Future of Rural Wales Event – Monday 9 November, 7-8pm

GWLAD returns next week with a series of exciting events covering different aspects of life in Wales. The first event will be looking at the future for rural Wales. The panel will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities and professions.Chaired by Dr Nerys Llewelyn-Jones (Founder and Managing Partner, Agri-Advisor), tourism, housing, planning, business, agriculture, connectivity, the Welsh language, health care are all on the agenda as the panellists below share their views on what the future holds for rural communities: Dr Eilir Hughes (GP, Pwllheli)Jim Jones (Managing Director, North Wales Tourism)Sadie Pearce(My Coast) andGareth Wyn Jones (BBC Presenter, The Family Farm) To learn more and to […]

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

The UK Government is continuing to support the self-employed due to the impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had and is extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The online service for the next grant will be available from 30 November 2020.HMRC will provide full details about claiming and applications in guidance on the website in due course. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Business Reopening Guide for North Wales Tourism

Prepare the reopening of your business now and enable a quicker recovery The ‘Fire Break’ lockdown has seen most ‘non-essential’ businesses in Wales shut their doors once again, creating more uncertainty and making recovery the key priority to focus on. Planning the safe reopening of your business now is critical. Our trusted partner, Shield Safety Group, have created a FREE Reopening Guide to support North Wales Tourism members return to trading in a robust and secure manner. To access the FREE guide, simply click here and complete the form. https://try.shieldsafety.co.uk/nwt_reopening_guide/ Written by Shield Safety’s experienced team of Environmental Health Practitioners, the Reopening Guide addresses common issues such as waste management […]

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF)

Just a quick update to say that Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales announced at the WG briefing this lunchtime that a Phase 4 of the ERF fund will be launched. They are currently assessing the options and working on developing a mechanism for businesses to register an interest in any future funds.  No timescale were announced but it is anticipated that further update on the next steps will be provided in the coming weeks.

Support to the self-employed

The support to the self-employed 8 is increasing from 40% of trading profits to 80% for November. SEISS is calculated over 3 months so this increases the total grant from 40% to 55% of trading profits for November to January and the max grant increases to £5,160. Grants will also be paid faster than previously planned – with the claims window opening at the end of November rather than the middle of December. The increase means £4.5bn of support for the self-employed between November and January. Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-increases-support-for-self-employed-across-the-uk