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Cardiff Road, Barry Industrial Estates: More than meets the eye!

Friday, 02 March 2012

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IN these pages, a number of local businesses are featured providing a huge range of services to the Vale economy.

In recent weeks, there has been a national debate on how we can preserve the ‘high street’ for future generations, but other less visible commercial sectors need their publicity too.

In the Vale, trading estates host an array of businesses from food suppliers and uPVC manufacturers, to industrial removal specialists and bicycle suppliers.

Once, on a trip from the Italian coast into Rome, I noticed that there was no planning scheme separating housing and commercial units.

There would be a few houses, then a factory unit of some sort, then more houses, and another manufacturing concern – all along the same road.

It gave the businesses visibility, but the mixture of houses and units looked haphazard.

In Wales, we do things differently. To keep everything tidier we tend to keep businesses in one area and housing in another.

But because businesses are put in one particular spot, we can sometimes be unaware of what is on our doorstep.

Why go to a national double glazing company when there’s a local family business just down the road?

So keep an eye out for what’s on your doorstep – there may be a service that could make your life that much easier.

Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Thursday, 18 September 2014

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