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What do the Governments new tiered lock-down levels mean for your business?

What do the Governments new tiered lock-down levels mean for your business?

On Monday 12 October 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the introduction to the new three tiered lockdown levels, or the ‘Local Covid Alert Levels’. The introduction of the three tiers aims to simplify and standardise the local lockdown rules by confirming 3 levels; medium, high and very high.

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Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

Walsall Council is continuing our working relationship with the Department of Work & Pensions to to support local businesses to access the Government’s landmark Kickstart Scheme. We are asking small and medium sized businesses interested in registering for the scheme to register their details with us by contacting Rob Beck on rob.beck@walsall.gov.uk or calling 07464 495183.

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It’s time to apply for Apprenticeship Incentive Payments

It’s time to apply for Apprenticeship Incentive Payments

From 1st September, employers can apply for incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. 

Any organisation can apply for the payment, no matter the size or the sector. The important thing is that you hire an apprentice who is new to your organisation and starts their contract of employment and their apprenticeship with you between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

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Financial support for apprenticeship employers

Financial support for apprenticeship employers

As England adjusts to the new normal, the government are introducing financial support to help employers hire new apprentices. Through apprenticeships, you can build competitive skills to encourage growth in your organisation.

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Manufacturing Technology Centre

Manufacturing Technology Centre

As part of our series of Business Briefing Documents, we recently spoke to Neill Smith, from Manufacturing Support Services – a customer facing arm of the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

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HS2 What's in it for you?

HS2 What's in it for you?

As part of our series of business briefing documents, we spoke to Matt Hadlington, Senior Business Engagement Manager at HS2, to discuss how Walsall businesses can better understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by HS2.

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Award Winning Skills Support

Award Winning Skills Support

In our latest business briefing document, we hear from colleagues in Walsall Council’s Employment & Skills team

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Exporting During Covid 19

Exporting During Covid 19

A look at how the Department for International Trade (DIT) is helping businesses who export, through these toughest of times.

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Six Top Tips for Successful Bid Writing

Six Top Tips for Successful Bid Writing

A successful bid can make a huge difference to your business, especially in these difficult times. Here are 6 top tips

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Virtual Employment and Skills Support

Virtual Employment and Skills Support

In response to COVID-19, Walsall Works have moved their support to online and have now launched fortnightly Virtual Jobs and Skills Roadshows using their YouTube channel.  

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Keep Social Stay Connected

Keep Social Stay Connected

In our latest business briefing document, we highlight the importance of maintaining an online presence throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We spoke with JC Social Media and the Black Country Growth Hub, to outline some key actions for Walsall businesses.

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Finding Funding Support

Finding Funding Support

Our latest business briefing document focuses on how Walsall businesses can better understand the range of financial support available to them.

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Distance Yourself from Scams

Distance Yourself from Scams

Advice from Trading Standards on how to avoid falling foul of costly scams

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Protect Your Premises During Lockdown

Protect Your Premises During Lockdown

Don't leave your business premises vulnerable during lockdown. We have some useful guidance.

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Covid-19 Rent Collection Instruction

Covid-19 Rent Collection Instruction

The Government has issued new guidance relating to rent collection on business premises in the light of the Covid-19 crisis

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External Funding Directory

External Funding Directory

A number of organisations, charities, trusts and bodies are offering support in the form of grant funding

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Walsall Council Business Support Team Visits Bloxwich

Walsall Council Business Support Team Visits Bloxwich

There's no substitute for getting out on the patch and that's what our Business Support Team did last week. 

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Private Sector Skills to Boost Council Regeneration Plans

Private Sector Skills to Boost Council Regeneration Plans

Ambitious plans for Walsall took another step forward when Cabinet members approved a recommendation to take advantage of expertise in the private sector. 

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Multi-Million Pound Towns Fund Bid Underway

Multi-Million Pound Towns Fund Bid Underway

Town Deal Board convenes to develop ambitious plans for Walsall and Bloxwich

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M6 Junction 10 work begins

M6 Junction 10 work begins

Work is underway on major improvements to M6 Junction 10

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Sedgwick Rescue reflections

Sedgwick Rescue reflections

Positive feedback after council helps save an historic Walsall company

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2020 the year ahead

2020 the year ahead

M6 Junction 10 improvements and Walsall Town Centre Masterplan feature in Birmingham Mail review of 2020

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First unit opens at Reedswood Business Park

First unit opens at Reedswood Business Park

Shop front specialists, Portland Lighting are the first company to begin trading on Reedswood Business Park.

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