05 March 2008
A recent survey carried out by Caerphilly county borough council has shown that more than 100 new jobs have been created in Blackwood town centre over the past two years.
Blackwood has benefitted from a range of regeneration projects which are helping to make the town centre an attractive area for investors and retailers.
A number of projects have helped breathe new life into the town including a major new road scheme called the Sirhowy Enterprise Way and a state-of-the-art bus station offering a public transport interchange fit for the 21st century.
A number of key retail developments have also helped attract major national stores to the town that have been keen to take advantage of this exciting investment opportunity.
CCBC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Tudor Davies, said, "Blackwood is fast becoming one of the leading shopping centres in the South Wales valleys and we welcome the fact that so many new jobs are being created thanks to the regeneration schemes and investment that has given the whole area a facelift over recent years."
The number of shoppers using Blackwood town centre can also be monitored thanks to the use of hi-tech 'footfall counters'. These devices are helping to show that Blackwood is a popular shopping centre attracting an average of around 40,000 to 50,000 visitors each week.
Andrew Highway, Town Centre Manager, said, "Our focus remains on creating a town centre environment which is attractive to national retailers and encourages new independent businesses. The footfall numbers show that Blackwood is an increasingly popular retail destination and we hope this trend continues in the future."
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