Coming soon.....National Cycle Challenge
Welcome to the August issue. Now is the perfect time to register for September’s challenge. To help you get ready for the challenge, our Cycling Workplaces initiative is now offering discounted Santander Cycles Business Accounts. Also, find out why the London Cycling Campaign needs London’s businesses to help make its guided rides on Cycle to Work day on 14th September a success.
A new free training and mentoring support programme is being offered to local small businesses across Hounslow.
Funded by Hounslow Council and run in association with Branduin Business Support and Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, it is designed to help those that employ less than 10 people and are based in the borough.
The package which has a commercial value of £2,000 but is free for small local businesses to apply for and be part of, includes workshops offering advice aimed at helping to grow small businesses.
It will offer information on creating a business strategy and plan for individual businesses, advice and support on financial management, marketing and online presence and the role of women in business.
National Policy Developments
Engineering apprentices from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have been named the country’s apprentice team of the year. They battled off tough competition from seven other teams after proving their logistical, team building and communications skills and delivering a community project that involved volunteering with the Helen and Douglas House Hospice and taking part in a £35,000 fundraising drive. UKAEA narrowly beat HMRC Digital Newcastle into second place and HSBC who finished third. Teams from Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, Hampshire County Council, HMRC Surge and Rapid Response, IBM and QinetiQ also competed in the national finals.
London Councils is urging the government to give careful consideration to the issue of appeals as it looks to move local government to 100 per cent business rates retention by the end of this Parliament.
The cross-party organisation spoke out as the House of Commons’ Communities and Local Government Committee published the interim results of its inquiry into 100 per cent retention of business rates.
The Government must address a range of issues, including problems with appeals and withdrawing Revenue Support Grant (RSG), before bringing in 100 per cent business rates retention for councils, the Communities and Local Government Committee has said in its report.