(L-R) Leyton Thomas, Kevin Lugg Neath and Port Talbot Council and Glyn Thomas of Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise
A Neath musician is looking to expand his store into larger premises, thanks to support from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) and the local community.
Leyton Thomas, who runs The Music Shop in Neath Market, received a £500 business support grant from UKSE and Neath and Port Talbot Council to buy a payment system for the store.
Now in his fourth year of trading, Leyton is looking to move to larger premises to display a wider range of goods.
He said: “Getting this grant was very helpful indeed, I have been delighted with the support and advice I have had, especially from Kevin Lugg at Neath and Port Talbot Council, and from the Enterprise Club. It has been invaluable in getting the business up and running.
“Business has been going well and we are eventually aiming to move to a larger place but will definitely be staying in the locality.”
Glyn Thomas, manager in Wales for UK Steel Enterprise, said: “We are pleased to have been able to give strategic support to The Music Shop, working as we do with local agencies. It is vital that grass roots businesses receive the help they need to get established and create jobs and stimulate economic activity in the local area.”
The music scene in the area is certainly vibrant. The annual Guitar Show is staged in the Town Hall, and Neath’s Great Guitar Gig attracts a great number of visitors. Local musicians in the town’s venues are well supported too.
The Music Shop sells a wide range of instruments, amplification and accessories, including Fender, Gretsch, Guild, Blackstar and other big-name brands.
Leyton said: “Above all we see the business serving the community and helping to keep the local music scene strong.”
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