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Welsh Government Announces Business Rate Support for Retailers On Friday 17th February the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford AM announced an extra £10 million from Welsh Government to help high street retailers, pubs and restaurants with their non-domestic rates. Some details have now been announced & more are expected to follow in the next few weeks.   Here is the link to the statement: Welsh Government announces details of High Street Rates Relief Scheme There are now a number of different scheme to support businesses in Wales in respect of business rates, these can be summarised as follows: Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) scheme which is already in place will remain the same until 31st March 2018 Transitional Rate Relief scheme (announced in December) will help ratepayers whose entitlement to SBRR is reduced or removed due to an increase in the rateable value of their premises following the revaluation which takes effect from 1st April 2017 One-year Targeted High Street Relief scheme announced last week is new and is in addition to the above schemes. Council’s Business Rates Teams do not yet have any further details on how this scheme will work and are awaiting an update from Welsh Government. Please note: Actual relief ascribed to each individual business will need to be calculated by the respective Local Authority’s Business Rates team. Business Rates in Wales are devolved so they differ from England, meaning that Small Business Rate Relief & Transitional Rate Relief will be different in Wales. From 1st April the appeals system in England is changing but the Welsh Government has yet…
Retail Manager Takes New Opportunity Castle Court Shopping Centre in Caerphilly town centre, which boast 100,000 shoppers each week, has welcomed another retailer to add to its existing impressive tenant mix which includes: WH Smith, Argos, Boots and Costa Coffee. Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors have taken over one of the centres largest retail units to replace value retailer Store 21. The quality clothing retailer stocks timeless classic brands including PG Field, James Pringle, Country Rose and Honor Millburn, as well as a range of bedding and curtains. In addition to being a boost for shoppers in Caerphilly, the change is also good news for the new store manager Sue Roberts. Previously, Sue was the Store 21 store manager in Caerphilly, but was specifically recruited by Edinburgh Woollen Mill to lead their new Caerphilly investment. Sue said: It’s an incredible opportunity to head up the new Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors store in Caerphilly. The company have been really supportive and I have a great new team who are working really hard to make sure we deliver an exceptional level of customer service. John Couzens Castle Court Shopping Centre Manager said: We are delighted to welcome Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home to Castle Court. They are an excellent addition to our strong tenant list and have already proved very popular with visitors.
Business Tailor Makes Your Holiday A South Wales travel business has opened its latest shop in Blackwood town centre. Tailor Made Travel is a family business with over 25 years experience offering its customers a travel concierge service. The company already has offices in Penarth, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major and its new Blackwood shop is located on High Street opposite Woodbine Road. The business specialises in working with its customers to tailor make a holiday package which meets their individual needs. Photo: Elaine (centre) with her team Director Simon Morgan said: We are delighted to open our latest shop in Blackwood and look forward to offering our new clients a service which is tailor made to meet their exacting standards. Our aim is to work with people so that together we can create the perfect holiday or mini break. Manager Elaine Watkins said: My team at Tailor Made Travel in Blackwood all have extensive experience in the travel business which enables us to offer clients advice on which hotels to stay in, what to see when they get there and even which restaurants to book. If you want to take a holiday somewhere come and talk to us and see how we can make it happen.
A Warm Welcome for New Bargoed Business A local business, Thompson Services has opened its first showroom on Hanbury Road in Bargoed town centre. @The Stove Centre is located opposite the Police Station close to the new Lowry Plaza development and sells a range of stoves and wood burners. Thomson Services is a family business run by Marc Thompson and was first established in 1998. The firm undertakes installations of stove & wood burners, flue maintenance as well as general building works. Marc said: @The Stove Centre we not only sell stoves and wood burners but also offers a full installation and servicing package. This means that we can build strong relationships with our customers over the lifetime of the product.  
Change of Career Brings Success Six years ago lifelong teachers Keith and June Anthony decided to take early retirement from teaching to open the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Caerphilly Town Centre. The centre is located in Castle Street and currently has 100 pupils aged between 5 and 18. The centre offers tuition in English and Maths. Keith was previously a Head of Year at Cardinal Newman Secondary School in Pontypridd, and June was a primary school teacher at Nant y Parc School in Senghenydd, so between them they have a wealth of teaching and academic experience. The decision to leave teaching and run the Kip McGrath Education Centres as a franchise was driven by a desire to spend more time actually teaching. Keith said: At Kip McGrath we aim to build a long-term relationship with our clients, which allows us to make a real difference to their academic performance. Whether someone is with us a few years or just a few months our real joy is what we call the ‘light bulb moment’, when a piece of work just ‘clicks’, which – for any good teacher – makes it all worth while. June said: We operate on first name terms at the centre which helps us create a relaxed learning environment, we emphasise that this isn’t school! We enjoy focusing on purely teaching with no distractions.
Ystrad Mynach Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
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Blackwood Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
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Bargoed Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
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Risca Town Centre Gazette – February 2017 Latest news for Caerphilly Town Centre, local community and Council offices.
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