Funding Wales is a search platform for the third sector in Wales. Developed by Third Sector Support Wales, the site enables third sector organisations to search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources.
Funding Wales can help organisations in Wales find the funding they need more quickly than ever before. The search facility helps users to quickly and effectively identify relevant sources of funding. The site is free to use with a simple registration process, and allows organisations to search for funding by purpose, location and amount with further fields available to refine searches. The site also allows users to save searches and print off reports.
See: Funding Wales
The Wales Business Awards 2023
Chambers Wales has opened entries for its Wales Business Awards 2023, providing SME businesses across the country with the opportunity to compete for Wales’ most prestigious accolades.
All Welsh businesses, charities and other organisations have to do is answer four questions about what they do and why they deserve to win as they enter in the way that works best for their business.
You can enter by submitting a short video or completing the online form. You can enter multiple award categories, so please ensure you answer the questions relevant to each category. You can use multiple forms if you’re submitting for more than one category.
Deadline for entries is 5pm on 17 February 2023.
See: Wales Business Awards 2023 – Entry Form (cw-seswm.com)
Deposit Return Scheme by 2025
Wales will be introducing a Deposit Return Scheme by 2025, Climate Change Minister Julie James confirmed on Friday, January 2023. The new initiative will see us pay a small deposit when we buy a drink in a single use container, which we get back when we return the bottle or can.
Wales is working with England and Northern Ireland to set up a joint scheme, meaning you can buy a drink in Barry and return it in Bristol or Belfast. Scotland is setting up its own scheme, which starts later this year.
See: New drinks container return scheme for 2025 will help Wales improve world-leading recycling rates | GOV.WALES
North Anglesey Regeneration Fund
Small grants of up to £7,500 can be applied for to help businesses and community groups in the Talybolion and Twrcelyn wards, and the community of Moelfre towards projects or events that can be delivered by 31st March 2023.
There will be one round only, which totals £50,000. The grants will be offered at an intervention rate of 75%; a commitment of 25% of total project cost will be expected from the applicant. ‘In kind’ contribution will be considered in some circumstances, for example applications by community groups. The closing date is 10 February 2023.
See: North Anglesey Regeneration Fund (gov.wales)
Cyber Resilience Insurance Project: Building Resilience in Wales
Funded by the Research Wales Innovation Fund, the primary aim of the Cyber Resilience Insurance Project by Swansea University is to evaluate the effectiveness of cyber risk insurance as a risk management tool for Welsh small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).
Many businesses feel they are too small to present an attractive target to a cyber-criminal. Unfortunately, this approach can make them prime targets.
Your business may be at risk of a cyber-attack if you engage in any one of the following basic business activities:
- Use email,
- Hold customer data,
- Have a website, or
- Take online payments.
Cyber-awareness events and training will be held across Wales to evaluate how SMEs can best protect themselves against cyber risks.
These events will give you essential information that could prove vital in protecting your business from cyber-risk. Experts will offer simple yet effective advice on staying secure, with opportunities to discuss the best approach for your business with emphasis on protection and cyber risk insurance.
See: Cyber Risks Insurance: Building Resilience in Wales – Swansea University
Pre-April tax planning reminder
The new tax year starts 6 April 2023, so you have a couple of months to consider your options, once we pass this date the majority of the tax planning options for Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax purposes will cease unless actioned before the 6 April.
Do you fall into any of these categories?
- You have or are thinking about a change in your personal status (single, married, separating, joining or dissolving a civil partnership).
- You are thinking about selling a capital asset, such as shares or a property. From 6 April 2023 the Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount reduces from £12,300 to £6,000.
- You or your child’s other parent claims Child Benefit and the income of either parent is likely to exceed £50,000 for the first time during tax year 2022-23;
- Your annual income is approaching or above £100,000;
- You have not yet topped up your pension contributions for tax year 2022-23;
- You are self-employed with a 31 March 2023 year-end;
- You are self-employed and are thinking about the purchase of equipment or vehicles; or
- You are the director and/or shareholder of a limited company and have not yet considered voting final dividends or bonuses for 2022-23.
If you do we can help you discuss your options ahead of the 6 April deadline!
The above list is not comprehensive, and we specialise in helping clients with all taxes including PAYE, NIC, VAT, Corporation, Capital Gains, Income and Inheritance tax. Please contact us now!
Do you have a Marketing Plan?
Successful businesses all have two things in common – a thorough understanding of customer needs, and a total dedication to their customers.
This involves the process of knowing:
- Who their customers are;
- Their customers’ perception of the company and their needs; and
- How to attract them back time and time again!
The logic is that you gather information about your business and get an insight into the way customers and prospective customers think and make ‘buy’ decisions. So, take a day out to work on your marketing plan and set some targets.
By the end, you should be in a position to:
- Have gathered information about existing and potential customers’ needs and wants;
- Have facilitated a discussion about the marketing actions the company should take;
- Know the unique selling points that your business has and how to take advantage of these;
- Understand how to differentiate the business from competitors; and
- Produce a marketing plan.
A marketing plan sets out how you are going to put your business strategy into practice. The marketing plan ensures that everyone in the business knows what you are trying to do and what they need to do to make it happen.
Please talk to us – we can provide you with a marketing template to get your thoughts into a plan so you can take action and grow your business!
Strike action to affect travellers and goods entering the UK on 1 February
The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union has announced Civil Service industrial action that will impact Border Force operations. The proposed strike dates are 1 February and 2 February (until 7.00am).
The proposed strike action will impact international arrivals at all UK air and maritime ports as well as those travelling to the UK from UK border controls in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France.
If you are travelling into the UK via any entry point, you should prepare for disruption and check before you travel.
Military personnel, civil servants and volunteers from across government are being trained to support Border Force at airports and ports across the UK in the event of potential strike action. Border Force are ready to deploy resource to meet critical demand and support the flow of travellers and goods through the border, however those entering the UK should be prepared for potential disruption. Border Force and industry work together very closely at a local and national level to agree plans for pressures while keeping the public safe and ensuring critical goods such as medicines and food can continue to flow across the border.
Hauliers who are moving goods during the proposed strike action should be prepared for potential disruption and longer queues at ports and inland border facilities. Please check with your operator before travelling, be prepared for delays and carefully plan your movements if they coincide with days of strike action.
See: Strike action to affect travellers and goods entering the UK on 1 February – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Coronation weekend celebrations announced
The Nation will have the opportunity to join a weekend of celebrations to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort
Coronation Big Lunches, thousands of street parties, and The Big Help Out will bring communities together over special Bank Holiday Coronation weekend
The Coronation will take place on the morning of Saturday May 6 at Westminster Abbey, London.
On Sunday May 7 a spectacular Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle will showcase the country’s diverse cultural heritage in music, theatre and dance. One of the highlights of the concert will be “Lighting up the Nation”, in which iconic locations across the UK will be lit up with projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
The weekend of celebrations will end with the Big Help Out on Monday May 8 – a special Bank Holiday proclaimed by the Prime Minister in honour of the Coronation.
The Big Help Out will encourage people to come out and support the causes that matter to them.
See: Coronation weekend celebrations that will bring communities together announced – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Made Smarter Innovation: Industry ready Robotics and Automation
Innovate UK(IUK), part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £6 million to help develop industry ready robotics and automation solutions for deployment within manufacturing production environments.
The solutions should focus on demonstrating innovations to deliver productivity, sustainability, and resilience improvements to the manufacturing processes.
Your project must:
- be robotics or automation focused within a factory production area,
- be focused on value-adding production tasks or directly associated load, unload and move tasks,
- include a physical deployment within a manufacturing facility or very near equivalent, for example, a comparable development facility, and
- demonstrate a clear, scalable commercial exploitation route within the project consortium.
The competition closes on Wednesday 5 April 2023 at 11am.
See: Competition overview – Made Smarter Innovation: Industry ready Robotics and Automation – Innovation Funding Service (apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk)
If your business is interested in taking advantage of the government grant support available and would benefit from support and assistance from an IUK experienced organisation please get in touch with us.
Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards
The Department for International Trade’s (DIT’s) inaugural awards will recognise and celebrate the global trading success of small businesses from across the UK.
The winning businesses from across seven categories will receive a 2023 winner’s certificate and digital badge. They will also receive a high-profile visit from a DIT representative to celebrate their exporting success.
The categories are:
- Agriculture, Food and Drink,
- Consumer Goods,
- Creative Industries,
- Digital Education,
- Financial and Professional Services, and
The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Thursday 23 February 2023.
See: Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards 2022 (qualtrics.com)
Business rates list closes soon
The 2017 non domestic rating list is closing. This means that you have up until 31 March 2023 to check that the factual information the Valuations Office Agency (VOA) holds about your property on this list is correct, and to let them know if it isn’t (this is known as making a Check case).
You will then be able to challenge the 2017 assessment if you are not happy with the outcome.
You will need to have an account set up on the Government Gateway and claim your property before you can make a Check case.
There is a helpful video on YouTube on how to claim a property.
It can take some time to claim a property. VOA advise doing this as soon as possible if you want to make a Check case on the information they hold about your property on the 2017 list.
What is the non-domestic rating list?
The rating list sets out all rateable values for non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It is used by local authorities to help determine business rates. Your rateable value isn’t the same as your business rates bill.
The 2023 non domestic list
A new non domestic rating list comes into effect on 1 April 2023. You can still let VOA know if the information about your property on this list isn’t correct. But the closure of the 2017 list means that there are only limited circumstances in which further amendments may be made to it. These are when:
- changes need to be made to the list following Checks submitted before 1 April 2023 (and any subsequent challenges and appeals).
- the VOA is correcting inaccuracies on the list (this can be done up to 31 March 2024). If the list is changed then customers for those properties have the right to make a Check within six months of the change.
- a customer wants to challenge the 2017 list on the grounds of a tribunal or court decision. They can do this so long as a Check has been made by 30 September 2023.
See: Business rates list closes soon – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Cost of Living Payments from Spring 2023 – Low income households
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced more detail on the payment schedule for the next round of cost of living support.
The cash for means-tested benefits claimants, including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits, starts in Spring and will go direct to bank accounts in three payments over the course of the financial year.
Exact payment windows will be announced closer to the time but are spread across a longer period to ensure a consistent support offering throughout the year. They will be broadly as follows:
- £301 – First Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2023
- £150 – Disability Payment – during Summer 2023
- £300 – Second Cost of Living Payment – during Autumn 2023
- £300 – Pensioner Payment – during Winter 2023/4
- £299 – Third Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2024
See: Millions of low-income households to get new Cost of Living Payments from Spring 2023 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)