns.”

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