Page 19 - MarketTimesAugust2019
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FEATURE • PONTYPRIDD
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   Philip Bevan and his brother Nigel run the family butchers started by their great uncle in 1918
Tony Warwick and his wife Vivienne have found a comfortable niche selling a wide array of goods from rock star cushions, lamps and incense to bags and fascinators
Retired fireman Richard Metcalfe, a Yorkshireman by birth, is building a successful coffee business on the indoor market which started as a café two-and-a-half years ago and now specialises in selling high end Italian coffee machines and its own blends of coffee and tea
   FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Days: The indoor market opens Monday to Saturday and the outdoor takes place on Wednesday and Saturday
l Market Rent: From £10 per day for an outdoor stall and from £40 to £140 a week for an indoor unit depending on size
l Pontypridd’s claim to fame: Ponty, as it is affectionately known, is located at the gateway to the valleys 10 miles north of Cardiff. It became a hive of industry thanks to its location at the centre of the burgeoning coal and steel industries in the second half of the 19th century, but has struggled since the demise of coal and the decline of steel.
making sausages in a glass fronted section of the stall.
John Thomas, who sells mouthwatering pies, cold meats and similar products, is waiting his turn for investment in his stall.
He is quick to praise the quality of the revamp. “This food hall really looks good now and we have some top-quality businesses and plenty of regular customers,” said John, who took over the deli stall 33 years ago and expanded it significantly.
As well as a quality bakery and its very own Welsh cakes stall, the food hall also has its own on-trend vegan stall and café, and a spanking new Chinese café is soon to open.
Angharad Thomas, who started Soul Spice, a vegan shop and café two-and-a-half years ago, has moved from care work to running her own business.
“I started off as vegetarian but soon turned
vegan and the business is going well. My partner is a carpenter and he built the unit. The market keeps getting better and everyone here is friendly and supportive.”
Retired fireman Richard Metcalfe, a Yorkshireman by birth, has built up a flourishing coffee and café business on the market in just two-and-a-half years with the help of his partner Sara.
“We began with a small café and people loved the coffee so we started selling coffee separately,” he said. The couple are now the sole supplier in South Wales for high-end coffee machines by the Italian company Gaggia and they sell 31 different coffee blends and 54 tea blends, as well as running the café.
Like the other traders, Richard is optimistic about the future and the continued investment has given him and others the security and confidence to develop their businesses.
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