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being a city


for business. The Ryder Cup tournament in 2012 helped position Newport as a city





on the outskirts of the city will, I’m afraid, come back to haunt us as it drives shoppers out of town and, more importantly, makes it so much harder for small fi rms to gain a foot-hold in the retail landscape, not to mention creating ‘clone’ shopping environments. The proposed development of Friars Walk has been


an on-off saga for most of the past ten years and I just hope that we are now about to turn the corner and get some development underway. It’s just what the city needs.


Secondly, there has been the continued development


‘up’ at the Celtic Manor. Do you know, I think we underestimate the huge effort that Sir Terry and his team have made over the last ten years in creating a platform to promote Newport. The Ryder Cup was, after all, broadcast globally and


attracted an audience running into tens of millions. And they were all looking at our back yard. But have we made the most of that opportunity? The


legacy of these things can take years to come to fruition but one thing is for sure – a lot more people know


THEbusiness QUARTER 21 capable of hosting high profi le


global events and, closer to home, it showcased the Celtic Manor as an ideal venue for business conferences.


Newport, like any other city, has struggled through the recession and, as a result, many of the


redevelopment plans were held up. The announcement that


Admiral Group, Wales’ only one FTSE 100 company, is moving to Newport’s city centre is a very positive development. Having that anchor tenant will hopefully increase footfall, revive the city’s


retail market and encourage more businesses to gravitate to the city


Paul Gorin, commercial


director at Langstone-based Smart Solutions





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