The Brecon & Radnor Express commercial team have continued with their aim to bring local businesses together last week by holding their fourth networking morning last week.

On Thursday, 1 February, the team hosted over 40 representatives from businesses in Brecon and the surrounding areas at Arabella's cafe in Brecon.

Owners of wedding venues, B&B's, and representatives from Brecon Beacons Tourism, and from the department of business and trade were in attendance as well as many other local businesses. 

Speaking on the strong turnout, Account Manager for Tindle Newspapers Wales and Borders, Kirsty Boag said: “We had a great turnout for the event, and literally filled Arabella’s. Since we started holding them, we have had some great stories come out of the networking meetings.

"We’ve had businesses starting to collaborate with each other such as one business that was near opening was decorated by another person’s business who they had met through our coffee mornings, so support and collaboration like that is great to see."

Another example of collaboration in the town through the networking mornings is Janine Price, who urgently needed help and found it through a fellow Brecon business via the coffee mornings. Janine told The Brecon & Radnor Express: “I can’t speak highly enough of these meetings. I have found these meetings useful for my personal business and also our outdoors group -  Walking The Brecon Beacons. 

“I needed to relocate my weight management business in recent months and very quickly found my new home at the Foundry workspaces as a result of attending a meeting. It saved me a lot of time and also there were no interruptions to my business affecting clients. 

“Networking is vital for businesses and organisations. I’ve met some great connections at these meetings. Well done to Kirsty driving these forward, it was great to see so many new faces.”

Speaking about Janine, Kirsty Boag said: “Situations like Janine’s show why it is so important Brecon has something like this that businesses can go to. I think it shows that we are making a difference in Brecon which is really, really great. There’s nothing like it. It’s a really informal place to come and share your business and what it’s all about. It’s absolutely amazing, every time we’ve had a meeting I hear about businesses meeting at the meeting and collaborating. It’s really cool and a great feeling."

The Brecon & Radnor Express commercial team were thrilled with the number of people that attended, filling the cafe. Senior Sales Account Manager for Tindle Newspapers Wales and the Borders, Nigel Morrell said: “We had an amazing morning. It was so great to see so many new faces, I ended up standing in the kitchen eating sausage rolls as I couldn’t move around the room!"

The next networking morning is set to take place on Friday, 1 March at The Foundry in Brecon with the team keen to see even more new faces.

”I can’t stress enough that it’s really important for us to help bring businesses together and that seems to be working, but we want to see even more new faces,” said Kirsty.