Why we support The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil
Our Merthyr Tydfil branch is a member of The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID). This is an organisation of businesses that came together in 2012 to make their voices heard and work collectively to deliver a range of projects. We Love Merthyr/BID, which has just gained funding for a further 5 years to generate new investment for the town. It’s great to see a sense of pride returning to this area; as welovemerthyr.co.uk state:
“Merthyr Tydfil town centre has witnessed an emergence of activity with an undeniably positive vibe, bringing a sense of pride to the local community that has been the envy of many towns in the Valleys.
"But, this is only the beginning,” is the message from the BID team, who continue to plan further progress for the town centre after a successful recent vote by businesses for the BID to continue providing a range of town centre services.
“The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil was given a tremendous vote of confidence last summer when 73% of businesses who voted backed us for a further 5 years of delivering services and activities to support Merthyr Tydfil town centre and the businesses trading here,” said Carl Mason, Business Manager at Barclays and chair of the BID.
2018 will be seeing some exciting activities and services, such as:
Merthyr Comedy Festival
The inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival is to be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April across several town centre venues.
Festival coordinator, Drew Taylor, said, “The comedy festival will be a first for Merthyr and I’m delighted that we have been able to attract such a range of brilliant comedians to the town. Our line-up includes Red Dwarf’s Norman Lovett, Mike Wilmot, Mike Bubbins, Bec Hill, Simon Donald, Merthyr favourite Barbara Nice, and many more. I am very pleased with the variety of comedians and shows we will be hosting. There really is something for everyone across the festival programme and we are hoping to attract a huge crowd to the town from across South Wales to enjoy the day.”
Launching in spring, Merthyr Miles is a series of 10 guided and self-guided walks set to increase appreciation and awareness of sites, areas, and buildings of special interest.
Huw Williams, local historian and a Director of The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil said, “I am delighted to be involved in this project, which celebrates and showcases many varied aspects of Merthyr’s past and present. The trails are short and informative and this is a fun way of getting to know more about the people, events and buildings that have made Merthyr the place it is today.”