Traffic light-style roadmap to bring Wales out of lockdown published

A TRAFFIC light roadmap setting out how Wales could exit the coronavirus lockdown has been unveiled today by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford. The traffic light categories will apply across Welsh life, including: Reopening schools and childcare facilitiesSeeing family and friendsGetting aroundPlaying sport games and relaxingWorking or running a businessGoing shoppingUsing public servicesPracticing faith and special occasions The document gives some detail to how life would look under each category: Lockdown – Schools are only open to vulnerable pupils’ children and children of key workers, people are advised to stay at home, only leaving home for essential travel and to work from home if possible. Red – Schools enabled to […]

Food Innovation Wales Tool Kit

Food Innovation Wales have launched resources to support Welsh food and drink manufacturers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The resources include: analysing and documenting operational risks within your businessa checklist for your businessa list of useful referencesa tool kit of over 20 templates COVID-19 Considerations for Good Manufacturing Practice in the Welsh Food and Drink Processing Sector

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published guidance to help employers keep their workplaces operating safely during this time. The latest guidance covers eight workplace settings: construction and other outdoor workfactories plants and warehouses other people’s homes labs and research facilities offices and contact centres restaurants offering takeaway or delivery shops and branches vehicles Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you should do to keep people safe. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus-hse&utm_term=beis-2&utm_content=digest-13-may-20 The following guides produced by Health & Safety Executive will […]

Tourism in the COVID-19 crisis webinar – Friday 15th May

North Wales Tourism has partnered with Equator to bring you a webinar with key actions to focus on in the coming weeks. The webinar will take place on Friday 15th May at 11am and will last 30 minutes with questions at the end. Equator is a top 5 independent digital transformation agency helping clients like Virgin Active, AXA, IHG, Village Hotels, Butlins, Hotel du Vin and Malmaison take on tomorrow. Speaker is Martin Jordan, Director of Marketing & Innovation at Equator. For further details and to book click here https://northwalestourism.com/trade-news/covid-19-webinar/ To Watch the recording please click here https://northwalestourism.com/research-strategies/tourism-in-the-covid-19-crisis-webinar/

UK furlough scheme extended by four months

The UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost of the scheme from August onwards. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october?utm_source=469e4bd6-b6c1-4149-a76b-97f84a86bb07&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate&fbclid=IwAR3MfOLStJ9zgeZYWLaQ8De6_8Hy_l1WFNLLQRl_uQsWZa6AU6oDUD7nVAI

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The self-employed are invited to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus support, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will begin contacting customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The scheme will open tomorrow, but you can check if you are eligible for the Self-Employment income Support Scheme. Follow the link below for more details https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Covid-19: Welsh Government urged to listen to North Wales Holiday Let Businesses

North Wales MS Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to support holiday let businesses in North Wales which have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.   Mr Isherwood raised the matter when taking part in yesterday’s virtual Welsh Parliament meeting. Responding the Statement by the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates MS, on the Welsh Government’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mr Isherwood said he has been contacted by several holiday let business owners in North Wales who are worried for their future because of the Welsh Government’s revised criteria for supporting them during the pandemic. Speaking via ‘Zoom’ from his home in North Wales, […]