Establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales

Strategic Research & Insight (SRI), an independent Cardiff-based research agency has been commissioned by Welsh Government to interview stakeholders to explore establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales. SRI will be speaking to stakeholders in Welsh Government, local authorities and trade associations in Wales, as well as researching best practice in other countries, to consider: Whether developing a registration scheme or licensing scheme would be appropriate in WalesThe options for how a scheme would be operated and delivered at national and/or local levelResources required for each of the best optionsHow a scheme would support wider areas of Welsh Government policy such as housing and […]

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. https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/introduction-to-allergen-labelling-changes-ppds

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. https://gov.wales/covid-pass-for-events-and-nightclubs-announced https://gov.wales/written-statement-review-health-protection-coronavirus-restriction-no5-wales-regulations-2020-12

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. https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/business-boost/

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 […]

ONE HUNDRED KNIGHTS ANNOUNCES LATEST BRAND TO JOIN THE FLOCK; BLK SHEEP BAA GRILL

ONE HUNDRED KNIGHTS ANNOUNCES LATEST BRAND TO JOIN THE FLOCK; BLK SHEEP BAA GRILL

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 […]