Independent shops in Cardiff just “Hanging On” – Welsh Business News

Shopping: Cardiff city centre independent shops ‘hanging on’ – BBC News

Independent businesses in shopping arcades are “hanging on” due to high costs, one business owner has said. 

Wendy Bottrill, who runs The Pen and Paper in the Royal Arcade in Cardiff, said businesses were “desperate for help”. 

It comes ahead of the inaugural City of Arcades Day in Cardiff, which is aiming to promote seven historical arcades.

The Welsh Government said it was providing £230m of relief to ratepayers across the country this year.

Ms Bottrill said: “The rates here in Cardiff are very expensive. There are varying campaigns at the moment to reduce high street rates and retail is desperate for the help. We are all hanging on.”

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