FOCUS Wales 2021 Industry Conference Announced

FOCUS Wales 2021 Industry Conference Announced

Schedule announced for FOCUS Wales 2021 Conference. 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary edition of the FOCUS Wales international showcase festival in Wrexham, winner of Best Festival for Emerging Talent at the UK Festival Awards. FOCUS Wales has become Wales’ biggest music industry event, with three days of panels, keynote talks, and industry advice, the festival will see over 200 music industry professionals descend upon Wrexham from around the world across 7th – 9th October. Don Letts Today FOCUS Wales are thrilled to reveal the schedule for this year’s conference, including keynote sessions with Catrin Finch and Don Letts. Internationally renowned, musician and composer Catrin Finch is one of the […]

What businesses need to know about the new allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food.

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect your consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging. Any business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.  Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules.

New dates for webinars to help tourism and hospitality business get digital

Superfast Business Wales have added new dates to their Tourism and Hospitality-tailored webinar series. Superfast Business Wales will show you how to make your business stand out online, engage new customers, make more of reviews, as well use digital tools like online booking platforms to run your business successfully. 6 October 2021 (1pm – 3pm) – Part 1: Social media for tourism and hospitality 7 October 2021 (1pm – 3pm) – Part 2: Running your tourism and hospitality business online Sign up for the webinars here and find out more about free one-to-one support.

COVID Pass for events and nightclubs announced

The requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass will come into force from 11 October. It will mean all over-18s will need to have a NHS COVID Pass to enter: NightclubsIndoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventionsOutdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 peopleAny setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can already download the NHS COVID Pass to securely show and share their vaccine status. It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours.

Give your business a boost by winning £25,000!

Simply Business are giving away £25,000 to one lucky entrepreneur – to start, grow or revive their small business. To enter, you’ll need to complete an online form detailing why you think you deserve the grant. The Judges are looking for: your storya big dreampositive social impactinnovationa thought-out plan The closing date is 17 September 2021.

New chair welcomed after turbulent time for the tourism industry in Wales

A new chair has been appointed to lead the Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) which represents all sectors of tourism industry in Wales. Suzy Davies officially takes over from Professor Andrew Campbell, who has spent more than three years in the voluntary post, on September 9. Mrs Davies is a former Conservative Member of the National Assembly for Wales, now known as Senedd Cymru. Pembrokeshire-based Mr Campbell, a Professor of Practice in Tourism at the University of Wales Trinity St David and a tourism consultant, has helped steer the tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most difficult periods in its history. “Whilst it is with some sadness that […]



Coming soon – a brand-new dining concept from the team behind the Three Eagles to launch in the Wrexham area this autumn Following recent news that hospitality and leisure operator One Hundred Knights would be adding to their existing group of venues in the autumn, the latest addition to portfolio has now been revealed. Blk Sheep Baa & Grill, a brand-new restaurant concept from the group will aim to deliver a new generation of British casual-dining, serving delicious nostalgic contemporary British food and drinks that appeal to a broad catchment of diners, in fun and relaxed surroundings. The exact location and opening date for this new venture led by One […]

Live Events Reinsurance Scheme

The Government has announced the launch of a new Live Events Reinsurance Scheme which will offer cost indemnification if an event has to be cancelled, postponed, relocated or abandoned due to new UK Civil Authority restrictions in response to COVID-19. All live events including music festivals, conferences and business events are eligible to purchase that additional cover, which will be available alongside standard commercial events insurance. The key features of the scheme are: It will cover live events that are open to the general public and are physically located in the UK. This includes live music events, festivals, sports events, trade shows and business events. Private events such as weddings […]

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) launches “Shape of Events” Report

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, has today published its Shape of Events Report.The report was sponsored by brand communications agency davies tanner, and contains several headline findings, including: Overall event activity was down 95% across the UK during the past 12 monthsThe BVEP estimates the UK events industry lost £57 billion of value from the pre-pandemic level of £70 billion17% of event and exhibition businesses permanently ceased trading during 2020126,000 jobs were lost during the same period However, the BVEP finds that the pandemic has also been a catalyst for change and innovation across the entire events […]