Business Women Making Waves at Milford Waterfront


Business women from Pembrokeshire are making their mark at Milford Waterfront. During the past twelve months, a number of new businesses have opened their doors to the thousands of visitors and locals choosing to spend their time shopping and socialising in waterfront surroundings.

Following the success of Healthaspire, a nutrition centre run by Ellen Picton, she launched Trwffl with partners Debbie Anthony and Sandra Bevan in September. The team create an impressive range of handmade truffles using dark chocolate which is known to have many health benefits.

With health and wellbeing at the forefront of many people’s minds, holistic therapy is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat ailments. Louise Wiseman of Haven Acupuncture was previously based with Healthaspire but due to her success needed to open her own premises and chose a prime Milford Waterfront location on Nelson Quay.

Louise is delighted with her new premises, commenting:

“It’s great to be working in such a calm and professional space. Accessibility is superb being on the ground floor, with plenty of parking nearby, and the bright and tranquil setting is lovely.”

Milford Waterfront is fast becoming a go-to destination for fashion followers and is home to two award-winning stores. As well as beautiful collections of seasonal casual wear and accessories for ladies of all ages, Image by Vanessa has gained national recognition, recently being crowned Best Occasion Wear Retailer at the Welsh National Wedding Awards. From mother of the bride to striking one-off pieces, collections are complimented by one of the largest ranges of hats and fascinators in West Wales. Owner Vanessa Hackett has a strong following of ladies who appreciate quality clothing and the personal advice offered by her stylists. Having recently expanded, Image by Vanessa is now offering an even larger range of collections.

In November, Boobaloo Boutique opened its doors at Milford Waterfront following a successful few years at their store in Risca and online. Jacquelyn Morrell and her team are now offering a collection of seasonal wear, together with handbags and accessories, both at the store and online. Jacquelyn was recently awarded the title of Best Fashion Retailer of the Year 2017/18 at the V Awards.

“This is a great time to be in business”

said Clare Stowell, director of property and tourism for the Milford Waterfront development.

“There are a number of exciting developments and activities planned during 2018 so there will be a fantastic atmosphere for these retailers to operate in. I’m really pleased to see these female-founded companies doing so well and I hope it will inspire others to come and see what Milford Waterfront has to offer.”

For more details about the businesses mentioned please visit their websites:

Haven Acupuncture:
Image by Vanessa:
Boobaloo Boutique:

For more details on available properties at Milford Waterfront visit or call 01646 696380.


The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.


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