Tasty new business takes off

Posted on Tuesday 15th August 2017

Pattarika Bankluay's new Thai takeaway has received assistance from a fund set up by Newport City Council to help new businesses.

As well as receiving a grant towards the first year's rent, Patt-Thai is situated in a Cardiff Road building that benefitted from refurbishment as part of the Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

Pattarika was also grateful for some practical advice and guidance she received from the council's business services team.

"They have helped me so much and the grant has been a great help as it has paid for the first six months' rent," she explained.

Pattarika has invested a lot of time and effort into getting the business ready and open but already has great plans for developing it.

Councillor Jane Mudd, the council's cabinet member for regeneration and investment, was delighted to meet the young businesswoman on a visit to the restaurant.

"Starting up a business is a big step and I'm glad that the council has been able to help Pattarika, not just in a small way financially but with practical support.

"It's exciting to see a young person opening a new business in Newport and I'm sure Pattarika's enthusiasm, drive and commitment will mean a flourishing and successful future."

For more information about the council's rent subsidy scheme, or to find out about other ways the business services team can offer assistance, visit

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