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The latest business to open its doors in Newport Market has an international feel and promises to tantalise your taste buds.

Sicily to Seattle specialises in Sicilian and American vegetarian/ vegan street food and has now set up home on the ground floor of Newport Market.

Customers will have the choice to eat in or grab a take-away, with dishes such as corn dogs, burgers, pasta, calzone and arancini on offer.

Business partners Karl Lovesey and Rama Ishaya originally ran a mobile business selling food at events, but thanks to a grant from the Kickstart programme, run jointly by Newport City Council and Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise, they have now made Newport Market their permanent home.

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A two-week pop-up business school is coming to Newport next month as part of the city council’s innovative business development fund.

Free to attend, it will run from 27 February to 10 March for both established businesses and those looking to start a new venture.

Pre-start and established businesses can access workshops and business support between 10am and 4pm and there will also be additional early and twilight sessions.

Partners include Newport City Council; Newport City Homes; Communities First; Newport Now; Business Wales; Monmouthshire Housing Association; Charter Housing and JobCentre Plus.

L-R: Kim Carter (NCC), Amy Craig (Parc Central), Councillor John Richards

Parc Central opened for business in High Street in November after becoming the first recipients of a new type of grant from Newport City Council.

Matt Ellis and Ant Cook, who already own the successful Parc Pantry in Malpas and run the Tearooms in Belle Vue Park, have now moved into the city centre.


In the autumn, a business development fund of £60,000 was set aside for a number of initiatives to stimulate further economic growth and

investment in the city centre.

It included grants of up to £6,000 towards the costs of setting up a retail business in Commercial Street and High Street which the business partners applied for.

Councillor John Richards, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said:

“It is great that the first grant has been awarded to Parc Central, and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength. The business development fund grants are designed to support new ventures by giving them some financial assistance



Nuria Albert-Penades, who was originally from Valencia, has launched a new business, CulturAlive, which organises exchange visits for Welsh and Spanish youngsters.

A grant from the Kickstart programme, run jointly by Newport City Council and Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise, was used to develop the firm’s website.

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A Welsh Government minister called into the city to see one of the properties in the city centre that has been given a new lease of life thanks to the Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

Childsplay has recently moved to one of the units in the revitalised National Buildings in Commercial Street and Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, cut the ribbon to officially open the nursery.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox and guests

Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, said: “Newport’s city centre has been gradually, but significantly transformed over the last three

towards those costs in the early days, and help them to become established.”

Ant Cook said: “It’s a huge honour for us that the council has a shared vision of the potential of this street and granted us funding toward our first year’s rent.”

For more information, or to apply for a grant, contact the council’s business support team on 01633 656656 or email business. services@newport,

The pop-up business school team excite and inspire people who want to start or grow their business.

It complements traditional business support by getting people started or motivated to grow their business and feeding into mentoring and support schemes.

Workshop topics will include how to start a business for free, confidence building, overcoming barriers, building a website for free, marketing and social media, how to get customers.

There will also be follow-up support, events and test trading opportunities.

years. The Friars Walk scheme has been complemented by innovative regeneration schemes in many locations, enhancing, restoring and bringing back to life neglected properties.

“With the help of Welsh Government, and working with enthusiastic partners, we have been able to showcase the character and architectural beauty of some of our smaller and unique properties”.

VVP funding was used towards cleaning the front and restoring the façade of the National Builldings so it looks as it did in the early 1900s. It has a selection of retail units on the ground floor with 12 flats above.

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In October, the council established a £60,000 business development fund to support a range of initiatives including the pop-up business school and shop subsidy grants for Commercial Street and High Street.

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