Owen Smith MP supports Small Business Saturday in Pontypridd

The second ever Small Business Saturday was a success in Pontypridd last weekend, with smaller and independent local shops and businesses enjoying a rare moment in the limelight.

One of the local businesses that took advantage of the day was Helen Woodruff, owner of new independent shop Folkhaus, of Ceridwen Terrace in Pontypridd.

Folkhaus opened its doors a few months ago and specialises in upcycled furniture and home-wares as well as vintage and pre-owned clothing, however, on Saturday Helen decamped to Clwb Y Bont, where she was one of over 20 stall holders at the Positively Ponty Christmas Fair.

Local MP, Owen Smith, visited Helen at Folkhaus a few weeks ago and bumped into her at the Positively Ponty event too.

Commenting after the meeting, Helen said:

“It’s great to have the support of my local MP, particularly in the run up to Small Business Saturday. I’m pleased to see a positive campaign to encourage traders and customers to shop locally within our community of Pontypridd. I hope that it will encourage more people to shop independently throughout the year to support local businesses like mine.”

As part of the campaign to shop locally, the Pontypridd MP also took part in the Federation for Small Businesses’ campaign day event in the town centre on Saturday. Tylorstown brass band performed on Taff Street while Owen Smith and members of the Federation of Small Businesses Wales handed out Keep Trade Local shopping bags and details of some of the local businesses doing special offers on the day.

Owen Smith MP said:

“I’m pleased to once again celebrate Small Business Saturday with local traders here in Pontypridd town centre and across the constituency. Local businesses like Helen’s remain at the heart of our communities and rely on our support in the face of difficult economic times. I know from speaking to businesses across Pontypridd that the rising cost of living has been tough on our smaller traders. It was fantastic to talk to Helen about the work she is doing locally and I’d like to congratulate her on making her unique business such a success.

“It was great to also take part in the Federation of Small Businesses’ event in Ponty on Saturday too. The community spirit in the run up to Christmas and the support from members of the public we spoke to was phenomenal.

“Spending money with small local businesses supports local employment and helps to maintain the important services those businesses provide in Pontypridd. Small Business Saturday reminds us just how much our local shops have to offer and I’d like to encourage everyone to visit their local traders as much as possible at Christmas and throughout the year.”


Folkhaus is run by Helen Woodruff and is based at 4 Ceridwen Terrace, Pontypridd, CF37 4PD. Folkhaus opened in May 2014 and specialises in pre-owned home accessories and clothing. The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, telephone number 01443 401118

The Federation of Small Businesses Wales organised the Small Business Saturday in Pontypridd town centre on Saturday 7th December. Rhodri Evans, Communications Advisor at the Federation of Small Businesses Wales can be contacted on 02920 393402.