Agents’ summary of business conditions – 2021 Q2

This publication summarises intelligence gathered by the Bank’s Agents between mid-April and early June. The Agents’ scores published alongside this document are based on information gathered between mid-April and late May, and they generally represent activity over the past three months compared with a year ago. During the early stages of the pandemic in 2020, economic activity fell at an unprecedented pace, reflected in some Agents’ scores moving to the low extremes of their range, where scores can be consistent with a wide range of quantitative outcomes. More recently, economic activity has recovered as social distancing restrictions have been lifted. Because most of the Agents’ scores compare the past three […]

Business Wales Town Centre Entrepreneurship Fund

The Welsh Government has launched the Town Centre Entrepreneurship Fund as a pilot programme to provide financial assistance for entrepreneurs and businesses who are looking to start and grow a business in one of four town centres across North Wales – Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Wrexham.  This fund will be available as a discretionary grant of between £2,500 – £10,000 per business to support with the revenue costs associated with starting up in or relocating to a town centre.  In order to access the fund, you must submit an Expression of Interest form (available to download below) and register with Business Wales. You will then be assigned a dedicated Business Adviser […]

New smoke-free requirements are coming on 1 March 2022

The Welsh Government introduced new smoking legislation in Wales on 1 March 2021.  For the tourism industry, the new laws mean that the current exemption to the smoking ban which enables smoking to take place in self-contained holiday and temporary accommodation as well as in designated smoking bedrooms in hotels, guesthouses etc. will end on 1 March 2022. The measures, designed to denormalise smoking and protect more people from the dangers of second-hand smoke, mean that from 1 March 2022, it will be against the law to smoke in these areas and fines could be issued.  All types of self-contained accommodation will be covered by the new smoke-free requirements such […]

NTG Tourism Sector Skills Toolkit

The Tourism Sector Skills Toolkit consists of a set of resources with guidance notes on how they can be used by educational establishments, training providers, employers, government departments, and individuals to enable them to review the green, social and digital requirements within the hospitality and tourism sector and to use the toolkit to support them in developing and/or updating their resources. The Tourism Sector Skills Toolkit can be used to: Map against existing training and qualifications, job profiles, training needs analysis, job descriptions, responsibilities, tasks, etc. for the stakeholder to identify skills, knowledge, and behaviors already present and identify gaps.Inform and support the development of curriculum and training programmes within […]

Domestic Support Fund

A new fund supporting the events industry recovery will provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations hosting domestic business events from 21 June to 17 December 2021. The new Domestic Support Fund is designed to offer financial support to kick start the return of business events and to showcase that the UK is ready to meet again and has adapted to new ways of meeting in a COVID-19 secure environment. https://www.visitbritain.org/domestic-support-fund

Digital Marketing and Online Tools for Food and Drink Producers

Superfast Business Wales’ free two-part webinar tailored for Welsh food and drink producers. Learn how to use digital marketing to reach customers and get cash in the bank, as well as online tools to help you better manage your business, stock and customers – such as CRM and booking systems, accounting and more https://businesswales.gov.wales/superfastbusinesswales/events/food-and-drink-producers-webinars-may-aug-2021

Tourism Exchange Great Britain (TXGB) – An Opportunity and Request for Feedback

Visit Wales has been negotiating with VisitBritain to provide Wales destinations and suppliers with access to the Tourism Exchange Great Britain (TXGB) platform.  TXGB is a central digital marketplace that enables tourism suppliers to contract and connect their content, availability and pricing with a diverse range of distributors in one go and manage this in one place.  It enables each participant to better manage their data and use it to develop smarter marketing campaigns, in line with GDPR.  The way it works means that all buyers and sellers can take part with no barriers to entry.  It is also a way for suppliers and distributors not trading online to start doing so quickly and easily.  (Further information is […]

North Wales Tourism Annual Trade Meeting / Cyfarfod Masnach Blynyddol Twristiaeth Gogledd Cymru 2021

A Virtual Annual Trade ForumMonday 28 June 2021 at 11am NWTs annual tourism business seminar held virtually with Guest Speaker to be confirmed. There will also be an Open Forum with the Board and Staff of NWT for you to share your concerns. We are also seeking to appoint 6 directors at our AGM to serve on the Board of North Wales Tourism – 4 directors for a period of 3 years and 2 directors for a period of 1 year.  Below is a link to the nomination form which should be completed and returned to eirlys.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk at North Wales Tourism no later than noon on Friday 18th June 2021. To […]

Link to the GLLM Vacancies Noticeboard

In partnership with Grwp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM), the colleges will showcase any vacancies you have as a business, not just the tourism & hospitality, but other sectors especially if you want temporary staff to get you through the summer on their jobs noticeboard page https://www.gllm.ac.uk/employer-jobs-noticeboard. The colleges have agreed to undertake a 2 specific day prep course in advance of you meeting them. Getting a vacancy posted is a straightforward process. You will just need to complete the attached form and then email it to: employerjobs@gllm.ac.uk or you can promote your business by uploading a short one minute video. The video will need to be: max length of 1 minutemp4 […]