A PENARTH business has hailed the revitalised Shop Penarth scheme as a “unique opportunity” for small traders to showcase their products and services.

John McInally, the owner of gift shop Not Socks Again on Windsor Terrace said the new version of the scheme gives businesses like his the chance to show customers how much they value their support.

The scheme was relaunched in September by Gwyrddio Penarth Greening and local businesses with support from the Penarth Times.

“It’s great that the Penarth Times is supporting the scheme,” he said.

“I am so pleased that the revitalised scheme places local services on the same footing as shops and eateries - and perhaps it will help to persuade more people that shopping and sourcing services in the town is not only viable, but enjoyable and maybe even preferable to going out of town.

“Independent shops and businesses are part of daily life for many locals, whether as customers, workers, professionals, suppliers or employers of family members and it could only be good for the town and environment if more people also came to shop locally, even if they did so only partially. “

Not Socks Again sources supplies from more than a dozen makers.

They use professional IT, accountancy, banking, legal and window cleaning services locally.

Mr McInally said the best part of the scheme is traders’ ability to change offers and benefits quickly and for this being communicated to cardholders through the website.

“With more than 50 businesses participating already the £2 should start to look like a very good investment indeed.”