This Friday was the very first Torfaen business expo was held at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran. I was down to attend in my role as deputy mayor of Torfaen, but couldn't make the beginning as I had a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel. I ended up getting to the Congress for the last hour or so, and it worked out well as I had just managed to work my way around the room when they started calling the winners of the raffle!
It was great to see something celebrating Torfaen businesses, and the diversity in the room was brilliant, with everything from accountants to a feng shui and spell casting expert. I really enjoyed chatting with everyone, and it seemed that the overall mood was that the event had been a big success. Hopefully it will continue to go from strength to strength.
Check out The Best of Torfaen online, showcasing local businesses recommended by local people, or read on for some of the businesses who attended the expo on Friday -
SAMA 82 is an association for veterans of the Falklands conflict, established in 1997. They help veterans stay connected, and campaign on behalf of their interests - awareness of PTSD, for example. If you can make it, they're hosting a MacMillan coffee morning at Torfaen Business Centre on Friday 30th September, 10am - 1pm.
Heard HR Solutions provide practical and cost effective human resources solutions to small and medium enterprises and third sector organisations across South East Wales. They also had some rather fabulous cupcakes going on on Friday... I couldn't resist. :) I also posed for a spectacularly bad photo of myself - at least the chain (oh, that chain) is distracting from my pasty face somewhat there!
Great to see the Deputy Mayor supporting local businesses today @jess__powell @welshlabour @Buylocaltorfaen pic.twitter.com/0DRyxyyUJZ— Heard HR Solutions (@HeardHR) September 16, 2016
There were some absolutely gorgeous smelling melts on this table! I bought a downy scented wax melt for my mum, and will probably be back again for more. The website is a work in progress at the moment, but you can check out the Facebook Group for now.
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