ORGANISERS of the recently relaunched Shop Penarth scheme are encouraging residents to make shopping local their New Year’s resolution.

Reflecting on a positive first few months for the new look scheme, those behind it have urged Penarthians to make an effort in the new year to use local independent businesses.

The scheme, run by community Gwyrddio Penarth Greening (GPG) with support from local traders, the Penarth Times and Penarth Town Council, was officially relaunched at the group’s food festival in September having been initially launched as Shop in Penarth in 2010.

The aim of the scheme is to promote the town, support the local economy and build a greener future.

The scheme now has more than 50 businesses signed up including retail businesses, food and drink businesses and those in the service sector.

They have already sold more than 1,000 Shop Penarth cards and those behind the scheme say that the Christmas period has provided the perfect opportunity for shoppers to discover what is on offer in Penarth with many people saying they had done the majority of their shopping this year in the area.

Anthony Slaughter from GPG said: “We’re very pleased with how well the revived Shop Penarth scheme is doing since its relaunch at the Food Festival last September.

“With more than a thousand of the new cards already sold and more than 50 local independent businesses signed up, support for the scheme continues to grow at an encouraging rate.

“The Christmas shopping period also provided an ideal opportunity for many shoppers to discover just how wide a range of goods are available from our fantastic local shops with many people doing a significant amount of their festive shopping locally.

“As we move into the New Year we would encourage shoppers to engage with the scheme on a regular basis throughout the year, taking advantage of the many generous Shop Penarth offers at the same time as supporting our local economy and helping to build a greener future.”

To participate in the scheme, pick up a Shop Penarth card for life for £2 from any of the participating businesses listed on the website.

View all the latest offers and discounts in the offers section of the Shop Penarth website at

As supporters of the scheme, the Penarth Times is always keen to hear your views and experiences of the scheme.

If you’d like to tell us how the Shop Penarth scheme has worked for you, email us at or call 07760215094.