Newport Now 2016 Review


We’ve had a busy year, developing a number of events and initiatives to bring a much needed lift to the city.

Representing over 500 city centre businesses in the BID, we introduced the City Centre Ambassadors scheme to help make the centre safer, cleaner and more welcoming, with uniformed ambassadors making regular patrols; a Safe and Secure group working with Gwent Police, shop security staff and Newport Council; and a joint procurement scheme which uses collective buying power to get businesses working together to save money.

We all enjoyed a hugely successful switch on of the Christmas Lights in collaboration with the first anniversary of Friar’s Walk, featuring top entertainment from the likes of Union J and Four of Diamonds; and we welcomed Art in the City; Independents’ Day; Halloween Film Screening in Newport Market; and Shop Local Saturday. These were complemented by Newport Live Big Splash; costume character days throughout the summer holiday; the Rodney Parade Fan Zones for Wales’ magnificent Euro 16 campaign; and the Tiny Rebel Newport Food & Drink Festival, which attracted around 14,000 to the centre with some 75 stalls, expert cookery demonstrations by famous chefs, and the return of the Teenchef competition.

We’re currently working on a new website with Newport-based youngsters in the National Software Academy and the award-winning Welsh company Orchard, who are also programming a series of events throughout 2017.