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This latest edition of HSE focuses on work-related stress to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and there is advice on supporting people returning to work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
There are also links to a range of COVID-19 related advice and information, details of guidance about having health surveillance in place where required, and you can find out about the latest enforcement action taken by HSE.
For all the latest health and safety updates visit our website
There are new bilingual assets available supporting the UK Government’s new Help to Grow programme.
The Help to Grow: Management programme offers senior business leaders a practical management training programme, with 1-1 mentorship, delivered across the UK by leading business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter.
The programme is due to launch in June and is a fantastic new opportunity for small and medium size businesses across Wales and the rest of the UK.
Please see this Help to Grow campaign toolkit, including bilingual social media assets and suggested copy.
WCVA – New round of Active Inclusion Fund
WCVA’s Active Inclusion Fund is an important way for voluntary organisations to tackle unemployment in the wake of Covid-19. If you think you could offer disadvantaged people in Wales new skills, volunteering opportunities or paid supported employment to overcome barriers to work, the fund could be for you.
The round represents an important milestone as it will be the last opportunity to apply for funding for projects that are up to a year long. Deadline: 4 June 2021 LINK
A new Government scheme to help people in debt access high quality advice could be a lifeline to thousands in Wales, says insolvency trade body R3’s Wales branch.
The breathing space scheme came into effect last week and gives anyone who cannot pay their debts a period of time of 60 days in which they can speak to a debt advisor, while all communications from lenders, and all interest and charges on the debts covered by the scheme, are paused.
People in debt who are receiving medical treatment for a mental health issue are automatically eligible for the scheme, which lasts for the duration of their treatment, plus 30 days.
The Westminster Government has estimated that 700,000 people in Wales and England could take advantage of the scheme in its first 12 months.
Law firm offers free legal advice to hospitality businesses hit by new Covid-19 restrictions in Wales
Leading legal practice Aaron & Partners is offering free one-hour legal advice for Welsh hospitality businesses affected by the latest restrictions
Expert team will support local firms in the run up to Christmas
Aaron & Partners’ restructuring team is offering support to struggling businesses in Wales forced to reduce opening hours, stop selling alcohol, or close for the duration of the Welsh Government’s new Covid-19 guidelines.
The Legal 500-listed solicitors will offer a free consultation of up to one hour, via video call or telephone, for business owners who may be worried about facing insolvency.
Mark Davies, Restructuring Partner at Aaron & Partners, said: “Having lived in North Wales for 30 years and having brought up my family here, I am very concerned about the impact of the latest restrictions on Welsh hospitality businesses at what is traditionally their busiest time of the year.
“For business owners in particular it can be difficult to know which way to turn. Anyone concerned about the financial position of their business is welcome to call us.
“We will do everything we can to help. The first hour is free of charge and often that can be enough to make a big difference- there is no obligation to use us or pay us after that and in many cases that won’t be needed anyway.
“If the situation is more complex, then we are well placed to assist- we have decades of experience supporting businesses with legal matters, providing an independent view and helping to find practical solutions.
“Recent legislative changes mean that there are new restructuring options such as a moratorium- a breathing space for a business to get through temporary difficulties. The best tip is to seek help as early as possible before options narrow.”
To arrange a free, one-hour appointment, contact email@example.com or call 01244 405555 and quote ‘2020 Offer’.
An additional fund has been launched by the Welsh Government to help those businesses which remain affected by Covid restrictions.
Businesses in Wales still affected by restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs.
The package is targeted at businesses including nightclubs and late entertainment venues; events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund; hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes; and supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions.
The support is the first phase of a £200m package earmarked for the incoming Welsh Government to help businesses affected by the pandemic.
An eligibility checker will open on the Business Wales website on 17 May so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.
This support is in addition to the Welsh Government’s £610m non-domestic rates relief which will mean more than 70,000 retail, leisure and hospitality businesses pay no rates in 2021-22.
If you move goods between the UK and countries in the EU, you need to follow new customs and tax rules.
Your business will be affected by the new rules if you:
We understand this means a lot of changes are needed, and HMRC is here to help you in several ways.
You can now apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund. Smaller businesses can get up to £2,000 to pay for practical support, including training or professional advice to adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU.
You can attend our webinars to help adjust to the new rules and keep your business moving.
Importing – preparing to make your supplementary declaration: To support those who’ve delayed their customs import declarations, we explain what information is required, the timeline for providing this information and how intermediaries can help you do this.
Please register to take part if you’ve imported goods since 1 January 2021 and not yet completed a customs declaration for them.
If you’re planning to import and want to understand the full declarations process please register for Customs Import Declarations: an overview.
Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Key processes include – zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.
Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.
Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader, if you choose to use an intermediary to complete import or export declarations for your business. These are complex and an intermediary can save you a lot of time.
Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.
You can also:
Call our Customs & International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434, for more help with importing, exporting or customs reliefs. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends. You can also send us your questions or webchat.
British Business Bank, flexibility to payback Bounce Back Loans: https://bit.ly/2MuFWZ7
We’re here to help employers with payroll and to make PAYE easier.
Join the following live webinars for more information on how recording the right information and submitting payroll reports can save you time.
Please ask your questions using the on-screen text box.
Getting payroll information right: This webinar shows you how to provide accurate information to HMRC and avoid common payroll mistakes.
Employer filing obligations: When and how to send your Full Payment Submission (FPS) and Employer Payment Summary (EPS).
Payrolling – tax employees’ benefits through your payroll: We’ll explain how to register, what advantages there are and give examples of how to deal with some of the most common benefits.
It’s never too early to consider your intellectual property (IP). Your IP can include your web site, business name or logo. IP assets can also include innovative technology, know how, designs and secret recipes.
Join HMRC live webinars for the latest information and the chance to ask questions using the on-screen text box.
Business expenses for the self-employed: Find out what business expenses are, what is and isn’t allowable and how using simplified expenses can make life easier.
Capital Allowances for the self-employed: Find out how to claim for the longer-life items you buy for your business – for example, business vehicles, equipment, desks and computers.
There’s also a range of HMRC YouTube videos to help, including:
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a new stress indicator tool to measure attitudes and perceptions towards work-related stress.
It’s free to use for up to 50 employees and can help business owners get a good understanding of stress at work and how to prevent, reduce and manage it.
HMRC information about financial support schemes available to help you during the pandemic. This includes a reminder of the 14 May deadline for submitting your April Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, information on CJRS eligibility and the latest on VAT deferral.
Corporate team building at Xplore!A long period working from home will have taken its toll on many businesses and will have affected staff in many different ways. Why not take some time out to re-strategise or simply to re-connect with your staff? Our flexible space can be used for team building, staff away days, training sessions or presentations.
What to expect
By choosing Xplore! for your team building day, you’re helping us to support our charitable aims and objectives.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your team building session today.
NORTH WALES FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
Businesses- Did you know that the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service website is not only available to view in both Welsh and English but also in a variety of other languages ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu with Chinese, Hindi, Polish and Turkish in between?
Go to the Accessibility tools link at the top of the page to open the Recite Toolbar to select your preferred language.
The Keeping you safe > At your Business page: www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe/at-your-business/ provides businesses with vital information and advice on legal responsibilities, the fire risk assessment process and how to maintain a safe workplace during the Coronavirus pandemic.
An assortment of other user friendly accessibility tools – including a magnifying glass and audio description- are available to help visitors obtain the information that they need.
Follow North Wales Fire and Rescue Service on LinkedIn for regular Business Fire Safety updates: www.linkedin.com/company/north-wales-fire-and-rescue-service/
New legislation coming into force from 30th April for prepack administrations is set to impose a new 8-week window in which the assets of an insolvent business cannot be sold to a connected party without the consent of creditors, or a report from an independent evaluator recommending that the prepack is in the best interests of creditors.
This report, which will be prepared by an evaluator chosen by the purchaser will be made available to the creditors, and whilst the administrators are not bound by the report’s recommendations, they will have to justify to the creditors if they decide not to follow the recommendations.
The new rules will have a major impact on Directors looking to restructure their businesses through prepack, and require them to ensure they make the correct insolvency decisions. Directors are facing further pressures from new legislation introduced in 2020 which gives HMRC the ability in certain circumstances to pursue directors personally for debts due where the directors have been involved in several ‘phoenix’ type arrangements over a specified period.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.
Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:
To lead a project your organisation must:
The closing date for applications is 11am 26 May 2021.
For further information please visit GOV.UK website.
A new business loan facility has been launched by Go Business Loans, designed to help support small businesses seeking quick turnaround, short term lending.
Go Business Loans will provide loans of between £2,500 and £20,000 to limited companies and LLPs in Wales and across the UK.
Selkie is a new €4.2m cross-border project aiming to boost the marine energy industry in Wales and Ireland. Selkie is bringing together leading researchers and businesses to improve the performance of Wave and Tidal marine energy devices.
Both countries have ample talent and expertise to make the MRE sector successfully viable. University College Cork are leading the project in partnership with Swansea University, Marine Energy Wales, Menter Môn, DP Energy Ireland and Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions, Dublin.
The project activity will establish a cross-border network of developers and supply chain companies in Ireland and Wales and create a set of multi-use technology, engineering and operation tools, templates, standards and models for use across this sector. Selkie will test and validate the technology tools on two pilot demonstration technologies, one wave and one tidal. Project resources will be used to undertake meaningful technology transfer of these tools and they will be made open access post-project.
As part of the project, Selkie is building a network of businesses and supply chain companies in the MRE sector, as well as businesses who are interested in diversifying their work and getting involved in marine renewable energy. We aim to provide companies in the network with a range of free support opportunities from knowledge transfer and workshops to networking opportunities and business development.
We are always interested in reaching out to new supply chain companies contact: email@example.com
Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition
The Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition aims to help entrepreneurs launch small start-up businesses, imagined from home during the coronavirus lockdown, and boost the growth of existing micro firms. Successful participants will be awarded grants to grow or buy the basics they need to commence trading. The deadline for applications is 22 May 2021.
Welsh Government Sector Specific COVID Business Action Cards
Welsh Government has produced a range of sector specific Business Action Cards to highlight those actions that are key to controlling COVID-19 infection in the workplace to used in conjunction with current Welsh Government guidelines: daycare, child-minding, non-food manufacturing and processing, and schools. Other useful Workplace Guidance can be found here: Cymraeg/ English.
Running a successful business, small or large, is much easier if you choose the right business tools for growth.
Business Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) is now open for applications (6 April 2021).
The new government-backed loan scheme is the successor to the BBLS, CBILS/CLBILS, and is available to businesses who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is provided by a number of different lenders via different facilities, including termed loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance.
There are currently 18 accredited lenders able to offer recovery loans. Borrowers should apply directly to the lenders. You can find further information about the lender network here: Recovery Loan Scheme: current accredited lenders – British Business Bank (british-business-bank.co.uk)
Applications close on 31 December 2021 (subject to review).
The new tax year is here. For the latest information on finalising the 2020-21 tax year and key changes affecting payroll for 2021-22, join the following live webinars.
You can ask questions throughout using the on-screen textbox.
Employers – what’s new for 2021-22: Find out about the new rates for National Insurance, National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage and statutory payments, changes to expenses and benefits, and Student Loan deductions. Plus, information on homeworking, employees working in the EU or coming to work in the UK from the EU and more.
Payroll: annual reporting and tasks: We’ll cover the actions you need to take at the end of the tax year, sending your final Full Payment Submission (FPS), issuing P60s and setting up your payroll records for the new tax year.
HMRC – helping you get the right start for 2021-22.
A Swansea University research team have launched a new digital platform that will transform the way supply chains operate within the manufacturing industry.
This innovative online system, supported by the Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT), allows suppliers to register their products and services to become part of an approved network.
The marketplace will provide more transparency in the supply chain process with improved response times and accurately priced goods/service – providing reassurance on quality, cost and certainty.
Earlier this month, the 2021 Wales Start-Up awards were launched with the aim of recognising the best new Welsh businesses. Established in 2016, the Wales Start-Up Awards are the only awards in the UK that focus on celebrating the success of new businesses. For further information, go to www.walesstartupawards.com dead line 31st May
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates will increase on 1 April. In addition to the new rates, the age from which workers become eligible for the National Living Wage will be lowered. From 1 April all workers aged 23 and over must be paid the National Living Wage or above.
These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age) from 1 April 2021:
for those aged 23 and over the new rate is £8.91
for those aged 21 to 22 the new rate is £8.36
for those aged 18 to 20 the new rate is £6.56
for under 18’s the new rate is £4.62
for apprentices the new rate is £4.30
If you haven’t already, you should ensure you are ready to make the necessary changes to your payroll arrangements.
For further information please visit GOV.UK.
Welsh food and drink companies are being offered funded support to help improve their sustainability. Eligible companies can receive assistance with waste reduction, process efficiency/improvement, sustainable new product development and compliance with sustainable food standards through the Welsh Government and EU-backed Project HELIX.
The call for Welsh companies comes as the Welsh Government recently announced its new strategic vision for Wales’ food and drink sector, which aims to create an industry with world-leading sustainability.
ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Met University is one of three Food Innovation Wales Centres located across Wales which can offer Project HELIX funded support. ZERO2FIVE has already worked with a number of Welsh companies on sustainability projects including Castell Howell, who were supported to look at waste control in their factory.
The document ‘The new relationship with the EU: What it means for Wales’ was published last month.
Today the Welsh Government have published the ‘Annex for Businesses’ which can be found on the following link.
HSBC UK has launched a £550m fund to support the growth aspirations of SMEs in Wales. Part of a broader £15bn lending fund to support SMEs across the UK, HSBC said the move was part of its commitment to help British businesses innovate and grow as the country looks to rebound from the Covid-19 health crisis.
This year’s fund also includes increased ring-fenced pots for businesses trading internationally (£2bn), the agriculture sector (increased to £1.2bn) and new ring-fenced pots for businesses in the tech sector (£500m) and franchise businesses (£500m).
Despite the challenging economic environment, 62 per cent of UK businesses intend to increase investment in their business in the next year, according to research from HSBC.
Government announcement Transport update, to jump-start some of the projects identified by Sir Peter, the Government has today committed £20m towards exploring the development of projects, such as:
Rail improvements in South-East Wales building on ideas from the Welsh Government’s Burns Commission
Improved rail connectivity between the North coast of Wales and England
Upgrading the A75 between Gretna, Dumfries and Stranraer, a key route for south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland but almost entirely single-carriageway.
Significantly faster rail links from England to Scotland, including looking at options to enhance the West Coast Mainline
The Government is also announcing that the consultation on aviation tax reform, announced at Budget 2020, will be published in Spring 2021.
The rates holiday for the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in Wales will be extended for a further 12 months, the Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has announced.
The £380m package provides retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with rateable values up to £500k, and charities in Wales with a straightforward year-long rates holiday – going beyond what has been announced in England – providing a much-needed boost for small and medium sized businesses struggling to cope with the impacts of the pandemic.
This relief package, in combination with our existing Small Business Rates Relief scheme, will ensure that more than 70,000 businesses will continue to pay no rates at all in 2021-22.
The Minister has also committed to providing businesses and charities in the leisure and hospitality sectors with a rateable value of over £500k with 100% rates relief for 2021-22 too
Please find an EU Transition Video
To support the Welsh economy in recovering from the impact of COVID-19, Welsh Government is investing in jobs and training to help businesses grow and meet the needs of our changing economic landscape.
To make sure businesses in Wales are aware of the wide range of support available to help them grow and invest in their workforce, Welsh Government is launching the ‘We’re in Your Corner’ campaign.
As well as raising awareness of the financial support packages and recruitment and training programmes available through Welsh Government, We’re in Your Corner will direct businesses to Skills Gateway where they can access more information and speak to an adviser to get tailored advice suited to their business needs – whether they’re looking to grow, branch out, support staff, increase the diversity of their workforce or simply need a helping hand.
Welsh Government doesn’t just want to bounce back from this pandemic, its aim is to ‘Build Back Better’. That means creating a national economy which sees employment, wealth and prosperity spread more equally across Wales by improving employment outcomes for those already disadvantaged in the labour market, including disabled people, women, BAME and those on low incomes with low skills.
Parallel to the training and recruitment support message, this campaign will also highlight the benefits of employing more disabled people and the specific support available to help cover the cost of any practical support, or adaptations to the working environment, needed to allow disabled workers to do their job. From 1st March, Welsh Government will have six disability champions in post to support employers across Wales to hire more disabled people.
Training and recruitment programmes
If you’re a Welsh business, Welsh Government is in your corner.
Welsh Government is investing £40million into jobs and training to support the Welsh economy in recovering from the impact of COVID-19.
A wide range of financial support packages and recruitment and training programmes are available through Welsh Government via Skills Gateway.
Through Skills Gateway you can also speak to an adviser to get tailored advice suited to your business needs.
Welsh Government wants to create a national economy with more equal opportunities for disabled people in the workplace.
There are a multitude of benefits to employing disabled people, who can bring new experiences, talents and perspectives to an organisation that are hugely valuable.
Financial support and expert advice is available to help businesses attract, recruit and retain disabled employees.
WG Workplace Testing Framework, if businesses have any queries they should use the dedicated email address
New Advice on Getting Coronavirus Vaccines for Work
Workplace expert, Acas, has published new advice on getting the coronavirus vaccine for work.
To see Acas’s full advice, please see: www.acas.org.uk/coronavirusvaccine
Talented Welsh energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions.
£11 million UK government funding for Wales’ energy entrepreneurs to turn ideas into clean, green technologies that eliminate carbon emissions
Previous projects in Wales include an innovative cladding and solar heating system and a method of enhancing the efficiency of external wall insulation products, benefiting from grants of £72m in total since 2012
Funding supports the UK’s commitment to cut carbon emissions, level up the whole country and create new jobs as we build back better from the pandemic
Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies across all sectors of UK industry, supporting the UK to eliminate its contribution to climate change by 2050.
Each year, billions of pounds worth of contracts for public sector goods and services are advertised through the sell2wales website.
If you have yet to register for sell2wales https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales
Leading energy and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, has completed a £3.1m solar farm, on behalf of Flintshire County Council
As part of the project, ENGIE installed 9000 400W solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across two brownfield site locations in Flintshire – a former chemical works at Crumps Yard in Connah’s Quay and a site in Flint previously used for landfill.
The panels will generate in excess of 3487MWh’s of electricity each year, as well as saving more than 800 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The project has received technical and commercial support from the Welsh Government Energy Service with guidance provided on site selection, a screening assessment and financial modelling and ongoing support being provided to the project team.
A £200m rail upgrade linking North Wales and the North West through a new super-hub at Chester can power a ‘pandemic bounceback boom’, according to those behind the project.
The proposed investment would include £60m to speed up the North Wales main line to Holyhead, £60m to modernise and upgrade Chester Station and £80m to connect Wrexham to Liverpool, including £20m for a new station on Deeside.
The package of works will be presented at Regional Recovery 2021, an online conference for the North Wales Mersey Dee area, to be attended by public and private sector leaders, including government ministers from both Westminster and Cardiff.
I would like to make you aware of the new government Kickstart Scheme. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at a risk of long-term unemployment.
Funding will cover each job placement:
Further funding is also available for training and support to help young people on the scheme move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.
Further information can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/958223/kickstart-scheme-employer-guide.pdf
If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, have any questions or would like support for current or future recruitment please don’t hesitate to contact us at FLINTSHIRE.EATEAM@DWP.GOV.UK. Further information on support we offer can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/jobcentre-plus-help-for-recruiters
We are also considering hosting a virtual event for employers about Kickstart and general Jobcentreplus employer support services, if you would be interested in attending this type of event please register your interest by emailing FLINTSHIRE.EATEAM@DWP.GOV.UK
£23 Million Seafood Disruption Support Scheme Now Open
Seafood exporting businesses across the UK that have been affected by the challenges of adjusting to new requirements for exporting to the EU can apply from today for financial support from the UK Government.
The UK-wide Seafood Disruption Support Scheme will provide up to £23 million of financial assistance to businesses that suffered a financial loss because of delays related to the export of fresh or live fish and shellfish to the EU during January 2021. The fund will be paid retrospectively to cover losses incurred between 1-31 January 2021.
Alongside the Seafood Disruption Support Scheme, the UK Government has been offering targeted support to help exporters with new processes. This includes the Seafood Exports Working Group, meeting twice a week to troubleshoot issues raised by the industry; and a newly established Scottish Seafood Exports Task Force.
Meeting for the first time this week, the taskforce will draw together government officials and industry representatives from the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors to specifically driving forward the seafood sector in Scotland.
The fishing and seafood sector is also set to benefit from significant government investment with a £100m fund to help modernise fishing fleets, the fish processing industry, and rejuvenate a historic and proud industry in the UK, on top of the £32m that will replace EU funding this year.
The Seafood Disruption Support Scheme, first announced on 19 January, has been made available in recognition of the unique circumstances currently affecting the seafood exporting sector at a time when the industry is facing lower market prices and demand due to the pandemic.
The scheme, administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on behalf of Defra, is a UK-wide fund offering financial assistance based on a proportion of losses that can be verified up to a maximum of £100,000 per business.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) launches next Phase 1 funding opportunity
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with Innovate UK, has today launched the next opportunity to bid for funding from the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).
We recently announced our intention to hold another Phase 1 competition window this spring due to the large amount of interest we have received.
Businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will now have a further opportunity to bid for up to £40 million in grant funding through the IETF Phase 1: Spring 2021 competition window. The applicant guidance has been published today. The competition will open for applications on Monday 8 March and will run until Wednesday 14 July.
For more information on IETF Phase 1: Spring 2021 and to view the applicant guidance, please visit our competition page.
If you need more information about the application process, please email Innovate UK at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357
In addition to the general helpline, Innovate UK will be offering fortnightly stakeholder clinics throughout the window as an opportunity for applicants to speak directly to Fund leads. Further details will be shared in due course.
For more information about the IETF, please visit our funding page on Gov.uk.
Whatever business you are in, the fast-growing Space sector and the Space-enabled economy could provide you with new opportunities.
Welsh Government were recently awarded a grant by the UK Space Agency to develop a new National Space Strategy for Wales. Aerospace Wales will be working with the Welsh Government to deliver this project.
If you have aspirations to get involved in Space and the Space-enabled economy Aerospace Wales want to hear from you. Email: email@example.com
Business Wales Barriers Grant
Unemployed people in Wales, who face greater economic barriers to starting a business, may be eligible for the Business Wales Barriers Grant, part of the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 commitment to help people back to work.
What is the Business Wales Barriers Grant?
Who is eligible? The grant is open to all unemployed individuals with priority given to those most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak:
underemployed (has a lower paying job that demands less skills or training than the person holds)
How to apply?
For more information and for the full eligibility criteria, please see the fund guidance notes or call
03000 6 03000 to speak to one of our team.
The Government have this morning, 8 February, confirmed some changes to the Bounce Back Loan repayments under the ‘Pay As You Grow’ scheme (PAYG).
In summary, the following support is available to borrowers under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme:
1. Repayment Holidays: in addition to the initial 12 month repayment free term from the loan start, an additional 6 month payment break is also available, which borrowers can choose to use from the start of the term, in effect meaning an 18 month delay in total to the start of repayments.
2. Lengthening the loan term: this can be extended from 6 months to 10 years
3. 6 month ‘interest only’ repayment periods: borrowers can opt to repay only the interest on their Bounce Back Loan, these interest only breaks can be used up to 3 times throughout the loan period.
The Moondance Foundation Covid-19 relief fund has earmarked an additional £10 million in 2021 to distribute to Welsh charities and organisations who are supporting those struggling as a direct result of Covid.
Charities or organisations that are making a genuine and valuable contribution to those most affected by the pandemic should contact us.
Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund: moondancefoundation.org.uk/c19fund
The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)’s business interruption insurance test case.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread disruption and business closures resulting in substantial financial loss. Many customers have made claims for these losses under their business interruption (BI) insurance policies.
The issues surrounding BI policies are complex and it was recognised that they had the potential to create ongoing uncertainty for both customers and firms.
The FCA accordingly sought clarification from the High Court as part of a test case, aimed at resolving the contractual uncertainty around the validity of many BI claims.
The Supreme Court handed down its judgment on 15 January 2021 substantially allowing the FCA’s appeals and dismissing the insurers’ appeals. This means that many thousands of policyholders who have cover should now have their claims for coronavirus-related business interruption losses paid.
For further information please visit the FCA website.
*****PLEASE READ – IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES*****
Good Morning all,
For those that I have not previously spoken to, I am DC Nick Hawe, from the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team. I am sending this message to highlight some valuable information to keep North Wales Businesses safe.
I sent the below email out in March last year, when Covid-19 was starting to take effect.
During the last week, we have had two reports of Ransomware in North Wales, which have caused disruption and concern to the businesses affected. Because of this, I think it is timely to send some further information, with the request that you share it far and wide within your business contacts. There are some simple steps which can be taken to either lessen the likelihood of an attack, or to increase the efficiency and completeness of any recovery. If you could share the information and encourage your businesses to read and take action, it will hopefully prevent some of them from going through the pain associated with Ransomware.
As well as the general link below, I have attached a Ransomware Guidance pdf and the 10 Steps to Cyber Security pdf, both from the NCSC – National Cyber Security Centre. I would also like to draw your attention to these specific sections:
Ransomware Guidance: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/mitigating-malware-and-ransomware-attacks
Free Cyber Security Training for Staff: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/ncsc-cyber-security-training-for-staff-now-available
Cyber Essentials Scheme: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/overview
There is a lot of information, and all of it is valuable. If your businesses take only one piece of advice, it would be to BACK UP their DATA REGULARLY and store it off the network, so that it could be used to recover, if necessary.
Again, apologies for asking people to click on links and open attachments (which we would normally advise against), but the fact that this has come via a secure Police email should hopefully alleviate any concerns.
(I am currently working from home and am regularly committed on online meetings. I will respond to emails and voicemails a.s.a.p. but there may be some delay)
DC 1359 Nicholas Hawe
Ditectif Cwnstabl 1359 / Detective Constable 1359
Tîm Troseddu Seiber / Cyber Crime Team
Grwp Gwasanaethau Troseddu / Crime Services Group
Pencadlys Rhanbarthol / Divisional Headquarters
Llanelwy / St Asaph
Symudol / Mobile 07896 171303
Thousands of jobs will be created and the region’s economy given a £1bn boost now the ground-breaking North Wales Growth Deal has been signed.
Both the Welsh and UK Governments and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board have formally approved the five programmes that make up the Deal, a key driver of the overarching Growth Vision for North Wales.
Led by North Wales Economic Ambition Board – a collaboration of the region’s six councils, two universities, two colleges and private sector representatives – the programmes are made up of 14 projects covering low carbon energy, innovation in high-value manufacturing, agri-food and tourism, digital connectivity and land and property.
The governments have worked closely with stakeholders throughout the process and had earlier committed £240m – £120m each – to help bring the Deal to fruition.
We are getting in touch to make you aware of the extended offer from the ReAct 3 programme. The changes to the programme will be launched across Wales on 7th December 2020. You may have seen the following Ministerial announcement.
|Cynnig Estynedig ReAct 3
Mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn gweithredu newidiadau i’r rhaglenni ReAct a Mynediad i ehangu dull targededig ledled Cymru er mwyn ymateb i’r heriau economaidd cyfredol.
Mae’r rhaglen Mynediad wedi bod yn cefnogi unigolion yn Ardal Tasglu’r Cymoedd ers tair blynedd ar ffurf prosiect peilot. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cymryd y gwersi a ddysgwyd yn unol â ffocws adnewyddedig Tasglu’r Cymoedd, ac mae bellach yn gallu ehangu’r cynnig o dan y brand ReAct sefydledig a sicrhau ei fod ar gael ledled Cymru ar adeg mor hanfodol i’r economi. Ni fydd unrhyw un dan anfantais o ganlyniad i’r newid, ac, mewn gwirionedd, mae’n gwella ReAct fel Rhaglen Cyflogadwyedd allweddol.
Bydd y newidiadau’n caniatáu i’r rhaglen ReAct gael ei hehangu yn ystod yr amser anodd hwn, gan ddarparu cymorth i unigolion sy’n ddi-waith am resymau heblaw, ac yn cynnwys, dileu swydd. Wrth ddarparu cymorth graddol i grwpiau allweddol nad ydynt yn cael cymorth mewn man arall, a hynny trwy ddiwygio’r meini prawf cymhwysedd, bydd grant hyfforddi ReAct a’r cymhorthdal cyflog i gyflogwyr ar gael i garfan ehangach o unigolion, ac yn creu cyfle tecach i bawb, gan ddechrau gyda’r rheiny sydd ar gontractau dim oriau. Bydd y newid yn weithredol o 7 Rhagfyr 2020, a bydd Gyrfa Cymru yn parhau i hyrwyddo a chyfeirio unigolion o dan y faner Cymru’n Gweithio.
Ar hyn o bryd, mae ReAct ar gael i bawb sy’n preswylio yng Nghymru o’r diwrnod cyntaf iddynt golli eu swydd gan gynnig grant hyfforddiant galwedigaethol hyd at £1,500, cymorth ychwanegol i fynychu’r hyfforddiant hwnnw, a chymhelliant o hyd at £3,000 i gyflogwyr a all eu cyflogi fel gweithwyr newydd. Bydd y buddion hyn yn parhau, ac mae’r gwasanaeth bellach yn cael ei ehangu i helpu’r rhai sydd wedi bod yn ddi-waith ers y 1af o Ionawr 2020 y tu allan i’r sefyllfaoedd colli swydd/diswyddo.
Yn Ardal Tasglu’r Cymoedd, mae’r cymorth hwn wedi cael ei gynnig trwy’r rhaglen Mynediad, a bydd y cynnig estynedig ReAct 3 yn golygu y bydd y buddion hynny yn cael eu cyflwyno ledled Cymru gyfan. Y prif newidiadau yn y rhaglen Mynediad fydd y newid mewn cymhwysedd o ddwy flynedd i’r dyddiad cymhwysedd newydd o’r 1af o Ionawr 2020.
Gall unrhyw un sydd wedi colli eu swydd neu yn ddi-waith ers y 1af o Ionawr 2020 ymholi ynghylch eu cymhwysedd. Gofynnwn i’r rhai a allai fod yn gymwys yn eich barn chi gysylltu â’r Gwasanaeth Cymru’n Gweithio ar 0800 0284844 neu trwy’r wefan Cymru’n Gweithio | Working Wales (llyw.cymru)
Bydd Cynnig Estynedig ReAct 3 yn rhedeg ochr yn ochr â’r holl raglenni cymorth eraill a ddarperir gan Lywodraeth Cymru, a bydd atgyfeiriad at gynghorydd Cymru’n Gweithio yn caniatáu i gwsmeriaid drafod pa gymorth a fyddai orau i’w helpu i ddychwelyd i’r farchnad lafur.
|ReAct 3 Extended Offer
The Welsh Government is implementing changes to the ReAct and Access programmes to expand a targeted approach across Wales in order to respond to current economic challenges.
The Access Programme has been supporting individuals in the Valleys Taskforce Area for 3 years as a pilot. Welsh Government has taken the lessons learnt in line with the refreshed focus of the Valleys Task Force and is now able to expand the offer under the well-established ReAct brand and make it available across Wales at such a crucial time for the economy. No one will be disadvantaged by the change, in fact it enhances ReAct as a key Employability Programme.
The changes will allow the ReAct Programme to be expanded during this difficult time, supporting individuals who are unemployed for reasons other than and including redundancy. Phasing in support for key groups not helped elsewhere by amending the eligibility criteria, the ReAct training grant and employer wage subsidy will be available to a wider cohort of individuals, creating a fairer opportunity for all, starting with those on zero hour contracts. The change will be effective from the 7th December 2020 and Careers Wales will continue to promote and signpost individuals under the Working Wales banner.
Currently ReAct is available for all of those resident in Wales who have been made redundant from day 1 and supports them with a vocational training grant of up to £1,500, extra support to attend that training and an employer incentive of up to £3,000 to take them on as a new employee. These benefits of the programme will remain and the service is now being expanded to help those who have become unemployed since January 1st 2020 outside of redundancy situations.
Within the Valleys Task Force Area, this support has been offered via the Access Pilot and the extended ReAct 3 offer will see those benefits rolled out across the whole of Wales. The main changes within the Access Pilot will be the change of eligibility from 2 years to the new eligibility date of 1st January 2020.
Anyone who has been made redundant or become unemployed since 1st January 2020 can enquire about their eligibility and we would ask those who you may feel are eligible contact the Working Wales Service on 0800 0284844 or through the www.workingwales.gov.wales website.
The ReAct 3 Extended Offer will run alongside all of the other programmes of support provided by the Welsh Government and a referral to a Working Wales adviser will allow customers to discuss which support would best help them back into the labour market.
Defence Contracts Online at https://www.contracts.mod.uk/ to look for support or consultants on there, there’s lots of information and support
We are pleased to announce that the Parc Adfer Community Recovery Fund is now open for applications. The fund is intended to help the local communities in the Deeside area from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, please see the attached press release.
Further information, help and application packs are available by emailing ParcAdferCommunityFund@flintshire.gov.uk or calling 01352 704783.
Economy Minister Ken Skates has announced that businesses in Wales will be able to claim up to £3,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25.
The £3,000 incentive, aimed at helping Wales to recover from impact of Covid-19, will be available to businesses that are employing a young apprentice for at least 30 hours per week.
Welsh businesses could also receive £1,500 for each new under 25 year old apprentice they employ for less than 30 hours a week.
For workers aged 25 and over, businesses can access £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire on a 30 hour or more contract, and a £1,000 incentive for apprentices working less than 30 hours.
Payments will be restricted to ten learners per business.
Mortgage payment holidays will no longer end. Borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.
As part of the North Wales Metro over £11 million has been allocated to schemes across the region to support sustainable ways of travelling, improve safety and reduce carbon emissions. See the Flintshire Map at the bottom of this e mail.
Over £7 million of the funding will go to local projects delivered by local authorities including electric buses and town centre improvements.
There will also be investment in early development works for hydrogen hubs in Holyhead and Deeside.
Funding is also allocated towards the Holyhead Breakwater, and improvements to Mold, Buckley and Caernarfon town centres. Funding is also proposed for development work for an active travel route between Sandycroft and Broughton in Deeside, which when completed would link existing routes through Queensferry and Sandycroft to key employment sites in Broughton including Airbus.
£4 million has also been allocated to Transport for Wales towards their work on the North Wales Metro. This includes the development work for improved rail services and stations. Active Travel access to stations will be developed in collaboration with local authorities and a review of the bus network across the region will be completed with options for improvement.
The funding will also allow Transport for Wales to support the Yr Wyddfa Partnership with their development work on sustainable solutions to address transport pressures in the national park to protect the environment, communities and the tourism economy.
Safer Routes in the Community, Shotton and journey time savings, B5129 High Street, Shotton
Proposals for both proposed schemes can be viewed on the Flintshire County Council website where any comments can be raised on E-forms. If you don’t have access to a computer, then you can call to register your views on: 01352 701234
You may have seen in the press that the police are piloting a new FREE to use cyber tool called Police CyberAlarm. https://cyberalarm.police.uk
It acts as an alert system by monitoring the traffic seen by an organisation’s connection over the internet. It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities and protect themselves.
Available to small businesses, charities, academia, local authorities/councils and law enforcement get up-to-date knowledge of attack types and trends which is an absolute key to having a robust defence. Members of Police CyberAlarm become part of the wider UK cyber defence network, sharing collated data with Police for analysis at local, regional and national levels to identify trends, react to emerging threats and identify, pursue and prosecute cyber criminals.
The only requirement is that your organisation has a static IP Address.
Organisations can sign up for a membership of the pilot which runs until 31st March 2021. For more information, please contact us at NWROCU.PoliceCyberAlarm@titan.police.uk
In response to the latest challenges faced by many residents of Flintshire, the Welfare Reform Team have introduced a responsive service to help you to improve our residents financial resilience.
Our dedicated team can help residents with the following support;
We also support residents who are affected by Welfare Reform changes such as; Universal Credit, Under Occupancy (bedroom tax), Local Housing Allowance restrictions and the Benefit Cap.
We can also help any resident who are struggling to manage their money and pay their rent regardless of their income. Our aim is to support, promote and help all customers living in Flintshire to become financially independent.
We also support residents in completing emergency type applications such as Discretionary Assistant Fund, water costs, foodbank vouchers etc. We can complete onward referrals to other agencies, such as the energy unit for household fuel advice, debt advice, tenancy support etc.
The team also process Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) applications which is money that can be claimed by residents who are receiving Housing Benefit (HB) or Universal Credit (Housing Element HE), but still have a shortfall to pay towards the rent so may require further financial help with their housing costs. To apply for help please visit www.flintshire.gov.uk
To contact the team please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01352 704848
Crown Commercial………information on current and future procurement opportunities
TUC has published the above toolkit for business/organisations to raise awareness of how workplaces can be Age-Friendly and provide better support and opportunities for older workers: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/wales-tuc-launches-new-guide-supporting-older-workers
The Test, Trace, Protect toolkit for critical worker employers is available at the following links. This includes a variety of downloadable print, digital and social assets for critical worker employers to use in their workplaces, as part of their employer comms and on their social channels. Details of the eight categories of critical workers can be found here https://gov.wales/coronavirus-key-critical-workers.
A new online service, which will match employers with jobseekers looking for agricultural, land and veterinary work during the COVID-19 outbreak, has launched https://gov.wales/wales-skills-match-service-help-people-find-jobs-during-covid-19-outbreak
Companies House will temporarily pause the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved. This will give businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak the time they need to update their records and help them avoid being struck off the register.
In addition, companies issued with a late filing penalty due to COVID-19 will have appeals treated sympathetically.
Today’s announcement builds on measures already implemented by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which give businesses the ability to apply for a 3-month extension to file accounts with Companies House.
As part of the agreed measures, while companies will still have to apply for the 3-month extension to be granted, those citing issues around COVID-19 will be automatically and immediately granted an extension.
Guidance: EU Structural Funds Program: FAQs on the effect of coronavirus: https://gov.wales/eu-structural-funds-programme-faqs-effect-coronavirus
The UK Government has introduced the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill in Parliament, which will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to support business to address the challenges resulting from the impact of Covid-19.
The Bill consists of six insolvency measures and two corporate governance measures.
The insolvency measures will provide vital support to businesses to help them through this period of instability.
This Bill will do this through:
Other links for useful information
Update information from the Welsh Government https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice
Coronavirus Regulations Affecting Businesses – How to report concerns or seek advice
Food Innovation Wales have launched resources to support Welsh Food and Drink Manufacturers
Child care support
Parents doing jobs critical to Wales’ response to coronavirus will get free childcare during the pandemic.
The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers.
Under the new plans, councils will be able to use funding from the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer to support registered childcare providers to care for pre-school aged children of critical workers. Children who are considered vulnerable will also be included in the scheme.
The changes will cover the next three months and provide care for children under five.
Wales’ existing childcare offer provides 30 hours of early education and childcare to the working parents of three and four-year olds for 48 weeks of the year.
The existing offer will be suspended for three months and replaced with the coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support critical workers and vulnerable children.
The Welsh Government will honour its commitment to continue to pay childcare providers for the hours of childcare already booked under the childcare offer for three months.
Digital Communities Wales / Cymunedau Digidol Cymru mailto:email@example.com
If you think the impact of COVID-19 will cause delays in filing your company accounts, you can apply for an automatic and immediate 3 month extension. You must apply before your filing deadline.
Working Wales help employees
If you are looking for employment, a furloughed worker with concerns about your future, facing redundancy or just looking for a change of career and requiring employment advice and guidance, you can contact both the DWP and Careers Wales through the Working Wales service, which is delivered by Careers Wales.
To find out how Working Wales can help you, visit www.workingwales.gov.wales to access the web chat, call 0800 028 4844, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them via social media @Workingwales.
North and Mid Wales Employer Team email address, I would like to share with you two products that have been developed to provide advice and guidance regarding today’s Labour Market.
The first product is aimed at employers who may be experiencing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, while the second is aimed at individuals, where their employment status has been affected or is under threat due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Changes to Job Centre appointments
If you are in receipt of benefits you do not have to attend the jobcentre appointments for three months, starting from Thursday 19th March 2020. You will continue to receive your benefits as normal but all requirements to attend the jobcentre in person are suspended. You can still make your applications for benefit online as long as you’re eligible. Job Centres remain open and will continue to support people who are not able to use phones and online, including homeless people.
To find out more please visit https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/
What can you claim?
If you’re following government guidance because you have coronavirus symptoms, you’ll be considered unfit for work. You’ll also be considered unfit for work if you’re staying at home, or ‘self-isolating’, because you’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus.
You’ll get statutory sick pay (SSP) if you’re considered unfit for work and are usually entitled to it – check if you’re entitled to SSP. https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay
If you are not eligible to receive sick pay you can apply for either Universal Credit or New Style Employment and Support Allowance https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
Employment information, https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/eligibility. Contacts the Job Center 07758 881647 or 07876. 398686 if employers have any queries or if they have job vacancies
You can’t get SSP if you’re self-employed.
If you have to take time off work and you don’t get paid while you’re off, you might be entitled to claim benefits. If you’re already claiming Housing Benefit and or Council Tax Support please email the office at email@example.com and we will aim to contact you within 48 hours or alternatively please contact the office on 01352 704848 but please note that we may be experiencing high volumes of calls.
If you normally have to leave your home to pay your rent
If you are already in receipt of Housing Benefit and you pay your rent direct to your landlord in person then please contact the Housing Benefit office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and request a callback so we can discuss how we can help you during COVID19.
Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction
If you have had a change in your circumstances please contact the benefit office by emailing email@example.com and we will aim to contact you within 48 hours or alternatively please contact the office on 01352 704848 but please note that we may be experiencing high volumes of calls.
Council Tax Reduction
If you are responsible for paying the Council Tax at your property and you are on a low income or have had a change to your circumstances due to COVID19 you may be able to get help with some or all of your Council Tax bill.
You can also make a claim for Council Tax Reduction if you are in receipt of Universal Credit.
Advice and support
If you are finding it difficult to make a claim for Housing Benefit and or Council Tax during this difficult time then please contact the Welfare Reform Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org who may be able to assist you with completing an application form.
If you are finding it difficult to budget and pay bills or need help to understand what support is available to you then please email email@example.com alternatively please contact the office on 01352 704848 but please note that we may be experiencing high volumes of calls.
Redundancy Support, is up and running and ready for action. Have a look.
Your event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redundancy-support-tickets-114105348168
Your Online Event Page URL is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/redundancy-support-tickets-114105348168
Materials and Manufacturing Education Training and Learning ( METaL) – Free Online Courses Available
For a limited time we are able to offer our courses totally free of charge for companies in Wales. This is a brilliant opportunity to upskill your staff, or add a new qualification to your portfolio. The courses are fully accredited by Swansea University, with a certificate issued on successful completion. Introduction to Materials Engineering Manufacturing Technology Introduction to CAD 2D & 3D Corrosion & Coatings Technology Don’t delay, get in touch now to secure your place. LINK
Business Wales – Tendering seminars
Module 2: How to Respond to PPQ & ITT
18th May, 11.00 -13.00
To book: http://bit.ly/TenderingModular 2 or 01745 585025
Superfast Biz Seminars
|Advanced Digital Marketing||18/05/2021||10:00 – 12:00||https://bit.ly/2WLCECj|
|Selling Online (E-Commerce) Advanced||18/05/2021||13:00 – 15:00||http://bit.ly/3quyewD|
Innovation Webinar- 19th May 2021
CRISP21 – ON-LINE INNOVATION FUNDING SUPPORT SURGERY
The Welsh Government, in conjunction with Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network and Enterprise Europe Network (now Innovate UK Edge), are holding an Innovation Funding Surgery Event to help selected Companies based in Wales prepare themselves better to:-
Before completing the Registration you are advised to read the Notes for Completion of the Registration below.
It is intended that further surgeries will be run in due course. If you are unavailable for any of the surgery slots, please feel free to email the organiser to register your interest in a future On-line Surgery
‘Could introducing new technologies be profitable for my business?’
Wednesday 19th May (9.30am – 10.30am)
Used for both prototyping and production in sectors such as medical, aerospace, automotive, furniture and jewellery, new and innovative applications are constantly being developed. Find out how the ADE team at MADE Cymru are working with companies to analyse, de-risk and create complex and efficient products. LINK
Superfast Biz Seminars
|Social Media Basics||19/05/2021||12:30 – 14:30||https://bit.ly/2WSo0cO|
|Work Smarter, Work Safer – Advanced||19/05/2021||14:00 – 16:00||http://bit.ly/3dnJzuP|
|Get Found Online – SEO||20/05/2021||13:00 – 15:00||https://bit.ly/3fZl6dG|
Join KTN, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and ADS on Thursday 20th May at an online event to showcase the latest EU funding opportunities for the aerospace sector.
Net Zero 2021 Conference – North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council
Thursday 20 May, 9.30am – 3.00pm
This major conference for the North Wales and Mersey Dee region on ‘Net Zero and Your Business’ is focused on helping businesses reduce their environmental impacts or carbon footprints and improve their business performance at the same time. Find out more and book here.
Selkie Meet the Expert
20th May 10.00 am
how your company can bid for tenders in the marine renewables sector in Wales. Thursday 20th May 10am. Register here.
For more information on upcoming sessions and topics please visit our website here
Business Wales – Tendering seminars
Module 2: Advanced Bid Writing and Added Value
25th May, 11.00 -13.00
To book: http://bit.ly/TenderingModule3 or 01745 585025
Superfast Biz Seminars
|Advanced Social Media||25/05/2021||10:00 – 12:00||https://bit.ly/39l25Qg|
|Digital Marketing for Food & Drink Producers||25/05/2021||10:00 – 12:00||https://bit.ly/3u2kiex|
|Websites||26/05/2021||11:30 – 13:30||https://bit.ly/2ZU0DBy|
|Digital Marketing Basics||26/05/2021||09:00 – 11:00||https://bit.ly/2BpTlvV|
|Online Tools for Food & Drink Producers||27/05/2021||13:00 – 15:00||https://bit.ly/3u2kiex|
|Advanced Digital Marketing||27/05/2021||14:00 – 16:00||https://bit.ly/2WLCECj|
THE FLINTSHIRE BUSINESS CLINIC
Are you looking for support and/or funding for your business?
The Development Bank of Wales, Flintshire County Borough Council and Business Wales have all joining forces to provide businesses in the Flintshire area with the Flintshire Business Clinic.
Each business will need to book a place and the clinic will be operating between the hours of 09:00 – 16:00 on Wednesday, May 26th.
To book your appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting will be to discuss best practice on the topics which have been most asked about by members of the group.
Title: Sharing best practice round table discussion
09.30: Welcome Mike Joy, Chair FSG
09.35: Round Table Discussion and Sharing best practice, Deeside Flood Planning. Ruairí Barry, Project Engineer Flood and Coastal Risk Management , Flintshire County Council will be joining the discussion
09.55: Round Table Discussion and Sharing best practice, Green issues- what are your issues
10.15: Q & A, next steps
Important Law Changes in 2021
Live Webinar for Business Owners
27th May, 14.00 – 15.00
SAVE THE DATE!
The MADE Cymru Summit 2021
8th – 10th June 2021
This will be a free event that celebrates the agility, resilience and creativity of manufacturing in Wales. You’ll hear from top industry speakers, manufacturers and stakeholders. More information to follow nearer the time.
Crowdfunder is covering all platform and transaction fees making it free to small businesses and Enterprise Nation is providing access to free training and support for business, to help with online sales, marketing, cashflow, and diversifying, if necessary.
For further information please visit the Crowdfunder website.
As part of the Welsh Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Business Wales are looking at supporting innovative projects that can have a direct impact on how we fight the virus.
The project can be used to fund the purchasing of specific equipment, Adjustments to existing processes and Implementation of new processes. The production of medical devices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the delivery of sanitising products are all potential areas that could be addressed by the support.
Follow the link for more info or if would like to get involved: https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/covid-19-resilience-innovation-project-support
To get started, you can contact their team on 03000 250 243 or Email SMARTCymru@gov.wales
Secure your digital pass to Wales Tech Week
Registrations are now open for this year’s Wales Tech Week, taking place across the 21st -25th June as a virtual festival.
We’re excited to invite you to join us and the Welsh technology industry in a week packed full of innovation, world class speakers, workshops and more, live from Wales straight to your living room.
Click here to register for free and secure your digital pass today. Once registered you’ll have the opportunity to create your personal delegate profile, and then during the week of the event you will be able to connect and network with attendees. As sessions and exhibitors are announced build your own agenda and take full advantage of all the events on offer.
What is Miwtini ?
Miwtini is a 8 week programme that’s here to help you start your business, with everything from business planning, to financing, to a community of support behind you!
Our next Miwtini is in partnership with The Design Trust and Change Makers Market, DVSC. This Focus is on Creative and Digital businesses, and will be specifically designed for those starting or growing a business in those sectors.
If you want to get started on Miwtini, you’ll know it takes some planning, and here’s what we’ve mapped out for your Creative and Digital businesses. Remember, each step signals your journey to a successful and responsive business, and we’re with you every step of the way, charting a course and navigating any stormy seas we encounter!
The online two hour programme will run every Wednesday, starting June 2nd until July 21st .
For more details visit – — Miwtini — Enterprise Hub (hwbmenter.cymru) and for an opportunity to be part of the crew apply here Ffurflen Gais Miwtini Application Form (jotform.com)
Engineering & Technology Solutions Exhibition – 22nd September 2021 – Birchwood Nuclear Hub, Warrington
Do you have products and services that you would like to showcase to one of the biggest nuclear target audiences in the UK?
If so, then exhibiting at the Nu-Tech ‘Engineering & Technology Solutions Exhibition’ on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at the Birchwood Nuclear Hub in Warrington is the right place for you.
If you want to join us as an exhibitor for the opportunity to actively engage with this audience please contact us on email@example.com where we can send you a copy of our latest brochure as the first step towards securing one of the remaining slots.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
North West England is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of nuclear facilities, with a renowned skills base and world-class expertise in nuclear technology research and development clustering across the Region, which is in itself is the home to more than half of the UK’s entire nuclear workforce.
Located in the heart of the North West’s largest cluster of nuclear companies, the Nu-Tech Engineering & Technology Solutions Exhibition will offer suppliers an invaluable day of both networking and contact building opportunities between representatives from all levels of the nuclear supply chain from Tier 1s to SME’s.
Building on the success of Nu-Tech’s previous exhibitions at this venue where we provided a platform for more than 250 companies to interact with one another, this year’s exhibition is sure to be just as busy with opportunities for demonstrations, external displays and networking opportunities.
The Nu-Tech organised exhibition proved particularly useful for exhibitors looking to expand into the nuclear as well as providing a showcase for the transfer of technology and the launch of new and innovative ideas yet to achieve wide scale market exposure. Visitors to this years’ exhibition are expected to come from Sellafield Ltd, their supporting Tier 2 & 3 contractors along with others in the supply chain. This means that as an exhibitor you will have access to some of the most influential and solution-seeking individuals in the nuclear sector.
For more information please visit out event website: www.nuclearexhibitions.com/BirchwoodEvent/
Community, group or public sectors supporting communities during the current crisis in rural areas of Flintshire, can apply for up to £3000 grant funding from Cadwyn Clwyd. Criteria will apply.
There is a directory web page for businesses who are offering their services through delivery etc www.feedingflintshire.co.uk
FCC have a directory that businesses can list their voluntary help to other businesses who may be struggling so if you hear of anyone offering assistance please let me know and I will feed the information through.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is holding daily Coronavirus
Webinars which may be useful: https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/daily-coronavirus-webinar/
Federation of Small Businesses: https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html
Support and guidance from the Institute of Leadership and Management: https://www.i-l-m.com/
Companies offering business assistance.
Flintshire In Business 2020 is being reinvented to focus on online support to businesses.
The team has redirected resources to working in partnership with Business Wales, ACAS, Flintshire Destination Management and Social Enterprise to produce short helpful films for business sectors and small businesses at this time.
There are currently four videos available as follows:
Direct Line Communications
During a time of few certainties, it is clear that the worlds of communication and commerce as we know them, are being changed beyond all recognition. While responding effectively to the fast-moving challenges of the health crisis, strategic decision-makers are looking to the longer term future of their telecoms. Youmay have the answer closer to hand than you think.
Delyn Safety are offering 10% off of their on-line courses please contact:
The Disability Confident scheme supports employers like you to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace. The scheme aims to help you successfully recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. Being Disability Confident is a unique opportunity to lead the way in your community, and you might just discover someone your business cannot do without.
It was developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to make it rigorous but easily accessible – particularly for smaller businesses.
The scheme is voluntary and access to the guidance, self-assessments and resources is completely free.
The 3 levels are designed to support you on your Disability Confident journey-
You must complete each level before moving on to the next.
At each level employers commit to taking actions that will make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.
Many of you will already be employing people with health conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, and disabilities, and this gives you the opportunity to show that you employ your staff on merit. Therefore we would like to encourage as many employers as possible to sign up for Level 1 by either going onto Gov.UK/disability confident website and filling in the short form on line or completing the attached form and sending it to Lynne- firstname.lastname@example.org, Jane – email@example.com, or Paul – firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you run a small business in Wales? We’d like to know how your business is using digital technology.
Please take 10 minutes to complete our survey and help us understand how businesses in Wales are adapting to a digital world.
Wales, like most other nations, is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, driven in recent months by the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend has seen digital technologies playing an increasingly central role in both business and society as more employees have begun to work from home. Evidence from previous Digital Maturity Surveys tells us that 51% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have used superfast broadband to increase profit.
The Digital Maturity Survey measures digital technology use in Wales’ small and medium-sized firms and seeks to understand change over time. For this edition of the DMS we are also asking businesses about their response to the pandemic. We would now like to invite SMEs to take part by joining in the survey. All businesses taking part in the 2020 survey will be eligible to receive a copy of their free Digital Maturity Score (this will be sent to all participants in early 2021*).
By completing the survey SMEs will also help us build a picture of the emerging digital economy in Wales, and inform the work of Welsh Government and partners in supporting its development.
The survey team appreciates the support of businesses in completing this questionnaire during the present difficult pandemic period.
The survey can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/3cSX9mL
* Provide your email address and digital maturity score for your business will be sent in early 2021.
Helo Blod encourages small and medium business owners to add Cymraeg to their business in the way that’s best suited to them.
Minister for Welsh language, Eluned Morgan said,
We have developed new initiatives across a wide range of domains specifically aimed at achieving the Welsh Government’s target of doubling the daily use of Welsh by 2050. That’s why we’ve launch the Helo Blod service because by using just a little bit of Welsh can make a big difference to your business. Our goal is to see more Welsh in places that we go to every day, from your local shop, to the bakery or hair salon.
Helo Blod is here to help you find your voice and make the language more visible in your business. Just get in touch with Helo Blod and join the hundreds of people who have already benefited from this free service.
Businesses can use the service to get free advice and translations of up to 500 words per month, free of charge. This might include helping with the translating of social media posts, menus, business cards, signage, and anything else businesses might want. If businesses are already using Welsh, Helo Blod can also text check up to 1,000 words each year for free. https://businesswales.gov.wales/heloblod
Small companies (less than 250 employees) to apply data science for the benefit of the business.
The DIA will provide two forms of support to companies:
We want to help small companies from all sectors to see the power of their data and to realise the wide-ranging opportunities that data science offers.
The application of data science tools and techniques allows companies to derive intelligent insights into emerging trends and behaviours, provide highly targeted sales and marketing strategies, streamline business processes and be highly responsive to customer sentiment and rapidly changing market conditions. For example, time-series predictive analytics can be used for sales forecasting and lead generation (how is store footfall affected by the weather?), while natural language processing can facilitate context-aware advertising to support optimal placement of advertisements, based on surrounding content. ?
Healthy Working Wales exists to empower employers with the knowledge and the support to keep the working population of Wales healthy
The programme consists of a range of services which help to improve organisational performance and reduce the costs and burden of ill health and absence through one to one support, training events and workshops, and online and telephone information and guidance. Find further information at: www.healthyworkingwales.wales.nhs.uk/
FCC Supplier Registration
It is a mandatory requirement for all current as well as future suppliers to Flintshire County Council to engage with us electronically. All public sector organisations are required to conduct procurement in this way. All our suppliers (whether current or prospective) must register their details on the PROACTIS Supplier Portal. PROACTIS are our E-Procurement Partners who manage the Supplier Portal.
We want to encourage as many local businesses to register in order that the Council are using local services and supporting the local economy.
It is also recommended that you register on Sell to Wales as well to be able to see any future opportunities to tender. https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/Register_V2/Supplier_Register.aspx
If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at Business Development.
With a fresh new look and clear, easy to use search function, Sell2Wales is a free online service helping businesses promote their services and find contract opportunities with the public sector across Wales.
Each year, billions of pounds worth of contracts for public sector goods and services are advertised through Sell2Wales. These contracts are offered by a wide range of publicly-funded organisations including:
colleges and universities
If your business is a small or medium-sized enterprise SME (employing up to 250), and wants to improve its chances of winning public and private sector contracts, Business Wales – Tendering may be able to help.
Banc Cambria, Message from Jack Sargeant, MS/AS
As you are all hopefully aware I have been championing the case for Wales’ new community bank, Banc Cambria, to launch its first branch in Buckley. That campaign is gathering momentum and we recently held the second meeting with the team behind the project a few days ago.
They are particularly keen to support the smallest of businesses (freelancers & self-employed included) in Wales, so please think about sharing the links with other business owners. The business accounts they are proposing will also be suitable for social enterprises, clubs and societies (and Senedd Member offices!) so do think of those contacts too.
The business survey links are here:
An earlier survey for personal customers was put out a few weeks ago and has had a phenomenal response. It is still live and again, I would encourage you to contribute, if you haven’t already, to aid their business planning.
The personal account surveys are here:
Our constituency has been particularly badly hit by bank branch closures over the past five years; an issue that has contributed to the demise of our high streets. The team behind Banc Cambria want to start reversing that trend and I’m keen for us to help if we can.
Best wishes / Dymuniadau gorau
Jack Sargeant MS / AS
Member of the Senedd for Alyn and Deeside
Aelod o’r Senedd dros Alun a Glannau Dyfrdwy
KEEP WALES SAFE. DIOGELU CYMRU.
The Development Bank of Wales works flexibly with a range of different businesses. They offer loans and equity investments from £1,000 up to £5 million.
Read about how some of their customers have used finance to start, strengthen and grow: https://developmentbank.wales/case-studies
The Development Bank of Wales has launched a new £20 million Wales Technology Seed Fund with up to £250,000 available per round to support the growth of developing technology businesses across Wales. The new bigger fund replaces the original, and now fully invested seed fund that has made 45 investments in 41 start-up and early stage technology businesses since 2014.
Commercial Property Fund
Launched last year to encourage SME developers to invest in Wales’ commercial property market, the fund is financed by the Welsh Government. Loans from £250,000 to £5 million are available with a maximum five year term for mixed-use and commercial development projects in Wales.
The Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)
Available for micro to small size businesses with fewer than 50 FTE employees. Support of between £25,000 and £500,000 will be considered depending on eligibility. LINK
Nat West Female Entrepreneur Funding
As part of Lloyds Banking Group’s national pledge to lend up to £18 billion* to UK businesses in 2020, the Group expects to support firms in Wales with up to £1.1 billion of lending this year, highlighting its commitment to be by the side of British business whatever the future brings.
The funding is available to firms across Wales and will support entrepreneurs looking to start a new business, micro-businesses seeking to scale-up and small businesses considering trading internationally for the first time. It will also support established mid-sized businesses and large, multinational corporations seeking further growth.
£1.3 million EU funds to support high level and technical skills training for agricultural and food businesses have been announced. The funding will expand the Welsh BioInnovation project eastward to cover businesses across the whole of Wales. Around 50,000 are employed in the agri-food sector in Wales. This includes jobs in agriculture, food production, farm equipment manufacturing, freezing, distribution, packaging, and food import and export. The sector is worth around £7 billion to the Welsh economy.
Over the next 3 years, the funding will support around 150 businesses in East Wales, and develop the skills and career prospects of technicians, consultants, researchers and managers working throughout the Welsh agri-food and biotechnology industries.
PARTNERSHIP WITH HMP Berwyn
Interserve is one of the country’s largest providers of rehabilitative services to people in the justice sector and we are looking for partners to help us deliver industry work placements for men inside HMP Berwyn. Our commitment is to provide the very best rehabilitative support for our service users whilst in prison, helping them acquire the life- and work-skills necessary to make a successful return to their communities post-sentence.
HMP Berwyn is a brand new, state-of-the-art establishment near Wrexham with excellent links to Wales, the Midlands, Cheshire and the North West. At capacity it houses over 2100 inmates and Interserve provide 520 employment positions. We currently have a wide variety of businesses involved providing, welding, recycling, ink remanufacturing, embroidery, a call centre and various other activities. There is an opportunity to expand our offering and we feel it would be beneficial to get local businesses involved.
Our innovative commercial model makes this proposition attractive for partners looking to expand current assembly, fulfilment or manufacturing output whilst keeping a tight control of costs.
Key features of the model:
We would be very interested in meeting with you informally to explore how this could work for your organisation.
Please feel free to contact:
Head of Partnerships & Commercial Support
HS2 contract Opportunities
Industry Days and information SCC@hs2.org.uk
Contract Opportunities current and future visit https://www.hs2.org.uk/contractopportunities
Common Assessment Standard www.builduk.org/commonassessmentstandard
Working with the Manufacturing Industry across Wales
Demand-led by industry, the EU-backed multi-University partnership (Swansea, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, University of South Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David) is working together with the Welsh Manufacturing Industry to embed advanced and sustainable future manufacturing technologies through knowledge exchange.
ASTUTE 2020 already operates across North and West Wales and the South Wales Valleys. Thanks to an extra EU funding boost, it will now be rolled out to support businesses across the rest of Wales, including Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham.
ASTUTE 2020 will work with the manufacturing industry across Wales through effective collaboration with academia, harnessing world-class academic expertise across the University partnership, and offering support from highly qualified researchers and technical experts. Unique access to state-of-the-art research facilities, experimental equipment, advanced techniques and bespoke software will enable greater levels of business innovation in future manufacturing processes.
The aim is to drive productivity and growth within the industry by de-risking sustainable future manufacturing technologies and developing higher-value goods and services of the future for the global market.
Craig Williams, Managing Director at The Aluminium Lighting Company, said: “The ASTUTE 2020 programme means we can access specialist knowledge that we do not have. Working with Swansea University we are looking to apply concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networking in developing and refining our exciting new product and service.”
FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES OF ASTUTE 2020
ASTUTE 2020 enables greater levels of business innovation in future manufacturing processes by:
Industry projects focusing on a research challenge with world-class expertise in the areas of:
Proposals for collaborative RD&I projects will be developed by the industrial partner together with a dedicated ASTUTE 2020 technical manager and will require approval by an industrial-academic committee before a project can proceed.
Who can ASTUTE 2020 support:
Welsh manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, energy generation, oil and gas, medical devices, electronics and food etc.
+44 (0)1792 60637
Businesses seeking Welsh Government support will need to enter into a new Economic Contract aimed at driving fair work, inclusive growth and responsible business behaviours.
The Economic Contract is one of the key policies of the Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan, which was launched by Economy Secretary, Ken Skates in December.
The Plan sets out the Welsh Government’s new approach to economic development, which is focussed on building strong foundations for inclusive growth, supercharging the industries of the future and empowering Wales’ regions.
Under the new Economic Contract, businesses seeking Welsh Government support will need to commit to the principles of growth, fair work, reducing carbon footprints, health, skills and learning in the workplace.
The Welsh Government’s five Calls to Action, designed to future proof business, have also now come into effect.
This means from now on, companies looking to qualify for business finance will be required to develop proposals that align to at least one of the Calls to Action. These focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, R&D and automation, exports and trade, high quality employment and skills and decarbonisation.
Business Wales, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, is a fully-funded business support service which helps people to start, run and grow their own businesses. Our highly experienced team of advisers can help every aspiring entrepreneur take the first steps into self-employment by providing support on all aspects of starting a business, including:
All our workshops are fully-funded and cover a variety of topics, providing the opportunity to network with like-minded people. Topics include:
For more information on our workshops, visit https://wales.business-events.org.uk/.
If you want to learn more about Business Wales and the support we provide, please visit https://businesswales.gov.wales or https://busnescymru.llyw.cymru, email email@example.com, phone 01745 585025 or follow @_businesswales and @_busnescymru on twitter.
Golden opportunity – Cross Border Tendering and bidding
is the secret to
winning cross-border contracts
Are you an SME providing goods, services, or solutions in any of the following five Smart City areas?
To be assessed for your organisation’s suitability to participate in a cross-border bidding consortium in one of the five above areas,
For more information about the project and each partner, please visit: https://www.ppact.eu.
The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network, CALIN – bringing together business, academic and clinical excellence in life science across Ireland & Wales.
CALIN connects SMEs with world-leading Higher Education Institutions to advance life science product and service development. Through open access to a unique partnership between six world-class universities in Ireland and Wales, and global businesses such as Unilever and GE Healthcare, businesses will have access to technological infrastructure, scientific expertise, and a network of leading life science innovators to support the development of new
products, processes and services or progress existing products to market.
Companies joining CALIN will be offered:
CALIN can provide SMEs access to the knowledge and R&D capability they need to develop new products, or progress existing products to market. Research carried out through CALIN will be centred around life science focusing on three key areas:
As well as accessing the expertise and infrastructure of a cross-border network, companies within CALIN will have the opportunity to embark on R&D projects to actively improve and develop products and services.
Contact details: Toby Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07753422745
The Education Business Exchange (EBE) is a Careers Wales facilitated database, giving employers the opportunity to work with schools to develop exciting curriculum enhancing programmes for pupils and is looking for employers and individuals who are ready and willing to work with schools.
Why your business should get involved:
you will develop new recruitment channels, build links with local schools which can help to attract young people into jobs and reduce recruitment costs
you will enhance your company’s image and reputation at a local or regional level
you will contribute towards your company’s corporate social responsibility policy, taking part makes a positive contribution to the development of young people
For further information please visit the Career Wales website.
Education and Training
The Enterprise team at Wrexham Glyndwr University actively work with organisations of all sizes and sectors from small start-up enterprises to global corporations and have a great track record of offering high quality business support.
A partnership with Wrexham Glyndwr University can bring genuine benefits to your business, through shared knowledge and expertise to the recruitment of talented graduates into the workforce.
We understand that all businesses have different needs and have a dedicated business development team who will tailor the right support for your needs. Working together, we can help to achieve your business and strategic goals.
Sign up to our news letter to keep up to date with events, enterprise offerings and much more! https://mailchi.mp/56809b4e970b/are-you-ready-for-2021-we-are
We are delighted to be hosting our next Business Breakfast Event on 21st May 2021 at 10:00am and this really is not one to be missed, the theme of this event is:
Business support from your local University! Cymorth busnes gan eich Prifysgol leol!
Understanding how the Enterprise team at Wrexham Glyndwr University can help you to achieve your business and strategic goals.
Book your FREE place here!
We are delighted to present our third event in this series of virtual networking events hosted by the Enterprise Team at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Agenda and speakers to be announced soon!
We look forward to connect and share ideas and experiences through our virtual sound boarding session that forms part of the events; interacting with one another to share ideas, experiences and thoughts and help you connect with other businesses and contacts in the region.
We also look forward to welcoming back previous attendees and meeting new faces!
Degree Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to enhance your work force , fill the skills gap, gain employees with tailored skills and knowledge, grow your business, upskill existing staff and increase productivity
We are in the process of securing our next round of funding for our six FULLY FUNDED degree apprenticeship programmes, due to start in September 2021:
Similar to a traditional apprenticeship, Degree Apprenticeships combine work related learning with Higher Education study. The “apprentice” must be in a job role appropriate to the programme they are studying and work 51% of their time in Wales. There is no upper age limit to these programmes and there is no financial impact to the business (as the programmes are fully funded), however the business will need to commit to a day release each week for the apprentice to study at the University.
For more information please click here!
Take a look at some of the other fantastic offerings below or contact email@example.com for more information
We believe in equipping people with the skills and knowledge they need to really achieve their true potential in their chosen career. We use practical scenarios and real life lessons to prepare students, employees and organisations for the ever-changing challenges they’ll face.
At Wrexham Glyndwr University, we run a number of courses which are designed especially for professionals, enabling you to gain new qualifications and stand head and shoulders above the competition.
Applied Business Management – https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/AppliedBusinessManagement/
MA Human Resource Management (CIPD Approved) – https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Postgraduatecourses/MAHumanResourceManagement/
CIM Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing – https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Professionalcourses/CIM/
MBA Finance (100% online delivery)
MBA Project Management (100% online delivery)
MBA Entrepreneurship (100% online delivery)
MBA Healthcare Management (100% online delivery)
MPA (Master of Public Administration) (100% online delivery)
MPA Finance (100% online delivery)
MPA Project Management (100% online delivery)
Let WGU be the place to help your individual and business growth! Whether your wanting to growth your knowledge and skills to help in your career or personal journey or businesses wanting to up skill their staff! We have a fantastic variety of short courses available – many of our courses are FREE and currently held predominantly ONLINE! – https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/ShortCourses/
The university has some great offers on the horizon, one of these being if a company send 3 or more employees on the same programme we can offer them a 50% fee reduction per person if the course has a price tag.
Would an online business short course that doesn’t require you to be online at any specific time work for you?
Access recorded lectures, podcasts and articles, and study in YOUR OWN TIME!
Something we have been working on in the Enterprise Team is the Development Ladder and we are very excited to announce its release! This was created to further support businesses and individual growth.
The Enterprise team recognise that businesses during this time have been short on time but very eager to invest in their workforce and themselves, through training and development to support growth and innovation!
From attending one of our events such as the Business Breakfast and learning more about our offerings, to contacting the enterprise team directly to discuss your individual or business needs we can develop free bespoke professional training plans to save you time and maximise your employee expertise and productivity!
Ladder of Innovation
We have also created a comprehensive package of support in the form of our newly launched Ladder of Innovation; a flexible, “stepped” approach to academic collaboration, providing a range of solutions depending on the business.
The ladder offers businesses the following initiatives, all of which can be explored as part of a longer term collaboration, or businesses can take advantage of just one or two steps, depending on their business need, these include; KT Vouchers, Mini KTPs, SMART & KTP.
For more information follow the link
20Twenty – FULLY FUNDED CMI LEVEL 4 FOR MICRO/SMALL BUSINESSES (Minimum 2 members of staff)
We are offering a fully funded 20Twenty CMI level 4 leadership programme, for you or your staff. This is our last fully funded programme and then we revert back to 70% funded until 2023. The programme is valued at £4,000.
This Level 4 leadership programme helps you make good decisions, improves staff performance, develops resilience, helps deal with people and teams. An overall theme throughout the programme is to help you develop your mind-set, to cope with challenges and change and to develop your mental toughness.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) level 4 for MICRO/SMALL Businesses
Starts JULY 2021
We have a limit of 24 delegates on this programme and it is open to all micro/small businesses across Wrexham, Flintshire and Powys, on a first come first served basis.
Please get in touch if you are interested – places are on a first come, first served basis.
Jackie Whittaker MBA
20Twenty Business Development Manager | Rhelowr Datblygu Busnes 20Twenty
Fully Funded Specialist Engineering and Construction courses!
We are excited to now offer some specialist Engineering and Construction courses through the Personal Learning Account (PLA) scheme!
If you are over 19, live in Wales, earn up to £26,000 per year and are not on a work based learning programme you could be entitled to fully funded courses*!
Furloughed, agency workers, zero hour contract employees or employees at risk of redundancy are still eligible to apply for a Personal Learning Account course regardless of their salary.
|Engine Management Diagnostics||Computer Aided Design (CAD)|
|Advanced Engine Diagnostics||Preparation for Working in Construction (CSCS) (3 days)|
|Air-Conditioning||Power Cut-Off Saw Training (1 day)|
|Introduction to Electrical Testing for Motor Vehicles||Setting Out and Leveling with Laser Levels for Site Operatives (1 day)|
|Robotics||Setting Out and Levelling for Site Supervisors (2 day)|
*Eligibility criteria applies
Brand New Level 3 Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprenticeship qualification!
Our brand new Level 3 Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprenticeship is aimed at learners entering the Social Media and Digital Marketing sector as well as those already working in the industry who are looking to renew their skills with formal training. Learners will gain the knowledge to understand the potential reach of social media for their business and the skills to manage content and run campaigns effectively
Start date – 10th May 2021, 9:00 – 16:00
Duration – 12 months
For more information or to book please contact Cambria for Business on 0300 30 30 006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Language English in the workplace courses
Do you employ staff whose first language is not English?
We can work with you and tailor ESOL courses that help your staff boost their English skills for everyday use and specifically related to your business. Our expert team can deliver virtually or in the workplace for between 12 and 14 people depending on skill level.
For more information please contact Amanda Morgan on email@example.com
Level 3 & 4 Civil Engineering NVQs
The Level 3 & 4 Civil Engineering NVQs allow people already working within the industry to gain a nationally recognised qualification over 2 years through assessment in the workplace. The qualifications comprise of mandatory units and a number of other units which can be tailored to yours and the businesses specific needs such as commercial awareness in civil engineering and sustainable development.
For more information please visit www.cambria.ac.uk, contact the Cambria for Business team on 0300 30 30 006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management
The NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management is a qualification for those aiming to develop and implement effective environmental management systems within their organisations.
The qualification focuses on the main elements of UK and EC legislation for environmental protection and general principles of the management of environmental and pollution control.
Duration – 10 months
Cost – £2000
Upto 100% subsidised* Chartered Institute of Marketing courses- Coleg Cambria
Our upto 100% subsidised* Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses starting this February can take your career to the next level!
Join our expert teaching staff on a Tuesday evening online, live, to learn more about modern marketing techniques and gain an internationally recognised CIM Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing qualification in less than a year.
We are also running the shorter CIM Level 3 Award in Communications in Practice online from 24th February until the 2nd July
For more information please contact the Cambria for Business team on 0300 30 30 006 or email email@example.com
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Personal Learning Account – how can the programme help you and your employees
The Welsh Government funded Personal Learning Account programme provides employers with support to upskill their employees in key generic skills and qualifications. The programme also supports employers that have been impacted by Covid-19, to help prepare for their future skills requirements and to help employers who may need to deliver their business in a different way.
Employees will have the opportunity to gain higher level skills and qualifications they feel necessary to help advance their career. Employers can upskill individuals who wish to switch careers and enter a higher level of employment, where career progression opportunities are available.
This could be learning new skills or upskilling in their specialist field of expertise. Our range of Personal Learning Account courses are free and flexible and can be studied around their current job and family commitments with a range of locations and dates available.
Employees are eligible if they are:
Currently in employment
Aged 19 or over
Live in Wales
Work / want to reskill in a priority sector
And also meet one of the following criteria:
Are at risk of redundancy
Have a zero hour contract
Work for an agency
Work in a sector impacted by Covid-19
Other eligibility criteria may apply but this will be reviewed on an individual basis.
If employees have already been furloughed or are at risk of redundancy, they’re still eligible to apply for a Personal Learning Account course regardless of their salary level.
Employers can also access Personal Learning Account programme support via Cambria as long as they have not received over 200,000 euros of de minimis state aid in the last 3 years.
Courses available in:
Digital, Computing, IT & Coding Skills
Engineering – Advanced Manufacturing
Engineering – Automotive
Engineering – Maintenance Techniques
Financial and Professional
Health and Social Care
Health & Safety
Hospitality & Leisure
Leadership & Management
Please signpost any suitable employees to our PLA Team or contact the PLA team as an employer to find out more.
0300 30 30 006
Do you know that our food manufacturing qualifications can be delivered 100% remotely and can be fully subsidised*?
We run a number of different pathways from Level 2 – Level 4, to suit the nature of your employees and business needs including (not limited to):
For more information please contact the Cambria for Business team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 30 30 006
*eligibility criteria applies
Hospitality short courses
We run a number of different hospitality short courses aimed at people in the industry to help sharpen their skills including courses in;
Personal Licence Holders,
Food Allergen Awareness & Control in Catering,
Licenced Hospitality Operations,
Health and safety,
Drugs Awareness for Licenced Hospitality Staff
For more information please contact the Cambria for Business team on 0300 30 30 006 or email email@example.com
Leading colleges joined forces to provide furloughed, at-risk and low-paid workers with an opportunity for change
Coleg Cambria and Grwp Llandrillo Menai have united with North Wales Regional Skills Partnership to promote the Personal Learning Account (PLA) scheme.
PLAs give anyone over the age of 19 and living in Wales, in employment earning less than £26,000 or on a zero hours contract, furloughed or at risk of redundancy, access to part-time courses that will enable them to find employment or switch careers.
Both FE institutions offer a range of qualifications in myriad sectors including engineering, construction, IT, financial services, digital, and tourism and hospitality.
Aimed at individuals wanting to study Level 3 and above, gaining higher skills online and – when it is safe to do so – in the classroom, it has already proven popular via a pilot project launched last year by Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Coleg Gwent.
David Roberts, chair of the North Wales Regional Skills Partnership, said: “It is fantastic to see two of the UK’s leading colleges come together to encourage career progression and support at-risk workers when they need it most.
“This is a time of great uncertainty for so many people across the region; the PLA scheme gives them a platform to learn new skills and access first-class training and support.
“Working together is the only way we are going to overcome the challenges of this year, and this is a free, alternative pathway that will provide an opportunity for change.”
For those not eligible for a PLA, both colleges also support the Skills for Employers and Employees (SEE) project which provides businesses across North Wales with financial backing to raise employee skills and knowledge in a range of arenas from advanced manufacturing to energy and professional services. Find out more
We have now received details of the Welsh Government employer incentive for businesses employing apprentices between August 2020 and February 2021
Employing New Apprentice Aged 16-24
30+ Hours per week – £3000
16 – <30 Hours per week – £1500
Employing New Apprentice Aged 25+
30+ Hours per week – £2000
16 – <30 Hours per week – £1000
For more information contact Cambria for Business on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 30 30 006 ”
“Upto 100% funded* courses with Cambria for Business
We still have spaces on our up to 100% subsidised* courses that are starting soon!
ILM Level 3 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership & Management
ILM Level 5 Award/Certificate in Leadership & Management
NVQ Level 2 & 3 Customer Service
NVQ Level 2 & 3 Retail
Welsh Government have launched access to a number of specialist partnership grants again this year, namely Digital skills, Export Skills, Skills in the Compound Semiconductor sector and a skills programme for Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing companies. We are also currently developing a programme for the Creative sector and hope to launch this very soon.
The new web pages on Skills gateway are now live where further details and the ability to submit an EOI are available https://businesswales.gov.wales/skillsgateway/flexible-skills-programme .
All approved training courses will attract a 50% contribution towards the total eligible costs from the Welsh Government up to a maximum £25k contribution per programme. Payments are paid in arrears. There are no restrictions on the size of the business which can apply.
The Data Innovation Accelerator (DIA), part of Cardiff University’s Data Innovation Research Institute, works with SMEs across East Wales to help them better use their data.
Data scientists work with businesses to apply data science techniques to tackle challenges many businesses face.
The team carry out ‘data innovation health checks’ to explore and analyse companies’ data and identify opportunities for data-driven innovation for the benefit of the business.
A data health check will produce a report which introduces data science and its applications to the business, and make recommendations on how businesses can best use this data to generate new processes, products and services.
The DIA works with companies in Cardiff, Newport, the Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham, and Flintshire, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
The Data Innovation Accelerator is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government
Flexible Skills Programme
Skills Gateway have launched access to a number of specialist partnership grants via the Skills Gateway website, namely Digital skills, Export Skills and Skills in the Automotive sector and it’s supply chain. Programmes for the Aerospace sector and Media sector in North Wales will also be launched very soon. Further details can be found here:
All approved training courses will attract a 50% contribution towards the total eligible costs from the Welsh Government up to a maximum £20k contribution per programme. There are no restrictions on the size of the business which can apply
All approved training courses will attract a 50% contribution towards the total eligible costs from the Welsh Government up to a maximum £20k contribution per program.
New short courses at the National College for High Speed Rail: The National College for High Speed Rail is now offering a range of short commercial training courses for the rail and infrastructure sectors.
North Wales Training
If you would like to be involved with the programme and can provide the opportunity of a Work Placement or Work Trial please contact Pauline Quinn at North Wales Training on –
Tel : 01244 280 428. Email : email@example.com
We are also looking to place unemployed, work ready, experienced adults in genuine paid employment, so please let us know your requirements and vacancies.
Are you a horticultural business in Wales?
Do you need FREE advice, support, or guidance?
We are here to help growers and producers reduce waste and improve shelf life, promote sustainability, and profit growth.
Funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, we can provide free support, advice, and guidance and signpost your business to funding. We are also here to promote knowledge exchange, to promote collaboration in Welsh horticulture, and to help forge supply-chain development.
For more information go to www.horticulturewales.co.uk
Don’t let debt affect your business
You may be surprised to hear that debt owed to businesses in the UK in 2014 reached over £12.5bn. To improve your cash flow, manage late payments by acting quickly once payments are overdue. You can also minimise debt by getting legal advice early – a solicitor’s letter can cost as little as £10! If you would like a free, no-obligation discussion contact Alex, a commercial debt recovery expert at Hillyer McKeown.
Add link to page https://www.hillyermckeown.co.uk/staff/alex-irwin/
North Wales Police are offering businesses a site survey where they can provide guidance on improving CCTV etc. If any businesses are interested please contact Martin direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Caught on camera’ and link is below for information:
http://www.north-wales.police.uk/caught-on-camera-appeals.aspx‘Caught on camera’ and link is below for information:
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has issued a new guide providing information to the self-employed and advisers focussing on lesser known tax rules that are specific to sole traders. The guide covers the tax system’s different treatment of employees and the self-employed where tax credits and universal credit are concerned. It also highlights sources of additional support and includes a glossary explaining key accounting and tax terms
Overseas Trade events
The Department for International Trade have launched a new online tool which will allow British business to report issues preventing them from trading around the world.
Barriers include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements. This includes labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements.
The tool will ensure British businesses can flag these issues and the UK government’s trade experts can work with countries around the world to resolve them.
The online form allows any UK-based business to report a barrier that is stopping or hindering their trade and investment overseas.
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.
Why not take a look at Business Wales Export pages to find out how exporting has the potential to transform almost every aspect of your business.
Visiting the market can be a crucial element of winning and keeping business, whether it be visiting or exhibiting at an Exhibition or Trade show or just visiting the market and potential customers. The markets and exhibitions in our programme have been selected to reflect current international developments which present real opportunities for Welsh Businesses
Business Wales Helpline 03000 6 03000
The enhanced Export Opportunities service for UK companies is an easy-to-use digital service which lists business opportunities around the world from companies that want UK products and gives manufacturers in the UK a unique opportunity to sell across the globe. To find export opportunities please visit the opportunities.export.great.gov.uk Department for International Trade website. Whether you’re offering services, licenses or products, exporting has the potential to transform almost every aspect of your business so why not visit the Business Wales https://businesswales.gov.wales/zones/export Export pages to find out more
United Nations information on Tenders :https://www.ungm.org/Public/Pages/About
African Tender opportunities https://www.afdb.org/en/projects-and-operations/procurement/resources-for-businesses/guide-to-business-opportunities
Companies looking for partnership/ trading relationships and opportunities with overseas companies check out
Innovate UK EDGE InnovateUKEDGE@public.govdelivery.com
Announcement re electric Vehicles
The Transport Secretary announced that green number plates for electric vehicles are set to be introduced across the UK from as early as the autumn to encourage drivers to make the switch to zero emission vehicles. The plates will make it easier for cars to be visually identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities design and put in place new policies, such as zero emission zones, to incentivise people to own and drive them. This follows the conclusion of the consultation, led by OLEV, on the introduction of green number plates.
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